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With more than 50 ski resorts and over 1,300 kilometres of slopes and runs, the Piedmont region of northwest Italy is an ideal locale for visitors looking to enjoy a variety of winter sports. Noted for hosting the 2006 Winter Olympics, Piedmont’s villages and ski resorts are great places to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of this alpine region.
Nestled at the base of the Matterhorn, Cervinia is charming, inexpensive and offers delicious Italian food to its visiting skiers and holidaymakers. Boasting one of the longest ski runs in the world, over 20 kilometres long, Cervinia skiing is open all year-round. In addition, the village has a casino, fine restaurants and plenty of shops where visitors can browse and buy.
One of the best all-around ski resorts in Italy is Courmayeur. Located next to the highest mountain peak in Europe, Monte Bianco or Mont Blanc, it is a traditional alpine village with plenty of shopping and fine dining to satisfy even the most discerning holidaymaker. The ski runs here are high, nearly 2,800 m and are best suited to intermediate and advanced skiers.