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Italy

From the Alps in the west to the Dolomites in the east, ski holidays in Italy feature some of the world's most renowned ski areas. Skiing in Italy is often a cheaper option to France or Austria and is also known for its laid-back atmosphere. Italy is also home to the ski area with the highest number of runs in Europe; the Sella Ronda in the Dolomites, which includes the Italian resorts of Corvara, Val Gardena, Arabba, Canazei and Val di Fassa.

Après ski in Italy features everything from traditional pizzerias and trattorias to foam parties, DJs and all-night clubbing. Some of the most popular resorts for ski holidays in Italy include: Courmayeur, Sestriere, Bardonecchia, Sauze d'Oulx and Cortina. Located in the Aosta Valley, Courmayeur is set at 1225 metres and offers 62 miles of pistes. This resort is particularly popular with beginners and intermediates. Set at 2035 metres, Sestriere's high altitude is popular with advanced and intermediate skiers and also offers excellent off-piste.

At 1310 metres, the large town of Bardonecchia is particularly popular for its après ski and vibrant nightlife. Sauze d'Oulx, set at 1510 metres, has nearly 250 miles of runs and a similar reputation for energetic nightlife. The exclusive ski resort of Cortina sits at an altitude of 1224 metres and is the Italian answer to the chic French resort of Courchevel. Cortina is a little more expensive than neighbouring resorts and boasts stylish accommodation, fine food and excellent pistes for beginners and intermediates.