A trip to the land of culture, cuisine, fashion and La Dolce Vita is a pleasurable experience for any skier or snowboarder. The dolomites are home to the largest interconnected lift system on this spinning sphere, and combine a huge amount of terrain with the Italian propensity for delicious fresh food and copious amounts of wine. This is the home of the slow skiing movement, and any trip here will see your legs and stomach compete between time on the slopes, and time in the restaurants and bars.

Mercifully, even the most exclusive Italian resorts provide financial respite from the competing Swiss, Austrian and French Alps, and represent the best value of these long established titans of the European Alps. Step this way signore...

Photo: Cortina mid-station. DG Bandion.