Ski Resorts in Italy

The Dolomites are fun for spring skiing, and nearby the Mediterranean to boot. Further afield, Cortina is not only a top destination for on-slope action, but an Olympic host and purveyor of fine alps.

Cervinia, near the Swiss border, is Italy's answer to Zermatt, at the foot of the Matterhorn, and with tons of lifts, will keep most skiers busy - if not, try the 20km downhill it boasts.

Approaching France is Courmayeur, which is hot for nightlife, and a stone's throw from Chamonix, which means high alpine.

North, the Piemonte region has been host to numerous World Cup events, second to which is incredible food for those of us who like to move a little slower. No end to the number of resorts up here, you could be busy for a while.

Abruzzo, in central Italy is home to numerous resorts, and reports reliable snowfall. Perhaps now is a good time to try cross-country skiing, which the population are perhaps more passionate about - for this, head to Gran Sasso.