It’s a beautiful morning in late February. You’ve maybe popped down to Sant’Eusanio to get some fresh bread for breakfast and on your way back, you just couldn’t help stopping the car and gazing up to the snow-covered peaks of the Maiella, glistening white against a clear blue sky. Put whatever plans you might have had for the day on hold. Act on impulse. Head for the mountains.
When you get there
An hour from leaving your Abruzzo holiday villa just outside Casoli – and after a beautiful and easy drive up through the Maiella National Park – you’ll be parking your car a few yards away from the bottom of the chair-lift at Passo di Lanciano. You’ll immediately notice how uncrowded it is – and how nearby you can hire skis and boots and pick up a ski-pass.
Or maybe you’ve forward-planned a little and booked yourself a few lessons, either just for the two of you, or in a group. It doesn’t matter in the least whether you’re a total beginner or just a little rusty. You’ll be with others of the same age and ability. Or if you’ve skied before, you might want to try something new like snow-boarding. However you’ve handled it, you’re in for a great day. The ski-school is right alongside the chair-lift.
Even if you don’t want to ski at all, just sit with a beer or a coffee in one of the many bars and cafes and take in the views. Or if the road is open – and unless the weather’s bad, it usually is – another 10 minutes or so in the car will take you up through the treeline to the 1995m heights of La Majelletta and some truly breathtaking views.
In the 2007/8 season:
- a day’s ski-pass in the Passo di Lanciano/Majelletta area cost between €16-20 each
- a half-day – either up to, or after, 1230 – was only about €5 cheaper
- ski and boot hire was €16-€22 per person, depending on the type you hired
- skiboard hire was the same
- take your passport – you may be asked to leave it as a deposit against the safe return of your hire equipment
- ski-school was open 0830-1630
- lessons ranged from €30/hour for 1-to-1 instruction; to €40/hour for a couple; to €25 each for a 2-hour group session
- equipment hire is substantially discounted if you book lessons
- English is widely spoken !
Get more on the ski-school here – or send them an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
And by the way, if you go to Passo di Lanciano/La Majelletta during the week, it really is uncrowded. The picture below was taken outside the ‘Albergo Mamma Rosa’ on La Majelletta (great spot for a snack and a drink) at 1245 on Tuesday 19 February. Welcome to your very own personal, private, exclusive ski resort !
If you’ve skied before – will it suit you ?
You can ski at Passo di Lanciano/Majelletta from December and into late-March/early-April. The area offers:
- 20kms of ski slopes
- 9 ski lifts and 1 chair lift
- at least 6 blue (easy) runs; 15 red (intermediate) runs; and 5 black (difficult) runs
- 9kms of Nordic (cross-country) trails
- Passo di Lanciano is 1650m above sea-level (about 5400 feet); La Majelletta is 1995m (about 6550 feet)
- And of course we’ll tell you the quickest way to get there from your Abruzzo holiday villa !
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