Some of the greatest ski areas of the Apennines are located here. Let's find out the most beautiful ski areas and ski slopes of the Lazio region!
It is likely that this article will truly surprise you. Indeed, while Lazio is a great destination that is well suited to the many facets of tourism, it may not be the first region that comes to mind when you think of where to ski.
Yet, the Lazio region is home to numerous ski resorts where you can ski and engage in the most fun and adrenaline-pumping snow activities.
In this article, we would like to dispel many myths and take you on a tour to discover the most interesting places to ski in Lazio!
Ski in Lazio: the most beautiful ski areas of the region
There are as many as 64 kilometers (40 mi) of ski slopes in this region.
So, despite the fact that the high temperatures of recent years are certainly not allied to ski vacations, it is really easy to find the right place to ski in Lazio.
Some of the resorts we will see are quite well-known even to travelers from other regions, while others are more locally known.
Disclaimer: At the time of writing, due to the not-quite-winter temperatures of this period, snow has not yet covered the Apennines (not only in Lazio). In any case, the ski season should start in the first weeks of the new year.
So let's find out the best that the Lazio Region has to offer to all ski and winter sports enthusiasts!
Where else to ski in Lazio if not within a stone's throw of Italy's capital?
One of the first places that comes to mind for skiing in Lazio is located just less than 100 kilometers from the capital.
Mount Livata, in the municipality of Subiaco, belongs to the Simbruini Mountains chain. It is the only place of the Lazio region where it is possible to ski within the province of the capital.
There are 4 lifts: a fixed-attachment chairlift, Monna dell'Orso, and 3 anchor lifts (La Fascia, La Valletta, and Fossa dell'Acero).
Those arriving at Monna dell'Orso have as many as 6 ski and snowboard slopes, totaling about 8 kilometers (5 miles). There are both beginner and advanced skier slopes.
This Lazio ski area is located at an altitude between 1400 and 1800 meters (4600 to 5900 ft), and the landscape one encounters is Apennine, with stupendous expanses of beech forests.
Let's not forget that those traveling with young children, the slopes from Fossa dell'Acero to Campo dell'Osso are particularly suitable for cross-country skiing. In addition, the latter location normally has a very fun snowpark open, where you can have fun with sleds and bobsleighs and all kinds of snow activities.
Finally, because of the nature of this mountain, this is also the ideal place to try your hand at a rejuvenating snowshoe hike (if you are not experienced, better consult local guides!).
Skiing in another picturesque area of the Lazio mountain
This ski area is located on the border between Lazio and Abruzzo.
Campo Staffi has always been one of the most popular destinations for its enchanting views, both in summer, when nature explodes in all its green lushness, and in winter, when one can engage in all kinds of activities on the snow.
There are about 6.5 kilometers (4 mi) of slopes here, located between 1750 and 1950 meters (5750 to 6400 ft) above sea level. There are 3 ski lifts, including 2 chairlifts and a manovia. There are also 3 ski lifts available.
As for the ski slopes, you are spoiled for choice. There are ones for experts as well as for athletes who are wearing skis for the first time. In addition, several hiking trails and some off-piste trails run here.
In addition, a cross-country skiing route connects Campo Staffi to Mount Livata: this is the track followed during the "Simbruini Marathon."
There is also no shortage of opportunities for lovers of snowboarding, snow tubing, bobsledding and sledding.
Skiing on one of the region's most beloved peaks
In Pian de' Valli, in the province of Rieti, is the ski resort of Monte Terminillo, about 100 kilometers from the capital.
It is one of the most popular peaks of the Lazio region because the ski slopes are located between 1,500 and 1,800 meters (4930 to 5900 ft) above sea level, and the scenery it offers is truly unparalleled. For this reason, it is affectionately called "the mountain of the Romans". Even some great poets and writers of the past have been fascinated by the majesty of these places: Boccaccio, Dante and Virgil, to name a few.
There are currently 5 lifts, including a cable way (Terminilluccio), 3 fixed-grip chairlifts and a treadmill. Soon, an additional cable way and 3 chairlifts will be added to give more prominence to this tourist area.
About 10 kilometers (6 mi) of ski and snowboard trails are available in Terminillo. The slopes for more experienced skiers are those that start from the Terminilletto area.
Skiing at one of the first ski facilities in Lazio
Along with the Monte Terminillo ski area, Campocatino is one of the first places where it was possible to ski in Lazio.
The ski resort is located in the municipality of Guarcino in the province of Frosinone, on the slopes of the Ernici Mountains.
This place is really interesting for the most diverse winter sports: ski mountaineering, freeriding, but also snowshoeing. To make it even more pleasant, the typical cuisine of Ciociaria and the possibility of restoring body and soul in the wellness centers of Fiuggi Terme.
At the disposal of sportsmen and women, as many as 12 kilometers (7.5 mi) of ski and snowboard slopes, located between 1620 and 2000 meters (5320 to 6560 ft) above sea level. There are as many as 6 lifts: 2 chairlifts, 3 anchor lifts and a treadmill.
This area is suitable for experienced and even less experienced skiers. Activities are also available for younger skiers who wish to learn.
Why not ski on one of the longest slopes in the Apennines?
Let's return to the province of Rieti, where we find Campo Stella, in the municipality of Leonessa. Not only is this town interesting architecturally and culturally, but it is also interesting for ski enthusiasts.
The slopes are located between 1,200 and 1,600 meters (3900 to 5250 ft) above sea level and stretch for about 14 kilometers (9 mi). In fact, it is one of the longest ski slopes in the entire chain of the Apennines, not only in Lazio.
In recent years, there has even been talk of further expanding the ski area through extensive work connecting Campo Stella to Terminillo.
In any case, Campo Stella is a place that has managed to keep itself rather free from mass tourism, giving little-beaten slopes and fairy-tale scenery. There are currently two chairlifts, Mario Foglia and Rubbio.
So, where to go skiing not far from the capital?
Lazio region surprises us with its many opportunities, including for those who love skiing and, in general, winter sports.
In fact, the Apennines hide wonderful opportunities to engage in snow activities while remaining quite far from mass tourism.
Will you also take the opportunity to ski in these Lazio ski resorts? We list them again here:
• Simbruini Mountains: Mt. Livata and Campo Staffi are among the best-known resorts;
• Monte Terminillo, the Mountain of the Romans;
• Campo Stella.