Skiing in Abruzzo The Mediterranean has a Snowcapped Heart

National Park of Gran Sasso
National Park of Gran Sasso – Photo ©

Abruzzo is a land of mountains. Every glance at the horizon reveals rows of rocky peaks soaring skywards. These are the Majella, Gran Sasso, Laga, and Sirente-Velino group massifs, to name just a few. A fantastic high-altitude world made up of the most formidable complex mountain range in the Apennines (with marked alpine features), strategically placed at the centre of Italy and the Mediterranean, with a secure, enduring layer of snow (often lasting until spring), with countless resorts and tourist facilities, and changing all the time.

A mountain context that offers top-notch, well-differentiated settings for an advanced level of the two main winter sports: downhill and cross-country skiing. The high mountains are perfect for downhill sports like skiing and snowboarding, while the sheer size of the many plateaux offers ideal locations for cross-country skiing. The many ski resorts are dotted evenly along with the ample interior Apennine, from Mount Piselli in the north to Roccaraso and Pescasseroli to the south, touching on four parks: Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga, Majella, Sirente-Velino and Abruzzo-Lazio-Molise.

Ovindoli – Photo ©

The biggest ski resorts in the Apennines have hundreds of kilometers of ski runs, excellent standards of snow, well-designed state-of-the-art facilities, a complete, efficient network of accessory structures, and services. Abruzzo has no limits if you are a snow aficionado.

Of all Abruzzo’s resorts, the leader in the Upper Sangro skiing district, the largest in central-southern Italy and the seventh at the national level for size and overall quality of ski runs and services. The area comprises Roccaraso (with its elegant shops and hotels, and the most prominent sports facilities), Rivisondoli (famous for its live nativity tableau), and Pescocostanzo (with its exceptional Renaissance and Old Baroque center).

Campofelice – Photo ©

Opportunities for practicing winter sports in Abruzzo are no longer limited to the best-known and popular like downhill and cross-country skiing or snowboarding: the exceptional variety of natural environments allows the Abruzzo mountains to offer the whole range of winter sports, from more extreme ski-touring to quiet family excursions with snowshoes, dog-sledding to sled-dog to ice climbing.
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