I normally go to Austria for skiing but I have been lucky enough to visit Italy a few times – and I’m going there again in January – to Sauze d’Oulx near Turin.
Canazei – This was the first Italian ski resort I visited and it was VERY COLD!! Obviously cold is good on a ski holiday, but there was one early morning when the temperature gauge actually said minus 22 degrees centigrade! This was the only ski holiday when I got wind burn on my face and came home with big red blotches on my nose & chin. But it is a lovely resort – very pretty, nestled among the Dolomites. The Dolomites are spectacular and turn a wonderful pink colour at sunset (I wasn’t normally up at sun rise to see this)! One of the big attractions for Canazei is that it is part of the Sella Ronda ski circuit.
Check-out the review that I wrote for the RTE Travel site at the time.
Courmayer – A stunning resort that sits at the bottom of Mont Blanc in the Aosta Valley. The food was great and the quality of food in the mountain huts was some of the best I’ve found in ski resorts. The village is very pretty and is full of Italian tourists wandering around in Armani gear (even the ski instructors wear Armani)! The funniest thing is that the Armani clad tourists rarely venture onto the slopes – they prefer to sit outside the numerous cafes posing.
It was a relatively painless process this year. We are a core group of five (of varying abilities) who ski (and argue) together. There is usually much debate and wrangling over where to go. We were surprisingly well behaved this year and unanimously decided on Sauze d’Oulx in Italy – it ticks lots of boxes for us.
We are breaking with tradition (as we normally favour Austria). Having skied in Italy twice before (Canazei & Courmayeur – see my first blog for a review of Canazei), I know that Italy is a more laid back version of Austria – with better food (sometimes)! Although Italy can’t match the Austrian après ski. Having said that, Sauze d’Oulx is supposed to be huge fun with great night life, cheap food & drink and fantastic skiing – so I am very hopeful!
We have booked with Crystal Ski and we got a good deal – price included a week’s ski pass and ski hire.
Our friends, ‘the independent travellers’ are doing their own thing and and have booked flights into Turin on Ryanair. They are flying back from Milan – both airports are close to Sauze d’Oulx which can be easily reached by public transport.
We are going on January 23rd (to get over the January Blues) so the big countdown starts now – I’m so excited!
Here’s where we’re staying:
I love this time of year! The ski season has started and I’m looking forward to Christmas. But where to ski this season?
Crystal Ski http://www.crystalski.ie and DirectSki http://www.directski.ie have launched their new brochures for the 2015/16 season. I love the new graphics in the Crystal Ski brochure and Direct Ski have a great 1980s ski vibe in their new campaign.
The Irish Independent had a really good ski supplement a few Saturdays ago – if you are looking for ideas.
Recommended Ski Review Websites:
Some great ski websites for reviews on resorts, latest news, general information, etc, are:
http://www.welove2ski.com (This is a good site for checking out snow forecasts/conditions).
I normally ski in Austria because I love the Après-ski and pretty alpine villages, but a few years ago I skiied in Canazei, Italy. This is a lovely, pretty little resort in the Dolomites. Check-out the review that I wrote for the RTE Travel site at the time.
Anyway, I will be back very soon to give you more ideas and info…..