It is that time of year again, and ski season is nearly upon us. Why not consider a trip to Limone in Piemont for a truly memorable experience?

Do you want to enjoy the majestic snow-covered mountains of the Italian Alps, breathe in invigoratingly pure fresh air, top up your tan, throw snow balls, build snowmen, sledge and ski and…..enjoy the après-ski ambiance?

If the answer is YES to all (or any!) of the above, you need to head for Limone, one of Italy’s oldest Alpine ski areas, having welcomed sportsmen from all over the world from the earliest days of the sport.

Limone’s development and fame have arisen thanks to its splendid geographical position, between the Ligurian Riviera, the Côte d’Azur and Piedmont. Thus Limone Piemonte has been a holiday destination since the 1800’s. The pretty picturesque town dates back to Roman times and the residents speak a language all of their own.

Skiing in Limone in Piedmont, Italy

Located just a few kilometres from the French border, it is equidistant from Nice and Turin, and the whole area has a very Mediterranean ‘Italy’ feel, with narrow cobbled streets, usually lively nightlife, and gourmet food available. The winter wind from the Mediterranean creates a five-star experience: unique sun and snow conditions.

You get the best of both: skiing all day long in a very cold and overcast resort is often not that pleasant. Over the past decade there has been a huge investment in new lifts, with almost all of the 20 or so former drag lifts replaced by high capacity chairlifts and a fast modern gondola

With 40 Alpine ski runs (8 blue, 23 red, and 6 black), 80km of skiing at your disposal, and 11 restaurants on the slopes, what more could you ask for? 

Old photos of the ski lifts in Limone, Italy © Limone Tourismo

Limone in brief

– Very good for Expert Skiers and Intermediate Skiers.
– Ok for Beginners.
– Ok for Snowboarding.
– There are some great little restaurants and taverns offering the local specialties.
– Child friendly!
– Open from: 7th December, 2013; Closes: 27th April, 2014.
– Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Limone Piemonte.

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One of the big advantages of this area is that it offers a rich and varied experience and a lot more besides just skiing. A walk in the snow, ice-skating, learn about the winter flora and fauna with a local mountain guide, or wrap up warm and take a lovely journey in a horse-drawn carriage.

You will find plenty of unspoilt and quaint villages and towns to explore. Add to that a culinary experience second to none and you’ll realise that you are in for a real treat. The Valley of Cuneo is renowned within Italy as providing the best truffles, mushrooms and some of the best cheeses in Italy. This together with the great local wines means you’ll need to prepare for gastronomic heaven.

Limone in Piedmont, Italy by night © Limone Turismo

With great food, great skiing, magnificent scenery and plenty to see and do, the Limone ski slopes, the town itself, and the Valli del Cunese are certainly well worth a visit. 

Lead image credit: samot / 123RF Stock Photo; all other photographs © All Rights Reserved Limone Turismo on flickr

 

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