3 Zinnen Ski Resort
Located right up by the Austrian border, 3 Zinnen is very much an underrated Italian ski area with a fascinating history.
The 100km of linked slopes centre on Sexton and fan out from the valley floor to reach 2200m. Much of the terrain is rated blue, but there's some more challenging red terrain and a couple of blacks, but this is not a big area for expert skiers. Most are tree-lined, so are excellent in bad weather, plus snowmaking coverage is exceptional, ensuring reliable conditions throughout the winter. The lift system has seen major upgrades in recent years and there are ambitious plans to link the ski area even better, to the village of Padola and also across into Austria and the village of Sillian.
The scenery is incredibly picturesque, with beautiful Dolomite views at every turn. There's also a fascinating history going back to the World Wars, some of which can still be seen today, either in a museum or on a guided tour of the old mountain trenches which the tourist office regularly runs. German is very much the language here and this is reflected in many of the place names, with the villages of Sexten and Vierschach the best bases from which to explore the ski area. Innsbruck airport in Austria is closest, with the drive taking around two hours, or alternatives are available in the form of Verona and Venice, both of which are roughly 3 hours away.
Resort website: www.dreizinnen.com