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Cortina d’Ampezzo, Riccardo Gaspari, restaurant, SanBrite

SanBrite, complete supply chain and romance in the mountains of Cortina d’Ampezzo

Probably not, but that of Ludovica Rubbini and Riccardo Gaspari, from this point of view, is at least emblematic. The context is that of the Ampezzo valley, of an unparalleled beauty, net of extra-luxury tourism, which in the middle of the season infests it with exaggerated ostentation. The fact remains that Cortina d’Ampezzo is one of the most beautiful places in the world, surrounded as it is with mountains of solemn elegance and views that are not easily forgotten. Indeed, every time, both under the light of the sun and in the middle of a snowfall, they are wonderfully different.

Our protagonists are a couple of thirty-year-olds who learn to know each other since the age of 15, cortinese doc him, bolognese she who for love and “maybe my parents have done to get me out of the smog of Bologna” attends three years of superior up here at 1300 meters above sea level. Moral of the story, after a few pull and ritual (“up and down on vacation, but I had already understood that he would be the man of my life”), in 2007, from the parts of twenty years (“I arrived with the suitcases “), the town Ludovica definitely turns into mountain. The Brite de Larieto, an agritourism company obtained from a former uninhabited hut at an altitude of 1700 and a stimulating place for the brand new SanBrite, is a creature born in 2004 of the parents of Riccardo.

Flavio, the father, was a carpenter, which does not hurt having to do with stables and structures, while Riccardo before the lightning on the way to the kitchen was the ski instructor with a brilliant past of blue athlete of free descent and a noble passage to the art school. In 2012, where is now also the home of SanBrite born the small Brite dairy: beautiful emotion when Riccardo, just before the end of a lunch, asks you to follow him in the kitchen, makes you cross and go down the stairs to get to the sancta sanctorum of its cheeses in seasoning and gives you a plate with a wonderful dessert all over milk, the same milk from which the cheese maker every morning helps him to obtain a butter that wins every human resistance to temptation, worked with cream from outcrop. : 300 liters for 2 or 3 kilograms of concentration and pure throat to spread on a piece of bread just out of the oven.

 Rapid renovation works, from the autumn of 2016 to July 2017, lead to the opening of what is now the SanBrite, or the brite (malga where milk is processed). This completes what is a real family “supply chain”, the farmhouse with cows, goats, chickens and pigs, the vegetable garden that runs full steam in summer and a simple kitchen, the dairy and the small restaurant in which, says Riccardo, “we want to make a serious mountain cuisine, with the right ingredients and dishes to remember”.

But where does the way of enlightenment really get to a style that transports the Alpine tradition to a more modern setting, enriching it with a kind creative note without upsetting it? You go back four years ago, when a twenty-eight-year-old Riccardo has the intuition, after a lunch with Ludovica at Osteria Francescana. From there to spend a few months in the kitchen with Massimo Bottura the step is short, the hand trained by the summer practices in the kitchen under the watchful eye of the mother, guardian of old timeless Ampezzo recipes, is enriched with experiences, ideas and enthusiasm. And that’s it. On a sunny day from this house climbing to some curve from the strand of the center of Cortina, in a cradle of silence, you can admire the Tofane, immanent keepers that rise shining on the other side of the valley, while all that surrounds you is hot, starting from the sinuous shape of the wooden and metal chairs, the result of a skilful artisan recovery, to get to the tables to which, says Ludovica “we decided to change the version between lunch, when we eat with exposed wood and dinner (Riccardo likes it better) with traditional tablecloths “.

So you take a seat and immediately get some delicious amuse bouche sylvan, before an appetizer that the chef loves particularly, like the lard cooked in a vacuum in the honey of Tiglio di Cibiana, then portioned

The right destinations to go skiing and see the races of ski champions

The snow has come and the plants are already open. From Trentino to Valle d’Aosta, here is where to do the most spectacular runs and attend the races.

This year the snow is punctual, the plants are open and the desire for fun to share with friends and family is taken.
But where to go? Here is a selection of ski areas based on the beauty of the places, the technicality and the spectacularity of the track. Someone will tell you that they know the best, but these are the favorites of the champions who race every year at the World Cup.

ANDALO AND FAI DELLA PAGANELLA (TN)
At the heart of the Andalo Fai della Paganella ski area, the most beautiful and technical Olympia trail starts from the top overlooking the valley of Adige and Brenta, and goes downhill. New: expanded the La Rocca track to facilitate the return of less experienced skiers. The event: Do not miss the training of the Norwegian Alpine Ski Team on the Olimpionica 2 track (black track) from 9 to 22 December.
Daily cost: 41 euros.

LA THUILE (AO)
Connected to the facilities of Espace San Bernardo, to ski on infinite kilometers of slopes between the Italian and French alpine slopes. In France, two new chair lifts and five slopes
red to meet the most experienced skiers. The track to be tried is the Tre Franco Berthod, one of the most difficult and steep in Italy (76% maximum slope) that this year
was chosen by FIS as a track for the recovery of the men’s and women’s Alpine Ski World Cup races. The event: March 3 and 4 in Courmayeur, not far away
from La Thuile, the Freeride World Tour qualifier circuit breaks.
Daily cost: 40 euros.

BORMIO (SO)
In the Alta Valtellina area, 170 km of pistes in the heart of the Stelvio National Park. The track to be missed is the Stelvio 3,300 meters to do everything in a breath. The event: the World Ski Jump World Cup on December 28th. The novelty: fun area at Bormio 2000 with Funslope Bormio and Familypark Bormio, for skiers and snowboarders. In the resorts of Bormio, Livigno, Santa Caterina Valfurva and San Colombano Valdidentro there is a free ski bus service for those with Superski Alta Valtellina. Daily cost: from 23 euros.

ALTA BADIA (BZ)
A web of 130 km of slopes at various levels of difficulty. The Grand Rise of La Villa is one of the best in the world (450 meters in altitude and 1,300 km in length); with a slope
maximum of 63%, is a black for a few, but there is an easier variant. The event: December 17, giant slalom of the World Cup.
Daily cost: from 43 euros.

VAL GARDENA (BZ)
Ortisei, S. Cristina, Selva di Val Gardena, are part of the Dolomiti Superski domain. From all three resorts you can go, with the Dolomiti Superski ski pass for the Sellaronda, the Sella group’s all-round ski trip. Try the 3.5km Saslong descent with breathtaking curves and goblins, while in December the new 10-seater Piz Seteur cable car, the most modern monofire plant ever made, is to be found. The event: in conjunction with the Ski World Cup (15 and 16 December), big parties are scheduled. The offer not to be missed from 6 to 23 December 2017 is Superpremière; with 4 nights, one is free, who book 6 nights, will have two.
Daily cost: from 43 euros.

MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO (TN)
Here Skirama Dolomiti Adamello Brenta Ski Area has about 150 km of slopes; you can ski throughout the day between Madonna di Campiglio, Folgarida-Marilleva, Pinzolo and there are free shuttles to move between the various locations. Among the 5 Snowparks, the Ursus Snowpark in Madonna di Campiglio, one of the top five of the Alps. Folgarida’s new four-seater Malghette chairlift is in operation. The event: World Cup Men’s Special Slalom, December 22nd. From December 7th to 10th, Marilleva Snow Week has four days of skiing fun snowboarding.
Daily cost: 50 euros.

FIVE MEETS IN THE NATURE FOR WHO LOVES THE FUND
For those who love silence, the scenery to enjoy in solitude is perfect for cross-country skiing. Here are 5 locations to experience an unforgettable experience in nature, suitable for those who have been practicing forever or for those who only start now.

COURMAYEUR (AO)
Not only downhill: in the Courmayeur area, Val Ferret is one of the most scenic and popular alpine ski resorts. In the valley, stretched over to the magnificent amphitheater at the foot of Mont Blanc, you embark on 22 miles of trails in a heaven of peace.
Info: courmayeurmontblanc.it

COGNE (AO)
It is the valdostan queen of cross-country skiing. The pistes wind up for 80km, crossing the villages of Epinel, Lillaz, Valnontey in the heart of the Gran Paradiso National Park. Do not miss the Marciagranparadiso from 2 to 4 February 2018.
Info: cogneturismo.it.
Dobbiaco and, more north, Anterselva. The Val Pusteria area is a paradise for cross-country skiers: the slopes are well traced, the breathtaking views (Info: valpusteria.com). An unusual race: in the Casies Valley, the Canederli Marathon (January 14th), mix between sport and cooking. Info: valle-di-casies.com.ALPE DI SIUSI (BZ) The largest plateau in Europe offers 80 km of pistes with a minimum length of 2 km for beginners and others extending like the “Giogo” , with its 15 km being the longest in the area.Info: alpesiusi.it.FOLGARIA (TN) Three sports rings are available for 1.5, 4.5 and 8 km, suitable for beginners and experienced riders.Info: alpecimbra.it

Where to ski low cost, map and prices for “having fun” with the autumn snow

While in the south probably someone is still bathing at the sea, in the North is already all ready for the new ski season. If most of the facilities will open between the second half of November and early December, in some regions of Italy in a few days it will be possible to put the skis at the foot

The Stelvio Pass, in Lombardy, thanks to over 20 kilometers of all difficulty, for a total difference of over 700 meters, is one of the most important summer skiing and snowboard centers. Although the heat of summer has created some problems, forcing them to close ski lifts and ski slopes, enthusiasts will be able to enjoy over 20 kilometers of slopes until November 5th with a late-torch torch scheduled for Saturday 4th.

In South Tyrol, the slopes of the Val Senales glacier are already open: skiers have a 3,212-meter Grawand chairlift. “Hope is to be able to open all the systems within two weeks, allowing time,” explains the local operators. Solda has been on the road since October 21, due to the high slopes of up to 3250 meters.

Prices
It is still “early to give a complete picture of any price increases on plant prices” but, as explained by AdnKronos Valeria Ghezzi, president of the Anef (National Association of Operators), “where we should be talking about 2% at most. And I think even from a receptive point of view there will be no significant increases. ” “Investment in the industry amounts to 70 billion – says the Ghezzi – now snow is always guaranteed, also because the trend is that of a mountain to live all year round: even when it is natural you work because it enhances comfort of those who wander. ” “In any case, hope is that this year will be a ‘white Christmas’ – he concludes – not so much because we fear that the sector is affected, but above all, what are the Christmas holidays from the point of view of the collective imagination.”

Livigno in October opening of the fund and December ski slopes

On October 15, skiing back to the bottom ring, while on December 1 officially starts the winter season with the opening of the slopes.

From October 15th to Livigno, it will open the bottom track, made with 50,000 cubic meters of snow that have been preserved during the summer season with snowfarm technique. Last winter, 100,000 cubic meters of snow were stored, of which 20 percent was dissolved in the summer, 30,000 were used for the Contrade Trophy (summer skiing event on true snow) and the remaining 50,000 will be used to open the bottom ring.

With such an anticipated opening over the other locations, Livigno becomes the ideal destination for training a large number of international teams and international athletes and biathlon riders coming down from the glaciers to train at an altitude of 1816 mt, perfect for the High Altitude Training .

For those who love skiing and snowboarding, just wait on December 1, when the winter season will be officially inaugurated with the opening of the ski slopes.

December 2 will be the turn of the 28th edition of Sgambeda, the granite of Livigno that is part of the international circuit “Visma Ski Classics”.

On the theme of scheduled snowfall, Livigno has embarked on an innovative road, taking part in the “Prosnow” European project of vast breath that also involves eight Alpine resorts. The optimization of programmed snow production is an important challenge for ski resorts. Today, the required water volumes are estimated at the beginning of the season on often unclear bases (eg, the worst ever recorded, with a observation period limited to one or two decades), and the decision to produce or not is generally taking the same day depending on weather conditions.

The Prosnow project, co-ordinated by Météo-France with 12 European partners, aims to develop a decision support service for ski resorts, based on weather forecasts (several days) and at the same time seasonal (several months).

This is a new tool that will provide meteorological information directly available to ski area operators (eg snow / snow stock), along with specific information on forecast uncertainties. Eight pilot stations in the Alps of France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Germany will contribute to the development of the service and to test the “demonstrator”.

The project will last for 3 years and has been submitted in response to the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Green Economy initiative, which is associated with the social challenge 5 “Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials”, with objectives for research based on the market for climate services. In addition to the latest generation forecasts, the project will also be based on the new seasonal forecasting services developed at European level under the Copernicus Climate Change Services (C3S) program.

STUBAI – SKI WALKING ON OCTOBER 14 WITH LAST OKTOBERFEST

Skiing season on the Stubai glacier, Tyrol starts on October 14th.

The first curves of the season, on the weekend of 14 and 15 October, will be celebrated with a vintage party with many skiers presenting on the track with traditional clothes in wool and wooden skis. Which, combined with beer running through rivers, will give the Oktoberfest the snow. In addition to the fun, there will also be an opportunity to win some prizes as the four “best-looking” couples will be awarded with: € 500, € 300, two skipasss for two days skiing on the Stubai Glacier and a voucher of 50 Euros for the Schaufelspitz gourmet restaurant boasting 2 Gault Millau hair.

Two nights with skipass on the day of the opening are promoted starting from 146 euros (overnight stay, breakfast, ski pass and ski bus included).

Stubai events on the 2017 2018 Autumn Ski Glacier

From 24 to 26 November 2017, the world’s best freeskiers will face a slopestyle showdown at the Stubai Zoo snowpark. About 120 athletes challenge the Stubai glacier for the first FIS Freeski World Cup race.

The Moreboards Stubai Premiere runs from 20th to 22nd October and offers a lively and colorful show with snowboarders in action at the Stubai Zoo Snowpark and the opportunity to try the latest equipment news at the Brand-Saloon at Eisgrat Station.

Appointment with test materials with the SportScheck Glacier Testival, from 9 to 11 November, with more than 3,600 materials to be tested on the slopes of the glacier.

Freeride appointment is the SAAC Basic Camp on November 18 and 19, to learn how to move on off-track tracks safely.