Easter weekend in all skiing from Cortina to Falcade

Enthusiastic installers for a satisfying season «Snow at the top thanks to the low temperatures of these days»
Easter and Easter Monday on skis, as if we were in full winter season. There is still time for snow lovers, to ski in Veneto (even until May 1 in Faloria in Cortina). “This year we certainly can not complain”, says Renzo Minella, president of the Venetian plant engineers, “thanks to the snow that has arrived copious we are back on the values ​​of 5/6 years ago. With the cold at the end of November, we managed to also contain the costs for snowmaking, which in the previous years had been very substantial, having been able to put away the cannons already at Christmas. And the low temperatures of these days have allowed the optimal grip of the snow, so those who want to ski for Easter and Easter Monday find slopes in conditions that are still truly perfect ».

The confirmation comes from the Ski Civetta ski area: «Finally a normal season», nods Bruno Piva, of the Ski Civetta Consortium, «our whole area closes on 2nd April and we are happy with the way it went thanks to the December snow that embellished the landscape and convinced to ski the many commuters of the plain, which for us represent 50% of the clientele. Then we had many Poles, Slovaks, Rumanians, or that tourism of the East, which we could define as proximity, which arrives directly in the car on our mountains. Winter tourism is driven by the Dolomiti Superski, then we will have to increasingly characterize ourselves as the ‘mountain of Venice’, to be competitive with other areas that are more competitive from the hotel’s point of view ». Already closed the slopes in Nevegal, Monte Avena, Sappada, Misurina and Auronzo (where however you are considering a possible reopening of three days, from tomorrow to Easter on the basis of weather conditions), will ski until May 1 in Faloria to Cortina , while the plants will close on April 2 in Tofana, where for the Easter week Cima Tofana (3244 m) opens, the trunk of the cableway leading to the terrace and from which you can admire the Ampezzo Dolomites amphitheater. The party at the end of the season will be held tomorrow at Col Druscié with DJ sets to celebrate with music, from 4pm to 8pm. The ski lifts will close on April 2nd, to allow the twenty-year overhaul of the cableway leading to Ra Valles, that this year is 20 years old, with a summer reopening then on 23 June. Today, among other things, snowshoeing is scheduled among the spectacular snowy views of the Tofana di Mezzo, with dinner at the Capanna Ra Valles restaurant (2,475 m).

In Marmolada you can ski until 8 April, and so also in the Falcade / Alpe Lusia / San Pellegrino area. Closed the Val Comelico Ski Area, on the 3 Zinnen Dolomites you can ski until 8 April from San Candido-Baranci
in Monte Elmo, from Croda Rossa Passo Monte Croce Comelico.

The Dolomiti Superski, from its website, announces that today there are 424 open systems on 456, for a total of 1. 134 km of slopes on 1. 200. As if to say that at Easter we are still in full ski season

At Easter as in winter. All the beauty of skiing

From Valle d’Aosta to the Dolomites, opportunities not to be missed

An Easter with lots of snow and still winter temperatures. Perfect, therefore, to spend on skis. Especially since there are many promotions at the end of the season and not a few opportunities to have fun: competitions, events, concerts on the slopes, ski at dawn or at night.

 
Races and descents at dawn. In Piedmont the most anticipated Easter egg is that of the Vialattea: here, Saturday March 31st, young athletes from all over Italy will take to the track for the “Uovo d’Oro Audi” trophy. A competition that includes two venues: Sestriere for downhill skiing and Pragelato for Nordic skiing. Who then wants to extend the holiday can take advantage of the Free Ski offer: if you book the stay from 1 to 8 April you have a free ski pass. Skiing on skis also at La Thuile: March 30th, children and teenagers will meet at the starting gate for the Easter Egg Race, while the big ones will compete in the 41st edition of «Easter Slalom».
 
For those who aspire to ski with a true champion the right destination is the Val d’Ultimo, above Merano: booking a week immediately after Easter, you can spend a day of skiing together with the blue Dominik Paris. If the desire to ski is so much that you can not sleep, you can take the opportunity at dawn: on March 31 on the Presena glacier is scheduled the appointment of Trentino Skisunrise. You go up in altitude at 5.15 am, you can admire the sunrise and after a hearty breakfast you leave the first track on the snow in the company of ski instructors.
 
This is the right time to enjoy the winter holidays: in Pontedilegno-Tonale, as in the whole Val di Sole, the “Easter on ski skipass included” offer is valid: seven nights with a six-day Superskirama season ticket for skiing in eight locations. And in the Dolomiti Superski carousel, a day’s holiday is free thanks to the “Dolomiti Supersun” promotion.
 
Skiing at dawn but also at night at the Corvatsch, a stone’s throw from St. Moritz: Friday 30 is the Snow Night with a descent on the longest illuminated piste in Switzerland and a discounted ski pass for groups of 5 people. At Pasquetta instead climb at 6 am in the morning and descend with the first rays of the sun.
 
Dips, barbecues and concerts. Skis and swimsuit: the perfect suit for the crazy appointment of Aprica, The Splash Ride. Saturday 31 all ready for a descent with a final dive: in the Campetti area will be set up a special pool. Even more grilled pool in Gressoney-La-Trinité, in the ski carousel of Monterosa Ski, where on 2 April we dive and challenge ourselves in front of the grid with the Spring Barbecue Contest.
 
You even skip a river in Morgins, in the Franco-Swiss area of ​​the Portes du Soleil: the best freestylers in the world can do the job, and they meet here on March 30th and 31st for the 7Peaks Riverstyle contest. A 23-meter flight accompanied by music and DJ sets. And it is precisely the music that punctuates Easter in Pontedilegno: on the 1st of April it is celebrated in rap rhythm with the concert by Jake La Furia. The Presena glacier turns into an open-air disco, as well as the slopes of the Spinale area in Campiglio: March 31 will perform the French top deejay Bob Sinclar.
 
Markets and tradition. Last skis and shopping: it is the pairing on which Courmayeur points. In Pasquetta, the stalls of the Foire de la Paquerette invade the center of the town with the products of the Valle d’Aosta craftsmanship, while Saturday, April 8, the appointment with the Black Saturday returns. Pure tradition instead in Bormio, where we must not miss the appointment with the Pasquali, the allegorical floats. But the Valtellina also takes its throat: in Valgerola on 2 April you can take part in a walk with six stages dedicated to chocolate tastings.
 
Skiing and flea markets will be the protagonists of the Easter weekend in Fiera di Primiero, near San Martino di Castrozza: lots of stalls plus a program of activities with walks in the company of llamas or aboard a carriage.

To Ski with the heart the champions

300 members of the Italian clubs have been enrolled in the charity competition Sciare con cuore 2018 to raise funds for Admo (Association of donors of bone marrow) in Madonna di Campiglio, Trentino. Victory for the team of the former blue Paolo Pangrazzi, second place for the team of Verena Stuffer the azzurraaltoatesina, who has closed his racing career and has been fought with all the other blues just in Sciare with 2018. The third place is for the team of Nicol Delago, Italian super-champion of Supergigante, who this year took part in his first Olympic Games at PyeongChang. Even Giuliano Razzoli, Olympic gold in slalom in Vancuover, did not want to miss this event, as well as ChairaCostazza, who participated in the first edition, and Cristian Zorzi, star of the clash, has returned after some years of absence.

Murat, who continued to ski in spite of everything: «I turned fear into joy»

He is part of the Swiss Paralympic Ski Team and is an ambassador for The North Face team. Murat Pelit was present (even if not protagonist) at the Paralympics at the start. But you’ve already won his biggest challenge

An overwhelming energy. Of those that strike you here, in full chest and that leave you stunned in the middle between “I wish and then I can” and “… but how the hell does it?”. Answers without answering Murat Pelit, athlete of the Swiss Paralympic Ski Team and ambassador of The North Face team, protagonist of one of the Storytelling Night organized by the brand in its stores around the world. He does so simply by telling himself and laughing at a contagious laugh, at times.

Returning from his first Paralympics in Korea, this Ticinese boy brought home a much more significant victory than a medal.

The pain in his left hand during his races prevented him from running the blades as he dreamed, but not from fulfilling a dream: that of being there, after 15 years, starting from a hospital bed.

It was 2003, in his life a career started in the Swiss Army’s rescue troops in the mountains of the house and an innate love for the outdoor. One day, carrying a friend’s backpack, he feels his back hurt.

“A malignant tumor in the sacrum, this was the verdict,” he says. The reaction in these situations is clear: either pass, or do an all in. “I had a lot of time in that hospital room. If you come from a small village in Switzerland like Stabio in Canton Ticino, you are used to living with the mountains, you see them around you. I looked at them from the window and understood that time could become my friend instead of an enemy, that I now had all the possible hours to plan my return on the snow, in the woods ».

From 2003 to 2006 he enters and exits the hospitals and slowly, walking becomes increasingly difficult. Until the paralysis of the lower limbs. “That period was a long process of maturation for me. I grew up humanely and learned to slip a lot of things on me. I came out of that situation better than I had entered: I had been afraid and fear is nothing but a condensation of energy. Like joy. So I chose this one, I made it mine and I understood it would be my lifeblood. I am healed “.

Before Murat’s illness there was snowboarding. Today he has mastered all disciplines, from the special slalom, to the super-G, to the downhill. And it is on these two last ones that point everything and for everything. “When you are in front of the starting gate of a free descent, you feel the thrill that very few other things give you. I touch the 120 / 125km per hour and even on my monoski I feel all the speed. It makes me feel incredibly alive. ”

The monoshock chair with which it trains and competes has a tailored carbon shell and skis with sharp edges. The hardest thing is learning to drift, he says. “For the technique is a matter of head, in all senses, when you have a lesion that paralyzes your lower body, your center of gravity rises and shoulders, head and neck become your best allies to draw the trajectory”.

On the helmet the drawings of the four grandchildren cheering for him and who followed him in the five-circle adventure. “The Olympics are pure sport, without barriers and without diversity. We must get there with the right degree of madness. I gave what I could at that moment, but I know I can do a lot more. ”

And now? “Now that summer is approaching, I’ll go downhill with a three-wheeled bicycle looking for the strongest emotions in the mountains of Europe.”

FEDERALBERGHI, DOLOMITES SEASON TOP, SKI UNTIL MAY

A record-breaking season for spring 2017/2018 for the Veneto Dolomites, where the great snow of these last weeks will allow skiing on many slopes until May. “From Cortina to the whole of Cadore, up to Asiago with its cross-country trails, the Veneto mountain achieves a decidedly positive result,” explains Federalberghi. Well, even reservations for the next Easter, which, thanks to the favorable calendar, promises to be an extension of the winter ski season. This is what emerges from the check of Federalberghi regional in the receptive-hotel structures of the ski resorts of the Dolomites, which for 60% reside in Veneto, and where – in line with the national figure – the Italians who have so far spent the holidays are 11 % more than in January-March 2017. “The trend that the weekends in the snow and the white weeks – says the president of Federalberghi Veneto Marco Michielli – have recorded during the first quarter of 2018 is a comforting signal, which confirms the great potentiality of the Venetian mountain and leads us to look with confidence and optimism in the coming months “. “The Region’s commitment to raise funds, and that of companies to modernize the structures also in view of the World Ski Championships of 2021 – he adds – are returning the desired results. An excellent base for thinking about the Dolomites as an ideal and sustainable location for the upcoming Winter Olympics of 2026, with the hypothesis of Asiago as a natural venue for the specialty of the fund ». «Another novelty – he concludes – is the fact that bookings made directly by the hotels’ websites are growing, while those in the large portals decrease. A trend reversal that can only please us because it shows that tourists have understood that direct booking is convenient, in all respects ».