Skiing under the starsVeneto, Italy
The arrival of darkness on a ski field often signals a move off the slopes and into the bar for a well-deserved drink. On the mountains of Veneto though, they do things a bit differently, and when night falls the lights come on and it’s straight back on the ski lift.
The Ski Civetta district, which encompasses the valleys of Alleghe, Selva de Cadore, and Val di Zoldo, is known as a night skiing hotspot. And at the Zoldo Alto resort there’s five kilometres of snow-covered pistes to get your skis stuck into. The Foppe and Cristelin slopes are your go-to night routes, and thanks to one of the largest lighting systems in Europe, visibility is guaranteed. There’s even heated ski lifts, which is enough to get us out into the chill of darkness!
The ski resort of Alpe del Nevegal is also a popular destination, with the Coco Bassa route illuminated for night-time skiing. It’s a great slope for both beginners and experts, and the snow making machine ensures ski conditions are ideal, even if the weather hasn’t been as kind.
Even if you’re a seasoned pro out on the slopes, nothing can quite prepare you for your first floodlit ski sesh – it’s a quiet, mystical, even romantic experience, and as far as places to night ski go, the mountains of Veneto are hard to beat.
- There’s definitely something magical about skiing down the well-lit slopes of Veneto’s mountains with the stars twinkling above.
- Watching dusk fall from atop the Pelmo – you’re in for an unforgettable view!
- The après-ski that awaits back at the ski village. After all, a long, hard night of skiing deserves to be celebrated.
- Conditions are even colder on the mountains once night falls, so a few extra layers could come in handy.
The mountains of Veneto offer a range of challenging routes for skilled skiers, but there’s still plenty for those who are new to the ski fields.
This tip was provided by the Italian National Tourist Board, but we’re sharing it with you because we think it’s great.