From the slopes surrounding Courmayeur on Italy’s eastern border to the iconic Dolomites out in the west, there is plenty to see and even more to ski when you head here for a backcountry expedition.
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Running across the entirety of northern Italy, the Alps and their subranges offer plenty of backcountry skiing opportunities. From hut-to-hut treks across the Dolomites to single day adventures on the Monte Rosa massif, there is something for everyone in this iconic Mediterranean country.
Heading to places such as the northern Dolomites, Courmayeur or Monte Rosa also make for great jumping off points to iconic parts of Austria, France and Switzerland. Tyrol, Mont Blanc and Zermatt are also easily reached from northern Italy, adding another dimension to your backcountry skiing adventure.
However, staying in Italy offers plentiful fun and excitement. Prior to or after your backcountry skiing adventure explore some of the local culture. Turin, Venice and Milan are all near certain spots in the Alps and offer some spectacular sightseeing of their own.
During the winter months, the north of Italy is generally quite cold with mean daily temperatures of -7ºC. Temperatures increase a bit in the spring, but not by much. While the area receives plenty of snowfall, there are also many clear days; ideal conditions for ski touring.
This depends on where you’re headed. For the Aosta Valley and Piedmont, flights into the Geneva International Airport (GVA) or the international airport in Turin (TRN) get you there most quickly. If you’re headed to the Dolomites, then flying into the Venice airport (VCE). From each of these, the most popular starting points can be reached by bus, train or airport shuttle.
December to April. Some guides offer trips in May as well.
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