Up to 87cm of fresh snow is forecast for Italian ski resorts this week.

The UK half-term holidays are this week - one of the busiest times of the season - and Italy is the place to be for fresh powder.

[R1883R, San Martino Di Castrozza] is set to receive the most with 87cm by Friday; [R2593R, Alta Badia] and [R1926R, Andalo] will see 80cm; [R2619R, Alagna Valsesia]-Monterosa Ski - 78cm; [R2717R, Champoluc]-Monterosa - 73cm; [R2532R, Obereggen] - 72cm; [R224R, Madonna di Campiglio] - 71cm; [R1610R, Val Gardena] - 70cm; and [R1374R, Cervinia-Breuil] - 69cm; [R604R, Cortina d'Ampezzo] - 67cm; and [R1606R, Sauze d'Oulx] and [R1603R, Sestriere] - 64cm. A further 10 Italian resorts will receive 52-62cm this week.

The snowiest Italian resort this week, San Martino Di Castrozza is one of Italy's best known ski areas in the Dolomites. Set 110 kilometres south of Venice, this is one of the five largest resorts in the country. The ski area is set between 1470 and 2540 metres altitude with a maximum vertical of 1159 metres.

San Martino became an early major centre in international tourism with the construction of elegant hotels, among which are some of the oldest in Trentino. During WWI the town was burnt down by retreating Austrian troops but it rose again in the inter war years by which time it was a part of Italy.

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