Skiing on Etna
Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe, is also an excellent destination to practice beautiful snow sports!
Mount Etna is 3330 meters high, and it is the highest active Volcano in Europe.
Many activities can be practised on the Etna: an excursion in the morning time, a sunset tour, or a hike to the top.
The tours can be made both to the Northside (Piano Provenzana) and the Southside (Rifugio Sapienza)
Tourists and local people can enjoy a pleasant walk with snowshoes and sticks, on this white blanket covering the lunar landscape of the volcano. Nonetheless, Etna is also known as a destination for snow sports.
Skiing on Etna is without any doubt a unique and fascinating experience.
Just imagine skiing on the mountain that “breathes” (which is the effect that the smoke on top of the volcano gives), while catching a glimpse of the sea below.
In fact, from the ski areas it is possible to admire the Ionian Sea, the coast of Catania, the Taormina’s coast, and on crisp-air days you can even see the Aeolian Islands.
There are two slopes on the Etna, the first is Nicolosi, on the South, between 1910-2700 meters of altitude; the second one is Piano Provenzana, on the North side, between 1800-2317 meters of altitude.
The first area, larger, stretching from Nicolosi up to 2,700 meters in Montagnola location, includes a six-seater gondola, a double chairlift and three ski lifts, three red and one blue, for alpine skiing. The second ski area is the Conserva Etna Nord Linguaglossa PIano Provenzana. It has a chairlift and three ski lifts serving 4 red slopes and 2 blue for the descent.
While on the Nicolosi side there is no vegetation, in Piano Provenzana you can find pine forests and can catch a glimpse of the Ionian Sea.
Those who prefer Nordic skiing will find naturalistic paths designated by the park and the forest in Piano Vetore (near Nicolosi), in Piano Provenzana and near the territory of Maletto.
Etna is 3343 meters high, has a radius of 20 km and has a conical shape that delivers on all sides numerous possibilities of alpine skiing, as the area of the four craters – reachable from Etna South Etna both from North – reaches 3300 meters.
You can also go off-track, thanks to the absence of cracks or avalanches, or decide to use the snowmobile and ski down.
Youngsters and children can use the bob-sled, going down the snowy slopes. The most adventurous can even practice snowboarding.
Skiing on Etna with Etna Snow tour is a real thrill, enjoying the particular landscape that offers the volcano and the nearby Ionian Sea.