Spectacular spring skiing for March and April is a real prospect in the Alta Badia and Val Gardena regions of the Italian Dolomites following record snowfall so far this winter. Currently, the slopes above Corvara, Selva lie under a snow base of up to two metres. Lifts will be open through the Easter weekend, April 11 to 13, closing April 14. Alta Badia and Val Gardena are offering two special discounted packages in many participating hotels and guesthouses from March 14 to the end of the season.

The Dolomiti Super Kids promotion means accommodation is free of charge to children under eight years (born after 29.11.00) and a 50 percent discount is offered to children aged from 8 to 12 yrs. The deal is based on children sharing a room with two adults for seven nights on either a bed and breakfast or half board. There are also discounts on ski-school and ski equipment hire.

Dolomiti Super Sun offers seven nights for the price of six and visitors can purchase a six-day ski pass for the price of five days. Check for package details at the ‘special offers' sections on either Web site.

The long sunny days of March and April are perfect for the kind of skiing the Dolomites do best. In the morning ride comfortable modern lifts, cruise well-groomed intermediate pistes or ski the world cup pistes of Gran Risa and Sasslong. Indulge in a leisurely lunch on the sun terrace of a welcoming rifugio, where good food and wine awaits against a backdrop of mountain scenery. There are many options, ranging from serious gastronomy to wholesome Tyrolean mountain fare.

Skiing gourmets will enjoy the Club Moritzino refuge at Piz La Ila in Alta Badia where fresh seafood is delivered daily from Venice, oysters are the rare speciality at Rifugio Col Alt, and Rifugio Emilio Comici at Piz Sella in Val Gardena offers an impressive menu. For traditional ambience and classic Ladin dishes such as Knödel-tris - a mouthwatering local dumpling - visit Ütia l'Tama on the slopes of Santa Croce or Daniel Hut at Seceda near Ortisei.

Italy loves children and children love pizza and spaghetti - always easy to find and Saraghes hut in Alta Badia or Sanon Hut at Alpe di Siusi are easy to reach even for the youngest novice skier.