For guaranteed early and late cover in Italy you could opt for glacial resorts such as Cervinia or Val Senales, where skiing continues throughout much of the year – but a few others are also open late.
Here – in no particular order – are six resorts with a ski season that finishes at the end of April…or later.
This is where we recommend coming when other resorts are getting slushy. Cervinia is an excellent place to learn to ski, with its high altitude offering a good chance of reliable snow conditions. However, the terrain is essentially intermediate, with none of the black runs worthy of the description. Some of the 23km of glacier skiing is on the Theodul glacier on the Swiss side of the border, above Zermatt.
The good-value village of Passo Tonale has snowsure skiing from late October until early May, as well as year-round skiing on the Presena Glacier. There’s plenty of beginner and intermediate terrain, with access by cable-car to Passo Paradiso, where lifts bring you to the 3069m summit.
The village of Livigno is a straggling 20km development along a valley with skiing on both sides. Some 30 lifts rise to a top height of 2795m. Livigno is one of the highest ski villages in the Alps – in fact the satellite village of Trepalle claims to be Italy’s highest inhabited parish – and has an excellent snow record.
Kronplatz is a ski area rather than a single resort in the South Tyrol. It has one of the most sophisticated network of gondolas in the world, 119km of piste, one of the largest ski schools in the region, but is largely unknown outside Italy and Germany. The skiing goes up to 2275m.
The slopes in Val Senales are open from September to May each year and the glacier is equally suited to beginners and experienced skiers. A favourite is the 8km long Schmuggler slope that leads down to the valley. But the area is also famous as the location where Europe’s oldest-known human Mummy, Oetzi (also known as the Ice Man), was preserved in ice for 5,300 years.
The spa town of Bormio is set at 1225m in the Lombardy region, with its highest lifts and slopes rising to 3012m – making it pretty snow sure. The Stelvio Pass with its glacier skiing (9km of slopes and 6 lifts) is located in the municipality of Bormio.