Visitor reviews for Campo Imperatore Ski Resort
December 31, 2015
Alexander from Italy
I just want to reply to another review.
Actually, I am a ski instructor in Czech Republic but i know very well Campo Imperatore and Abruzzi 'cause i love Appennini.
I think that the phrase "I don't think they have any night-skiing" of the review summarized her/his review. She/he was searching for a commercial/very tourist holiday, in U.S./Aspen/St. Moritz style.
Yes, it is true that there is no night life or night skiing in Campo Imperatore, as for all Appenini (and the night skiing is not used in the Alps and Europe at all); if you search for that you should go to another place. But Campo Imperatore is a place in the middle of the 3rd biggest National Psark in Italy. It is a very, very alpine mountain in the very south of Europe, it's very snowy in the middle of the Mediterranean sea. In the Gran Sasso there is the southern most European glacier (Calderone). Animals live there that are alpine or north Europeans (bears, wolves and more over); it is geologically alpine.
If you search for nature, for a special and rare nature (a north European isle in the middle of the mediterranean sea), that's the place for you. Simply wonderful.
Campo Imperatore Ratings
Overall: 3.2. Based on 8 votes and 3 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 Campo Imperatore.
Public Transport: 2.8
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Campo Imperatore, (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 Campo Imperatore, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.4
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 2.0
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Campo Imperatore.
Ski in/Ski out: 3.0
(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 Campo Imperatore, (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) Campo Imperatore is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Campo Imperatore relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.0
(1) There are no snow groomers at Campo Imperatore, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Campo Imperatore 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) Campo Imperatore is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 2.6
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Campo Imperatore, 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: 4.3
(1) Campo Imperatore 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: 3.3
(1) The staff at Campo Imperatore are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Campo Imperatore 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: 3.6
(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: 3.3
(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) Campo Imperatore 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 Campo Imperatore, (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: 2.7
(1) Not even a kicker at Campo Imperatore, (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 Campo Imperatore, (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) Campo Imperatore has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 2.7
(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: 2.0
(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: 3.3
(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: 3.6
(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): 3.5
(1) Overall, Campo Imperatore 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): 3.9
(1) Overall, Campo Imperatore 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.
April 06, 2011
alvalanche from Italy
You got some bad weather and chose a bad hotel. Do some research next time and hope to get better weather. If it's windy go to a lower resort, Campo Felice for example.
January 10, 2009
SkiDiva from Italy
To say that Campo Imperatore can get very windy is an understatement. We were there 2 days and never skied. If you want any kind of apres-ski activities, this probably is not the place for you. If you're really used to a ski trip where you just walk out of your accommodation and can walk to pick up skis or go eat or go to a bar, Campo Imperatore might not be for you. Calling it a "resort" is a stretch. On the lower level there are hotels, but you then have to get into a large lift to take you about a mile up the mountain. On days when it's "too windy," the only lift does not go up the mountain. We stayed in the one historic but rather dungeon-like hotel at the top of the mountain (the hotel at the top is where Mussolini was held prisoner in the 1940s. Felt like that was just yesterday.) The room was seriously incredibly small/cramped (smaller than most U.S. dorm rooms). The room was so cold you really could not shower or stand naked in the bathroom. No joke. We're talking water-freezing cold. The "extra heating" for the room was a tiny, square little heater fan, about six inches high that you sit on a very tiny table. Turn it on and its vibrations just about moved it off the table. Most skiers who come here live nearby. No Nightlife at Imperatore. You go there, if there's no blizzard - like the whole time we were there - you ski. But after five pm almost everyone who comes there drives home. I don't think they have any night-skiing. Want a 360 ski vacation? Go someplace that really caters for ski visitors rather than for spartan
local die-hards who ski. Don't come this far without knowing what you're bargaining for. Cheers & grazie d'Italia.