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Visitor reviews for Abetone Ski Resort
December 14, 2011
Louise from United Kingdom
Many thanks indeed to another reviewer for recommending Abetone and the Albergo Primula. As a seasoned skier of most resorts in Europe and Canada, I was completely surprised and overjoyed to discover this 'hidden gem'. Ryanair fights to Pisa and Bologna from all parts of the UK (As little as £30!) then car hire or bus service to virtually the front door of the Albergo Primula. My family had the best holiday ever and we will certainly be returning next year. I would strongly recommend this resort to skiers of all abilities seeking value for money in a delightful relaxing resort amongst friendly people who can't do enough to help.
Based on 3 votes. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Abetone.
Public Transport: 3.3
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Abetone, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Abetone, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.0
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 3.3
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Abetone.
Ski in/Ski out: 3.3
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Abetone, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Abetone is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Abetone relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 3.7
(1) There are no snow groomers at Abetone, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Abetone are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Abetone is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 3.0
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Abetone, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 3.3
(1) Abetone usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 3.7
(1) The staff at Abetone are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Abetone are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 3.3
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 3.7
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 3.3
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Abetone has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Abetone, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 3.3
(1) Not even a kicker at Abetone, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Abetone, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Abetone has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 3.7
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 3.7
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 3.0
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 3.3
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 3.3
(1) Overall, Abetone is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 3.3
(1) Overall, Abetone is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
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November 22, 2011
Mac Chell from United Kingdom
We stayed in Bagni da Lucca which is about 50 minutes drive to Abetone. The resort is an absolute gem and prices about half of the alpine resorts. Skiing and snow conditions were very good and suitable for all but the most demanding expert skiers (limited black runs) We were there in February 2011. We are returning this Christmas and keeping our fingers crossed that there will be snow, as we haven't been at this time of year before. We stayed in a lovely (English owned) house by the river which had lots of nice rooms and was very traditionally modernised......wonderful ! The locals were SOooooo friendly and helpful. Don't ignore this region!
October 29, 2009
Corinne from Malta
I liked Abetone because it is so close to Pisa Airport. It took us just over an hour and forty minutes to arrive by minivan. The winding road up the mountain, which invariably results in car sickness for those prone to it, lasted for only the last 30mins or so.
The weather in Feb 09 was fabulous; sun shining through the trees, hardly any wind, no fresh snow, but more than enough of it for great skiing.
The service with a smile offered by the staff at the ski hire shop -'rolando e valentino ' was fantastic as was that of the instructors at the scuola sci abetone and all the staff at Primula Hotel.
As an intermediate skier with beginner children, we had a fantastic time skiing and also sledging. The tapis roulant was very useful for my kids initially. The slopes were varied and through beautiful scenery. Perhaps an advanced skier would find Abetone a bit limited as an area to ski.
Abetone is not so touristic so I didn't feel as if I was being ripped off being a foreigner there.
Maybe the only disadvantage of this is that there weren't many apres-ski activities throughout the place.
We will return next year.
March 03, 2009
Pramod.k from India
Abetone is brilliant for families and there are plenty of instructors, both for skiing and snowboarding. Overall, our holiday was made perfect by the atmosphere and character of Abetone; it's perfect skiing and the people of Tuscany: 10/10.
January 07, 2009
Carl from United Kingdom
Peter very many thanks for recommending Abetone as a ski resort.
My family and I have just had the best winter holiday every. Atmosphere and snow conditions were outstanding, and the prices (as you said) very good indeed in comparison to other places we have visited in the past.
The Hotel Primula was the 'icing on the cake' and really made our holiday great. Lovely hospitable people who made us feel so welcome and meal times were always something to look forward to (the food was absolutely delicious).
We are completely sold on Abetone and look forward to many wonderful holidays there in the future (we have already booked up for Easter when the skiing is supposed to be even better).
I have already recommended Abetone to a number of my family and close friends as a superb resort for any standard of skier.
January 06, 2009
Mark from United Kingdom
I have just returned from our family ski holiday in Abetone. The skiing was excellent. The slopes suited all ranges of abilities. The views are spectacular and the food and drink are unmissable. We found prices to be cheaper than many other resorts in Europe that we have visited. Thanks to Peter (review Oct 2008) we found Albergo Primula and the wonderful hospitality of Tiziano, Paola and their family, they couldn't do enough to help. Fantastic; a proper result. We will be back.
If you need to hire skis we found a very efficient and helpful family run ski sport shop in a small village (Le Regine) 100m from the ski slopes called Foresse Sport.
Overall, our holiday was made perfect by the atmosphere and character of Abetone; its perfect skiing and the people of Tuscany. 10/10.
October 08, 2008
Peter from United Kingdom
I have been to Abetone at least once a year over the last 16 (all seasons) and have never been disappointed. Having spent most of of my previous holidays in most resorts in Europe, it was a joy to discover Abetone where the people are genuinly most kind and not out to take advantage. I have been there when I have been virtually the sole skier on the slopes with clear blue skies and excellent scenery,thought on the Public holidays it can get busy but nowhere near as bad as I found on the better known resorts in Europe. The lift system is so slick you rarely ever have to queue. The prices for the lift tickets are very reasonable and superb value in my opinion catering for all levels novice to advanced. If you go at Easter you will see the 'Pinnochios' under 18 Olympics where some of the past world champions began their careers. I have always stayed at the Albergo Primula which is just on the edge of town and a 5 min walk to the lifts. The family are multi lingual and extremely hospitable. Tiziano and Paola run the bar below the hotel and really go the extra mile to make you feel welcome. Nothing seems to be a effort. I have already recommended the Albergo Primula (Tel 00390573606748) to many of my friends over the years and they, like myself, keep returning.
If you, like me, enjoy skiing or hill walking in a beautiful setting with a relaxing environment, then Abetone is a must.
February 03, 2008
Jack from United Kingdom
Abetone is brilliant for families and there are plenty of instructors, both ski and snowboard, who speak very good English. As for accommodation, I strongly recommend the Albergo Regina (look up on Google!). It is a relatively small family-run hotel in the very heart of Abetone. As I mentioned before, my family and I have been coming to Abetone every year for the past 8 years and we have always stayed here. The management also speak very good English and at dinner time, traditional Tuscan-style food is served which is absolutely delicious!
If you decide to choose Abetone, perhaps we will see you some time this season??
January 10, 2008
Jack from United Kingdom
Every year for the past 8 years we have come to Abetone for at least one of our winter holidays and year on year it doesn't disappoint! Contrary to what others have said, Abetone is a fantastic place for skiers and snowboarders of all levels with its fair share of tree-lined runs (Chierroni is a favourite) and wide open runs with the possibility of some off-piste skiing and the added bonus of hardly any queueing for lifts. Most of the lifts have been replaced with new high speed, high capacity lifts over the last few years offering comfortable and speedy rides to the tops of the mountain not to mention some of the spectacular views up and down the valley across miles of unspoilt alpine forest.
However, the only criticism of Abetone is the weather. Abetone tends to have its very own micro-climate which can change very quickly. When the cloud and fog floats in, you can expect it to remain for the rest of the day. That said, cloud is what brings snow... and that is what we want - lots of it!
Abetone already has over a metre of snow this season on the higher runs and snow conditions remain good.
November 28, 2007
Barbara from United Kingdom
Hi all winter fun seekers! I just had to tell you about Abetone. Picturesque wide slopes for all ages and abilities. It is a joy to not have miles of queues for lifts and coffee shops! Truely unspoilt at the moment, not only on the slopes but miles of forest and mountain walks.
Finally, if you get a chance, visit the hotel 'Primula'. It's ok, just to pop into the bar for a combination of Italian/ Scotish humour! Run by Tizzano and Paola Tonerelli (she's the jock!), it's great to sit by the open fire and have a beer and sandwich.
November 29, 2006
Tommaso from Italy
Abetone is a fantastic place to ski and definitely worth a visit if you are in Tuscany during the winter months.
It is an amazing experience to be skiing or snowboarding in Tuscany, a place so often associated with arts, good wines and Chianti countrysides!!!!
November 19, 2006
Paolino from Italy
L'inverno sta per arrivare ed Abetone si prepara ad accogliere la neve copiosa come ogni anno. I cannoni per la produzione della neve sono già tutti pronti sulle piste e non appena le temperature lo consentiranno, inizieranno a creare un fondo che certamente, come ogni anno, ci permetterà di sciare fino a maggio!
Invito tutti a fare una visita sulle nostre montagne perchè ne vale veramente la pena!
Winter is going to arrive and Abetone is ready to welcome much snow like every year. Snowmaking guns are ready on the slopes and as soon as temperature allow, they will start to produce snow, that will enable skiing until May!
I invite everybody to visit our mountains because be worth one's while!
November 14, 2006
Tommy from Italy
I really would like to thank Silvio for what he said about Abetone! I'm so happy he really enjoied visiting this resort!:-)
Many, many things are being invested in over this area for the next years... new residences, new hotels, new bars, new stores and hopefully re-estabilished lifts and slopes if the new Italian Government won't stop it!
We are just waiting for the snow, which is missing this year for now. Last year we already had it! :-) let the snow begin to fall!
October 03, 2006
Silvio from United States
Everyone should make a point to visit Abetone. In the summer it's cool, no A/C needed. In the late fall/winter, plenty of snow and many slops to have fun. The food is the best, all of the restaurants are very proud of their dishes.
GO VISIT, YOU WILL NOT BE DISSAPOINTED!
July 28, 2006
charlie from United Kingdom
Abetone is too small for the accomplished skier and Brits would do better in the Alps.
April 18, 2006
tommaso from Italy
Next Thursday we can all ski for free at Abetone for the closing party... this will be the official closing party, but we can still ski till the 1st of May !!!!
April 13, 2006
tommaso from Italy
The Easter Holiday is coming up... all the facilities will be open for this holiday... the ski area is still in good conditions, the slopes are still great... in the morning the snow is quite iced but in the evening is a little bit wet, but perfectly skiable!!!!bye bye see you up there!!!
April 03, 2006
tommaso from Italy
All the facilities will be open till the 1st of May and probably, some of them will be kept open later on! So, it's been a pleasure for me inviting all of you to ski in our mountains!!!bye!!
March 28, 2006
Tommaso from Italy
The snow conditions are still good in Abetone... even if the weather is not completely sunny, but temperatures are milder than 2 weeks ago with spring snow!
I would like to thank all the English, Dutch, French, Spanish people who came to ski in Abetone... it's been a pleasure for me seeing all those people coming on our mountains..hope they really liked it!!! we are still waiting for all of you till May... we still have great ski slopes still open with lots of snow!!!!;-)
March 26, 2006
Tommaso from Italy
I would like to inform you that Abetone ski area will be open till the 1st of May!!!! So it's a pleasure to be inviting you up to Abetone for great skiing, sun and still lots of snow with milder temperatures!!!!
see you there!!!!;-)
March 19, 2006
Tommy from Italy
Thanks to low temperatures and the great quantity of snow, this winter season surely will last 'till the end of April!!! so... many times is left for everybody to skiing at Abetone!!see ya there!!!bye!!!;-)
February 10, 2006
tommaso from Italy
Abetone is no doubt one of the most important ski resort in the Appennines. An imposing ski lifts complex and dozens of kilometres of runs waiting for skiers of all levels. A general office where any kind of ticket is sold and a number of ticket offices situated near to ski lifts to guarantee a quick and easy service.
Many...many...many...reasons to come visiting Abetone! A wonderful balcony above the major art cities of Tuscany!!
February 07, 2006
bigfir from Italy
Would you like talking with Abetone friends?
February 02, 2006
brendan from Italy
Abetone is the most important Winter sports resort of central Italy. It is 1400 m on the sea level, located on Abetone's pass, between Tuscany and Emilia Romagna.
Tourists have 4 valleys perfectly connected at their own disposal in this skiing region. 36 Winter sports facilities, 50km long ski-tourng tracks. 2 cross-country skiing tracks belong to facilities visitors can take advantage of in Wintertime.
Abetone is also a beautiful Summer resort. The entire area is characterized by breath-taking views where nature and man's works can live in perfect harmony.
January 19, 2006
paolo from Italy
Abetone is the best resorr in Appennines, one of the best in Italy.
From the mount you can see the Alps and also the sea and Corsica island! I love Abetone and I think you would like it too!!!
November 29, 2005
Big Fir from Italy
Abetone is the best!!!!
November 28, 2005
Tommaso from Italy
Abetone is situated on the mountain pass of the same name, on the border between Tuscany and Emilia and on the avarage less than 80 km from the nearby art cities like Florence, Pistoia, Lucca and Pisa. This ski resort is surrounded by a large forest of fir-tree at an altitude of 1400m and is no doubt the most important ski resorts in the Appennines. The Ski-slopes reach altitudes of up 1900m. The area extends over four wonderful valleys: the Val di Luce, the Valle dello Scoltenna, and the Sestaione and Lima valleys. The total length of the ski-slopes is over 80km. The facilities consist of 4 cable-lifts fitted with the latest technology, 10 chair-lifts, 8 long ski-lifts and 8 baby-lifts.Thanks to well chosen distribution of ski lifts and the optimal connection of slopes, skiers living in the most distant locations of the district area can access slopes wearing their skies and leaving their cars in the garage.
There are many typical Tuscan-style restaurants, pizzerias, snack-bars, pubs, cinemas, clubs and a indoor swimming-pool.
The ski resorts have recently been equipped with artificial snow machines covering about 50 km of slopes.
Enjoy the sheer delight of this wonderful landscape! Visit our valleys and ski on our most different slopes! Just a few steps...the rest is on skies!