The Dolomiti mountains in Northern Italy are world famous for their ski resorts. The 1956 Winter Olympics were held in nearby Cortina d’Ampezzo and they have hosted the World Ski Championships four times as well. While Cortina may be the most popular resort, there are some real gems nearby like the Civetta ski resort.
Ski Civetta is home to 80 kilometers of ski runs and is serviced by 23 ski lifts; everyone will find a run perfect for your ski level. The lifts can carry 37,000 people an hour up the mountain, but even when I visited on a weekend during the peak holiday season, we nearly had the place to ourselves. Certainly that would not be the case in some of the bigger areas like Cortina. A one day ski pass for Civetta will run you €40 (€43 peak season), comparable with the rest of the resorts around Europe.
Have you tried nighttime skiing? They have two runs totaling 5 kilometers in length that are lit from 7-11pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and cost €14 (€20 peak season). The nighttime skiing is in the town of Zoldo Alto.
Ski Civetta is also part of the Dolomiti Superski area. It is made up of 12 different ski areas and over 1,200 kilometers of ski runs. Best of all, it can all be accessed by one ski pass. Holiday goers are particularity fond of it as you can ski a different area each day all with the same pass. There is also a shuttle service that links each of the ski areas together.
The amount of ski-able terrain coupled with the close proximity of Ski Civetta made it an easy choice to checkout for a day of skiing. A foot of snow came down on the mountain the day I went, so I didn’t get any pictures. But, here is a short video of one of the powder filled ski runs.
Know Before You Go:
- Ski Civetta is open daily in winter (late November to April 6th) from 08:30 am to 4:30 pm
- The ski area can be accessed from 4 towns (Zoldo Alto, Alleghe, Selva, Palafavera) and the closest airport is Venice about 1.5 hours away.