The Aosta Valley is located in the north-western part of the Italian Alps, on the Italian side of the Matterhorn. The region offers a good selection of lively and chic Alpine resorts, including Cervinia and Courmayeur.
The majestic mountain panorama of the Aosta Valley is an unforgettable experience for skiiers and snowboarders alike. The region has a great snowfall record and Cervinia offers access to the Swiss resort of Zermatt (although an additional lift pass is required). Courmayeur is not particularly well suited to beginners, as it's slopes are generally very steep. On the contrary, however, Cervinia does not particular challenge the advanced alpine tourist.
The resorts in the region are reasonably priced and visitors will enjoy an unusual blend of Italian/French culture and cuisine.
The north-east of Italy is dominated by the Dolomites (Dolomiti), an extensive range of impressively jagged mountain peaks. This area, in the the South Tyrol region, is close to the Austrian border and there is a strong German/Austrian influence throughout. In the winter season the Dolomites rejoices in sunny weather and plenty of powdery snow, with slopes and trails on offer for all abilities. The 'Superski Dolomiti' area is linked by over 450 lifts which serve 1220km of slopes, incorporating 12 ski areas.
Made of a particularly rough grey stone, the Dolomite peaks soar up from the surrounding forests and pastures in blocks, towers and pinnacles, which are famous for turning pink or bronze at sunset.