Skiing on the Appennines, off to the 2017-18 season

Skiing on the Appennines, off to the 2017-18 season
The 2017-2018 season on the Apennines begins in advance, complicating the high snowfall in early November. For this reason, the plants in our territory have already begun the season: we talk about Abetone, Cimone, Horn to Stairs and Doganaccia.


It will be one of the most seasonal starts ever to ski to Abetone. The ski slopes will open at 8 am on Saturday, November 18, 2017, until 17 o’clock. It was since 1979 that there was no such early start in the white area belonging to our Apennines. The eyeglasses of Mount Gomito, the skylift of the gondola, the Pulicchio chairlift, the babeworm carpet, and the Selletta and Riva chairlifts will be opened.


As regards the price list of the Abetone Skipass for the 2017-2018 season in high season (that runs from December 24, 2017 to January 7, 2018), a daily cost of 39 euros is indicated. The price for juniors will be 32 euros, while the over 65 will be 35. The early morning costs 34 euros, while afternoon 31. For those who want to stay for more than a day, the 72 euros of the 2 consecutive days are reported, 110 of 3 days, 144 euros for 4 days, 175 for 5 days, 199 for 6 days, and 220 for seven consecutive days. Junior consecutive prices are considerably lower than the ones already listed.

For all the other days, you have to pay a daily minimum of € 31 for the weekends, up to € 39 for festivals or pre-festivals. The junior ticket goes from 25 to 32 euros, while Over 65 will pay 28 and 35 euros respectively on weekdays and holidays. For other days that are not part of the band from 24 December to 7 January there are prices ranging from 2 days to 10 consecutive days, divided into Junior, students, for weekdays and holidays. On weekdays, the facilities will be open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, while the school campuses from 9 am to 5 pm.


Early opening also for skiing at the Corno alle Scale, with the start of the season scheduled for Saturday 18 and Sunday 19. This is the inauguration of the winter season with partial opening of the ski resort. The works open this weekend will be the four-tiered rooftop chairlift and the moving carpet. Also open some races on the weekend, for precision the Alberto Tombs 1 and 2. The opening hours are expected from 8:30 to 16:30 for the holidays, while for the weekends from 9 am to 4:30 pm .


For holidays, including Christmas, at the Horn of the Stairs the cost of the ski pass is 33 euros per day (26 for boys and older). Then go to 60 euros for two days, 84 for the three days, 104 euros for 4 consecutive days, 125 for five days, 145 for six days, and 160 for seven consecutive days. On weekdays, however, the daily rate is 25 euros (20 for boys and older). Costs between two and five consecutive days are respectively 45, 60, 75, 91. Prices for children up to 7 years are six euros if accompanied by a paying adult, 10 if not accompanied.

On the internet there is also the possibility to find prices for many different solutions, such as the ski school chair lift, the single-handed Cavone-Rocce chair race, the single chair chair race, the multi-day ski pass and the rug.


Thanks to the recent snowfall, this weekend you can also ski at the Cimone. Only a few tracks will be open on the weekend of November 18 and 19. The opening times of the plants will be from 8.30 am to 4.45 pm for Saturday and Sunday, and Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4.30 pm.

As for the lifts, we suggest opening the 1-seat chairlift 6 seats to the Cimoncino. At the Lago della Ninfa we will find the carpet and chairlift open 4 seats. At Le Polle, Polle-Valcava 6-seater chairlift and Pollicino C. School-climbing carpet will be open. At the Pass of the Wolf, open the 3-seat white beech chairlift, the Passo del Lupio cable car and the Lamaccione 3-seater chair lift. Also open the Mountaineering Carpet. At Sestola, open the 3 seat Sestola-Pian del Falco chairlift.


Looking at the prices, let’s note that here also exists the difference between holidays and weekends. The festival costs 36 euros (31 for Boys and Over 65). The odds from 2 to 7 consecutive days cost respectively 65, 95, 120, 145, 170,190 euro.

Cimone’s ski passes have a daily cost of 28 euros (24 for boys and over 65). From 2 days to 5 consecutive days you spend 50, 72, 90, 105, 110 euro respectively. In both solutions, guys and Over 65s

All ready for November skiing, the white season starts early

Everyone on the track, though it’s still autumn. For skiers in November, it has always been a month of boredom, where skiing was prepared at the limit. Instead, the snowfall last week opened the season with great anticipation in the main locations of Cuneo. In the Maritime Alps, and partly in the Liguria, about a meter of snow has fallen, which has so far resisted the temperatures not too rigid. So you wake up.
The last one was Artesina, which opened up some of the facilities already last weekend, ie a month earlier than expected (was discussed on December 8), for the joy of about two thousand enthusiasts who were busy packing the slopes. From today to Sunday, the Monregalese ski area makes it: snow varies between 60 and 110 centimeters, there are two ski lifts, a chair lift and a treadmill, there are three runs available on the Turra (including the new “Panorama ) and the adult ski pass costs 22 euros. Also in the Mondolè Ski district, in Pratonevoso the season starts tomorrow but in this case all the works are opened. The daily cost is 25 euros, a fee that will be maintained for all opening days until December 7th.

Abundant snow allows you to ski in Limone Piemonte too. The White Reserve drops a poker, allowing you to ski today from Monday to seven on seven (the highest). From tomorrow, the ski pass for adults costs 27 euros, while today it’s all free, you just have to get the magnetic card from two euros, then you can also do a lesson with the masters without spending anything.

Those without snow can not be well aware that skiing in November can also be moved to Valle d’Aosta. In Breuil-Cervinia, the high-altitude facilities are open from October 28 and will remain until May 6. For the majority of Piedmont and Valle d’Aosta facilities, however, it is necessary to wait, because the last snowfall in the rest of the northwest has not left large amounts of “flour”. In theory most of the Vallée districts should open in eight days (snow permitting): from Friday 1 December the season starts for Monterosaski, the Immaculate is the route of Vialattea (Sestriere) and Colomion (Bardonecchia).

All this, of course, applies to those who prefer slopes. Skiing enthusiasts have a slightly wider range of choices because they are well-versed in snow and the Cozie Alps as well as the Ligurians and the Maritime. The Cuneese amateurs are already starting for a week, although finding a good coat is by now very complicated given the somewhat subtle temperatures of the last few days. Those who have been on the floor tell of very varied conditions, ranging from “crust” to “march”, even though there are still points where you can still come across in flour. In any case, it is good to keep an eye on the avalanche bulletin that Arpa and Aineva will issue at 14 o’clock in order to schedule a safe trip.

Count down for the ski season while Alagna awaits the new chairlift

Alagna and Alpe di Mera, perhaps for the last season still divided into the management of the ski lifts, are preparing to make a skiing winter happen. The first station to start is the one with the direction of Monterosa 2000: snow permitting, set off for December 1st. Mera Ski, for instance, says that he is working on the Day of the Immaculate Conception: “If it is to snow before – they explain – we could also anticipate.”

Skiers are waiting for the great news of 2017/2018: the new quadruple chairlift that will connect Cimalegna to the Pass of the Salads with a capacity of 1600 people per hour. The yard is good and the inauguration should take place in view of the Christmas season. Precisely according to the realization of this work, the jewel of the industrial plan of the company Monterosa 2000 presided by Luciano Zanetta, there will be changes for day and season ski passes valid for the Monterosa Ski area (which Alagna and Mera also includes the Valle d’Aosta ).

Or rather, two ad hoc solutions have been studied: prices remain unchanged compared to last winter for those who will just ski on the beaten track (one adult valid card for one day costs 40 euros on weekends, 43 on holidays, 48 ​​euros in high season, ie from 7 to 10 December and from 23 December to 7 January, and finally 43 euros and 48 during the carnival from 3 February to 4 March), with an increase of two euros for each indicated price (and an increase of 40 euro on the seasonally differentiated between 799 and 839 euros) for freeride lovers who will instead use the Indren plant. All details can be found on

“We have studied this solution that seemed to us the most suitable for meeting our needs,” explains Andrea Colla, director of Monterosa 2000. We are building a new lifts that will speed up the transport line, with a transit from the east to the west and vice versa of the area, which will be much more fluid. The tariff difference for those who exploit Indren is also linked to a security aspect that should not be underestimated considering that freeride practitioners rely on unlined tracks. Monte Rosa is considered a paradise in this sense, but it is important to point out the need, especially for those who venture to the first experiences, to refer to the Alpine guides. ” There is also the possibility to buy daily and seasonal for those who love to ski while staying on the slopes of Alagna or those of Mera.

To facilitate the tourists, there will also be a shuttle service that will connect Riva Valdobbia to Alagna and the high alder side with the Wold area with two lines (red and blue). “An eight-seater pick-up truck will also work from 5.30 pm to 11.30 pm – continues Colla – a service that we had proposed as an experiment in the past season and which instead this year we want to launch all the who among the two inhabited centers want to move for aperitifs or dinners. ” And the snow? The snowfall of last week in Valsesia was a first taste. In particular, Alagna had reached forty centimeters, but largely swept away by the strong wind. Between the two thousand and three thousand meters, Monterosa 2000 has activated the programmed snowfall plant.