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Ski the Dolomites (Italy)

It’s my third winter in Europe and finally time to explore some nearby skiing.

This weekend we opted for the Dolomites in Trentino, N. Italy. A 2.5 hour drive from BGY airport, Vale di Sole and Madonna di Campiglio did not disappoint!

We stayed at a very cute and cozy Jägerhaus B&B in the village of Pellizzano which is a 30 min drive or so from the slopes of choice. Since we only had two days to ski (a three day weekend) we went straight to our researched area “good for beginners” but lifts and ski buses in the area provide ample access to the mountains all around.

We picked up some extremely cheap (and fun!) gear at Decathlon near BGY upon arrival.


Skis, boots and poles were available for rent at the ski school (30/day or 2 days/45). Parking at the base of the Pradalago Express was ideal— 3,5 for the day and easy access to the rental shop, lift, and town. You can choose from lift ticket options by day (50 something), time (2+ hours) or ride (7 per). There’s a ticket office right at the lift and from the Pradalago Express gondola we had access to easy runs and a breathtaking view from the top.

For Apres ski with a view try Ristorante Cascina Zeledria. Share a cheese board and some drinks- perhaps an aperol spritz? If you prefer to pack a lunch and save some money, great snacks are available at Famiglia Cooperativa Pinzolo – Societa‘ Cooperativa.

We found the food to be good but not great (a surprise in Italy but probably because the area is so touristy). Our best finds were local. Back in Pellizzano stop by Casa Del Formaggio to sample and select some fantastic local cheese then stop by any local bakery (they’re not on google maps but you’ll find them if you wander!) for some bread to go with, delish! Another good find was Arnica gel from ANTICA FARMACIA GALLINA FRANCA for sore muscles.

On our way out we spent one night in Milan. Since this was a ski trip and our second time in Milan we didn’t choose to see the city but found Hostel Coconut near central station (for easiest airport access). Dinner at Miscusi (3 pastas and house wine will barely break 30€) was the best meal of the weekend and we’re off to our respective homes as I write this already.

Do I recommend a ski in the Dolomites? Absolutely! In fact, I think we will be back!

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