Snow Making in the Dolomites

Did you ever wondered how the slopes of the Italian Dolomites are being kept pristine - even without snowfall? The Dolomiti Superski has an extensive snow making infrastructure, guaranteeing you a fantastic skiing holiday in Europe's winter wonderland.

14 December 2020

For many, a winter holiday means the search for snow. For skiers in particular the hunt becomes a ritual. Daily checks on forecasts and webcams follow pain-staking research dissecting snowfall charts from the previous decade of winters. It can be a nervous process, the necessities of booking so far in advance dictate an expectant wait for the winter’s first storms. But mountain weather is fickle, and snow is not guaranteed. Should the snow not come, we worry we will be left disappointed, and with this much time and money invested, the possibility looms large. But fear not, eager skier…

View of Arabba village and chair lift with skiers on a sunny winter day. Sellaronda, Dolomiti Superski.
View of Arabba village and chair lift with skiers on a sunny winter day. Sellaronda, Dolomiti Superski.

There’s always snow in the Dolomites

The Dolomiti Superski pass covers some of the most snow-sure terrain in Europe, if not the world. Not because of its altitude, or glaciated terrain, but because of the extensive investment in snow making infrastructure. Although the snowfall is not guaranteed in this winter wonderland (where is it?), 684km of slopes remain open from December through to March each year. In total, 1168km of slopes here are covered by snow making machinery, so that number is only set to rise.


Snow conditions in the Dolomites? Incredible!

The statistics for the Dolomites are staggering: Nearly all of the ski slopes – an impressive 97 percent! – at the Dolomiti Superski resort area are equipped with modern snowmaking systems.

With 4700 snow cannons manned by 3000 staff and 330 snow cats, each piste is kept in perfect condition. The famous highlight of the region’s skiing, the Sellaronda, is open in both directions, as is access to the area’s highest – the Marmolada.

Nothing related to the weather is certain, but this level of infrastructure ensures no one could ski in the Dolomites and leave unimpressed at the amount of effort that goes into producing the best skiing experience possible. With Dolomiti Superski’s commitment to ensuring an unforgettable experience, we can leave the weather worry behind.


Collett’s offer ski holidays from December – March, in both Corvara and Arabba. Both of these resorts are in the famed Dolomiti Superski area of the Italian Dolomites, and offer some of the best skiing anywhere in Europe.

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