Skiing, events, snowshoeing and fun at the 15 winter resorts in Emilia Romagna
There are 15 winter resorts in the Tuscan Emilian Apennines that offer 400 kilometers of slopes to ski down and 5000 kilometers of trails for practicing cross-country skiing as well.
The opening of ski lifts, held on December 8 for the first slopes of the Cimone winter resort, welcomes an important news. Emilia Romagna and Tuscany will hit the market with a single snow product: that of the Tuscan Emilian Apennines, a magnificent territory of great natural esteem, but more importantly with many organized and well equipped ski centers.
Also for the 2016-2017 season the theme is “fun for everyone”. There are many great deals, starting with kids: there are parks for children with loads of inflatables, magic carpet lifts and entertainment.
More and more exciting and equipped are the snowboarding parks for those who love snowboarding and there are lessons in kite skiing or ice-climbing, as well as regenerating activities such as cross-country skiing immersed in nature and silence.
For those who love outdoor adventures, there will be a lot of hikes, along the Alta Via of the parks, which runs along the peaks, and snowshoeing in the woods, under the stars, with a final dinner or an overnight stay included. There are also trails through ancient towns or even tracking animals. For those looking for an adventure, you can sleep in the lodges; there is a very well organized network inside the two National Parks, the Tuscan Emilian Park and the Park of Campigna and the Casentinesi Forests.
In Corno alle Scale (Bo), a ski resort just one hour from Bologna and Florence where Alberto Tomba learned to ski, there are 36 km of slopes, a dozen lifts, a snowboarding park and a park for kids. New in 2016 is the free parking area at the base of the lifts. Two slopes have been dedicated to the Bologna champion, and they are the longest downhill slopes in the Apennines: 3 km uninterrupted on your skis and they can also be used for World Cup competitions. You can reach the peak of the slope “delle Rocce” with a very modern ski lift (2400 people per hour). There is also a modern “baby club” with inflatables and a magic carpet lift, which is ideal for those who want to both relax and let their kids have some fun. For the many snowboarding enthusiasts, in the town of Le Malghe there is a spectacular snowboarding park with jumps, ramps, ups and downs and extreme curves. Near Lizzano in Belvedere and Vidiciatico you can discover fascinating stone towns with mysterious symbols (the so-called “mamme”) of Celtic origins, ancient sanctuaries such as the Madonna dell’Acero, founded, according to the legend, around a tree, which still stands today. In Lizzano there is also a slow-food product: the “salmerino”, a little freshwater fish similar to trout, served in the local restaurants.
In Cimone, in the Modena Apennines, made up of the winter towns of Fanano, Montecreto, Riolunato, and Sestola, the snowboarding park in Lago della Ninfa is the ideal place for all freestylers, freeriders, freecarvers and racers, from beginners to experts, who can work on their acrobatic moves while listening to the ever-present music here. Cimone, 2165 meters, is a true skiing paradise: on 50 km of slopes, with 21 ultramodern lifts, you can ski with a single ski pass.
Thanks to a single electronic card, you can put money on your ski pass online. The convenience of online payment allows you to avoid lines: with a simple operation on the website www.cimonesci.it you can get out of your car and go straight to the slopes without waiting. For children there are two well equipped baby parks available. For cross-country enthusiasts there are tracks in magical natural settings in Lago della Ninfa, Cimoncino and Polle. Besides the super snowboard parks, visitors can also try kite skiing where you are pulled along by a kite or paraglide at 50/70 km per hour.
Cerreto Laghi, on the Apennines near Reggio Emilia, is the best resort in the Reggio Emilia area: 28 km of slopes, 5 lifts (including a three-seater lift which goes quickly up to 1980 meters on the side of Monte La Nuda), 7 km of cross-country trails, an international competition slope, a snowboarding park and an area for children. After skiing, visitors can go to the Palaghiaccio skating rink, a meeting place for all ages, and take some lessons with a “personal skater”. Many Olympic and world champions ski here, as well as national ones, due to the many international workshops held all season long.
Your wallet will not suffer thanks to great vacation packages and promotions for everyone, which are continuously updated at www.appenninoeverde.it/en.
The winter resorts
From Piacenza to Romagna, there are the most famous ones such as Cimone (MO), Corno alle Scale (BO) and Cerreto Laghi (RE), as well as the no less entertaining, but more compact, smaller resorts located throughout the region. In geographic order: Passo Penice between Bobbio and Menconico (PC); Schia and Prato Spilla in the Apennines near Parma; Ventasso, Alpe di Cusna (Febbio), and Pratizzano in the Apennines near Reggio Emilia; Fiumalbo, Piane di Mocogno, Sant’Anna Pelago, Frassinoro-Piandelagotti near Modena, and lastly the resorts of the Romagna Apennines, Campigna and Monte Fumaiolo. These towns get more beautiful with each passing season, with new slopes and lodges.
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