Top Lift: 3000m
Ski area: 60km of piste
Adult lift pass: 135-166€ for six days
In a Nutshell
The small family-friendly resort has 60km of skiing on well-maintained pistes and one of the most modern lift systems in Europe.
Essential Advice for the Perfect Trip
The attractive old village with its narrows streets and scattering of converted farmhouses has a considerable following among Italian families who want a quiet resort offering plenty of snow-sure intermediate skiing.
It lies close to the Swiss border, north of Lake Como, and a two-hour drive from Bergamo. Once you reach the lovely old town of Chiavenna, it’s either 45 minutes drive to St Moritz or 45 minutes to Madesimo. In fact, it is perfectly possible to take a day-trip from here to St Moritz.
During the week the slopes are blissfully uncrowded and there is a distinct lack of lift queues, although it gets busier at weekends when visitors arrive from Milan. The skiing is mostly of intermediate level and takes place on the slopes of the Pizzo Groppera, with long trails leading into the neighbouring Valle di Lei with its mainly red runs and some challenging blacks, including the famous Canalone itinerary.
The compact village means that you can be up the mountain quickly from wherever you are staying. The village has a good range of restaurants, cafes, pizzerias, bars and shopping opportunities.
November 22, 2013Katie Lewis
Love this website, reading it’s so addictive! Just wanted to point out that it takes about half an hour to drive to Madesimo from Chiavenna, whereas it takes just under an hour to get to San Moritz.
November 22, 2013Felice Hardy
Thanks for your kind words and thanks for pointing out those driving times.