Fire and ice. Apparently one of the many paradoxes that characterize Etna, the "mountain par excellence" of the Mediterranean, which has always exercised a "magnetic" attraction to tourists and visitors. Known to most people for the periodic erruptions, the volcano did not surprise those familiar with it.
There are many activities that are practiced in the winter here. Despite a latitude so low, Etna has abundant snow for six months a year free from the dangers of avalanches and crevasses and is a paradise for lovers of winter sports. If anything, the distinguishing characteristic of the environment is the rain of volcanic ash that often accompany eruptions.
Normally, in winter, the slopes of Etna become the premier ski resort island with slopes and lifts that are active on both sides - Nicolosi and Linguaglossa. The violent eruptions of the early millennium razed structures; the reconstruction was completed - at least in part - and the practice of winter activities is now back in full swing.
At the site of Nicolosi (Rifugio Sapienza), there are cable cars and chair lift. The runway is currently active and there you can enjoy skiing and snowboarding and it is an ideal base for ski touring, from 2500 meters in altitude you can ski whilst admiring the Ionian Sea and the Gulf of Catania, prompting the gaze to the tip further south of the island: Cape Passero. For cross-country skiing you need only travel a few kilometers to reach Vetore floor, where there are some circuits and from which you can also try the track Altomontana.In the centre of Nicolosi, (a mountain-style village that lies at 700 meters high) is an ice-rink that is open until late spring.
Even in Linguaglossa (Pian Provenzana) you can try your hand at downhill skiing and mountaineering. For snowboarding there is a snow park, the only such facility in the South. Exposure to the North, favoring a prolonged snow cover, makes this resort especially pleasant in spring.
The peaks of the volcano on 24 and 25 February 2012 will host the fifth edition of the "Etna Trophy" that, for the second time, after the edition of 2012 has been inserted in the calendar of the races valid for the ISMF World Cup. The Etna Trophy will be an opportunity to officially present the new mascot of the race, "Fiammetna", a small stream of lava luck out of the last eruption of the volcano.
International Women's Day 2013 on the snow, here's all the promotions
This year on the occasion of Women's Day all the ladies become undisputed protagonists of the snow, in fact there are many ski resorts that organize parties and events and offer promotions and discounts to the fair sex. Friday, March 8 2013 will open a weekend entirely dedicated to women and the mountain is ready to dye pink.
Terminillo, an investment of 20 million to revitalize the resort
Into The plan of action for the expansion of the ski slopes of Monte Terminillo, developed by the municipalities of Leonessa, Micigliano, Cantalice, Rieti and Cittareale with the provincial administration coordination was approved by a special regional commission with the aim of relaunch the activities of Terminillo and Cittareale before 2014
Ski-link Camigliatello - Lorica, a future of 35 km of slopes on Silas
The italian CIPE istitution has approved the project for the expansion of the ski lifts in Lorica and Camigliatello Silano, giving the green light to the ambitious project involving the ski connection between the two locations and that the birth of the largest ski center in South Italy. The financial commitment will be about 30 million.
'' Tour of Italy: Thousands of enthusiasts to the mountains, Cervinia, Cortina, Pampeago, Aprica and Stelvio
Giro d'' Italy has arrived. The image of our mountains a few months ago were the domain of sports fans inrvernali, for the next three weeks will become the hub for fans of the event in pink. That of cycling enthusiasts is a public area and contested by the operators tourism, which in the months prior to start of the race'' have developed great preparations for the grand finale that promises to be very uncertain and exciting. p>
Direttissima, Gran Pista and Lupo: here the tracks of the Roccaraso juniores Championship
Getting ready for the start of the junior World Cup skiing, scheduled in Roccaraso from 1 to 9 March 2012. Will be 60 nations at the start, with athletes aged between 15 and 20 years. A showcase, always stepping stone for the champions of the future, since those who graduated junior world champion acquires the right to participate in the finals of World Cup to be held in Schladming (Austria) March 14 to 18. The matches will be played on three tracks: the "Direttissima" Monte Pratello (Downhill and super-G), the track "Lupo" (the italian word for Wolf) Aremogna (Giant) and the "Gran Pista" of Pizzalto (Slalom and Team event).
Roccaraso, optimal conditions for the world junior championships
Roccaraso in view of the World Junior Championships in Alpine skiing, scheduled from February 29 to March 9. '' In three weeks from start of competition, even accomplices of the extraordinary snowfalls'' last week on the whole area, the snow conditions are perfect right now, as confirmed by repeated inspections of FIS on the race tracks. P>
on time for the holiday season, almost all plants have reopened Abruzzo. You can ski in Roccaraso, where in the week have fallen 40 cm of snow at high altitude, allowing the reopening of the plant Aremogna, Saturday, Dec. 24 and reopen on the slopes of Monte Pratello and Pizzalto. Always on Christmas Eve, is scheduled to open the season in Campo Felice, while at Ovindoli was the first town in the Abruzzo region to open its doors Wednesday, December 21. P>
Missing the snow only in Abruzzo. All the novelties on the new winter season
All ready for the start of the winter season Abruzzo: the only missing is the snow. What's more, the relatively high temperatures of recent days have prevented the use of guns, forcing insiders to surrender to the cold weather and hope in the arrival, scheduled to begin next week. But let's see what the situation according to localities. P>
Campo Imperatore prepares the 2011-12 winter season
After the close of May, the cable car and the Gran Sasso d''Italia summer jobs, is scheduled on November 7 final testing dellimpianto. However, many unknowns remain open which will have to face The contracting Abruzzo dell''inizio first of the winter season, scheduled for December 8.