Madonna di Campiglio overview
Madonna di Campiglio is quintessentially Italian. One of the country’s most fashionable ski resorts yet it goes without the ritzy super chalets that draw hordes of wealthy’s to the likes of Val d'Isere and Courchevel. A vibrantly attractive resort with traditional Italian style, plenty of lively bars, delicious restaurants and designer shops dot the streets surrounding the pedestrianised Piazza Righi. The town comes alive at night with the traditional Italian evening stroll (passeggiata) that brings out the furs and serious style of those who like to see-and-be-seen.
Madonna is in the Dolomites, though far to the west of Selva and the Sella Ronda Massif. The resort is in the centre of the Adamello Brenta National Park around a 2.5 hour drive from Verona airport. With a resort height of 1,520m, the skiing is at a decent height but, lacking a glacier, it's not known for super early or late season skiing. The main season months from late December through mid-March is the best time to visit.
Skiing in Madonna di Campiglio
Madonna di Campiglio's ski area encompasses neighbouring villages of Folgarida and Marilleva and a gondola takes you over to the piste around Pinzolo making up the 150 km of linked terrain. And there's plenty more on the area Superskirama area pass covering eight resorts and 380km of piste.
Long blue runs dominate the area along with plenty of mellow reds that make skiing here ideal for intermediates especially those looking for steady progression, there's high quality tuition available as well. The lower slopes are lined by woodland and there are some spectacular views from higher up, at peaks such as Spinale where the toboggan run emanates.
The slopes tend to be quiet (as is often the case with Italian fashionable resorts - not everyone skis) and are immaculately groomed. Recently the resort has become popular with younger crowds due to the 4 terrain parks, giving a good mix both socially and on the mountain.
The pre-dinner aperativo (après) gets into full swing when you come down off the slopes. There's a great mix of bars throughout the town and the night only lengthens after dinner when bars turn to clubs until the early hours. Once the pre-dinner après is over people tend to dress up, so you'll definitely want to get out of your ski gear and into something a little more comfortable before heading out for the evening.
What we like:
- A world-class ski resort at a very affordable price
- Renowned for fantastic grooming, Madonna's slopes are quiet and well maintained
- Vibrant town for both style and nightlife
- Virtually car-free and full of gorgeous 19th century buildings
- Whilst being highly fashionable in Italy, Madonna hasn't quite reached the international acclaim of its rivals, still very Italian - which is fantastic in our eyes
- There's a 3 mile toboggan run from 2,070m Monte Spinale
- The resort sprawls down the valley so it's worth checking where you're staying, but there's a regular shuttle bus anyway