The ski resort of Schia , just 40 minutes by car from Parma, is a privileged destination for many families with children: there is a modern lift on the ski school slope which is doted with many inflatable games and where kids can play even without wearing skis.
Located on the slopes of Monte Caio, which, with its peaks ranging from 1,200 to 1,500 meters above sea level, is one of the most imposing mountains in the Apennines near Parma, this town has extensive woodlands and breathtaking views, and is great for those who love cross-country skiing off trail; there are also some Nordic ski trails as well.
In Schia there are ten slopes of varying difficulty for a total of more than 15 km with four lifts: 2 T-bars, 1 carpet lift and 1 2-seater chair lift, inaugurated in 2008 and capable of transporting 1,200 people per hour. Besides the park for kids and the cross-country track, there is also a dynamic and very popular snowboarding park: it is the “ParKaio” designed for freestyle enthusiasts, with jumps, boxes, rails and a lighting system that allows people to use it at night.
There is always snow thanks to an artificial snow machine.
2013-2014 Deals. The prices for ski-passes have remained the same as last year: weekdays adults 20 euros, kids 15. Adult seasonal pass, 400 euros, kids 280 euros.
New this year. The Snowpark for snowboarders, besides having been expanded, has added some new structures. Also the official A.M.S.I snowboard school has been opened.
Events. There will be the Italian FISI Snowboard Championships on February 23 (speed) and 24 (Slopestyle), 2014; the Apennine Dog-sledding Race in February, 2014; the "SkiAlp Night Race" with night alpine skiing on February 14. And there will be snoeshoeing, nordic walking races and markets. Info: www.schiamontecaio.it/
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