you guys rock.
So far i have thrown caution to the wind and braved a ticket to milan, but to fly in with no idea where to stay or how to find it seems aweful risky... Where would you look if you landed in a new city and needed a place to crash?
canadiandude: grazie mille for your efforts, and if it helps i will settle anywhere in the foothills that has a hostel. Since my last posting i did a little looking here, and it seems like there is skiing all over italy, not just in the north...
anyway that brings me to another question (and this could help everyone): I think we (esp. me) need a way to pick hostel by region rather than by city name like all the search engines do. So far, all the lists under Italy are a buncha cities in the country that I'm unfamiiliar with and i'd have to look em all up to see which ones are relevant to where i fly into. Anyone know of a site where the hostels come up on a map and you can zoom and then click on the hostel of your choice for pricing?? maybe its a stretch, but it could speed up everyone's searching... just my 2cents
-----> i stared at this way too long, now it's your turn. HA!