Madesimo is located in the Spluga Valley of the Italian Alps—a province of Sondrio in the Lombardy region—and is part of the Valchiavenna ski area. The Lombardy region is known as the richest province in Italy and for having the most UNESCO World Heritage sites. Offering more than 60 kilometers (37 miles) of downhill slopes and 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) of cross-country trail, Madesimo ski resort is the largest of the Valchiavenna ski area, which includes Cam podolcino, Val di Lei, Motta and Montespluga.
Skiers and snowboarders who enjoy long runs and see-forever views will appreciate the resort’s famous “Canalone” trail, which unites Pizzo Groppiera and Pian dei Larici areas via a 1,000-vertical-meter (3,200-vertical-foot) drop over three kilometers (1.8 miles). The snow conditions are typically well maintained during the winter season, but Madesimo has excellent snowmaking capabilities to ensure ski vacationers have prime snow conditions.
Freestyle skiers and snowboarders will enjoy defying gravity at Acquarela Snowpark. Three gondolas and nine hi-speed chairlifts transport skiers around Madesimo slopes.
Those who don’t ski or are looking for a day off the slopes can enjoy sledding, ice skating, and snowmobiling during their Madesimo ski vacation. It’s also possible to make a day trip to Milan—the region’s capital—or to the famously beautiful Lake Como.