(1300m - 2505m)
With reasonably snow sure slopes, some lovely long intermediate terrain, and new lifts linking the nearby Pinzola region Madonna di Campiglio has an awful lot going for it. The village is upmarket and chic and the scenery quite amazing. Experts looking for a challenge may be disappointed but for everyone else Madonna di Campiglio is a sensible option for most of us.
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Resort at a glance
|Ski Range||1300m – 2505m|
There are 5 main areas where you will want to explore with 4 of them being accessed from lifts in the village. From the centre of the village the Laghi gondola takes you up to the Cinque Laghi sector. Here the slopes are suited to adventurous intermediates, who will enjoy the blue, red and black runs on offer.
At mid mountain at Cinque Laghi the Pinzolo Campiglio gondola takes you back down to the village and then on to the previously unliked area of Pinzola. This is a great addition and opens up a sector that initially could only be reached by car or bus if you were staying in Madonna. Once again the terrain is best suited to more adventurous skiers however there are some small blues slopes for nervous intermediates to have a go on, but from the Madonna side they can only be accessed by skiing red runs first.
The more beginner friendly slopes of Pradalago can be accessed by the Pradalgo gondola from the village. Here beginners and tentative intermediates will be more at home on the long blue runs especially lower down the mountain, that lead to the lifts on the other side of the village which access the Groste area.
Beginners and timid intermediates will feel equally at home at Groste, however at Monte Spinale there is some decent expert terrain with a long black heading all the way back down to the village. At the bottom the Spinale gondola whisks you back up to Monte Spinale and several other challenging red and black runs. Further up the Groste sector are long cruisey blue and red runs that all intermediates should try.
Back up on Pradalago the slopes of Madonna di Campiglio’s final area Monte Vigo can be reached. This is a large skiable area with slopes running down to the two nearby villages of Folgarida and Marilleva. The slopes in this area tend to be a bit more demanding, however those skiers looking to rack up the mileage should definitely pay them a visit. From the villages of Folgarida and Marilleva gondolas and chair lifts serve the Monte Vigo sector.
Unfortunately for first timers and early beginners the nursery slopes are situated just outside the village of Madonna which will entail a short bus ride. However once you have your ski legs there are numerous easy slopes to progress on to, starting with the runs on Groste and Pradalago.
Madonna di Campiglio has a great reputation for its apres ski with a wide range of pubs, restaurants and cafes to entertain you at the end of a hard day on the slopes. It has a lively centre with a traditional Italian feel and has something for everyone, whatever your taste.
Nightlife tends to start off fairly civilised but kicks up a gear in the small hours when the nightclubs get going. Lively clubs include The Alpes Mood Club, La Zangola and the Cliffhanger Club - all serve a range of beers, cocktails and stay open late. Also worth a visit is La Cantina del Suisse which serves yummy hot chocolate early on, then beer and cocktails later with live music too.
Pre dinner options worth trying are the lively Stube di Franz Josef, Bacchus Enotica and Ober One. There are also a number of venues that mix the bar and cafe theme together such as Pasticceria Pasquini and Bar Maturi, or Bar Suisse, you can sample coffees and hot chocolate, snacks and cakes, through to beers and cocktails all in one place.
There are plenty of quality eating places in Madonna di Campiglio, with something to suit every taste and pocket. There is a mix of everything from pizzas and pasta to local traditional cuisine through to more gourmet options.
Local traditional specialities are served up at the Restaurant al Sarca and Antico Focolare. Lighter bites can be found at La Stube di Franz Josef, with pizza on offer at Le Roi and Piccadilly Pizzeria and the Spaghetti Haus does great pasta.
More gourmet options can be found in many of the hotels and include Gallo Cedrone (Hotel Bertelli), the Ristorante Dolomieu (in the Boutique Hotel Chalet Dolce Vita), the Ristorante Alfiero (Hotel Lorenzetti) and Il Convivio (Hotel Alpen Suite). Also don’t miss La Stube (Bio-Hotel Hermitage) with its Michelin Guide one-star rating.
If you want something a little different then you can also take a snowcat trip in the evening up to a few mountain restaurants to sample some traditional cuisine and tempting wine for a completely different experience.
Madonna di Campiglio has a large variety of activities that can occupy you when not on the slopes.
Of course it has the usual things to do like dog sledding, ice skating, ice climbing, snow shoe walking and paragliding but also has a wealth of shopping facilities too. The town is very stylish and has a car free centre and therefore offers a large range of stylish fashion boutiques, antique shops, hand crafted products and of course delicatessens to bring home the delicious meats, cheeses and wines.
If pampering is more your sort of thing then you’re in luck as most hotels and other accommodation have their own spa facilities with alpine waterfalls, saunas, Turkish baths and many treatments too. Do also try out the Bio Hotel Hermitage which is just outside the town as it has the most amazing spa facilities.
There are also a range of annual events held in Madonna di Campiglio every year such as the ‘3-Tre’ Alpine Skiing World Cup race, along with the ‘3-Tre’ Mountain Bike Competition on snow, the Winter Marathon which is a race of vintage sports cars and of course the Habsburg Carnival.
Madonna di Campiglio has 9 ski and snowboard schools to choose from, the most well known is the Nazionale Ski School offering tuition to all ages and abilities in skiing and snowboarding, alpine guiding, and also specialise in special assistance tuition too. Group lessons start from €210 for 6 days tuition with 18 hours per week, private lessons start from €42 per hour. Do check their meeting point on booking.
The Rainalter Ski School is also worth a mention, they do offer adult tuition but specialise mainly in children. Again they offer tuition to all abilities and also do freestyle, freeride and boarding. Group lessons for adults start from €165, childrens group lessons start from €200 for 6 days tuition with around 2 hours 45 minutes per day. Do check their meeting point on booking.
There is also the Zebra Snowboard School which as you’ve guessed it, specialises in snowboard tuition. They cater for all ages and abilities and also do freeride, freestyle and weekend intensive courses for 2 or 3 days. Group lessons start from €195 for 6 days tuition with 2 hours per day, private lessons start from €55 per hour and the intensive course start from €110 for 2 days or €160 for 3 days. Do check their meeting point on booking.
Where to stay in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy
Savoia Palace Hotel
Located in the pedestrianised centre of the resort and next to the chairlift, this friendly hotel has wonderful views, tempting cuisine and also a sauna, steam room and jacuzzi.
This comfortable hotel is in the centre of Madonna di Campiglio and only a short walk from the lifts, you can ski back almost to the door when conditions allow, there is also a spa too.
It’s the little touches that make this charming hotel stand out – heated floors, natural wood, glass walls taking in the views, the food is amazing and don’t miss the spa either.
Close to the slopes and on a hill with stunning views, this lovely family run hotel has a wonderful spa with sauna, jacuzzi and an outdoor pool, you can ski back to the door too.
Hotel del Sogno
This gorgeous 5 star hotel is close to the slopes getting you up on the mountain easily, the charming interior and spa with sauna and large indoor swimming pool is not to the missed.