A skiing trip might not be the first thing you think about when it comes to Mount Etna, so allow us to show you a different side to the famous volcano!
Consider yourself an adrenaline junkie? Or someone who loves an adventure- either way, we have the perfect solution, check flights to Sicily and book a skiing trip to Mount Etna! While one of Italy’s most famous volcanoes might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of skiing destinations, let us give you our lowdown on a different side to Etna!
Two main resorts
Mt. Etna’s has two main ski resorts, Piano Provenzana and Nicolosi. Both resorts provide scenic alpine and downhill slopes. The difference is Nicolosi is located in the southern part of the mountain, covers more ground and has more vertical pistes. The trails along Etna tend to be very smooth, thanks to the volcano’s settled lava! Positively the crowds tend to be small, and at around 25 euro per day, ski passes cost much less than those in the north of Italy.
How to get there
The closest airport to Mount Etna is in Catania (you can fly directly with Air Malta to Catania take a look here !). It is approximately an hour’s drive from mountain’s southern slope. Public trains and buses have a limited year-round schedule and many hotels organise shuttles during the peak season.
Mount Etna makes an easy day trip from Catania, Taormina or Messina. Otherwise, plenty of hotels are located on and around the mountain, making it truly ideal for those who want to wake up and hit the slopes!
When is the best time to go?
Mt. Etna’s high altitude (more than 10,000 feet!) means snow on the mountain’s peak from the end of November to April. For the best snow conditions, try to go any time from December, January or February. And remember, thanks to its Mediterranean location, the climate is much warmer than the northern Italian mountains—towards the end of the season you will catch avid skiers whizzing past in t-shirts!
But wait, it’s a volcano!
It’s only natural to feel a little concerned about the prospect of staying around an active volcano. Fortunately Mount Etna keeps locals and tourists up to date with its uncertain activity, including eruptions that sometimes result in ash and smoke rings—all of which can affect the season’s ski schedule (you can check the current conditions on EtnaSci). Be vigilant and stay up to date with the latest news, and don’t be tempted to wander off track. Positively, the rich fertile soil lends itself to a beautiful climate for producing Sicilian wines and foods to try during your trip.
If skiing isn’t your thing, Mount Etna is also a great destination to hike in the warmer months or take the ski lift to the top and absorb the endless views- including the nearby sea! Alternatively, if you are going with your family, check out the theme park, Etna Land! Sicily truly holds plenty to see and do for all the family.
Book flights now for your next skiing adventure!