The endless cacophony of ambulance sirens. The convoys of military trucks carrying away the overflowing coffins. The funerals — or lack thereof. Nobody who lived through the initial wave of the coronavirus pandemic in Bergamo — the first epicenter of COVID-19 in Europe — will ever forget it. For Sofia Goggia and Michela Moioli, the city’s two Olymp...

Century-old pine trees that line my path hunch over, their branches weighed down by a heavy dusting of snow. In front of me, the sun is piercing through an opening. Climbing this trail with chunky “snowshoes”, like tennis rackets, strapped to my feet is tough work, but the breathtaking views of Italy’s white-tipped Dolomites that await make the eff...

Italian Sofia Goggia was top of the podium once again in the downhill event at the Alpine Ski World Cup in Val D'Isère, France. The 29-year-old won her seventh consecutive downhill event, showing the sort of form that makes her favourite to defend her Olympic downhill title in Beijing in two months time. She finished in a time of 1:41.71, comfortab...

Spectacular ski runs and engaging trails, where to devote yourself to ski as well as to freeriding, cross-country skiing, snow-kiting or take on an exciting off-track ride: in central and southern Italy there are many (sensational) destinations where to enjoy snow sports. The most renowned destinations include Gran Sasso and Mount Etna, Aspromonte...

Ski season is already in full swing in Italy thanks to early abundant snowfalls and ski aficionados are happily back on the slopes. Going on a ski vacation using only public transportation is easier than ever in Italy, with many famous ski resorts well connected with regular and specially scheduled trains and buses. Ditch the car and, not only will...

Since 2003 the General Assembly of the United Nations has instituted the International Mountains Day, lest we forget that even these imposing, eternal wonders of nature, now more than ever, must be guarded and protected. Italy is home to some of the most important peaks in Europe, immense resources of biodiversity, beauty and culture. These complex...

Italy’s Val Gardena is a spectacular choice for a vacation in the snow. When it comes to skiing, hiking and exploring nature, it is unparalleled. Nestled in the UNESCO-protected Dolomite mountains, it’s one of the most famous places in Italy and Europe as a winter resort. This lovely alpine valley is the perfect place to get moving in the snow or r...

Sofia Goggia captured a World Cup super-G win on Sunday to go 3 for 3 in races at Lake Louise. The 29-year-old Italian finished in 1:18.28 seconds on a cold day to beat Swiss racer Lara Gut-Behrami by 0.11 seconds. Mirjam Puchner of Austria, starting 29th overall, finished in third place, while two-time Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin wound up in...

Sofia Goggia was in a class by herself in the season-opening women’s World Cup downhill Friday. The Italian’s winning time in Lake Louise, Alta., was almost a second and a half faster than runner-up Breezy Johnson of the United States.  In a sport where competitors are often separated by hundredths of a second, the reigning Olympic downhill champio...

Who never wanted to take a winter holiday trip to the inside of a chocolate box painting, or maybe a 007 snowy landscape backdrop? (Minus all the explosions and chase scenes on the ski slopes, of course.) In Cortina d’Ampezzo, a beautiful valley city with over a thousand years of history, home of the majestic Queen of the Dolomites Alps, you can! M...