Our trusty reporter Belinda has been out and about again, this time skiing at Abetone.
I will hand you over to Belinda.
We decided to go skiing when we heard there had been a dump of snow at Abetone. The weather wasn’t the best but we headed off along the 40 kilometres of narrow and winding road up the mountain from Bagni di Lucca. Those who suffer from car sickness might like to take precautions.
Once you reach the Abetone main village car park you are about 1400 metres above sea level. At this parking spot you get yourself ready for the day.
Obligatory coffee shop…
Ski hire shop…
Ski school, if you are looking for lessons…
Information centre where you can get your ski pass for $26 per person for the entire day – quite a bargain really.
A tabacchi and bar…if needed.
Then pack the car with your equipment and drive a further 2 minites to park close to the main gondola lift that takes you up to Mt Gomita. It is much easier to park right next to the lift so you only have to walk up a few stairs.
Take the time to check the ski runs.
We arrived at the top to find pretty bad weather…everything had frostbite.
…followed by a stop at a Rifugio for a much deserved Bombardino, a very special hot drink to be enjoyed on the slopes. It contains cream, zabaglione, brandy and coffee…highly recommended.
If you were looking for somewhere to stay, Hotel Regina looks quaint.
Thank you Belinda and friends for sharing you day of skiing at Abetone.
I have a tip to add to Belinda’s words. Don’t go to Abetone on weekends. It is very crowded and you probably won’t get anywhere near the carpark. On weekdays it is much better and you get the slopes pretty much to yourself.