Madonna di Campiglio, Italy
How to reach the resort
Madonna di Campiglio is one of the most beautiful ski resorts in Italy. It lies in a secluded position in the Brenta Dolomites and is surrounded by spectacular lakes, forests, and mountains.
The nearest airport to the resort is Bolzano, and Air Alps flies there from Italian airports well-served by flights from airports across the UK, such as Rome. To reach Madonna di Campiglio from Bolzano, take one of the regular buses heading in that direction. Alternatively, take the train from Bolzano to Trento, and then take the bus from there to the resort. If this sounds like too much hassle, you could fly to Verona direct from the UK. British Airways is one of several airlines that make the trip from London to Verona which is located approximately 175 kilometres north of Madonna di Campiglio. Public transport is the most convenient way to travel between Verona and the ski resort.
If you would prefer to travel by train, take the Eurostar from London to Paris. When you reach Paris, take an overnight express train to Milan and then a regional train to Trento. From Trento, take a bus direct to Madonna di Campiglio.
The final choice is driving from the UK to the ski resort via Calais. After arriving in Calais, travel via Reims, Metz, Strasbourg, Basel, and Zurich. When you reach Zurich, follow the A3 (east) and then join route 28 at Landquart. A series of minor roads will take you through Bormio, Ponte di Legno, and Dimaro. This journey will take you approximately 13 hours. If you do choose to drive, make sure your snow tyres and chains are in good condition and that you leave plenty of time to complete the journey.
Who does the resort cater for?
Skiers of all abilities will find something to keep them happy at this resort. Beginners are spoilt for choice, with plenty of gentle yet long runs on offer. Intermediates will find that the slopes suitable for them will push them to their limits, and dramatic improvements are likely to be made in just one or two weeks. Expert skiers will love the action that can be found off-piste and cross-country skiers will have plenty of choice when it comes to spectacular trails through the magnificent mountains in the resort. The resort is particularly popular with snowboarders, who will enjoy the regular boarding events hosted in the town. There is an amazing snow park and several half-pipes as well.
For those who choose not to ski, there are many activities on offer to provide entertainment. These include ice-skating, mono-skiing, playing squash or tennis, visiting the local sauna, and hiking in the glorious mountains. In the evenings, you will be kept entertained by the numerous bars and nightclubs scattered through the town centre.
What accommodation does the resort offer?
There are several luxury hotels in Madonna di Campiglio. One of the best is Golf Hotel, which was built on the historic hunting mansion of Franz Joseph, the famous Austrian Emperor. It offers fantastic views of the local scenery and features a swimming pool, a wellness centre, a beauty farm, a sauna, and a whirlpool. There is a free minibus to transport guests to the centre of the resort although the hotel’s own restaurant and bar are comfortable places to spend an evening after a long day on the slopes and the lounge is also a great place for relaxation.
Spinale Hotel is another option, and is located close to the main ski lifts of the resort. This 4-star hotel is furnished to an extremely high standard and the food on offer in the restaurant is superb. There is a swimming pool, a jacuzzi, and a well-equipped fitness centre. If you would prefer a greater level of independence, there is a wide range of private apartments and chalets available for rent.
There are 6 black runs (suitable for expert skiers), 12 red runs (suitable for intermediate skiers), and 21 blue runs (suitable for beginners). If you buy the correct ski pass, you will be able to ski in other areas such as Passo Tonale. The slopes are served by modern lifts and they take nearly 31,000 skiers per hour up the mountains. The resort has 546 snow cannons which generate artificial snow to supplement the natural snow.
- Downhill Pistes: 150 km
- Cross Country Trails: 30 km
- Number of Ski Lifts: 24
- Maximum Vertical: 1100 m
- Highest Lift: 2600 m
- Altitude of Resort: 1550 m
- Lowest Piste: 1500 m