Madonna di Campiglio (Sankt Maria im Pein in German) is an elegant village ski resort in the northeast of Italy. Visitors love its quality snowy mountains, top-notch après-ski and spectacular views of the Dolomites.
The resort is nestled in a valley between the Brenta Dolomites and the glaciers of Adamello and Presanella. There are five main ski lifts from the village to get to Madonna’s ski areas with countless intermediate-friendly terrain. If you really know what you’re doing, there are black runs which often include groomed snow.
But it’s not just about the slopes. If you fancy a few souvenirs there are stylish little boutiques and antique shops. And if you want to show off your new threads, join in with the nightly passegiata.
Of course, being Italy, the cuisine is also first-rate – stop in at Chalet Fiat or Zeledria.
The 50,000 hectares of the Adamello-Brenta Natural Park are a breathtaking sight and there are 450km of mountain paths which offer the best mountain biking and walks in enchanting forests. Lakes, valleys, streams, malghe (alpine shepherds’ huts) and refuges are out there for you to find as well. If you want a change, you can visit Madonna’s nearest neighbour, the charming village of Pinzolo, via a 16-minute gondola ride. Begionners are in safe hands as there are more than 150 instructors at the local ski schools who will pick you up from your hotel and take you up the gentle nursery slopes of Campo Carlo Magno for your first lessons in the sport. Advanced skier who love challenging trails and slopes should head to Canal Miramonti which runs down from Monte Spinale. The 3 Tre run is the dedicated run for the annual World Cup Alpine race. You might not win the trophy, but you can tell all your friends that you went down the run.