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Italy is open for Spring Skiing

April skiing in Italy is all about making the most of increasingly frequent bluebird days and quieter pistes.

The best way to do that is to book a trip to one of the snow-sure, higher altitude resorts, which offer a great variety of runs for skiers of all abilities, as well as glorious glaciers, fresh powder, plenty of sunshine, and, of course, Italian food.

Italy ski resorts in April: Ranked

To discover the best places to ski in Italy in April, Iglu Ski has used historical snowfall data from Snow Forecast and combined it with the number of sunny days for each resort to determine which of Italy’s resorts have the best April ski conditions.

 

  Weekly bluebird powder days Weekly bluebird days Total sunny days Average weekly snowfall April skiing score
Cervinia 0.9 0.9 1.8 43cm 77.4
Passo Tonale 0.8 1 1.8 33cm 59.4
Champoluc 0.6 0.6 1.2 28cm 33.6
Livigno 0.7 0.7 1.4 23cm 32.2
Cortina 0.4 0.6 1 22cm 22
Corvara 0.3 0.6 0.9 21cm 18.9

 

The top 6 places to go skiing in Italy in April

1.  Cervinia

  • Resort height: 2050m
  • Highest lift: 3480m
  • Average April snow depth: 74cm
  • Closing date: Early May

This high altitude resort offers excellent skiing across its 200km of pistes, especially for intermediates, who shouldn’t find anything beyond their capabilities. Advanced skiers can venture towards Valtournenche for some more challenging runs. You’ll also enjoy a pleasant 1.8 sunny days every week.

Cervinia is linked to Zermatt in Switzerland, opening up a much larger skiing area for the adventurous, while being much more affordable to stay in than its Swiss neighbour.

Here’s how to do it.

Iglu Ski offers 7 nights from £2,418 per person based on two sharing, half board, at the 4* Valtur Cristallo Ski Resort, Cervinia, Italy, departing from London Gatwick on April 7th 2024, and including transfers. When it comes to ski hotels, the Valtur Cristallo is the complete package. Its sleek, modern rooms are decked out with designer furniture and fittings, plus there’s an impressive set of facilities to make your stay even better. Last Chance Cervinia

2.  Passo Tonale

  • Resort height: 1883m
  • Highest lift: 3010m
  • Average April snow depth: 84cm
  • Closing date: Early May

High up and with wide slopes that are mostly above the treeline, Passo Tonale is an excellent April skiing destination, offering almost guaranteed snow and a wide, white canvas on which to enjoy those bluebird days. It’s especially good for beginners and intermediates, and skiers can enjoy a continuous 11km descent from Presena to Ponte di Legno.

3.  Champoluc

  • Resort height: 1570m
  • Highest lift: 3550m
  • Average April snow depth: 35cm
  • Closing date: Mid April

A charming resort, Champoluc forms part of the Italian three Valleys alongside Gressoney La Trinite and Alagna Valsesia. It sure looks pretty on a sunny day after fresh snowfall, with white-tipped trees and a traditional, unspoilt village to admire. The ski area is relatively small, but offers plenty of late season snow, with lots of long, wide, uncrowded reds that are perfect for intermediate skiers. And if you’re keen to venture off-piste, you’ll find some of the best powder in Italy.

4.  Livigno

  • Resort height: 1816m
  • Highest lift: 3000m
  • Average April snow depth: 43cm
  • Closing date: Early May

There are few more snow sure resorts in Italy than Livigno, which enjoys an average April snow depth of 43cm. The resort is charmingly rustic yet modern, with a super efficient lift system and excellent piste management. Thanks to its high altitude, you can expect Livigno to stay open until the beginning of May, with a variety of pistes that are great for beginners and intermediates, as well as both skiers and boarders. The resort is also duty free, so get ready to shop nearly as much as you ski.

5.  Cortina

  • Resort height: 1224m
  • Highest lift: 3248m
  • Average April snow depth: 22cm
  • Closing date: Early April

Located in the Dolomites super ski area, Cortina is considered a very exclusive resort and the go-to ski destination for wealthy Italians. What about skiing? Well, on one side, you’ll find beginner and intermediate-friendly blues, and on the other, plenty of more challenging reds and blacks – something for everyone. It’s also easy to explore other Dolomite resorts by jumping on the bus.

Cortina is lower altitude than other Italian resorts, so the season ends in early April, but 90% of its pistes are covered by snow makers to top up the natural white stuff.

6.  Corvara

  • Resort height: 1568m
  • Highest lift: 3342m
  • Average April snow depth: 9cm
  • Closing date: Early April

Another Dolomites resort, Corvara is the perfect base for exploring the sprawling Alta Badia ski area and Sella Ronda Circuit. It’s open until early April and, at 1568m, has a good record of reliable snow conditions. There’s a decent mix of pistes and off-piste opportunities for skiers of all abilities. Arabba, a pretty ski village over 3000m, is definitely worth a visit, and offers superb glacier skiing across the Marmolada.

 

Igluski.com

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