Madonna di Campiglio ski guide
Madonna di Campiglio is one of the most famous ski resorts in northeast Italy; an elegant town nestling at an altitude of 1550 metres in the stupendous valley between the Brenta Dolomites and the glaciers of Adamello and Presanella. Today is without doubt, Italy’s number one ski resort as well as one of the most important resorts in the Alps but its popularity with Italians is often not mirrored by international visitors.
In winter, it is possible to ski over countless kilometres of runs, up to an altitude of 2600 metres and with different degrees of difficulty. Moreover, you can set out from the centre of the town and return there without ever removing your skis. Madonna di Campiglio itself offers 60 km of ski runs and 20 lifts but the wider ski area boasts 57 lifts and 150 km of ski runs, with a capacity of more than 31,000 people per hour; 50,000 sq m of snow park; 40 km for Nordic skiing and the link up to the pistes to Pinzolo, Folgarida and Marilleva.
The most famous runs are the “Pista 3-Tre” (the name means "3 Races of Trentino”, one of the oldest ski races in Europe, founded in 1949), which has been part of the World Cup alpine skiing, and the Spinal Direttissima which at the end presents very high slopes. The resort is also linked to the Folgaria and Marileva and from the winter season 2011/12 there has been a new connection to the ski slopes of Pinzolo.
Other winter activities
Madonna di campiglio offers endless possibilities for those looking beyond the traditional runs. You can enjoy the silence of a relaxing excursion on snow-shoes, or the more adventurous ski-mountaineering. If you prefer something more exciting, there is the unique experience of ice climbing. The Cross-Country Ski Centre of Campo Carlo Magno Pass offers 21 Km of tracks of different types, but you can also skate on the frozen lake in the town centre.
Alternatively, you can sit on a sleddog ride through the beautiful scenery or try paragliding. Finally, for those who just wish to go for a peaceful walk, there are specially prepared paths around the woods of Madonna di Campiglio.
Madonna is well known for its spas and wellbeing; the wellness centers of the hotels, B&Bs and residences offer energizing spas with alpine waterfalls, soothing showers, Finnish and herbal saunas, Turkish baths, Jacuzzis, and luxurious relaxation zones. And of course full-body treatments, such as massages with essential oils, hay baths, and innovative therapies using chocolate and grapes.
Après ski, fun and shopping
In Madonna di Campiglio there’s plenty to choose from with the countless cafés and après ski locations, either in town or on the runs. This beautiful town offers an elegant atmosphere and style that blends harmoniously with the spirit of the mountains.
After an excellent dinner in a mountain chalet or in a trendy restaurant, the fun continues in one of the various dance clubs that the resort has to offer.
Madonna di Campiglio offers quaint squares and excellent shops. Shopping here is a pleasure and ranges from traditional hand-crafted products to the best in fashion, jewelry and gifts.
The gastronomy of the region is traditionally characterized by wholesome cooking based on natural local products from the forest, alpine pastures, and livestock. Charcuterie and cheeses, polenta, wild mushrooms and roe-deer have always been the most typical dishes of the area. They are usually followed by a grappa, aromatic with wild or high altitude fruits.
In Madonna di Campiglio, the selection of restaurants ranges from La Stube at Bio-Hotel Hermitage, which received a one-star rating in the Michelin Guide under its chef Paolo Cappuccio, to Gallo Cedrone, the restaurant at Hotel Bertelli managed by Chef Vinicio Tenni. The new Ristorante Dolomieu of the Boutique Hotel Chalet Dolce Vita runs by chef Enrico Croatti, as well. In addition to the more high-end eateries, there are plenty of rustic mountain chalets and cosy restaurants.
Ski accommodation in Madonna di Campiglio
Holiday Homes in Italy offer a great level of accommodation in Madonna ranging from smart and comfortable self-catering apartments, accommodating from 1 to 5 guests, to both practical and exclusive hotels: