We drove as far as we could, along the Passo Lanciano and parked the car. I love the song One Day Like This by Elbow. When you've read the whole post, I think you'll see why I always think of this song when I visit Passo Lanciano.
|Passo Lanciano Ski Resort, Abruzzo, Italy|
|Catching a lift! Passo Lanciano Ski Resort, Abruzzo, Italy|
It was wonderful to see everybody enjoying the snow. Skiers, snowboarders, snow-shoers, children on toboggans....and people just taking it all in with a hot drink at the Mamma Rosa Hotel. The Mamma Rosa is a popular place at this time of year and also in the height of summer. It was also quite a landmark in the 2009 Giro d'Italia on the Abruzzen stage as this was the finish line (see old post 'A ghost town, another heatwave and Lance Armstrong').
|Hotel Mamma Rosa, Passo Lanciano, Abruzzo|
We had a hot chocolate in the Mamma Rosa, which had whipped cream on top. Just the job to warm up. Another tip, a grappa or sambuca in espresso is always a good drink too! We sat and chatted to the Italians at the next table, one of whom was a ski
instructor. He said they start teaching children from 3 years old.
|Making friends in the Mamma Rosa Hotel|
We left the Mamma Rosa and walked as far as we could go, without any snow shoes on. The air is so pure and clear and the views are outstanding. We were all thoroughly happy and enjoying being out in the sun in such an amazing setting. As a family, these are the kind of days we enjoy the most.
|Views from the Passo Lanciano, Abruzzo, Italy|
We want our boys to learn to ski, as it is an opportunity we did not have growing up. They were certainly both interested in watching everybody. We are thinking about lessons for our eldest son in the Summer on the dry slopes. Again, this shows what an amazing place Abruzzo would be to live in. The outdoor lifestyle is fantastic here. If it wasn't for the
issue of work and Italy's current economic climate, we would be moving there permanently like a shot. We all miss it so much when we are back in the uk.
|What a view! Passo Lanciano Ski Resort, Abruzzo, Italy|
Like everything else in Abruzzo, the Ski Resort at Passo Lanciano, is relatively undiscovered by anyone outside of this region. It is so cheap to ski here. A day pass is between €20-30.
I have added some links below for anybody interested in visiting the ski resort. For any snow lover, it is a beautiful and totally unspoilt place to visit, but then I am biased!
|Throw those curtains wide, one day like this a year will see me right.... (Elbow)|