Trentino might not immediately jump to mind when considering a winter sports break. It tends to play second fiddle to the usual suspects – Switzerland and France. Well, guess what? You’re all missing out as it’s home to the one of the most striking mountain ranges in the world.
This alpine region is one of Italy’s most unique areas. Quite frankly I was in two minds about writing this post and keeping this secret all to myself after my recent trip.
Bordering Austria and Switzerland, Trentino is tucked away in the northeastern corner of Italy, with the limestone peaks of the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage site as its grand neighbour.
Always one for heading off piste (excuse the pun) I love discovering places which are not the usual haunts for holidaymakers. It delivers on the one thing all seasoned travellers crave – an authentic experience with fewer crowds.
If you dream of la dolce vita on a winter break, I think Trentino is your place. Apart from the snow-capped Italian Alps and being home to the largest lake in Italy, Lake Garda. Here are a few more reasons to place it on your winter break radar.
Boundless winter pursuits
The area offers an unforgettable experience for ski and winter sport lovers. With a plethora of ski slopes to suit every level and a whole host of activities to keep your adventurous side occupied.
Boredom is really not an option here. From snowboarding, ice climbing and cross-country skiing. If you have children in tow, it’s a Disneyland of winter fun, with superb snow parks, snowshoeing, iceskating and sledding.
The girls loved ski school and learning on the easy nursery slopes. It was brilliant for brushing up on my dormant ski skills too.
Gourmet mountain huts
Energetic days on a mountain certainly helps work up an appetite. There is no better place than a mountain refuge located high above the towns to help you refuel. It’s a magical feeling walking into the warm and cosy atmosphere whilst being surrounded by perfect wintery landscapes.
The cuisine is rich, hearty and known for its simplicity with Slavic, Hungarian and Austrian influences too. You can indulge in classic Italian regional dishes such as pasta or polenta or fayre from other climes like spaezli and goulash. We indulged in a lot of grilled cheese on our break!
If by dinner time fatigue has taken hold after a day on the pistes, many of the huts offer to transport you to and from your table by snowmobile, snowcat or even a horse-drawn sleigh. I mean how cool is that?! (really need to stop with the unintentional punnery).
At every turn, snowplough or corner your eyes can feast on spectacular views of the majestic Dolomites. It’s not everyday you can say you’ve skied, snowboarded, sleighed or enjoyed a snowball fight on a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Even before you clip on your ski boots you’ll be wowed by the towering jagged peaks in the morning light from your bedroom window.
Walking around the charming villages with cute colourful chalets and soaring bell towers, you’ll feel like you’re in a fairytale. Trust me, your camera will be glued to your hand with the endless photographic opportunities.
And you don’t need to be super active to reach some of the most incredible views, numerous cable cars in the region can take you to breathtaking peaks and lookout points.
Wine, Cheese and all the apples
Definitely don’t miss out on the region’s unique wine. It’s home to many wine growers and famed for its varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio.
Those fond of bubbles are in luck too, its mountainous climate produces the most high quality sparkling wines using traditional methods – Apres ski just got a whole lot better.
With wine of course comes the cheese. The cows are bought to graze in the high mountain pastures, so no surprise they produce a phenomenal number of unique cheeses. Make sure you partake in some cheeseboard action. We did at every meal!
The area is known for its delicious apples, around four million apples of all varieties are produced each year in the Trentino valleys. You’ll see them everywhere and of course commonly used in the local desserts. Apple Strudel anyone?
Value for money
Compared to the renowned French and Swiss ski resorts, Trentino offers real value for money for a family skiing holiday whilst not compromising on the quality of the ski facilities or experiences on offer. Like I said earlier it’s a secret, so don’t tell everyone – Shhhh!
For more information go to Visit Trentino.
Have you been skiing? Where are your favourite places? Let me know in the comments below.
You can read all about our ski adventure in Andalo here!
Disclaimer: We travelled as guests of the Trentino Tourist Board. All views, opinions and photos are my own and remain a trademark of the Curious Pixie.
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