Nira Montana, Courmayeur, Italy in La Thuile, the heart of Europe’s highest mountains. Outside, restore your relationship with nature. Explore 160km of skiing in Italy and France. Go snowboarding, trekking, rafting and fishing. Inside, return to comforting, laid-back luxury. Find sanctuary in our soothing SPA. Savor the finest Italian cuisine. Relax. Renew. In the morning… back to nature. With Mont Blanc as a towering backdrop, Nira Montana sits at the edge of La Thuile, a sports-focused ski resort in the northwestern part of the Aosta Valley, close to the French border and neighboring Courmayeur. Nestled at 1441 meters above sea ... Read more
Just minutes from the centre of Cortina d’Ampezzo in the heart of the Italian Dolomites, Rosapetra Spa Resort, Cortina has just 29 delightful rooms and a superb spa with a pool, saunas, a Turkish bath, external black sauna a massage zone and a fitness room. The resort places an emphasis on well-being and provides a broad range of treatments from thalassotherapy to Hatma massa. With a beautifully decorated dining room, that serves local cuisine accompanied by fine wines, and a range of sports on offer, this is the ideal place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. The atmosphere ... Read more
Deborah Compagnoni – Skiing’s Golden Girl In a man’s world, Italian ski-racing champ Deborah Compagnoni brought Olympic glory to the ladies By David K Gibson Popular imagination, and the media that feed it, have long divided Winter Olympic heroes-to-be into neat, established narratives. The women are represented by a beglittered ice dancer with a heart-wrenching backstory; the men are a jumble of manly ski racers — your Tombas, your Maiers, your Moes. But this year, most of the powerful, driven ski racers looking out from the magazine covers are women. And much of the thanks goes to an Italian ski racer ... Read more
A MOVEABLE MOUNTAIN FEAST IN THE DOLOMITES, EATING AND LIVING LA DOLCE VITA A story about luxury ski touring in Italy. BY LESLIE WOIT Wearing the softest cashmere sweater on earth and a wide grin, Stefano Barbini hops in his car to lead the way. The mountain is steep. The road is narrow. But we’ve seen The Italian Job, so following this guy is easy. Not least of all, the paint job on his Land Rover is a lurid white-and-black zebra pattern, an exact replica of the Roberto Cavelli rug that lies on the floor of his Roman villa. “It’s the perfect ... Read more
Skiing in Europe is always a treat, but skiing in Europe with some of the worlds biggest names in skiing is the experience of a lifetime. Imagine hanging out with Olympic Champion, World and World Cup Champion Franz Klammer, the “Kaiser”, while enjoying first-class skiing in the Alps. If that isn’t enough, Franz Weber, Olympian and Six-Time World Speed Skiing Champion is also your host. Let me try to explain why skiing in Europe with these gentleman is an experience not to be missed. These men are revered in the ski world, and as their guests, you have red carpet access to ... Read more
Skiing under the stars in Trentino There is nothing better than moonlight skiing under the moon and the stars. Most US resorts close up by 4pm, but in Europe most areas stay open at least till 5pm, and in Trentino you can ski, snowboard and cross country ski after dark. Madonna di Campiglio was one of the first resorts to offer night skiing. Their famous 3-Tre stretch known as the Canalone Miramonte route is open every evening as long as it is booked at least 48 hours in advance. You can also night ski on the last stretch of the black Stadio dello ... Read more
Italian ski champion and local Valbruna legend Marco Tonazzi combines food, wine, and skiing to create a priceless ski vacation.
Italy's Sella Ronda is everything but overexposed — in fact, it just may be one of Europe's best-kept secrets
At Revelstoke, you can drop a mile in elevation in a single run. Across the pond, Chamonix offers up nearly 9,000 feet.