Yearning for a day trip to the slopes out of Milan? There are plenty of great places that can be reached by car or by public transport.

 

 

1. VALTELLINA

The showpiece of the Central Alps is undoubtedly the Valtellina, a beautiful wide valley surrounded by the region’s main ski resorts: Madesimo, Aprica, Valmalenco, Bormio and Santa Caterina Valfurva.

Madesimo is one of the most attractive ski resorts in Lombardy, a destination that can also be reached by bus. It boasts modern and efficient ski lifts with 50 km of slopes that also extend to Campodolcino, Motta and Val di Lei. There are lots of blue beginner piste, red for intermediate skiers and authentic challenges for more expert devotees. For those traveling from/to Bergamo Orio al Serio, Milan Linate or Milan Malpensa (individuals or groups) a transfer service is available to/from the Alta Valtellina. This service has two different lines which connect the Orio al Serio and Malpensa airports to the Alta Valtellina.

2. VAL BREMBANA

The nearby province of Bergamo also welcomes ski lovers in the enchanting Val Brembana resorts: Foppolo, Piani di Bobbio, Valtorta and Piazzatorre.

3. VAL DI SCALVE

For those who prefer to dedicate at least a weekend to Nordic skiing, Schilpario in Val di Scalve (also reachable by bus) offers graded piste and has been approved for international competitions.

The Pista degli Abeti winds for an adventurous 12 km through an enchanted pine forest.

4. VALLE D’AOSTA

Pila is the largest ski area in the Valle D'Aosta and you can hit the slopes from Milan in circa two hours. This panoramic ski resort overlooks the town of Aosta and offers 70 km of ski runs and an impressive view of the main Aosta Valley snow-capped peaks, from Monte Rosa to Monte Bianco.