Skier(57288)Credit: sxc.huSkiing Holidays in Italy are a time to relax and socialize. Ski season in the country runs from late December to early April. Time off the slopes is spent eating, drinking, socializing and soaking up the sun. All resorts are not created equal. Three locations are listed below that cater to very specific clientele. 


Cortina offers some of the best beginner slopes in Italy according to The Guardian newspaper. Located 27.3 miles from the Austrian border, approximately 7,000 people reside in the town. Cortina is surrounded by the Tofana, Cristallo and Sorpis mountains.  

Five major airports service Cortina: Venezia, Treviso, Verona, Bergamo and Innsbruck. Buses, taxis or car rentals transport guests into town. Helicopter service shuttles passengers between Cortina and Venice airport in 35 minutes. Experts recommend using buses provided by the Cortina Tourist Office at Venice airport for easy hotel transport. For off-the-slope enjoyment, guests are encouraged to visit Pasticceria Lovat on Corso Italia for their Austrian cakes and excellent people-watching. 

As of August 2011, budget hotels offering a bed and breakfast cost between $496.69 and $993.37 per person, per week during ski season. Mid-range facilities with bars and on-site childcare cost $70.97 to $170.40 per person, per night. Luxury hotels, with swimming pools and satellite television charge between $320.15 and $1,209.55 per night. A number of area shops offer ski equipment rentals.


The Telegraph newspaper recommends San Cassiano for family skiing. Home to the Dolomite mountains, the resort has a number of kid-friendly, blue diamond slopes. Guests arrive at Innsbruck airport and take a two-hour drive into town. Advanced reservations for children at the Dolomite Ski School gives parents three hours of free time on a daily basis.

The Rosa Apina Resort and Spa offers luxurious  accommodations in San Cassiano. An on-site restaurant offers catering services. Rooms are furnished with local antiques and have ceramic or marble bathrooms. Ski concierge arranges equipment rentals and ski instruction for guests. Services at the Daniela Steiner Spa, located in the basement, should not be missed. As of August 2011, room rates are $599.84 to $1,856.79 per night. Nearby Hotel Amarentarola has a private lift to take guests to the Superski Dolomiti Carousel. Room types range from standard doubles to bi-level suites. Rates are between $185.28 and $456.06 per night. 

Weekend Getaway

The resort of Foppolo, located .99 miles outside of Italy, is accessible by four airports that are all within a two-hour drive. Foppolo has 17 lifts, capable of transporting 20,000 people per hour. The town is equipped with diverse slopes to make skiing a pleasurable experience for adults and children alike. Be sure to take notice of scenic landscapes and mountain walls during a descent from Monte Valgussera. 

Hotel Des Alpes in Foppolo offers guests free high-speed Internet, free parking and onsite dining. Past guests praise hotel customer service and the delicious menu options. As of August 2011, rooms are between $47 and $730 per night during ski season. Local merchants offer equipment rentals.