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Snow in Garfagnana

Garfagnana Ski Area

The winter in Careggine, Casone di Profecchia and Passo delle Radici

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Careggine e Castelnuovo di Garfagnana

In the heart of the Apuan Alps is a place where people can still experience ancient traditions and admire unspoilt landscapes. The Garfagnana, with its splendid, wild and lush nature, is the idea place for your winter vacation. For ski lovers, a ski area covering 3 different towns gives everyone the chance to spend a day in the snow, from the most expert to those taking their first steps on skis and a snowboard.

The trails in Casone di Profecchia
Casone di Profecchia
Casone di Profecchia - Credit: hotelilcasone.it

Particularly suitable for first-time skiers is Casone di Profecchia, equipped with nice kiddie slopes and more daring runs. Here, options aren’t just limited to Alpine skiing: there are also routes for Nordic skiing that criss-crosses the woods so riders can enjoy the nature, sounds and characteristic smells of these mountains.

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Passo delle Radici
Passo delle Radici
Passo delle Radici - Credit: Matteo Pieroni

On the Passo delle Radici, the highest pass in the Apennines, you can ski on 6 km of FISI-approved trails, which are served by two ski lifts. There are also beautiful cross-country skiing trails 5, 10 and 15 km in length, immersed in the woods and linked to Casone di Profecchia and nearby Piandelagotti, in the region of Emilia-Romagna.

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The Careggine Ski Resort
Careggine - Credit: dovesciare.it

In Careggine, immersed amidst panoramas that touch the peaks of the Apuan Alps and Apennines, those who ski here will feel truly in touch with nature thanks to the splendid ski trails running through the woods, mountains and fields, an experience that’s not soon to be forgotten.

In the town of Formica, there are 2 ski runs totalling 700 meters and there are another 3 trails in Monte la Cima totalling 3 km, while in Vianova, a 750-meter kiddie slope is available.

After a day on the slopes, head to the historic mountain villages, medieval centers where time seems to have stopped, where you can taste the delicious traditional cuisine of the Garfagnana territory.

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Castelnuovo di Garfagnana
Castelnuovo is the main town in the Garfagnana area, positioned at the merging of the river Serchio with the Turrite Secca, a typical mountain torrent flowing from the Apuan Alps distinguished by karst features. The schools, library and the lovely Teatro Vittorio Alfieri are elements that make this town a point of reference for the entire Garfagnana area. ...