Skiing in Italy: opportunities and famous areas

If you are in Italy on vacation in Italy in winter time, you need to go skiing! Actually in all Italian mountains you hav got an opportunityto live the snow fully and to do your favourite winter sports: for amateurs, for beginners, and for professionals, Italy is waiting for you on holyday with its great gastronomic traditions.

For example, the Piemonte (Piedmont) Region has amazing skiing resorts and mountain sports. 53 ski resorts and 1300 km of runs in the villages in 2006 has hosted the winter Olympics!!!

Near the Swiss border you have to go and have a look to the village of Cervinia, pretty famous for being an hub for celebrities and VIP, at the base of the Monte Cervino. Less expensive of the close-by Zermatt, Cervinia has a casino, restaurants, swimming pool, ice skating, movie theatre, a run over 20km long, one of the longest in the world. Skiing is best here for intermediate skiers.

The  Dolomites, bordering Austria, are a great locations because of the spectacular mountain sightseeing and the Italian skiing villages. The Dolomites are good for beginning to advanced skiiers and offer other winter sports as well with Ortisei, Cortina d’Ampezzo and Val Gardena, world famous ski areas. In particular the ski area of Val Gardena is highest in the Dolomites and has already hosted the World Cup skiing in the past. Val Gardena is included in the big Sella Ronda circuit with 80 lifts and a ski range of 1563-2518 meters.

Plenty of snow and activities also in the resort village of Selva Gardena, at 1563 meters with  a large number of restaurants, ice skating, and indoor sports events.

Skiing in the South? Of course. Italy’s Abruzzo region is just a few hours from Rome, with its 21 ski areas and 368 km of runs in the highest part of the Apennines. This area sometimes in winter boasts more snow than the Alps. The most developed ski resorts are in Roccaraso, but beautiful is the Gran Sasso, which is the highest point in Italy! Good skiing here including cross country skiing speciality. And going even more south, you need to visit Mt. Etna, Sicily’s best-known volcano and for sure the highest point in Sicily with its 3350 meters offers plenty of activities in winter season. Lot of snow, 1400 meters of vertical skiing. Two ski areas on Etna, too: the southern slope is called Rifugio Sapienza and the northern the resort of Linguaglossa.


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