Castel di Sangro
Castel di Sangro

Located half way down Italy the ski destination of the Abruzzo Apennines. With some of Italy’s most unspoilt skiing and beautiful vistas the area is a little secret known mainly to Italians from the big cities which surround the area.

The Abruzzo gets a heavy snowfall that lasts throughout the season, Probably due to the cold air of the north meeting the warm air from the south just over the region and creating one of Italy’s fabled micro climates.

All of the resorts are easy to get to with flights to Naples and Pescara for Roccaraso and Rome or Pescara for Ovindoli and Campo Felice. All of these airports mean a journey time of no more than an hour and a half in general traffic.

The Abruzzo is very much off the tourist radar (all year round) and It's one of Italy's traditional destinations and this way of life helps to maintain its medieval hill towns and the feeling that you are somewhere special.

This is the real Italy, where sheepdogs still wear huge spiked collars in case they run into wolves, and the food is robust peasant style fare, renowned throughout Italy. If it’s the experience of going somewhere in Europe that has little impact from the modern world or you are looking for something with that similar feel to a summer trip to Tuscany, then the abruzzo is for you.

The main ski area, up to a height of 2,000m lies in the centre of five historic towns. These are Palena Rivisondoli, Pescocostanzo, Castel di Sangro and Roccaraso, in the middle is the Cinquemiglia, a five-mile long, 1,200m ski area. It is a high altitude resort, certainly compared to Austria. And to put it bluntly: the Abruzzo is a bargain.

Staying in one of the five towns, all less than 20km apart. There's a ski bus from Roccaraso, or indeed many of the hotels in the area offer free transfers to the slopes. This makes it an ideal destination where you’ll arrive back at your hotel and then venture out into the local town to sample the local wine and food.

If it’s apres ski your after then this won't be the destination for you, however if you want to see the true italy and stay in villages that have retained their character, then there are plenty of bars and restaurants full of friendly locals knocking back grappa and eating nonna, grandmother-style cooking at reasonable prices.

Hotel Il Lavatoio - Castel di Sangro
Board Basis :
B and B
Rating :
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Il Lavatoio was built out of the foundations of the former village washhouse (lavatoio) where for generations, the washer ladies of Castel di Sangro came to clean their families clothes. The hotel is situated centre of Castel di Sangro next to the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, built in the 15th Century and is short few minutes stroll from the restaurants, bars and shops.

Castel di Sangro is about 15 mins away from the 110 km of piste at Roccaraso.

The attractive lobby area, guest bar and lounge with open fire offer a relaxing environment. The modern furnishings work well with the original walls and granite troughs which form the centre of an exhibition celebrating the history of this ancient residence.

Complex Features :
Thirteen spacious rooms
Up to four people per room
Over two floors
Some rooms are accessed by spiral staircase
Wifi internet throughout the hotel
Computer in the lobby level for guest use
Room Features :
Some rooms have a balcony.
Cots and bottle warmers are available on request -Children under 3 sharing existing bedding stay Third and fourth bed in a family room.
Private shower,
Colour television (Italian channels only)
Mountain views

The Sport Village Hotel - Castel di Sangro
Distance to The Slopes :
1 Kilometre
Distance to Centre :
1 Kilometre
Board Basis :
Half Board
Rating :
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Just on the outskirts of Castel di Sangro and about 1 kilometre from the town centre, this Hotel has all the guest facilities you will need. The main attraction is the excellent Fluentia Spa. where you can really take advantage of some of the best treatments you'll find anywhere.

A complimentary ski shuttle is available to take guests to the ski slopes of Roccaraso, about 15 minutes away.

Your meals are taken in the spacious restaurant with a comprehensive Breakfast buffet which includes cheese, ham, cereals, yoghurt, a selection of pastries, toast, jams and fruit.

Your evening meal includes an extensive salad buffet,followed by a choice of first and second course meals and dessert. As with most hotels in the region, the wine list has a wide choice of excellent Abruzzo wines. OS, if you are a bit of a wine buff this is the hotel for you. Each week they also lay on special 'Abruzzo' dinner, featuring traditional dishes from the region.

Complex Features :
Half board
Daily entrance to Fluentia Wellness & Spa
90 minutes per day free use
Indoor hydro massage swimming pool
Kneipp Foot bath
Turkish bath
Salt room
Mediterranean bath
Rain labyrinth
Ice zone
Towelling robe and slippers
Ski shuttle to the lifts
Free WiFi
Room Features :
Rooms sleep from 2-4 people
Private bathroom with shower,
Colour TV (Italian channels only)
Wifi internet
Room service is available.
Hotel Il Tiglio – Castel di Sangro
Board Basis :
B and B
Rating :
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The Hotel Il Tiglio was originally built in the early part of the 20th century and has been updated with the use travertine, wrought iron and copper and these materials fuse beautifully with the style of the original building. Decorated with great style the building has been converted into a homely and exquisitely furnished bed and breakfast Hotel in the heart of Castel di Sangro.

Run by Mario and Massimo, and Close to the shops, restaurants and bars. The pistes of Roccaraso are just fifteen minutes away by the hotel ski bus.

With a buffet breakfast served each morning in the delightful breakfast room, It consists of freshly made cakes and pastries as well as savoury meats and cheeses. Obviously you'll also get tea, coffee and hot chocolate and cold drinks include fruit juices and freshly squeezed orange juice.

Complex Features :
Guest bar and lounge
Ten guest rooms
First floor are accessed by stairs.
Rooms can sleep two people
Twin beds or a Doubles
Some rooms can sleep three or four
Ski deposit
Half board option available
Complimentary guest ski shuttle service
Room Features :
TV (Italian channels)
Mini bar
Bathrooms have shower

Trial Lesson

Held in groups to a maximum of 4 people, you'll get the chance to get the feel of gliding on skis, towed by a kite. This is an ideal chance to try it out to see if you like it.

2 Hours trial lesson £80

Beginners Lessons - 6 hours

In groups of up to 4 people you'll discover the whats its like to get up and going. This is the great way for you to see if you enjoy Snowkiting. 
Our guides also aim to get you up and sliding along within the first hour.

Per person: £90

Intermeadiate course

Designed so that you'll be up and riding fully at the end of the course, you'll be able to master all the skills required to snowkite. Each session is based on 3 hours instruction and is reccommended for all those that can already ski or snowboard. It's also considered great learning for those that want to progress onto Kitesurfing on water.  

2 sessions of three hours (6 hours) over two days:   £240

Experts Course

Based over four hours this course is to get you fully up and riding ready to get the skill nailed and you ready for your next snowkiting trip, you'll find yourself doing lifts and jumps and descent techniques - Course aimed at excellent kjiters withy good skiing or snowboard abilty.

1 session of 4 hours over a day £160

The courses are taken by a fully trained instructor, soft kites of all sizes,harness, helmet and radios where required

Please note: Whilst we want you to enjoy yourself, you must have the apporpriate winter sports insurance for safety and security.

For those that want to try snow kiting, Snowseeker are the first UK Tour Operator to offer this as part of our standard program. For those that want to try it, we can now offer snowkiting holidays in Switzerland, France and Italy.

For those that want to know more, snowkiting uses a kite to tow you on skis and snowboards using the force of the wind by kite to travel miles in total freedom. It’s important to remember that this sport will not always take place in the centre of a ski resort and in some cases you'll need to get a transfer or ski out to the appropriate area, however this is usually a matter of minutes to get to the snowkiting are and if transfers are required, we can organise this for you.

The schools we use have developed over the years with teaching methodologies and practices that enable all those who have an intermediate level of skiing or snowboarding. Very similar to Kitesurfing, you’ll just need a smaller kite, such as a foil or a 3 metre inflatable.

We do offer a selection of courses starting from taster sessions, right through to 2 days tuition and kite hire for the rest of the week.

Simply call or email us with what you think your requirements will be and we'll do the rest. With must lessons based on a course basis over a few days, some of our schools also offer trips out to kiting areas by quad bike and helicopter at very reasonable rates.

We at Snowseeker believe that to become the best, you learn from the best and we've lost count of the number of people who have foregone a lesson and are still catching that inside edge years later. So get your lessons booked up and get that inside edge issue nailed, spending less time on your backside and more time impressing your friends on the mountain.

Often you'll find that a year or two out of the game doesn't always help either and that's why we've put everything together in one easy package which means you get the best out of your Ski and Board trip and to elevate your technique, our comprehensive packages include all gear hire, lessons and lift pass.

Even if you're a beginner or a self taught 'thrower' down the mountain, there is a pack to suit everyone, at most levels of ability.