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[Tripper: Paola]
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Winter in the northern hemisphere is upon us, the snow is already covering the highest peaks, the engines are warming up for a ski season, perhaps free for the first time in two years, from the constraints dictated by the pandemic. The conditions for a great experience are all there, all that remains is to decide which destination to go to.
Italy has many ski resorts to offer both along the Alps and in the Apennines, so varied that they can truly satisfy everyone.

San Vigilio di Marebbe - la chiesa

San Vigilio di Marebbe - the church

San Vigilio di Marebbe

San Vigilio di Marebbe

We at Tryatrip are based in Turin but we have a leg originally from Friuli Venezia Giulia so we embrace all the northern mountains from west to east.
To inspire you in your choice, we have compiled our personal ranking of the TOP 3 locations that we prefer based on multiple factors. Naturally it does not want to be an exhaustive and exclusive guide, it just wants to propose some suggestions to give a useful reading key to your personal research.

1st - San Vigilio di Marebbe (South Tyrol)
Locality in South Tyrol at 1285 meters above sea level, reachable from Bressanone or Brunico, taking the SS244 state road towards Longega in Marebbe.
As soon as you arrive in the village, the atmosphere that welcomes you is that of a typical mountain village. The houses are built respecting tradition with wood and stone, sloping roofs to support the weight of the snow, fences to delimit the gardens, ice sculptures, sports shops ready to wax your skis and the inevitable square where the white bell tower of the church, a simple building surrounded by a protected garden, where the souls of the village, who have passed away, rest.
We are particularly fond of this place, having spent so many holidays in such perfect harmony that it is difficult to forget.
San Vigilio has its village ski resort, which alone would be the envy of many resorts, but it is also in the middle of the Dolomiti Superski ski area, an almost unique white carousel. This means that from San Vigilio you can take the lifts up to Plan De Corones, finding over 120 km of slopes, or go towards Alta Badia descending from Piz de Plaies.
The locality has several ski schools so even beginners, whether they are alpine skiing, snowboarding or cross-country skiing, will have no difficulty in finding an excellent instructor. For the more demanding it must be said that in these parts there are some really challenging black runs that will not fail to warm up the muscles of your legs and even take your breath away a little, like the legendary Piculin.
During the Christmas period you may come across the Krampus on the street, masked devils who evoke the figure of the servant of San Nicola and at the end of the year there is the classic torchlight vigil of the ski instructors.
The food is too good: don't miss trying the fabulous apple strudel and buying bread with fennel seeds.
Drinks are just as good: don't miss a shot along the slopes, in one of the many ski bars where you can recharge your batteries without even taking off your skis or even the classic mulled wine.
What will remain most attached to you is the warmth of these people.
They seem almost shy and distant with their ladin inaccessible to most, but as soon as you get to know them, you understand the attachment they have for their land and they will take you by the hand to love it as they know how to do.
Our top reference as a Hotel is the very central Hotel Teresa

2nd - Cesana Torinese (Piedmont)
In second position we could only indicate one of the Piedmontese localities which gives access to the Vialattea district. We chose Cesana Torinese for its central location and for its urban characteristics that do not distort the mountain tradition with concrete silos, as in other more renowned locations. Cesana has all the advantages of the village, compared to the agglomerations of houses located directly on the ski slopes, having countless services and commercial premises. However, remaining small in size, it is not too crowded and is very enjoyable even in high season.
It can be reached quickly from Turin, which is 90 km away, via the convenient Val di Susa motorway. For skiing you are spoiled for choice: you can go up towards Claviere, encroaching on France or on the contrary go towards San Sicario to climb Monte Fraiteve.
In addition to sports activities, Cesana also offers strong historical evidence. Just raise your eyes towards Mount Chaberton, where the eight towers of the fortifications erected by the King's army between 1898 and 1910, between 1898 and 1910, to defend the territory from the French, still stand at over 3000 metres.
If you love liqueurs, those that also warm the soul, don't miss the typical one here: Genepy, a yellowish liquid with green reflections, extracted from a plant typical of the valley, which grows only at high altitudes.

3rd - Bormio (Lombardy)
In third position but only because we have less frequent occasions to go there, we put the Alta Valtellina, where, in the shadow of the Ortles peak which reaches almost 4000 meters, three valleys develop, of which Bormio is queen. The entire area is a perfect combination of sporting activities, shopping and the pursuit of well-being. Here you can truly pamper yourself, enjoying both the largest thermal area in the Alps and a ski area that hosts legendary slopes such as the Stelvio, the scene of one of the most loved men's downhill slopes by the champions of this sport. It is no coincidence that Bormio will host the 2026 Winter Olympics hand in hand with Cortina d'Ampezzo.
Besides skiing, there is more: snowshoes and ice-skating rinks and in the evening you will find typical restaurants and pizzerias, pubs and a disco.
And if the idea of so much sport is not enough for you, know that the famous Bernina red train leaves from Tirano, reaching Saint Moritz, crossing almost enchanted landscapes, between glaciers, woods and spectacular lakes. The Rhaetian railway on which the train runs also has such a historical value that it has become part of the Unesco world heritage.
If you go as far as Livigno, you can indulge in unbridled shopping, because here even luxury costs less. In fact, the town enjoys a duty-free zone thanks to its proximity to Switzerland.

We are sure we have whetted some ideas! Have a nice trip!

Cesana Torinese (Piemonte)

Cesana Torinese (Piedmont)

Comprensorio sciistico Vialattea

Vialattea ski area

Panorami innevati piemontesi

Piedmontese snowy panoramas

Momenti di gioco sulla neve a Bormio

Moments of play on the snow in Bormio