Anyone for Lo Sci?

There’s absolutely no need to go to Abetone for one’s skiing in the Bagni di Lucca area, especially if one wants to avoid getting skied over by mad fanatics. Much more relaxing is Cutigliano which is a lot closer. Looking, however, through some pictures dating from the winter of 2003-4 I see that we tried out the ski slopes at Vianova which is five kilometres from Careggine, a beautiful village on the slopes of Monte Sumbra, just to the north of Castelnuovo Garfagnana. Here there are three skilifts serving seven kilometres of pistes and, if there wasn’t sufficient of the white stuff, snow generating equipment.

 

Although best suited for family skiing the slopes should also satisfy more expert skiers. There are also a couple of reasonable places to eat nearby.

From Vianova there’s a dramatic road leading to the Turrite valley and the picturesque, semi-abandoned village of Isola Santa.

 

The route has some great views. However, if one skids on the often icy winter conditions it’s a long way over the edge down to the valley floor.

 

Isola Santa is on the road which takes one across the main ridge of the Apuan mountains via the Cipollaio tunnel. One can also continue back to Castelnuovo and find the return route to Bagni di Lucca.

 

We have very fond memories of these places when our sole means of transport was our scooter, when everything seemed so amazingly new and when we were a little younger…

 

 

 

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3 Replies to “Anyone for Lo Sci?”

  1. Francis, my only experience of skiing was at Stansted Airport when I was almost ‘skied over by mad fanatics’; the said persons were carrying many large bags of ski equipment on route to their departures to their snowy destinations, so for fear of being crushed I made my escape into the toilets. My other reference to skiing is from the Woody Allen film ‘Play it again Sam’; – Who on the subject of divorce; ‘Insufficient laughter, that’s the grounds for divorce. Oh, and Skiing! She wants to ski down a mountain laughing like an idiot’. However, the small house we now own in the hamlet of Poretta, is very close to the place of Careggine, so one day we could meet up and ski down the slopes of Monte Sumbra laughing like idiots…… Well maybe not Alfeo who doesn’t like the white stuff.
    Many good wishes to you and Alexandria in the New Year! Jane and Alfeo xx
    Ps. Writing to a Cambridge Graduate is very challenging……

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  2. Francis, my only experience of skiing was at Stansted Airport when I was almost ‘skied over by mad fanatics’; the said persons were carrying many large bags of ski equipment on route to their departures to snowy destinations, so for fear of being crushed I made my escape into the toilets. My other reference to skiing is from the Woody Allen film ‘Play it again Sam’; – Who on the subject of divorce; ‘Insufficient laughter, that’s the grounds for divorce. Oh, and Skiing! She wants to ski down a mountain laughing like an idiot’. However, the small house we now own in the hamlet of Poretta, is very close to the place of Careggine, so one day we could meet up and ski down the slopes of Monte Sumbra laughing like idiots…… Well maybe not Alfeo who doesn’t like the white stuff.
    Many good wishes to you and Alexandria in the New Year! Jane and Alfeo xx
    Ps. Writing to a Cambridge Graduate is very challenging…… I have just edited my bad grammar and punctuation, I think.

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