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.

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.”


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.

The myths of half a century of skiing celebrated the Saslong

A few degrees less and snow would fall.
The World Cup jubilee celebrations in Val Gardena started under a knock-and-tearful rain and with the white flakes topped only on the summit of the Saslong.
To give that touch of originality the presence of two camels, almost a sign of gratitude to the animal from which they have named a series of jumps along the Saslong (“the camel’s goblins”).
The number one event of the 50th anniversary competition under the Fis brand in Val Gardena (there will be other events in the Cup of the Cup in December) has been a good involvement of the local population, many athletes of the past and new generations, somehow tied to the Saslong, the championship track that was initially snatched by a certain Karl Schranz, the most reputed Austrian who described it as a “highway”.
Scrolling through the anniversaries it turns out that the one between the Val Gardena and the great Alpine World Cup skiing was a love intended to last over the years.
In fact, the spark struck a significant day, that of Valentine’s Day in 1969.
On February 14, 48 years ago, Saslong won the Swiss Jean-Daniel Dätwyler. Why then 50 years if the first Cup is 1968? In 1967 the World Cup was started in Val Gardena and in the Ladin valley there were already some Fis A competitions organized in the Cup calendar.
Since 1972, then after the 1970s World Cup, the free fall of the Cup (since 2002 also the Supergigante) is always played in December, following Christmas.
Heart of the Saturday party was Santa Cristina where past champions and athletes gathered together with old-fashioned clothing and museum equipment. To frame, so many fans come to the event. A colorful party accompanied by the notes of various musical bands.
The parade brought the present along the Dursan Street from the Dosses-Maciaconi to the Iman Center, where a number of interesting panels had been set up that highlighted some of the most salient moments of the races in Val Gardena. At first, he could not miss the picture of pioneer Erich Demetz (he was then the longest president of the World Cup) to leave for the Fis 1967 conference in Beirut. Unpublished photos also on the 1970 World Cup panel, but above all the great interest in the parallel epic on Ronc di Ortisei between Gustav Thöni and Ingemar Stenmark, one of the most beautiful and exciting moments in the history of skiing.
To remember that event dated March 23, 1975 was the blue Helmuth Schmalzl that day was there. “The world cup was in three: Klammer, Stenmark and Gustavo. To take Klammer out of the dispute, I thought, who eliminated him after a few shifts, “recalled the former blue city who then had a past as responsible for Fis security.
Images also recalled the famous jump of Uli Spieß of December 15, 1980 that 100 kilometers from the second to the third camel’s hump jumped over 70 meters in length to a height of about 10 meters.
They could not miss the pictures of the companies “Crazy Canucks”, in particular that of Rob Boyd on 13 December 1986 and 12 of the following year. The first was remembered by Michael “Much” Mair, second only 14 cents from Canadian.
“When I was tired of winning with 39, Boyd fell and using a run that had accelerated in the meantime beat me,” reminded the ex-Pusteria. In some editions, there have been real surprises from those who came down with high numbers. On all the German Max Rauffer in 2004.
Then there was a picture of the reliefs brought to Giorgio Piantanida, a dramatic flyer on the descent of December 16, 1989.
A long parenthesis was devoted to Kristian Ghedina, present at the festivities with his red racing suit but above all with a embalmed roe deer in his hand, remembering that arrival of the 2004 descent when a roe deer went on the final schuss while passed “the Ghedo”. The Ampezzo jet on the Saslong won four times (1996, 1998, 1999 and 2001) as the Austrian Klammer.
Among them are Herbert Plank, the first and only South Tyrolean to win the free on Salsong. It was December 18, 1977 when the vipitenese left behind the Austrians Wirnsberg and Klammer. It was not present because of training in South America Werner Heel, who on December 19 won in Superg. On the stage for a greeting and a sign of recognition

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Veneto and Friuli are ready to host the World ‘s alpine skiing to be held respectively in Alpago and in Piancavallo from 23 February to 2 March.

Will be 350 athletes from 25 nations will compete on skis and sealskins on our eastern Alps.

The opening ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, February 23, at 18.00 in Tambre (BL), while the races will begin the following day, Friday, February 24, in Alpago; The

first races will be the Individual race male and female senior, to Alpago, the last will be the runners who will run Thursday, March 2, in Piancavallo.

It is a time of great turmoil for skiing d ‘climbing which, in addition to seeing the practitioners always growing, is also becoming an Olympic sport (in 2022 there will be

the debut).

It is evolving even the world of the races that meets under the ISMF (International Ski Federation Mountaneriing) whose president is an Italian, Armando Mariotta.


In Switzerland there are more than 70 peaks higher than 4000 meters above sea level, 55 of which are fully in Swiss territory and 19 on the border with Italy.

The highest peak of Switzerland Dufour, de 4634 meters, in the Monte Rosa massif, on the border with Italy.

The highest mountain entirely on Swiss territory is the Dom of 4545 meters, between Zermatt and Saas Fee.

The best known is probably the top Swiss Matterhorn (Cervino, 4,478 meters), south of Zermatt.

The group consists of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau in the Bernese Alps is considered one of the most fascinating mountain areas of Europe.


Dawn on the ski slopes: a good opportunity for early risers on holiday in Trentino

See the sunrise, enjoy the trails still intact and maybe get a good breakfast at altitude: these are some of the advantages of early risers and is in Trentino. It starts the period (from January until early April) during which you can ski at dawn, a spell that has been repeated for some years.

The initiative is called Trentino Ski Sunrise and is a nice opportunity to get a descent or hike along with ski instructors, mountain guides or companions of the territory.

It begins with a hearty breakfast in the hut, made from local products: milk, cheese, meats, eggs, pastries. Then hurl themselves on the track, on the virgin snow to leave the wake of the first day. Those who have snowshoes can start a walk through the snow and not yet beaten. Appointments are many, not only on weekends, but also during the week this winter.

Inaugurating the dance was on January 6th San Martino di Castrozza, which tracks more Alpe Tognola next January 27 and February 11, he wakes at dawn in the district of Passo Rolle, with stunning views of the Cimon de la Pala. In January (Saturday 28) also skiing at dawn in Skiarea-Lagorai Passo Brocon in Valsugana.

The Val di Fiemme proposes four dates: Thursday, February 2 at Passo Feudo, 23 February meeting Alpe Lusia and March 16 sunrise to Rifugio Monte Agnello di Pampeago, in the heart of the Ski Center Latemar, and then make the first descent of the day Lamb down the runway surrounded by works of art of RespirArt Park.

You can ski at the rising of the sun even to Monte Bondone, just above Trento and easy to reach: by appointment at the Refuge In The Sun Saturday, February 4th.
Close the calendar April 7 the ski area of ​​Ponte di Legno-Tonale with the Presena Hut meeting, on the glacier. But it is not the only event in the region: in Val di Sole are where people meet to admire the well Friday, February 10 dawn (Skiarea Folgarida Marilleva) and a month later, March 10 (Skiarea Peio 3000).


Zermatt is a beautiful Swiss village on Mount Rosa, at the foot of the Matterhorn . And ‘it is lying in the bottom of the Mattertal Valley and you arrive only by train; in village works only electric vehicles. And ‘one of the few ski resorts without a car.

Attention to the environment that is also seen in the approach unusual for lifts (ISO 14001) and energy in self-sufficiency of the top restaurants, given by photovoltaic and solar panel systems.

Zermatt is one with Italian Valtournenche and Breuil Cervinia in the district Matterhorn Ski Paradise, with 350 km of slopes. Very spectacular and the descent from the Klein Matterhorn extremely long (almost 3900 m) to the country through the glacier of Plateau Rosa.

The facilities are very modern, but there are still signs of the tradition like the little train from the village of Zermatt reaches 3200 meters Gornergrad between incomparable scenery, tracks, tunnels and walls of snow.

Another example of modernity is the underground funicular to the ski area Sonnegga. Upon arrival of the Klein Matterhorn cable car you can visit the Ice Palace, a series of caves dug at 15 m depth in the glacier.

Among the main ski resorts of Switzerland there are Verbier, Zermatt, Saas Fee, Gstaad, St. Moritz and Davos. Here’s a quick overview of all the ski resorts of Switzerland, one of the most popular winter havens in the world.

In the canton of Grisons are 13 ski areas. Arosa is situated at the end of the Schanfigg Valley. The trails wind through the 1800s and the 2653metri altitude, and the natural snow is guaranteed. The Engadin and its “capital” of St. Moritz have an average of 322 days of sunshine a year. Here skiers of all levels are tracks suitable for them. The wind that blows constantly on Lake Silvaplana has made possible the birth of the discipline of snowkiting here so skiers and snowboarders, attached to kites, dart on the frozen surface of the lake. For beginners who want to try their hand in the enterprise, there is a school.

The ski region of Flims Laax Falera offers 220 kilometers of perfectly groomed slopes. Laax is a young and trendy country, especially popular with snowboarders; Flims is a paradise for cross-country skiers; Falera is popular with families. Klosters, near Davos, has retained its traditional charm and is the active vacationer destination for all ages (as well as members of the British Royal Family). Its ski area ranges from 1194 to 2844 meters above sea level. Other winter activities in the area there are snowshoeing, the carriage rides, the rides on dog sleds. Davos is a city with an international theme. Its ski area is vast and varied, as well as the offer of activities for non-skiers. Among the other centers of the canton of Grisons Splügen point out, Lenzerheide, Savognin, Disentis and Sedrun.

Château-d’Oex and Rougemont are located in France and belongs to the Pays-d’Enhaut Switzerland, the tourist region of the Canton of Vaud (Lake Geneva Region). Thanks to the convenient rail connections, the towns have joined the ski resort of Gstaad (Bernese Oberland), and their totals 250 kilometers of slopes. For the cross-country you will be going in La Lecherette, where there are 42 km of tracks. Château-d’Oex is also known as the world capital of the hot air balloons every year in late January held an international festival of hot air balloons. Among the other ski resorts in the Lake Geneva Region there are Les Diablerets, Leysin / Les Mosses, St-Cergue and Villars-Gryon.
In Valais there are 14 ski centers. The Aletsch area is considered “for local connoisseurs” in the sense that it remains largely unknown to foreigners. And yes that is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2001! In any case, do not form queues at the lifts, there is room for everyone on the slopes and the prices are affordable for families. The slopes, with the possibility of artificial snow, stretch for 99 km. Aletsch glacier, along more than 23 kilometers, is the longest glacier in the Alps.

In the localities that form the area Rund um Visp (Bürchen / Törbel, Unterbäch, Eischoll, Visperterminen and Gspon) exudes a pleasant atmosphere of a modern mixed tradition. Winter activities include skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and sledding. Children under nine years are the lifts.

Not far above Visp and Brig, the small towns of Blatten / Belalp, Rosswald and Rothwald offer traditional wooden chalets, a six-seater chairlift (the longest of Switzerland), a good artificial snow and sunny terraces with stunning mountain views Valais.

Also Sierre and Val d’Anniviers are particularly sunny. Surrounded by four peaks over 4000 meters, the ski area offers 220 kilometers of ski runs, but also snowpark, sledge and the donuts (snowtube), tracks for cross-country and cross-ice skating.

In the Valais are also two “sanctuaries” of skiing, Verbier and Zermatt. Verbier offers 410 kilometers of piste up to an altitude of 3330 meters and has a very lively nightlife. The charming traditional village of Zermatt has instead 313 km of slopes between 1620 and the 3883 meters, connected by 65 lifts (trains, cable cars, ski lifts). Children are welcome and will find many ski schools and entertainment activities.

Other ski centers in the Valais Crans-Montana, with luxury shops for après ski, Goms, Grachen, Leukerbad, Lötschental, Nendaz, Portes du Soleil – Chablais and Saastal.

Snow with the family. Italy, France, Switzerland, three goals to top

Ortisei, Megeve, Aletsch Arena. The success of a ski vacation with the children, passing by countless factors. From training camp to the bottle. Here are the three locations of the Alps most awarded spirit kid friendly. Try it with the March snow

The success of a ski vacation, spend time with his children, going through countless factors. And despite the ski destinations are increasingly equipped to provide care to children, some mountain villages have specialized in every detail, so much to offer a large amount of dedicated services.
A center to traffic, kindergartens and nursery slopes on the track, family-friendly hotel, new Entertainment for Children, are some of the factors that allow children and adults to spend a great winter holiday. After a thorough search of the entire Alps, here are the top 3 destination.

Once you leave the Brenner motorway, they take less than 20 km of highway to reach one of the most beautiful Dolomite. Also no crossing to cross, need to fit snow chains close to zero, and only a handful of turns to reach your destination do Ortisei (Bz) an ideal destination for families. If to this we add that the historic center, with its frescoed buildings, is of exceptional quality and banned the machines, we discover why it is one of the most requested destination for those traveling with children.

In the heart of the village, in perfect harmony the spirit of a village where all facilities are within walking distance and all moving on foot, the hotel Cavallino Biancorappresenta a worldwide reference point regarding this kind of hospitality. From 2013 is continually awarded the Traveller’s Choice Awards as best family hotels in the world, thanks to a well baby-club 1250 square meters, water park with pools and slides, total assistance from a month from 8:30 to 21 . also private track for courses “puppies” (3-4 years) and the hotel inner seat of the School of Ortisei Skiing, excellence in learning of the smaller enough to be awarded in the special list with the highest score ( 5 snowflakes), make it a unique destination.

The most beautiful hotel for families in the world:
Ortisei city center pedonalePer the older ones who want to improve there are the Campini located just 200 meters from the pedestrian zone, where the finish area there are small huts, within which the teachers during breaks offer hot chocolate and cookies . Aged 11 years, a further leap in quality thanks to the Dolomites Superskiper the category “Junior”: the slopes of the Alpe di Siusi or even by planning well with the teachers departure, the legendary Sella Ronda.
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The holiday resort of Riederalp, Bettmeralp and Fiesch-Eggishorn are located in Valais just two and a half hours by car from Milan, which can boast the title Family Destination: the coveted award that the Swiss Tourism Federation gives the locations tourist that are characterized by an offer attentive to the needs of families. Three gems to 1800 s.l.m. reached, after parking in the valley, only by cable car. And after seven minutes, you get into the realm of family: absolutely no cars, full contact with nature, kindergartens on the snow and in small huts, sledding on dedicated lanes between colored rubber puppets.

Aletsch Arena 3Why the beauty of this destination is found just experiencing the authentic flavors, thanks to the recovery of typical chalet, while the incredible Alpine framework that characterizes this arena-amphitheater has been added to the list of UNESCO world heritage.
The three resorts located on this mountain plateau are alike, enjoy 300 days of sunshine a year, is 100% ski-in – ski-out, and offer perfect solutions to stay with the little ones. A Bettemeralp (www.aletscharena.ch for reservations) at this time you can rent a lovely cottage: Josihaus, sleeps four, from Thursday to Sunday in March costs 502 CHF (450 EUR).
Switzerland: all on the floor in the Valais

Jean Cocteau defined by the twenty-first arrondissement of Paris, to the high number of inhabitants of the city of lights who attended in the fifties, in Megève time has established world-renowned winter destination. To be located 40 minutes from the Mont Blanc tunnel (35 km from Chamonix) just 1.000 above sea level, it is easily reached in a few hours from many cities of northern Italy, thanks to a comfortable road that climbs gradually until arriving in this lovely village of ‘Haute-Savoie.

Once you get everything is tailored for the family car free village center, so much so that the most popular form of transport is the horse-drawn carriage; skating rink in the center; space for children where to entertain children from 3 to 12 years due to sporting activities, artistic or manual; ski school from 3 years old to subscribe to Piou Piou. In addition, the Campini on the snow for the little ones are equipped on gentle slopes around the corner from beautiful terrace, so that if parents wanted to stay a few steps from the children, they can easily take a hot chocolate at the bottom of the track.

Megeve Ski School bambiniUna target measure, with many solutions that are well suited for families, especially if you stay close to the ski lifts of Chamois. Located in the center, you are located a few steps from the Hotel Mont Blanc, a mythical address where their Cocteau loved to stay during the winter holidays in Megève. Completely renovated, in some angles reminiscent somewhat ‘austere times gone by, keeping sober elegance just 20 meters from the main square of the country.