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Five amazing ski resorts that aren't in the Alps

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You don't need to head to the Alps to have a skiing holiday in Italy. Photo: nonanet/Flickr
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Winter sees many Italians take to the mountains for a snowsports holiday - the perfect antidote to Christmas indulgence. But why not avoid the crowded slopes of the Alps this year and instead choose one of The Local's top picks for alternative Italian ski destinations?

Some of these resorts, especially Mount Etna, are yet to see any snow this season...so make sure to check the weather forecast before you book!

Camigliatello Silano, Calabria – The ‘toe' of Italy's boot-shaped peninsula might be more commonly associated with beaches and summer sunshine, but nestled in the woods of Calabria's National Park is popular southern ski resort Camigliatello Silano. With two pistes for alpine skiing, its runs are targeted at beginner and intermediate level skiers.


Campo Imperatore, Abruzzo - This resort has 10 individual pistes, and is close to one of Italy's highest peaks, Corno Grande, at 2,914m above sea level. The variety of expert runs means it is perfect for experienced skiers, and snow cover is generally reliable. You can also try paragliding or visit the mountain hotel where Benito Mussolini was once jailed. 


The impressive peak of Corno Grande. Photo: Alessandro Giangiulio/Flickr

Mount Etna, Sicily – Skiing down a live volcano is a must for any thrill-seeker, and Etna's high altitude means skiing is usually possible up until late March - though you'll still get the benefit of a Mediterranean climate. Its two resorts are the southern Rifugio Sapienza and the smaller but attractive Piano Provenzana in the south. Even if you're not an experienced skier, the mountain's blue runs are kind to beginners, and the cultural sights of Taormina, Messina and Catania are only a short drive away if you need a break.


A resort with a view. Photo: bekassine.../Flickr

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Monte Terminillo, Lazio - Sometimes known as 'the mountain of Rome', Terminillo is just 100km from the capital. The resort, which has been open since 1938, offers 45km of blue, red and black trails for alpine and cross-country skiing and also has a cinema and a nightclub.

Abetone, Tuscany – Thought Tuscany was all about green countryside and fancy architecture? Think again. Just an hour and a half from Florence you'll find Abetone, a Tuscan family-run ski resort with over 50km of trails for skiers of all experience levels. The Apennine resort has excellent facilities including restaurants with typical Tuscan fare, and is also the hometown of world champion skier Zeno Colò.


Abetone has runs for all abilities. Photo: gabridome/Flickr
 

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