Madonna di Campiglio is one of the most famous ski resorts in the region of Trentino, Italy, and is located in the Rendena Valley, an oasis of more than 900 million square meters at the very heart of the Dolomites. The region is rich in unpolluted natural resources and is surrounded by the Adamello-Brenta Natural Park. Fantastic glaciers tower above 50 Alpine lakes which form evocative falls and mighty water streams.
The town of Madonna di Campiglio is for sure among the most popular and stylish ski locations in Italy, where Italians as well as foreigners (mainly English, French and Russians) go to enjoy the outdoors but also to see and been seen.
During the winter it is possible to ski over countless kilometres of runs, up to an altitude of 2,600 metres and with different degrees of difficulty. All the slopes are beautifully maintained offering excellent runs on enjoyment for beginners, intermediate and experienced skiers. The last will enjoy particularly the Canalone Miramonti, where the annual world cup ski race is held. The location offers skiers and visitors brathtaking views from 5,084ft, with 65 miles of slopes serviced by 57 lifts. By using the Superkisrama pass, one can also enjoy the connected slopes in Marilleva and Folgarida. The lift capacity in Madonna is world-class. The lift can transport over 31,000 skiers each hour. This means that skiers have to spend little time in lift lines.
For beginners who wish to take lessons, there are six different ski schools to choose from, all affiliates of the Italian National Ski School.
Snowboarders will find a great host of opportunities at Madonna. The FIS Snowboard World Championships were held here in 1999, and the area has been taking special care of snowboarders’ needs since then. Madonna boasts a new and amazing snowpark, called URSUS, located on the Groste Mountain and open daily.
Madonna is definitely the place to go if you enjoy the outdoors. It counts downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, and dog sledding as just some of the activities to experience.
However, for those who want to do something other than sports, Madonna is famous for its great designer boutiques, restaurants and nightlife. The village features some gorgeous luxury hotels and condos with Spas and cafés that can be accessed also by non-guests. Restaurants include traditional pubs, pizzerias as well as typical “Stube” serving altoatesina cuisine that can’t be missed. Some of the mountain chalet (including the fancy “FIAT” and the “Boch”) offer alpine elegant dinner and can be reached only by booking a ride on the snowcat. Late night offers discos, such as the famous Zangola or the Cliffhanger, where the partying can go past 4 a.m.
Dates of Season open: 12/25/12*
Trails & Terrain:
Temperatures drop to freezing by December and can go as low as -10 degrees Celsius or 14 degrees Fahrenheit.
Yearly snowfall averages about 60 inches or 130 centimeters
Snow at the base goes from 6 inches in December to 60 inches mid-season.
Stations at the top of the resort open at 30 inches with the most snow mid-season at 83 inches
Top of Lifts: 8,464 feet Top of Mountain: 10,410 feet Ski able Vertical Drop: 3,232 feet
Town of Madonna (lift base): 5,084 feet
HOW TO GET THERE:
There are many ways to reach Madonna after flying to Italy, whether by bus, train, or car. The closest international airports are Milan or Venice. Also, Verona can now be reached from most major European cities.