Ski Holiday in Italy with Esprit Ski
Often overlooked in the past, Italy is now coming into its own as a family ski holiday destination. With the Italian love for children, it is hard not to feel welcome and at home in this exuberant and lively country. With flights into Innsbruck for Selva, or Trurin for Gressoney , ransfers into Italy are smooth and uncomplicated, and under 2 hours!
The skiing in Italy offers families the complete range of slopes, from the tricky challenging black runs to forgiving open bowls and picturesque tree-lined routes to wild an un-tamed off-piste opportunities. Whether in ski school or skiing with friends and family, everyone can find slopes to suit their individual ability and also numerous to share and enjoy together.
Esprit’s long established resort in Italy, Selva val Gardena, is set in the stunning Dolomites mountain range, where not only does the resort have charm and warmth, even the mountains have an enchanting character all of their own! For sheer beauty it is hard to find another resort to match, and when coupled with the extent of the skiing in the Dolomites Superski, over 1,200km of well-groomed slopes, it is clear why Selva is a popular choice with Esprit ski families, many returning year after year.
New for 2013/14 Gressoney part of the Monterosa ski area and one of the largest ski areas in Italy, covering a large network of pistes and lifts linking three separate valleys. The area is sometimes referred to as one of Italy’s best kept secrets and you will feel that you are discovering something unique and unspoilt every day, within its 180km of varied and generally uncrowded pistes.
The Monterosa ski area is one of the largest ski areas in Italy, covering a large network of pistes and lifts linking three separate valleys.more »
The skiing ranges from Champoluc in the Ayas Valley in the west to the Valsesia valley and Alagna in the East, with the Gressoney valley in the ideal position, right between the two. The area is becoming ever more popular with a number of informed and enthusiastic skiers, who appreciate the stunning scenery, the lovely long runs, great mountain restaurants and accessible off-piste opportunities.
Our new Chalet Hotel Valverde is located in the resort of Gressoney- La-Trinité, which is the principal village of the valley, with direct ski-lift access into the heart of the area. It is a quiet, neat little village with cobbled streets, a traditional church and traditionally styled wooden buildings, which combine to epitomise the charm of skiing in Italy. Meanwhile the area is surrounded by some of highest peaks in Europe and offers high altitude snow-sure skiing and fantastic views from its many atmospheric mountain restaurants. The area is sometimes referred to as one of Italy’s best kept secrets and you will feel that you are discovering something unique and unspoilt every day, within its 180km of varied and generally uncrowded pistes.
“This has been our second Esprit holiday & fantastic to spend Christmas with you. We find it hard to imagine now how we ever had an enjoyable holiday with the kids before we discovered Esprit. Child care & level of service were second to none!! Excellent resort rep, child care manager & staff. We would highly recommend to anyone.”
Gressoney December 2013
“There is a fabulous management team including James & AJ – outstanding and surpassed expectations. The kids were so well looked after& their instruction was well given. We relaxed and enjoyed all that was offered.”
Gressoney December 2013
SPECIAL GRESSONEY FEATURES
Saturday Flights – morning flights from Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester to Turin with a transfer time of under 2 hours Exclusive Esprit Sprite Ski Classes – six days for the same price as five, as standard in our other resorts
Set in the stunning Dolomites mountain range, offering Italian exuberance, guaranteed snow on the Marmalada Glacier and endless skiingmore »
Selva Val Gardena prides itself on the enthusiastic, genuine and traditionally Italian welcome it gives to skiing families. One of the ski tour routes is specifically designed for children, incorporating several obstacle courses and fantastic ski play areas. Children will feel at home here, with as much to do off as on the slopes.
Selva Val Gardena enjoys the best of Italian and Austrian tradition, perfect for family skiing holidays, and is a world-renowned ski area, set in the spectacular Dolomites in northern Italy.
These mountains have an enchanting character all their own, with dramatic high-rise pinnacles often glowing a soft pink in the early morning and a fiery red at sunset. The scenery is awe-inspiring, with incredible views from every vantage point. For sheer beauty, Selva Val Gardena is hard to beat when planning your family ski holiday and, coupled with the resort’s many other attractions and some of the world’s best snow-making for extra cover and snow security, Selva makes a wonderful choice for a Esprit families.
What the Papers say…
“Val Gardena is an Alpine bargain: the slopes are huge, the skiing’s great… and it’s stunning. Hurry before word gets out.” Sean Newsom Sunday Times Travel Magazine
Selva Val Gardena is part of the Dolomites Superski, the world’s largest ski network. This network covers 1,200km of well-groomed and easily accessible slopes and is connected by some 450 lifts and ski buses. A popular feature in the Dolomite Superski area is a range of ski tours which guide you round a range of circuits from the sporting to the romantic, stopping at wonderful panoramic viewpoints and mountain huts to sample the culinary specialities of the region, so each day another feature of this incredible area can be explored.
“We had a fantastic holiday. The chalet Waldeck is in a great location, the child care far exceeded my expectations and the ski school pick up is great! Our children had a fabulous first holiday. The food, help and support was all great, thanks to all our Esprit staff!”
Selva, February 2013