Several of Italy's other major ski resorts are now open at weekends thanks to the early-season snow in October and early November . these include Cervinia (that has three lifts open), Bormio (that first opened slopes over 2,560m some weeks ago) and Cortina (with 5km of slopes open).
Livigno made a surprise opened last Friday with one run open and is offering free skiing this week - no lift pass required.
In the Piedmont region, the province's minister for tourism told the La Stampa newspaper,
"Our mountains are already covered with snow and all ski resorts are awaiting the first tourists of winter with many new features. In Piedmont all ski resorts have enhanced their safety rules to the new national standards and the region is increasing its international appeal, thanks to the development of air links with important partners such as Alitalia and Ryanair."
Last year Piedmont had more than 1.5 million skier visits and this year the area will launch a new promotional campaign with tailor-made packages for families, young people and tourists with disabilities or special needs.