Ski resorts in Italy
Italian Apennines - Abruzzo
Abruzzo is an perfect place for winter vacations thanks to the abundant natural snow. The ski resorts, which all have modern ski lifts and snowmaking capabilities, have slopes ideal for all ability levels and interests whether it be downhill skiing, snowboarding or cross country skiing. Roccaraso and Rivisondoli offer 119km of sunny slopes. The sun also shines on Campo Felice and Ovindoli, which are easily reachable from Rome. The two resorts, together with Campo Imperatore, make up the Nevi Gemelle consortium where a single ski pass gains access to 65 km of slopes. The slopes of Prati di Tivo and Passo Lanciano-Maielletta have a view of the sea. The resorts of Pescocostanzo, San Giacomo-Monte Piselli, Prato Selva, Pescasseroli, Scanno, Marsia, Campo Rotondo, Campo di Giove, Passo San Leonardo, Pizzoferrato, and Gamberane continue to grow in size and importance. And for fans of cross-country skiing the mountains of Abruzzo have a lot to offer: trails alternate between gently undulated plateaus and beech forests. There are also many ski mountaineering itineraries and the opportunity to try activities like dogsledding.
Roccaraso - Rivisondoli
Known since the beginning of the last century, the ski area of Roccaraso and Rivisondoli is the most famous and best equipped in the Appennines. It is located at 1,250 metres above sea level on the 'Altopiani Maggiori' plateaus, between two large protected areas of the Abruzzo National Park and the Majella National Park. Aremogna, Pizzalto and Montepratello, are part of the ski basin and the resort offers 28 very modern ski lift facilities, 2 cable-cars and about 100 kilometres of ski slopes, perfectly kept and served by the largest and up-to-date snowmaking equipment.
The Campo Felice district stretches to the south of L'Aquila, on the slopes of the Velino. It is a popular winter resort, easily reached via the A24 motorway, less than an hour from Rome. A joint ski-pass with Ovindoli makes it possible to ski in Campofelice as well as in the Ovindoli-Monte Magnola district. Campo Felice is one of the few ski resorts in Italy that connects the two sides of the same mountain: Campo Felice side with Altopiano delle Rocche where we find accommodation facilities for tourists in Rocca di Cambio, Rocca di Mezzo e Rovere. Cross-country skiing lovers can enjoy the trails winding on the plateau, such as the mount Puzzillo loop
Ovindoli - Monte Magnola
The Monte Magnola facilities are in Ovindoli, at the beginning of the Rocche plateau, in a setting of wild beauty within the Sirente-Velino Regional Park. Here is Europe's longest tapis roulant (235 m) and thanks to a joint skipass with Campo Felice, fun is guaranteed. Cross-country ski lovers can enjoy the Piani di Pezza trails stretching to the wonderful beech woods of Valle Cerchiata. Ovindoli is the gateway to the Rocche plateau and can be easily reached via the A25 motorway. Different types of accommodation facilities serve the town.
At the foot of mount Corvo, on the Teramo side of the Gran Sasso, 1,400 high, this small ski resort rewards true ski lovers with some of the longest downhills of the massif. It is also an ideal destination for cross-country and ski mountaineering fans thanks to its easy and safe trails. A hotel is located in the lifts area and the historic village of Fano Adriano is served by some B&Bs. The popular Prati di Tivo, located underneath the top of the Corno Piccolo, is also quite near
Surrounded by the Simbruini Mountains beech woods, Marsia ski resort offers visitors beautiful runs and a quiet atmosphere. The skiing facilities rise to 1,740 metres on mount Midia, serving 6 downhill runs; a true snow paradise just one hour from Rome. Marsia boasts a wonderful 15 km crosscountry trail and the area can easily be reached also from Camporotondo or Pereto. Just a few kilometres away is Tagliacozzo, a beautiful town rich in medieval and Renaissance remains.
Campo di Giove
At the foot of the steep western slope of the Majella, Campo di Giove skiing facilities rise to 2,350 metres on the slopes of the Tavola Rotonda. This is the highest place skiers can reach in Abruzzo by ski lifts. The village and the facilities area are served by a number of hotels and B&Bs. Just a few kilometres away are the towns of Pacentro and Sulmona. Pacentro is a charming medieval borough and Sulmona is famous for being the birthplace of Ovid and is rich in remains of its past, like the aqueduct, dating back to the 13th century.
Scanno Passo Godi
Located inside the Abruzzo National Park, surrounded by one of the most intact environments of the region, Passo Godi is the ideal destination for ski fans. Between Scanno and Villetta Barrea, it can be reached both from the Sagittario valley and the Alto Sangro. Perfect for a relaxing holiday, especially for families and groups who can enjoy skiing facilities and cross-country rings or choose from a number of hiking tracks such as the one leading to the margin of the Integral Reserve of the Abruzzo National Park.