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What's new in Italian ski resorts?


Improvements in ski facilities after the Olympic winter games in 1956 and 2006 made Italy one the favourite ski destinations in Europe both for cross-country and downhill skiing.

Some of the most popular ski destinations of Italy are undertaking an enhancement of the ski infrastructures and facilities.

A new chair lift will be in use for the new ski season in Carpazza. The new chair lift, located near Porta Vescovo, re-establishes an old disused ski resort.

The ski resorts of the province of Lecco and Bergamo will be modernised and improved thanks to the allocation of 40 million Euros by the Lombardia region, the provinces of Bergamo and Lecco, and the mountain communities of Valle Brembana (Bg) e di Valsassina, Valvarrone, Val d'Esino e Riviera (Lc); the councils of Carona, Foppolo, Mezzoldo, Piazzatorre, Roncobello, Valleve, Valtorta (Bg), Barzio, Cassina Valsassina, Cremeno, Moggio (Lc) and the companies Brembo Super Ski Spa and Imprese Turistiche Barziesi spa.

The oldest ski resorts will be replaced and some new facilities will be built, such as two chair lifts at Piani di Bobbio and a cableway in Foppolo. The artificial snow making equipment will be empowered and the accessibility will be improved thanks to the construction of new parking places.

In the season 2012-2013 in Cervinia there will be two new tracks in the area of Pancheron and Cretaz. The first is a red run called “Grand Roc”. The second, also of medium difficulty, is called “Vallone 5” and covers a difference in altitude of 300 meters.

Plan de Corones, after heavy investments in recent years to create a link cableway, improves its tourist offer with important innovations. First of all the railway connections will be implemented and the valley station of Perca will create a Full Service Centre, which will offer a ski storage rental room, a ski service and a bar.

An important innovation in the skiing district will also be a new 1.3 km long track on the east side of Plan de Corones towards Valdaora.

In Bardonecchia two new tracks will be inaugurated in the season 2012 - 2013 "The Great Combe" at Jafferau and “pista del sole” at Colomion. The snowpark Melezet will be also expanded and the new bar-restaurant "Chesal 1805" located at the arrival of the chairlift Melezet, will be opened.

A new chair lift will make the connection between la Rosiere La Thuile on the Italian side of Espace San Bernardo faster and more efficient.

Also the “Falk” slope at Piz Seteur is going to be widened and the snowmaking facility in the Col Raiser area is going to be extended and modernised.

At Plan de Gralba the snowmaking facility will be extended and modernised.

In the Alpe di Siusi area the capacity of the snowmaking facility will be increased.

In Madonna di Campiglio a new chair lift will be build in Pancugolo di Madonna di Campiglio to serve some new tracks.

If you are planning to go skiing in Italy, remember that the use of the helmet is compulsory for people under the age of 14 both for skiing and snowboarding.

According to “Sorveglianza degli incidenti in Montagna” the overall percentage of helmet use for people older than 14 last season was 45%, an increase of 7% compared to the previous year. Apparently it is more common for snowboarders to use the helmet as it is seen as part of the skiing uniform.

Giulia Lombardo

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