Abruzzo is not just about skiing: the mountains of the Slons
Winter also belongs to the Slons: “snow lovers no skiers” because a mountain holiday in the snowy season does not necessarily mean downhill skiing. Not everyone loves skiing, but everyone who loves winter definitely loves snow and the magnificent atmosphere it creates.
We are located between Rivisondoli and Roccaraso, surrounded by the enchanting scenery of the Majella National Park and the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park, 5 km from Monte Pratello. Our area offers many relaxing and fun alternatives to skiing. A simple walk through the woods is enough to find serenity, a bit of cross-country skiing for the more sporty, sunbathing on the snow for those who love to relax.
Walking and snowshoeing in the woods
Getting to know new places, seeing the local wildlife, and listening to birds chirping can help you get back in touch with yourself. Have you ever dipped your toes into fresh snow, and looked in its crystal-clear glow to see the footprints of animals that have passed through it before you? With hiking boots or snow shoes on your feet, you can explore nature. Have you ever heard of stazzi? Characteristic of Abruzzo, stazzi are the sheep shelters in summer. In winter they are taken as a reference point for excursions.
At the Cipriani Park Hotel, we recommend the Montagna Spaccata trail: drive along the Montagna Spaccata road on the Altopiano delle 5 miglia (5-mile plateau) and you will come to a red bar that interrupts the path. From there, continue on foot along a tree-lined path until you reach the area that is equipped for picnics in summer. Many people go into the Montagna Spaccata because they are devoted to the Madonnina delle Nevi surrounded by a wall of ice. Nordic skiers can also follow this trail on cross-country skis.
As well as bringing your own boots, we recommend that you dress in layers and bring a change of socks and vest, a neck warmer and a good telescope for observing birds and other animals. You will be amazed at the numerous fascinating brown patches in the forest. These are the deer that move in piles of 6 or 7 or alone in the snow. Another lovely walk is to the Sacrario del Monte Zurrone, in Roccaraso. This is a shrine dedicated to the unburied victims of the Second World War, located on the mountain. At the top, 1648 metres above sea level, there is a breath-taking view of the snow-capped mountains.
After exploring nature, it is time to sit down at the table and taste some typical Abruzzo products. On Neve e Gusto you will find the best mountain huts: we recommend Principessa Giovanna Refuge, where you can stop off in the Aremogna area and watch the alpacas and owls, and La Baita Refuge, also on the Aremogna plain, where you can enjoy barbecued meat and relax on deckchairs.
Looking for more Slons activities? Ask at Reception and visit the winter activities page.