"Who me...ski!!!" Madonna di Campiglio by spartan

Madonna di Campiglio Travel Guide: 34 reviews and 98 photos

This ain't no little hill!!

Madonna di Campiglio Ski Area is located in the Brenta Dolomites in Trento Province. Ever thought of taking tea with the Emperor of China, attending a grand ball of the Imperial Hapsburg Court of the Austro Hungarian empire, dancing in fur coat and day-glo moon boots until 8 am or just taking part in a race round a frozen lake on a motor bike? If so, Madonna di Campiglio is the place for you. Italy's second super sexy ski center (alongside Cortina) is less well known internationally and attracts 95% of its guests from within Europe's long boot-shaped country.

It's such a beautiful sight

It's a resort of excesses, as far as the Italians are concerned anyway, although you wouldn't guess it if you happened to drive by in the off-season and didn't look for the designer boutiques, subtley hidden away in this very pleasant little town. Unlike many of the other classic ski resorts, it does have a great ski area - with 150km (93 miles) of lift-linked runs accessed by lifts which ascend from right in the village (no messing about on the ski bus).

Although saying that there's as much skiing again on the lift pass which covers neighbouring resorts Pinzolo, Pejo, Monte Bondone and Passo Tonale - the latter with glacier skiing year round. The lift system links over to two more resorts on the pass, both purpose-built, Folgarida (not to be confused with another Italian resort, Folgaria), and the less tasteful Marilleva. Although much of the skiing is intermediate cruising it is intermediate cruising at its best - you really get a sense of travelling as you go up above the trees and then back down through the tree line as you travel over to the next resort. Experts can heli-ski or tackle one of the tough runs like the 3-Tre, scene of the annual world cup race. Some facts and figures to keep you busy:

Vertical Drop: 5,582'
Top Elevation: 9,743'
Lifts: 30
Terrain: 44/30/26 (beg/int/adv)
Cross Country: 29 km

So close to the mountains you can touch them

It's a great place for people spotting and for those not afraid to be seen alive in dead animals or with funny reflector things you hold under your chin like some strange Star trek communications device but in fact to grab a bit of an under-chin tan. As with Cortina, posing is probably more popular than skiing, so is shopping, with the world's top designers on sale in the fashion and jewellery boutiques. Absolutely gorgeous.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lovely views, great skiing and wonderful people
  • Cons:Can be a little crowded at times
  • In a nutshell:Had an awesome time skiing down the mountains
  • Last visit to Madonna di Campiglio: Jan 1992
  • Intro Written Oct 5, 2002
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