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Abetone

Abetone Ski Resort Guide

Abetone, Italy

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForIntermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length51km
Highest Lift1,900m
Resort Height1,390m
 Nearest AirportsFirenze and Pisa
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Abetone

One of the longest established and best known ski centres in central Italy. The village itself has a wide range of facilities including typical Tuscan restaurants and pizzerias.

Summary

The Italian ski resort of Abetone is in the Apennines at an altitude of 1,390m, with 51km of marked runs.

Abetone has direct access to 51km of downhill skiing, with 41 marked pistes, served by a total of 22 ski lifts.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Abetone?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Abetone.

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Ski Area Stats

Abetone Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 1 3km
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
1325km
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
1522km
Downhill
Total Length
51km
Cross Country
Total Length
15km
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
22

Altitudes

Abetone Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift1,900m
Lowest Piste1,400m
Resort Altitude (Abetone)1,390m
Max Vertical510m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Abetone
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

Abetone Overview

Abetone has been a tourism destination for as long as anyone can remember, first in the summer than in the winter, with the first ski lift installed in 1936. In the 1950s Zeno Colo and Celina Seghi' success in the Olympics and World Cup events confirmed the resort's status as a major ski destination and it remains today the most important ski resort of the Centre of Italy.

Abetone is a good place in which to fully appreciate the beauty of the Apennines. If you take the Monte Gomito ski lift, you'll find yourself on the top of a ridge crest, with all of Emilia extending gracefully in one direction, and much of Tuscany in the other.

The ski slopes are cut through the beautiful State owned woodland rich in firs, larches and pines. Indeed the resort, located near the border between Tuscany and Emilia Romagna, to a giant fir cut down in the 18th century to build a road joining the Tuscany Grand Duchy to the Estensi's lands. Two monuments record the achievement of building the road and resort today remains very atmospheric.

The famous road makes Abetone easy to reach from many towns and cities in the area, especially Florence, so it tends to be very busy at weekends. If you can visit during the week you'll find the slopes much less crowded.

Some criticise the snow in the resort as being not as good as at other ski areas in the Apennines due to the slope orientation and proximity to the sea., but others dispute this and besides there is extensive snowmaking.

Skiing

The ski slopes spread out between four linked valleys: Val di Luce, Valle dello Scoltenna, Valle del Sestalone and Valle di Lima. These valleys form one of the most beautiful, famous and natural settings of the Apennines. At 1,800 metres, on a good day, the pistes at Abetone really are great.

Starting from Selletta you can ski on the black slope of Sestaione and reach Foce di Campolino; or again from Selletta, ski on Monte Gomito's slopes and on those of Faitello before continuing on towards Val di Luce. From there you can go back up to Alpe Tre Potenze , a landscape recalling the Alps, nearly 2000m high.

It is also possible to practice long-distance skiing on two ring-shaped tracks that stretch for a total of 15km.

Other trails graded black are 'Rossa' number 5 and 'Nera' number 26 which is usually left un pisted so that mogul fields develop to make it still more challenging. Several blue and red runs including number 4 (Sassi Scritti) and 34 (Tre Valli) are treated the same way.

The famous slalom champion Zeno Colo is a great hero of the resort and there are three runs, Zeno 1, Zeno 2, and Zeno 3, honoured in his name.

It has moreover strengthened the snowfall using one hundred cannons.

Abetone offers good sking, particularly, for Intermediate and Beginner skiers.

Snowboarding

You'll also find great runs for snowboarders in the Val di Luce where a series of ski lifts take you to the different sides of this enormous valley. The new Abetone terrain park, a state-of-the-art facility boasts half-pipe and three metre jumps for the pleasure and thrill of daring snowboarders.

Location and Map

Where is Abetone?

This ski resort is in the Apennines in Pistoia, Tuscany, Italy.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Abetone is Firenze, 76 minutes drive away.

Pisa, Bologna, Parma, Genoa, Forlì and Verona airports are all within three hours drive.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 22 ski lifts are able to uplift 18,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 24km of ski runs, with 110 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Abetone open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is mid December, and usual closing is Mid April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Abetone, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Abetone Tourist Office for the latest.

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