Yes, ski touring at the gates of Rome is a beautiful thing.
With Maiella park, a grand ski touring area has opened in Abruzzo in the middle of Apennine. Abruzzo is still among the less frequented ski touring destinations. Here, one can find a balanced mix of ski slopes, the likes of which are rarely found in the Alps. Monte Rapina features an expansive, breathtaking view far across the Italian countryside all the way out to Albania’s coastal mountains across the Adriatic. With a little luck, you can possibly also find wolf or bear tracks in the snow in the wild Maiella National Park. Together, as long as conditions allow, we would like to climb the highest peak in the Maiella National Park (Monte Amaro, 2,793 meters / 9,163 feet), then descend through the renown Amaro couloir.
And it’s a given that we will enjoy the splendid Italian food and the appropriate wine of the region. Ski touring in Maiella demands solid base conditioning and a confident kick-turn technique. The challenging climb to the summit with climbing passages that require crampons will be rewarded with a stupendous descent.