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Welcome to SKI TV® Italy. This channel gives you all the information and news about ski resorts in Italy. Join us at www.skitvitaly.com - Livigno (1816m) is a year-round Alpine destination and one of the main winter resorts in the Alps. It is a very picturesque village in Alta Valtellina on the border with Switzerland. Beautifully nestled between the Stelvio and Swiss National Parks, it stretches 15Km along an Alpine valley surrounded by two mountain ranges rolling gently from 3000 m down to the village. Livigno is the most northern town of Lombardy, and one of its hamlets, Trepalle, is located at 2250m above sea level making it the highest permanently inhabited town in Europe. This peculiar geographical position, together with its high altitudes, makes Livigno a winter paradise with heavy snowfalls from late November until early May. An extensive network of snow making facilities, covering up to 70% of the terrain, ensures that the ski areas always retain perfect conditions. The village is also well known for his long main street lined with traditional houses made from wood and stone. In fact, Livigno has been carefully modernised without compromising the pristine surroundings and maintaining its traditions and architecture. Livigno is the perfect destination for those who seek well-being through outdoor activities. In winter there are the classic activities like alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, telemark, snowboarding and freestyle. Additionally, you can challenge yourself along the KL speed run with automatic speed monitoring, enjoy night skiing down an illuminated run, savour the scenery while ski- touring or freeride skiing with experienced guides. Other activities include ice racing in specially prepared cars driving on a 1Km ice track under the supervision of instructors at the Ice Driving School, snow shoeing, ice skating, snow biking, horse riding … the choice is yours to enjoy a real winter wonderland. The ski areas of Livigno – the Mottolino and Carosello 3000 - offer 115 Km of trails served by a modern lift system that includes 6 gondolas/ cable cars, 13 chairlifts and 11 ski lifts spread across the two mountain ranges giving access to 12 black, 37 red, 29 blue runs and three of the most famous snowparks in Europe with their rails, ramps, jump lines, super and half pipes, inflatable bags, and Boarderfun. Between runs, there are numerous choices to take a break in the sun at one of many restaurants and bars on the mountains. Livigno is also where cross country skiers feel at home, with its 30 km of well groomed runs along the wide valley suitable to beginners and World cup athletes alike. In December, the season officially starts with the famous marathon, La Sgambeda, a 42Km or 21Km race where elite cross-country champions compete along with many passionate amateurs. Summer visitors will not be disappointed: walking, trekking, horse riding, free-climbing, tennis, fishing… and above all, mountain biking. In fact, the territory of Livigno is the flagship of the Alta Rezia, one the largest international areas dedicated to mountain biking and featuring over 3,200 Km of GPS mapped trails, suitable to enthusiasts of all ages, from newbies to expert. In particular, the Mottolino Bike Park is one of the first 11 Kona Groove approved bike parks in the world, and among the first four in Europe. Entirely dedicated to mountain biking, it offers routes of various levels of difficulty with footbridges in the wood, hairpin turn, ups and downs, brook passages, breathtaking jumps and so much more. In addition to its ski slopes and pristine nature, the valley of Livigno is also known for its Duty Free zone. Granted by Napoleon in 1805, this status has supported Livigno’s social and economic development since the ‘50s, in conjunction with the winter opening of the Foscagno Pass, linking Livigno with Bormio and the rest of Valtellina and the 1965 construction of the “Munt La Schera” tunnel towards Switzerland providing a year round link to Northern Europe. Today this duty free status - a unique case in Italy - attracts a variety of tourists, offering them the chance to find top brands at great prices. And after a day full of sport and physical activity you can experience the lively and fun-filled Après Ski, starting on the slopes and continuing down in the village with its numerous pubs, beer houses, restaurants where you can party until the early hours. Surrounded by the Dolomites, one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world and now part of the UNESCO World Natural Heritage list, Madonna di Campiglio (1550 metres) is an intimate and elegant alpine village located in the breathtaking Val Rendena between the Brenta Dolomites in the east and the glaciers of Adamello and Presanella in the west, in the Trentino region in northern Italy. Launched as a tourist centre in the second half of the 1800’s, today it is most certainly one of Italy’s best ski destinations as well as one of the most important in the Alps. Already a holiday resort much loved by the Austro-Hungarian aristocracy and its rich middle class in the 19th century – among its celebrity guests Princess Sissi and the Emperor Franz Joseph, the village still retains its age-old charm, supported by high-quality accommodation and state-of-the-art facilities. True to its noble history, glamour and spectacular natural environment, Madonna di Campiglio is known as the Pearl of the Dolomites, a real paradise for skiers and winter sport lovers. Thanks to the recent connection to the Folgarida/Marilleva and Pinzolo ski areas, skiers now have the chance to experience a non-stop full-immersion skiing experience along its 150 km trails serviced by 62 ultra-modern, fast and reliable lifts with a capacity of 90,000 people per hour with the one Skirama Dolomiti Adamello Brenta lift pass. With a maximum vertical drop of 1300m, the ski area has 93 mapped ski runs featuring different difficulty levels (44 beginner, 35 intermediate, 14 advanced), accessible directly from the village centre with 95% snowmaking coverage of the entire terrain. What’s more, you can set out from your accommodation, ski over countless kilometres of runs, up to an altitude of 2600 metres and return without ever removing your skis. Besides skiing, there is something to suit everyone: for snowboard enthusiasts the Ursus Snow park is one of the best in Italy; for families with young children special playground areas have been developed on the snow; cross-country skiers can enjoy a total of 22Km of trails and for the lovers of ice skating there is the small frozen lake in the centre of the village. The area also features many different routes for hiking, snowshoe walking and ski mountaineering. Madonna di Campiglio is also famous for its high life: mountain huts and chalets on the slopes as well as trendy restaurants –where traditional, yet elegant style lives alongside haute cuisine blending harmoniously with the spirit of the mountains -, bars and cafés in the village are famous for their après-ski. And the experience continues in summer when Madonna di Campiglio and Val Rendena offer a wealth of lakes, valleys, streams, alpine huts and refuges in the beautiful landscape of the Brenta Dolomites. Majestic mountains and picturesque waterfalls mark the surrounding of the village where a widespread network of paths offers incredible opportunities for those wishing to walk or mountain bike through the cool forests and meadows. Madonna di Campiglio is the ideal destination for your next Alpine holiday. The Dolomites are widely acclaimed as one of the most beautiful and awe inspiring Alpine regions in the world. In winter, massive spires and towering cliffs stand majestically above quiet snow covered valleys. There, ancient villages and traditional wooden farm houses contribute to the magical atmosphere of the region together with old castles and monasteries, tiny churches and cow sheds scattered all around. Among all these, lies a truly skiers paradise, the Dolomiti Superski, the biggest ski area in the world. A vast network of state-of-the-art interconnected ski lifts and ski trails that can take weeks to explore. Over 1,200km of perfectly groomed runs serviced by 450 lifts, stretching across 12 valleys. All accessible on one single electronic ski pass. At the heart of this impressive area is the famous Sellaronda ski carousel - 40 km long with 26 km of ski runs. A multi-directional circular lift system linking the four Ladin valleys of Alta Badia, Val Gardena, Val di Fassa and Arabba - four separate and distinctive ski regions with a potential of over 500km of ski runs. The attraction is to ski from village to village pausing from time to time for a good coffee or a gourmet meal. Such is the vastity of the area that you could ski for days without taking the same lift twice. Ski the Sellaronda trail, the 13 km long Marmolada glacier, the scenic "hidden valley" of Lagazuoi with its famous horse-drawn sleighs, experience the thrill of World Cup courses of Val Garden Saslong downhill and La Villa Gran Risa giant slalom, and many more ski areas in the spectacular Dolomites. Bormio (1225m) is a village in the heart of Alta Valtellina, in the Lombardy region of Northern Italy. It lies in a wide, open valley surrounded by beautiful mountains. It has a history going back to Ancient Rome and gets mentioned in one of Leonardo da Vinci’s documents, (he was a fan!). Famous worldwide for its skiing facilities and its thermal baths – Bagni Vecchi, Bagni Nuovi e Bormio Terme -, for many centuries it has been know as the “Magnifca Terra” – the Magnificent Land - thanks to its natural beauty and healthy climate. Bormio is today one of the most famous holiday destinations in the Italian Alps. Here you can spend unforgettable ski weeks, enjoying the slopes where the Ski World Championships have been staged. The ski area consists of 50Km of trails running from an altitude of 3012m down to the village. The mountain is well served by 16 ultra modern lifts and cable cars. The Bormio ski area caters for the most demanding skiers, offering challenging tracks for experienced skiers and racers as well as a wide variety of runs for less experienced skiers..Good snow cover is guaranteed through the season thanks to a modern snow making system which covers close to 90% of the slopes. Not far from Bormio, easily accessible by car or public bus, there is also the lovely ski village of Santa Caterina Valfurva with its 35Km of ski slopes. You can ski both in Bormio and in Santa Caterina with the same 4 Valli (4 Valleys) ski pass. But Bormio offers so much more than world class ski facilities, it is also a famous thermal resort. The thermal baths date from the Roman Age: the Bagni Vecchi (old Baths) were first built in 200 BC while the Bagni Nuovi (New Baths, ) date from 250 AD. In the centre of town, just a few minutes walk from shops, restaurants and hotels, there is modern complex which comprises of many thermal water swimming pools catering for all ages and spa treatment. Santa Caterina Valfurva (1738m), host town (together with Bormio) to the 2005 Alpine Ski World Championships, has been a winter sport resort since 1961. It is an intimate village at the end of Alta Valtellina, in the heart of Stelvio National Park. It is located in a wide and green valley, encircled by the high peaks of the Ortles-Cevedale group, a huge amphitheatre of mountains, many over 3500 meters above sea level, among those the biggest glacier of the Italian Alps, Ghiacciaio dei Forni. Santa Caterina - Valfurva is a paradise for those who love the mountains: in winter you can ski, in summer hiking and mountain biking, always surrounded by the wonderful landscape of one of the biggest protected areas in Europe. Santa Caterina offers more than 40 km of ski tracks for alpine and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, ski touring and telemark. Winter walking on the many trails with the "ciaspole", the typical snowshoes, is also popular. The favourable climate and an advanced artificial snow system covering 90% of the terrain guarantee perfect slopes from late November to late April. The best known among them is certainly the Deborah Compagnoni, named after the local born and bread former world champion and Olympic gold medallist. It features a modern lighting system for night skiing. The resort features 10 lifts, including the new 8-seater gondola to the Valle dell' Alpe and the Sunny Valley hut, and a new 4-seater chairlift to the crest of Mount Sobretta 2800m above sea level. From Santa Caterina you can easily reach Bormio and its 50km of world renowned ski trails. You can ski both in Bormio and in Santa Caterina with the same 4 Valli (4 Valleys) ski pass. Santa Caterina Valfurva also offers excellent cross-country tracks in a fairytale landscape. Winding through deep forests and open areas at an altitude of over 1800 meters, trails of 2, 3, 5 and 10 km are available through a mixture of both flat and hilly terrain . The trails offer variety for all levels of cross country skiers, including some challenging downhill sections for experienced skiers. The La Fonte centre, provides everything a cross country skier needs: changing rooms, showers, a room for waxing skis and storing equipment (fee applicable). From early March to early May you can take advantage of Europe's largest ski touring area - the Ortles Cevedale group – and accompanied by experienced alpine guides and ski instructors explore the glaciers and the many peaks. Skiing in Italy has much to recommend it including magnificent mountain scenery, well- groomed and un-crowded ski areas, superb skiing on- and off-piste, good food, excellent mountain restaurants and reasonable prices. Italy HomeItaly is an ideal skiing choice for a family skiing holiday, with excellent ski schools and a genuine delight in the welcome of small children. The atmosphere in Italian ski resorts is cosmopolitan but the overall influence is definitely Italian; fun and relaxed with more traditional mountain villages than purpose built resorts. Italy's picturesque Alpine villages offer some of the world's best mountain cuisine and, though nightlife may be limited in some resorts, the old cobbled streets come alive in the evenings with buzzing bars, excellent restaurants and good value pizzerias.If there's a unifying theme, it's the laid back flavour of skiing in Italy. Not just the Italian skiers themselves, but visitors from abroad tend to be relaxed - if not at the start, then certainly by the end of their holiday. But despite the vibe, and the quality of the coffee, pasta and pizza, many of the resorts are closer - physically, historically and in the makeup of the local population - to their bordering alpine countries than they are to Rome or Naples. The architecture, the language and some items on the menu frequently make you think you're well north of the border, though it's always overlaid with that unique sense of Italy, and frequently bathed in sunshine.That last factor, sunshine, can be an issue: the Italian Alps depend on southerly weather systems to bring them snow, and it doesn't always fall. But thin seasons usually coincide with low temperatures, allowing resorts to provide great skiing on man-made snow of impressive quality; the Italians are right up there with the Austrians for the amount of artifical snow coverage they have. Almost regardless of the weather, Italy is very good news for keen skiers: you'll be up and skiing empty slopes while the Italians are enjoying a long breakfast, a longer lunch and possibly concentrating more on up-coming nightlife than the afternoon's skiing.As for off-slope diversions, Italy's evening passegiatta in the ritzy resorts will certainly make you consider updating your wardrobe; anyone dancing on tables in ski boots might be politely directed to Austria, though you're in the right place to enjoy classic wine-bars and sumptuous food. Above all, as with the skiing, you can make of it what you will. Several big Italian ski areas are accessed from the Aosta Valley in the west, beneath Mont Blanc and the Monte Rosa, with a mix of ultra-chic Courmayeur at one end, off-piste mecca Alagna and the Monterosa at the other, and a bit of everything in between, most of it with striking scenery and minimal crowds. In the east are the Dolomites, some of the world's most picturesque mountains, littered with dozens of small but well developed resorts, all under the umbrella of the "world's biggest ski domain" and covered by a single lift passShort breaks for skiing and boarding are ever more popular and resorts such as Courmayeur, Champoluc and Sestriere are ideal for weekend skiing with short airport transfers and conveniently located hotels meaning that no time is lost getting on to the slopes. And there's also plenty of good skiing off-piste and heliskiing. - Cortina d'Ampezzo - Italy's most stylish winter-sports resort, Cortina d'Ampezzo certainly enjoys more non-skiing winter visitors than it does skiers, yet its slopes are well worth the journey, even before you start admiring the craggy mountain views and the mountain restaurants which are as important as the skiing. The majority of guests are Italian who come to Cortina to socialise, sunbathe and to be seen, and hence the ski slopes are uncrowded for most of the season which is good news for ski-obsessed North Europeans. The pedestrian town is home to Italy's most expensive street - the perfect place for retail therapy for those that can afford it - and quality restaurants and wine bars. Venice is just two hours away by car if you fancy the ultimate ski and city break. Courmayeur is well known for its excellent restaurants both on and off the piste and good food can be found everywhere. It has more mountain restaurants than ski lifts and lunch time favourites such as Maison Vieille and Chiecco should be booked in advance to avoid disappointment! 100km of well maintained pisted runs are complemented by some excellent off piste runs - which include the Toula Glacier (1,311m of vertical drop), and the world famous 24km Vallee Blanche from Punta Helbronner (3, 462m) to Chamonix. Come nightfall, enjoy a passeggiata along Courmayeur's charming main street where you will find a selection of stylish bars and elegant boutiques. - Madonna di Campiglio - The charming ski resort of Madonna di Campiglio has 120km of groomed skiing either side of a deep valley and surrounded by spectacular Dolomite scenery. The ski area includes nearby Folgarida and Marilleva, and there are plans to connect to Pinzolo in the south. There's plenty of good intermediate skiing and boarding, and with nine ski schools Madonna is a good destination for beginners and novices. There's also good off-piste from the top of Passo Groste. Madonna's stylish pedestrianized village delivers a quality mountain experience with plenty of 3-star and 4-star hotels and apartment accommodation to choose from and over 20 restaurants serving local mountain specialities and a wide range of good Italian cooking. - Monterosa - Champoluc & Alagna - Monterosa's three valleys are comparable to the Trois Vallees in France in terms of the physical relationship of the main resorts but they could hardly offer a more different ski experience. There are around 180kms of long, pisted runs in an unspoiled natural environment and minimal resort development. Skiing is for the most part on amazingly quiet pistes and much of the terrain remains undeveloped and is perfect for off- piste skiing. In addition to reasonably priced heli ski trips, Alagna is legendary for its advanced off piste itineraries. At the other end of the spectrum, for families and intermediates, Champoluc offers an un-crowded and relaxed area of friendly ski terrain and magnificent alpine scenery. - Val di Fassa - MountainVal di Fassa in the Italian region of Trentino is close to the border with Austria and offers a wide choice of accommodation in as many as seven villages, of which the most visited are Canazei, Campitello and Pozza di Fassa. The Fassa valley alone has 122km of well-groomed piste skiing with a further 100km nearby in Tre Valli and access to Dolomiti Superski - the world's largest ski circuit with over 1,200km of pistes, of which 800km are connected. Besides skiing there's a wide range of other activities including cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing, winter walks, excellent shopping and plenty of homely restaurants both on and off the mountain. The views of the Dolomites are quite spectacular and as good as you'll find anywhere. - Val Gardena - Val Gardena in Sud Tirol offers extensive skiing between three charming villages within an 8km stretch. The biggest village and most convenient base is Selva Gardena (Wolkenstein) with access to skiing in all directions. Santa Cristina (St. Christina) and Ortisei (St. Ulrich) Val Gardena has good skiing for all abilities and easy access to the Sella Ronda, a 26km circuit surrounds Gruppo Sella which can be skied clockwise or anti-clockwise and links another series of villages including Colfosco and Corvara in the Alta Badia valley; Arabba in the Livinallongo valley and Canazei in the Val di Fassa valley just off the circuit. Enjoy spectacular mountain scenery, good eating on and off the mountain and plenty of quality hotels to choose from. - Via Lattea ski area, which was much improved for the 2006 winter Olympics, offers 400km of well-groomed pistes, a modern ski lift system and many ski resort villages including Sestriere, Sauze d'Oulx, Jouvenceaux, Claviere, Cesana and Pragelato and ranging from historic to purpose built. The focus is on skiing, there being limited facilities in Vialattea for non-skiers. Sestriere at an altitude of just over 2,000m is an excellent snow sure base from which to explore Vialattea's open sunny pistes. Although not the most picturesque of Italy's ski resorts it has a cosmopolitan charm and a superb ski area, particularly suited to beginners, intermediates and those who like to cover a lot of mileage and to ski different resorts in one day.