Skiing In Abruzzo
A winter sports holiday in Abruzzo ? Head for Roccaraso – the biggest resort in the southern Apennines.
Fancy sampling the Abruzzo ski slopes just for a day ? The chairlift at Passo di Lanciano is exactly an hour away from us.
If you’re staying at Villasfor2 between late November and late April and feel like a day’s skiing, our nearest ski station at Passo di Lanciano – and at La Majelletta, a little higher up in the mountains – are ideal.
Both offer a mixture of black, red and blue runs, plus snowboarding and cross-country skiing – and you can hire all the equipment you’ll need on the spot. (Remember you’ll need to show your passport or other ID before being allowed to hire ski equipment.)
Together with a full day’s ski-pass, this will all cost around €60 each.
At Passo di Lanciano, there’s also a ski school offering group lessons and individual tuition.
Both these Abruzzo ski resorts get extremely busy around Christmas/New Year – and they’re packed at weekends. But during the week, it’s pretty quiet.
With access roads being kept very efficiently clear, you can normally drive from Villasfor2 to the carpark right next to the bottom of the Passo di Lanciano chairlift in an hour.
Another ten minutes in the car will see you up to La Majelletta where, on a clear day, you’ll be able to see the sea as you ski ! They say it’s the only place in Europe where you can do this…
And for just a few days each April when the weather conditions are just right, you can ski in the morning – and then head-off for an afternoon’s sunbathing on the beach !
For a full-on winter sports holiday, the resort town of Roccaraso is a little over an hour south of us.
Linked to the slopes at nearby Rivisondoli and then out onto the enormous Cinque Miglia plateau, at Roccaraso you’ll find the best Abruzzo ski conditions and the biggest variety of runs.
If you skied every morning and afternoon for a week, you still wouldn’t have gone down the same run twice.
But the trade-off is that unlike Passo di Lanciano and La Majelletta, you’ll be sharing Roccaraso with the mass tourist industry and during the ski season between mid-December and early April, it’s very busy throughout the whole week.