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Italian ski resorts for beginners & intermediates...

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Bormio offer great beginners skiing and one of the biggest vertical drops in the Alps.
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I'd second Cervinia, went last year on a group course and taking the family back this coming season. The pistes are setup for confidence building, the scenery is stunning and food great.

The town isn't chocolate box pretty, has some nice bits and some slightly ugly bits but the skiing is amazing and you have the Matterhorn, what more could you ask? Smile
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Bardonecchia is good (and cheap) providing they have snow 1300-2800m. " ski areas Campo Smith and the Jafferau (~500m higher). Was part of Turin Olympics so have some nice new faccillities and only ~1 hr from Turin. Very good for beginners/ intermediates as you are not paying a fortune for a lift pass you won't fully use - over 100km piste.

http://www.bardonecchiaski.com/en_US/home/winter/ski-area/where-to-ski
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maybe try Livigno, went with my daughter and within 4 days we were cruising the 7km blue run in the afternoons together after her lessons
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I haven't been on the forum for ages but I was getting twitchy for my next holiday and looking at the webcams. Amazingly I remembered my username and password.

Anyway, I should declare an interest as I used to live there and had a residents' regional ski pass every year, but Aosta is a great base. As mentioned there is an industrial area, but it's a proper community and prices aren't resort level. Last year I took my GF for her first skiing holiday so Pila was enough, although there are other local resorts (Courmayeur, La Thuile etc.) available if you have a car, or even use the local buses like I did on my first ever visit years ago. We also went to Turin (with a local friend) and the train is cheap. If you're there 30/31January the S.Orso fair is well worth a visit, and never believe posh middle class English people who say Italians don't get drunk!
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As a beginner/intermediate (I can just parallel ski) Corvara and Madonna are excellent. Madonna has the better scenery (I mean the landscape Smile) of the two IMHO. I did some videos from the two places, https://vimeo.com/user8026275 (have to go back almost a year). I am going back to Madonna in Feb 2018...

However I am looking for more similar places, between now and Feb 18, and would appreciate any suggestions. One was the "Milky Way" resorts, which are mostly Italian.

One issue with the Dolomites is that there are no nearby airports. The nearest is Verona and it is a 2-3hr shuttle bus at about 30 quid a person each way, which is about 1/10 of doing it any other way (apart from unreliable Italian public transport, with even trains being a bit "random", IME, having to pay €250 for a taxi once to catch the return flight). But these shuttles run only at weekends which is an issue if you just want to do a few days.

The other thing to avoid (how I am not sure) is places full of small children who wonder randomly across the slope. With ski passes in the Alps (and everything else in the Alps) being expensive, this seems to be a bigger problem at the cheaper locations e.g. Slovenia. But one can't just look up e.g. Italian school holidays because these kids may not be at school.

The biggest problem I have found with getting recommendations is that nearly everybody on the slope is either a baby or a good skier who can do red and black runs. I have had suggestions which were so wide of the mark that I might have thought somebody was trying to wind me up. I am not sure what one can do except to ask widely and check the piste maps, and hope the "blues" are not blue to get more tourism Smile
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