Trentino-Alto Adige is home to many of Italy’s top ski resorts. Popular with families, and with a fairly laidback atmosphere, skiing is often not top priority – it’s more a case of long lunches on a sunny terrace after a morning of piste-bashing. Italian tourist offices overseas, and the regional offices in Italy, have details of Settimane Bianche (White Weeks). These are bargain package deals offering full or half-board and a ski-pass, although be wary of deals very late in the season – the downside of all those south-facing slopes is that the snow deteriorates fast in the warmer spring weather. January and February are the best months to come; March can also be good, although by mid-April the winter season is over.

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