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Just 2½ hours from Milan Malpensa, passing Lake Como, Madesimo has varied and extensive skiing with 60km of uncrowded pistes between 1,550 and 2,880 metres. Highlights are the pisted and off-piste runs of the Val di Lei, and Canalone and Camosci expert off-piste itineraries. Lunches on-mountain cost €20 with wine. Apres ski is quintessentially Italian, with complimentary aperitivo snacks ranging from crisps to antipasti and tartlets. Our favourite was Le Bollicine, which also offers dinner. Lift pass from €39, six-day from €157. Hotel Emet has doubles from €470 a week half-board.