With splashes of plump colors, Abruzzo is an ideal location to take a break also during the winter season, a welcome contrast to the cold winter grey days you may well live in the Northern Europe.
Abruzzo is the biggest ski resorts in the Apennines offering 368 kilometres of ski enjoyment divided in 172 runs split in downhill and cross-country ski runs.
Abruzzo ski areas are comparable to many resorts in the Alps, though the proximity to the Adriatic and winter precipitation patterns from the Balkan makes the region often having more snow than the Alps.
The biggest ski resorts in the Apennines, hundreds of kilometres 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.
Although the most popular and breath-taking resorts are Roccaraso, Campo Felice and Campo Imperatore (located on the highest altitudes of the Apennines), the tracks in Passo Lanciano are good as much as the one previously mentioned thus without not considering the amazing cross-country skiing area in Piana Grande on the Majella mountain.
Passo Lanciano is at 50-minute drive to the slopes. They’re around 20 runs in the combined resort of Passo Lanciano and Maielletta. From the slopes there are breath-taking views of the Adriatic.
The price of skiing is very reasonable, a week ski pass costs about £40 (about 50 euros) and ski hire for the same period about £49/£65 (60/80 euros) and for those interested in Apres Ski drink expect to pay about £2.5 (3 euros) for a glass of excellent local Trebbiano or Montepulciano.
If you are a novice, you can arrange ski lessons from Scuola Italiana Sci Passo Lanciano. Private one to one tuition costs about £25 (30 euros) an hour and group rates are even cheaper.
Although with a different scenery from the summer bird watching, Abruzzo is amazing for such activity during the winter season too.
Although the landscape is likely to be snowy, Abruzzo is still a veritable berry wonderland for migratory birds with splashes of plump reds, blacks & yellows.
So remember your snow boots and start walking higher into the Apennines of the Gran Sasso or Majella Mountain to see ranges of bird you won’t probably see elsewhere.
The scenery, accessibility and diverse hiking trails make this pastime attractive for people of all ages and fitness levels as in normal circumstances you don’t require any special expertise and skills (exceptions apply for faint hearted people).
Much of the region is raw, untamed and relatively untouched by tourism. With three national parks, you will be challenged while choosing your hiking route!
While trekking in the Abruzzo hinterland you will be offered good opportunities for visiting small and quiet villages where having a break and delighting your palate with delicious home-made Italian food is a must.