Um, wait – ski resorts near Rome? You knew you could ski in the Alps or the Dolomites. But yes, there are actually 26 ski resorts in the Appennine mountains not far from Rome, and they get plenty of snow as you can see from the photos below. Open from December through April, the resorts cater to all levels of downhill skier, snowboarders and cross-country skiers. And in the off season, lifts are open for hikers. All 3 of the resorts below are about 2 hours from Rome and 1 hour from the Pescara airport.
Three Recommended Ski Resorts Near Rome
1) Campo Imperatore, on the Gran Sasso mountain
Take the cable car up Gran Sasso (photo above), the area’s highest mountain, to reach the ski resort of Campo Imperatore at 2,130 m (7,000 ft). This resort has over 20 km of runs and is ideal for intermediate skiers. It also has a ski park for snowboarders.
Cost of an adult day pass is just €24. Kids under 11 years of age ski free.
Also Great For cross-country skiing and summer hiking. Cross-country skiers have a choice of trails starting near the base of the Fontari chairlift. In the summertime, hikers can take the cable car up to Campo Imperatore and then hike up to Gran Sasso’s highest point, the Corno Grande, at 2912 m (over 9,000 ft). It’s a 4-6 hour round trip and a strenuous hike.
2) Prati di Tivo
On the other side of the Gran Sasso mountain from Campo Imperatore, Prati di Tivo is a smaller resort with 6 lifts at an altitude of 1,450 m (4,700 ft). Here’s a map of the runs and lifts, and here’s the official website (in Italian only).
Cost of an adult day pass is just €22, though passes are also sold in 1, 2, and 3-hour increments.
Also great for cross-country skiing and hiking. Cross-country ski trails zig zag at the base of the lifts, and in the summer, hikers can enjoy the flowers, mountain scenery and birds on many trails.
This huge resort has 110 km of ski runs, newer lifts, snow making machines, and is probably a better fit than the other two for skiers who prefer difficult runs. Here’s a map of the runs and lifts. Also a great spot for cross-country skiers.
Cost of a day pass at Roccaraso is €33 for adults and €28 for kids, but there’s a family deal where the second child under age 10 is free.
Photo of Gran Sasso by Gigi 62; Photo of Roccaraso by Bartolomeo Perrotta
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