10 things to do at Aprica
Let’s discover another Valtellina ski resort: Aprica, a village on the border with Val Camonica, very appreciated for its winter tourist offer. Here are 10 things to do in Aprica to spend a special winter, without neglecting any experience of fun and relaxation typical of this valley! Let’s start immediately with a curiosity: the name Aprica means bright, so as you can guess it is a sunny place, ideal for spending amazing days on the snow during winter and going for some mountain walks during summer.
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Skiing in Aprica
We start from where we like it best, recommending beautiful descents on the 50km of slopes offered by the Aprica-Corteno ski resort. The resort is favoured by the preservation of the snowpack, even in years when unfortunately there is little natural snow, since the ski resort is located on the southern side of the mountaing. The ski area is divided into four zones, all connected to each other: Baradello, Palabione, Magnolta and Granvia del Gallo, for a total of 7 easy slopes, 10 with medium difficulty and 5 for expert skiers. In short, there is something for everyone…. and don’t miss the Dosso Pasò slope!
Palabione is the main mountain of Aprica, the main access point to the ski slopes, and is home to most of the black slopes that start at 2,300 meters and take skiers and snowboarders to about 1,000 meters above sea level in the village. The ski area develops horizontally offering several access points, wherever you choose to start your day of skiing remember to buy your ski pass online even a few minutes before going down the slope, so you can save queues at the ticket office to buy your ticket.
Aprica for children
The campetti area is located at the arrival of the slopes that descend from higher altitudes, just to the left of the Palabione cableway looking at the mountain. This is the ideal area for families with children who choose Aprica as a tourist destination. Here you can find a large school camp, equipped with a chairlift, treadmill and ski lifts. Here all children can start moving around in the snow, together with beginners who will put skis or boards on their feet for the first time.
To continue the winter day, Aprica is home to a municipal swimming pool, next to the cable car. Aprica’s swimming pool is ideal for a relaxing afternoon with its two indoor pools. More demanding adults can relax at the wellness centre of the Hotel Serenella in Aprica with whirlpools, sauna and Turkish bath to recover after a cold winter day.
If your children should not be tired after a day in the mountains, we recommend a stop at the ice rink, so that they can permanently discharge their batteries!
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Aprica has recently introduced the Snowboard Snowpark in the Campetti area. The area is dedicated to pure fun, ideal for those who do not ski, especially for children, who can have fun downhill with snowbikes, zorb ball on the snow and rubber dinghies.
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Orobie Valtellinesi Regional Park
The entire district develops within one of the largest protected areas in Lombardy: the Orobie Valtellinesi Regional Park. Track C of Palabione also crosses the Alpine eco-fauna observatory: an itinerary that allows you to immerse yourself in the natural environment dotted with local fauna including chamois, eagles, nocturnal birds of prey, grouse, but also brown bears. Regional Park of Orobie Valtellinesi, is a large protected area consisting of 14 valleys.
Not far from Aprica there is the natural reserve of Pian Gembro at an altitude of 1,350 meters. It is an oasis of tranquility where in summer you can walk observing very rare plant species, while in winter it turns into a paradise for snowshoe lovers and for those who want to practice cross-country skiing with its ring of about 3 km. Magnificent landscapes and tranquility of an enchanted nature are waiting for you! Just think that this area thousands of years ago was a peat bog of glacial origin, where peat extraction took place until a few decades ago. Now it is the destination for those who love snowshoeing, horseback riding and fat bike tours; the itineraries are not particularly difficult and allow you to immerse yourself in nature through paths that touch frozen lakes and unspoilt landscapes.
Have you ever heard of fat bikes? They are the evolution of the mountain bike: a bike with thick wheels that offers great grip on soft surfaces such as the snowpack. At Aprica there are many routes that you can take while living this new experience: cycling up to Mount Belvedere and off-piste to Pian di Gembro. Are you still thinking about it?
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Culture in Valtellina
If you are at Aprica not only for sports, you can spend some time immersing yourself in the local culture and history. The centre of Aprica deserves a walk through its Christmas markets and atmosphere. There are also some interesting historical structures that deserve a quick visit to the surrounding villages, especially in Teglio, as:
- the “de li bei miri” tower: a remnant of the medieval castle rebuilt on the ruins of Roman foundation;
- the Besta Palace: a 15th century Renaissance mansion that is now a museum;
- the Menaglio mill: a forward-looking structure for the time when it was built with spaces for the tasting of Valtellina products;
- the Salis Palace, a 15th century structure located in Tirano;
Always resting from the slopes and snowmen, but always with your head to the ski! An obligatory stop is a museum opened a few years ago and dedicated entirely to skiing. A collection of 530 pairs of skis to relive its entire history and pay homage to this sport. The ski museum has been set up in “Cà di sciuri”, in corso Roma and 170 pieces among the rarest skis collected by the collectors who opened the museum are on display. In this special exhibition you can find: historical wooden skis, cross-country and grass skis, but also vintage skates, sledges and boots taking you on a journey through the evolution of materials and equipment to practice mountain sports.
Dinner in a mountain hut
A must in our advice, the enjoyment of the typical local cuisine. At Aprica, we are talking about pizzoccheri, first course made from buckwheat noodles with vegetables, butter and cheese. Among the appetizers we can not fail to mention the sciatt, buckwheat pancakes with a heart of melted cheese. And then polenta taragna, mountain pasture cheeses, Bitto and Casera, bresaola, and quiscioi, accompanied by a good traditional wine, such as Infermo, Sassella or Sforzato, the wines of Valtellina. And why not enjoy all this in a hut close to the ski slopes?
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Sunà da Mars
Does that name mean anything to you? It’s a local celebration. Would you like some more information? We are talking about the most important folk festival in Aprica, held in the middle of the winter season, precisely at the beginning of March to awaken the spring. You can watch the inhabitants walk along the streets with cowbells, called ‘bronse’ and ‘sampogn’, playing them to awaken nature. Obviously there is no lack of dancing and tasting, including the ‘mach’, a dish with polenta and sausages.