Pink clouds like candyfloss float above as we bump along in our snowmobile past quaint wooden chalets with smoke billowing from their chimneys. It’s that bewitching time of day in the Dolomites. They call it enrosadira (or alpenglow) and it’s when the mountains glow pinky red. Geologists believe the explanation lies in the unusual composition of ca...

Cervinia has been an international destination since the early 1900s. It lies at the end of the Valtournenche, the last inhabited center in the valley before the trails climb toward the Matterhorn. It’s always been among the Valle d’Aosta’s top-choices for resorts due to the length of its ski season (which lasts more than six months). Since it’s co...

Every mountain is different, sure. But, the rhythm of most ski resorts is predictable. So, when I heard about a “ski safari” in the Italian Alps, that involved crisscrossing the scenic towns and valleys of places like Cortina, Civetta, Val Gardena and Arabba, then sleeping at a different alpine inn each night (sadly, no tiger tracking), I was intri...

Skiing or eating in Cortina are interesting sociological experiences. On the slopes or in the lodges, between a bombardino drink and waiting in line at the lifts, encounters can be as informal as they are mind-blowing. Maybe it’s all the ski gear, the helmet and goggles that offer an easy anonymity. Maybe it’s the altitude, but this sport continues...

Many Italians take to the mountains for a winter holiday. But it's not all about the Alps. If you want to explore further, here are some alternative ski destinations around Italy. Camigliatello Silano, Calabria – The ‘toe’ of Italy’s boot-shaped peninsula might be more commonly associated with beaches and summer sunshine, but within the woods of Ca...

Every year, people from all over Europe and and North America travel to Northern Italy to enjoy its amazing mountains: the Alps. The Alps are home to some of the best ski resorts and most picturesque towns in the world. There are plenty of winter sports to practice and you can choose from a number of locations to enjoy skiing activities. If you wou...

While the world’s top skiers head to Bormio for the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup races (December 28-29 in 2019), a time when this town near the Swiss border turns up in the media spotlight, the resort is a little-known destination for many international schussers, who are more likely to aim their Rossignols and K2s down power pistes in St. Moritz, Cour...

Is there such a thing as too much snow? The week I arrived in Champoluc, in Italy’s Valle d’Aosta, the whole village seemed to be buried. Trees resembled sticks of candyfloss, huge mounds hid cars that would take days to dig out, and the air itself was laced with a diaphanous glittery frost. Each morning a fresh set of hastily printed warning poste...

Aprica (1180 m a.s.l.) lies on the Alpine Pass of the same name, which connects the Valtellina with the Valcamonica, in the province of Brescia. This was an ancient communication route for pilgrims, soldiers and merchants that came down from the Bernina and were directed to the Po valley. Today Aprica is a both winter and summer vacation resort tha...

A paradise for skiers, the Italian Alps of South Tyrol offer a more placid pastime that’s surging anew. A host of spas are sprouting up in isolated tracts among the highlands, and though there’s hiking, biking and access to some of the Alps’ easier ski slopes, sports are a mere afterthought here. The spas draw skiers and nonskiers alike to spend da...