Top Lift: 2949m
Ski area: 1220km of piste
Adult lift pass: 196-242€ for six days
In a Nutshell
All right, so Corvara doesn’t have the hard-core credibility of the likes of Verbier, Chamonix or St Anton, but how many Brits can actually dodge trees in waist-deep powder? For the average skier, this cute little town in the Italian Dolomites is in many ways a more sensible option. The prices are lower and the general level of cooking and hotel-keeping much higher. Above all, the pistes perfectly suited to anyone who doesn’t want to push themselves too hard, or who needs to build their confidence. What not many people know though, is that the off-piste canali or couloirs are some of the most challenging you’ll find.
Why isn’t this place better known by the Brits?
Corvara’s great strength is that it sits at the junction of two attractive, intermediate-friendly areas. On one side, you’ve got the vast circuit of the Sella Ronda – which girdles the mighty Sella massif and provides one of the best on-piste tours in skiing. On the other, you’ve got the easy-going groomers of the Alta Badia, dotted with sensational mountain restaurants. Admittedly, you won’t want to come here in high season – during the February school holidays, or at New Year – when half of Italy seems to be in town. But the rest of the time – provided skiing and lunching/dining are your priorities, rather than partying – you’ll have a ball. Oh, and there are some fabulous hotels here, too.
See also our feature 8 Things We Love About The Dolomites.