Visitor reviews for Abetone Ski Resort
January 05, 2016
Paddy from United Kingdom
This year, I think like everyone everywhere with a ski holiday planned, we are anxiously watching the snow reports. But this will be our third season. As all the reviewers say, it just works! Our girls progressed in their skiing, partly because it's not too big or daunting, so they can look to go everywhere. It also means for the more capable skiers/ boarders you can relax a bit; you don't have the pressure to do 'all the slopes' to cover the cost of a high ski pass. Over on Val de Luce the runs are longer and wider (dare I say, laid out more recently) than the ones out of Acetone, but all quite easily connected. The restaurants are well priced on and off the slopes. We have stayed at the Bosscolungo previously; good value for money with family rooms and a large pool that kept the children off iPads. From the first trip of two families, we became four and this year, six. We have moved to Val di Luce hotel in Val di Luce and it's first class; based on one meal last year and a look at the family suites. Also with gin and tonic being made that way round! The best steak and enjoyable dinner is at the restaurant at the Hotel Regina and the best pizza restaurant is on the left hand side as you drive through Abetone, away from the Albergo la Primula (opposite Boscolungo). It is where the most enjoyable 'one after the slopes' became a few more because the owners were so hospitable; the time flew. We were with our friends and the owners just made it so comfortable. Can't praise the place enough.
Overall: 3.3. Based on 4 votes and 29 reviews. 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: 3.8
(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.
December 18, 2013
Rick Parker from United Kingdom
A superb little resort that takes different weather systems than the far north. It is limited in scope to say the Dolomites, but brilliant for a few days ski for an average intermediate and very suited to families. I have combined with an in/out flight from Pisa enjoying the scenic and cheap public transport to the resort. Good refugios/hotels and cheap lift and ski hire
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.
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??