Easter weekend in all skiing from Cortina to Falcade

Enthusiastic installers for a satisfying season «Snow at the top thanks to the low temperatures of these days»
Easter and Easter Monday on skis, as if we were in full winter season. There is still time for snow lovers, to ski in Veneto (even until May 1 in Faloria in Cortina). “This year we certainly can not complain”, says Renzo Minella, president of the Venetian plant engineers, “thanks to the snow that has arrived copious we are back on the values ​​of 5/6 years ago. With the cold at the end of November, we managed to also contain the costs for snowmaking, which in the previous years had been very substantial, having been able to put away the cannons already at Christmas. And the low temperatures of these days have allowed the optimal grip of the snow, so those who want to ski for Easter and Easter Monday find slopes in conditions that are still truly perfect ».

The confirmation comes from the Ski Civetta ski area: «Finally a normal season», nods Bruno Piva, of the Ski Civetta Consortium, «our whole area closes on 2nd April and we are happy with the way it went thanks to the December snow that embellished the landscape and convinced to ski the many commuters of the plain, which for us represent 50% of the clientele. Then we had many Poles, Slovaks, Rumanians, or that tourism of the East, which we could define as proximity, which arrives directly in the car on our mountains. Winter tourism is driven by the Dolomiti Superski, then we will have to increasingly characterize ourselves as the ‘mountain of Venice’, to be competitive with other areas that are more competitive from the hotel’s point of view ». Already closed the slopes in Nevegal, Monte Avena, Sappada, Misurina and Auronzo (where however you are considering a possible reopening of three days, from tomorrow to Easter on the basis of weather conditions), will ski until May 1 in Faloria to Cortina , while the plants will close on April 2 in Tofana, where for the Easter week Cima Tofana (3244 m) opens, the trunk of the cableway leading to the terrace and from which you can admire the Ampezzo Dolomites amphitheater. The party at the end of the season will be held tomorrow at Col Druscié with DJ sets to celebrate with music, from 4pm to 8pm. The ski lifts will close on April 2nd, to allow the twenty-year overhaul of the cableway leading to Ra Valles, that this year is 20 years old, with a summer reopening then on 23 June. Today, among other things, snowshoeing is scheduled among the spectacular snowy views of the Tofana di Mezzo, with dinner at the Capanna Ra Valles restaurant (2,475 m).

In Marmolada you can ski until 8 April, and so also in the Falcade / Alpe Lusia / San Pellegrino area. Closed the Val Comelico Ski Area, on the 3 Zinnen Dolomites you can ski until 8 April from San Candido-Baranci
in Monte Elmo, from Croda Rossa Passo Monte Croce Comelico.

The Dolomiti Superski, from its website, announces that today there are 424 open systems on 456, for a total of 1. 134 km of slopes on 1. 200. As if to say that at Easter we are still in full ski season

Easter on skis and in Sella Nevea open slopes until April 25th

Easter in Friuli Venezia Giulia you will spend your skis with all the ski areas open

. The snow conditions and the climate are ideal for the last ski season with the days that lengthen and many activities for the last holiday in Carnia and the Friulian Dolomites in winter.

After Pasquetta Forni di Sopra, Sauris, Tarvisio, Piancavallo, Ravascletto and Sappada will close (on Monday 2 April) in Sella Nevea instead slopes and plants will continue to be open instead until Wednesday, April 25.

Kea

The Cyclades islands are among the most famous and visited of Greece. Picturesque islands, white villages perched on the mountains and culinary delicacies, ideal destination for those who want a relaxing holiday between solitary coves, crystal clear sea, bright-colored bougainvillea and archaeological sites.

The Cycladic archipelago consists of more than two hundred islands all bathed by the Aegean Sea and gathered in a circle (from the Greek kyklos) around the island of Delos.

The most important of these, however, can be counted on the palm of one hand and are the mundane Mykonos, the traditionalist Paros, the alternative Ios and Santorini, the island of lovers.

However, those who want to deviate from mass tourism, can opt for those less known locations and off the routes of tour operators, such as the Small Cyclades.

Among these, the island of Kea or Tzia as the Greeks alternately call it. An island of just 131 square kilometers and about 2500 inhabitants, which focuses on family friendly tourism.

This little paradise is a place of absolute relaxation, thanks also to the climate that for six months a year, from May to October, offers extraordinary days.

On the island there are some of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean: deserted coves, one more beautiful than the other, some of which can only be reached on foot.

The sea that surrounds the island is very tempting for divers, given the presence of numerous wrecks, such as the HMHS Britannic, the sister ship of the Titanic, lying about 100 meters deep.

The architecture of Ioulis (from the locals called Chora), the island’s capital, differs greatly from the classical architecture of the Cyclades islands, proposing a small Mediterranean-style village with terracotta roofs and situated on top of a hill.

All over the territory there are scattered many ancient ruins, abandoned chapels, picturesque harbors and taverns full of charm.

Fans of mythology and ancient history should not miss an excursion to the ruins of the temple of Apollo in Karthaia, an archaeological site overlooking the blue opposite the island of Kythnos.

The island has numerous winding paths, ideal for trekking or long walks.

The four city-states of Korissia, Ioulis, Poieessa and Karthaia are part of a network of twelve marked treks over 80 kilometers long.

In any case, the most important activities are aquatic activities such as windsurfing, sailing, snorkeling and water skiing.

Even dives are very popular, but you have to pay attention to underwater archaeological sites that you can not approach, at least without a diving

Even before the storytelling became a marketing tool, on the island of Kea they created the “The Fairy Tales Festival”, which is staged from July 22nd to 30th, proposing the best bishops and story-tellers of the whole Cyclades archipelago, who came to tell their stories to children of all ages, languages ​​and countries.

Main ingredients of Greek cuisine are meat, yogurt, vegetables and cheeses. In particular, yogurt here has another consistency and another flavor compared to what is eaten in the rest of Europe and is often combined with honey and fresh fruit cut into pieces.

Feta is also a particularly famous Greek cheese, ideal for flavoring a chioriatiki salad made with tomatoes, olives, peppers and onions and dressed with extra virgin olive oil.

Among the main dishes, the moussaka (aubergine flan, potatoes and meat sauce, covered with béchamel) and the souvlaki (grilled cooked meat) and cheese rolls coated with vine leaves. As for fish, it is cooked especially on grilled meat or fried.

For the desserts, well known and good are the baklavas, made of puff pastry coated with minced almonds and honey.

The island is home to the ancient lyric poets Simonis and Bacchilides, both living around the 5th and 4th centuries BC Simonide, in particular, inaugurated the second phase of the choral lyric and was known for his countercurrent spirit since he tried not to be influenced too much by the clients, or by local tyrannies.

The island of Kea has recently been discovered by tourism, so much so that many foreigners are starting to buy a small accommodation for their retreat. Among them, world-renowned architects such as Christos Vlachos and Ioannis Michalopoulos have made splendid residences there.

Rimini. Easter does not take off, people go skiing

“The situation is a dancer, there are hotels full, others are still at the stake” Il Resto del Carlino: Easter does not take off, people go skiing / Hoteliers: “There is snow in the mountains, our customers choose the mountain”

Easter with the handbrake pulled. At least so far, one week from the first spring bridge. “With the air (icy) that pulls people is not much stimulated to come to the sea – attacks Lorraine Montebelli, hotel Marconi Beach and La Gioiosa -. There is competition in the mountains, where there is still snow. A very specific option especially for our customers who come from Piedmont, Lombardy and Veneto “. “As always, when the Easter Bridge ‘falls’ low, tourists wait for the last days to decide whether to take a short holiday or not – Andrea Biotti echoes, Hotel Genty -. For now there is not much movement. I see that the ‘polar’ forecasts for Easter of some site, a few days ago, have become African wind!

 The law requires the presence of the heating system, until April 15, reports the Association Hoteliers; average prices in a 3-star hotel from 50 to 60 euros per day per person, full board.

Snow at Easter in the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento? It is not an April fish. Burian returns for spring

Start the tourist season and open one to one restaurants and hotels for Easter, so many would like to know from us the weather forecast, forecasts that surprise us .. And that’s why
Still cold and frost, even snow on Positano, Amalfi and Sorrento? We will have to do a marathon weather and warn the citizens about Positanonews of what is happening, including open or closed schools, throughout the Sorrento Peninsula and Amalfi Coast and the surrounding areas of the provinces of Salerno and Naples. Even at Easter that coincides with the first of April? A joke or what? It seems instead that it is not an April fish.

The anomalous wave of cold and frost that has affected Italy and in particular Campania at the end of February could return and make an encore right on the day of early spring. According to the forecast by ilmeteo.it, in fact, the icy air from Russia, the famous Burian, could return from March 20, the day of the spring equinox.

“Accompanied by disturbed fronts, the Burian marzolino would once again bring snow into the plains on the northern regions. Our forecasts for Easter and Easter Monday 2018 indicate a scenario with cold and snowy raids until April, the classic winter rush “.
“Between the end of March and the first days of April the weather will be characterized by strong instability with thunderstorms at CentroSud, low altitude snow over the Alps and also on the central Tuscan-Emilian Apennines”. So there is an Easter and Easter Monday in the name of scarves, hats and gloves!

Even in the ’80s there were cold springs, sometimes until May after cold winters, a consequence of climatic anomalies. We have explained to you a few weeks ago how these extreme climatic events are in fact a sign of global warming caused by man.
All of you will remember the ’70s and’ 80s, with snowy winters, and icy weather for many days; all of you, who even with a little nostalgia, will remember the icy January 1985, caused by one of the last stratospheric overheating (stratwarming) that had split the polar vortex in two, favoring the descent of freezing air masses towards the Italy.

Well, writes the team of Meteo.it, the same thing will happen with the stratwarming of February 2018, one of the most powerful of the last 30 years, which will show its effects for the entire month of March and April if not even to compromise the Summer 2018 which promises to be limping and rainy, roller coaster style; the strat warming could in fact transform and lengthen into a FINAL WARMING or a lasting polar stratospheric heating.
Our forecast for Easter and Easter Monday indicates the real possibility of polar break-ins able to bring the winter back to our country, reaping snowfall at very low altitude if not in the plains, as often happened in the ’70s and’ 80s. The ski season could last until the first days of May, and the Azores anticyclone could really take long to arrive.

TRANSVESUBIENNE, THE 30th EDITION ON 12 AND 13 MAY. ONLY FOR TEMPERTIES!

In its first edition back in 1988 it was an almost impossible task to complete with the means at the time. Now that 30 years have passed, thanks to an incredible evolution of the MTB and the athletic performance of the riders, the Transvesubienne remains a great challenge, which requires great training in both technique and endurance. Being a finisher is not for everyone.
 

 
On 12 and 13 May the Transvesubienne will celebrate the 30th anniversary with the return to the historical route, which will bring the bikers from La Colmiane, ski resort on the Mercantour massif to 1500m altitude, up to the zero altitude of the Mediterranean Sea, with the striking arrival to the Baie des Anges of Nice (France).
 
A path of 75 km, with 2,500m of positive difference in altitude and 4,000m of downhill, through mythical passages such as the Col des deux Caires, the legendary Brec d’Utelle, the Madone and the crossing of the Vesubie valley. The short route will start from Levens, to reach Nice after 45km.
 
Everything will be preceded by the Saturday prologue, from La Colmiane to St. Martin, 12km which will set the starting grid for Sunday. The prologue will not be mandatory, but will award 10 bonus minutes to all those who will complete it.
 

 
The slogan of the race is “only the brave”, and this speaks volumes about what awaits the bikers at this unique race of its kind, which recruits specialists from all over Europe every year.
 
Here the fun is king: kilometers and miles of exciting single tracks, with striking views. A race that necessarily nods at the endurists with a good resistance to distance, but certainly also suitable for XC interpreters and more technical marathons.
 
It is no coincidence that in 2009 the Transvesubienne won a very young Nino Schurter, with Julien Absalon 8th at the finish line, delayed by punctures. Drills that denied Christoph Sauser’s victory in 2013, when he finished 3rd. Sauser tried again in 2015, and this time closed 2nd.

Nature Action in Marano. Appointment with the extreme skiing of Edmond Joyeusaz

The events of the 31st edition of “Azione Natura”, the cultural review of the City of Marano sul Panaro which offers every Friday in March meetings with the protagonists of adventure and travel, continue on Friday, March 9th. The meeting, with free admission, takes place at 9.00 pm at the Cultural Center of Marano sul Panaro on May 1st. The evening is dedicated to extreme skiing, from the Alps to the Himalayas, told by Edmond Joyeusaz who will present fascinating films of his descents along the south face of the Grand Combin, between Valle d’Aosta and Switzerland, and of the “Lhotse ski challenge” .

In 2015, Joyeusaz made the first ski descent from the southwest face of the Grand Combin de Grafeneire, the highest peak of the Grand Combin group, as well as skiing along the steep slopes of the great “four thousand” of the Alps between including the Weisshorn and Dent Blanche, but also on the snows of Everest and Lhotse. From the peak of Ottomila Shisha Pangma in Tibet has made the first absolute descent with the skis, still not repeated today, and was the first to ski on the slopes of K2.

Joyeusaz lives in Courmayeur where he continues the activity of mountain guide in the mountains of the whole world; he was ski blue, winner of the Italian cup in 1984, for years among the best Italian skiers and ski world champion of alpine guides in 1999. The leitmotif of the exhibition remains the deep and adventurous relationship with nature, also to launch a message in favor of environmental protection, through a multidisciplinary approach that offers the public, in addition to wonderful images, powerful and engaging, to meet and dialogue with the masters of adventure.

The most beautiful islands of Greece still unknown

Are you planning holidays in Greece? Forget the crowded Santorini, Rhodes and Crete and discover with us the most beautiful Greek islands three lesser known ones.

1- Skopelos

From May onwards the thought flies to the seaside holidays and one of the most popular destinations for summer holidays is Greece with its islands. Beautiful and loved by tourists from all over the world are Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, Rhodes, Corfu, Zakynthos. With only one contraindication: in the summer months are invaded by hordes of tourists.

If you are looking for a holiday on an island in Greece under the banner of privacy, in which to fully enjoy the beauty of the sea without jostling for a place on the beach, maybe for a romantic holiday with him, here are 10 islands of Greece far from the mass tourism, yet enchanting.

Loved by sailors and covered in green coniferous forests, Skopelos is peaceful and frequented by elites in search of excursions and silent beaches. Its white pebble beaches open in the middle of the vegetation: the most beautiful are in the west, even if the water is everywhere very clean. In 2008 his evocative landscapes were chosen as the location of some scenes from the film Mamma Mia! with Meryl Streep. In this romantic island of Sporades, do not look for nightlife; there is some restaurant around the harbor area, but otherwise it is all about nature.

2 – Alonissos

The solitary queen of Sporades, the most remote of the archipelago, here is Alonissos, an island of exuberant nature and cliffs overlooking the blue sea. How to get? Ferries and hydrofoils regularly depart from Volos. Once on the island, you can relax on the beaches or go on excursions in the Mediterranean scrub, looking for wild and rocky bays. The sea here is transparent.

3 – Ios

It is said that on this island dotted with olive trees, vineyards and small chapels, in the Cyclades, next to Santorini, nothing less than the poet Homer is buried. The tomb of Homer is a destination for excursions by the vacationers, even if there is no certain documentation that attests that the singer of the deeds of Achilles is really buried here. Ios offers beautiful beaches and ancient Hellenic ruins, as well as a good night life (in the 60s it was the hippie island) which however does not detract from the genuine nature of the island.

4 – Symi

Different from the image that you normally have of the Greek islands (all domes and white houses), Symi will immediately catch you by surprise for its bright and colorful houses. This island of the Dodecanese north of Rhodes, was known as the island of sea sponges, whose trade made it one of the most prosperous islands of the Aegean. Brull, rough in the landscapes, but romantic: it is perfect for those who want to escape the chaos of the agostan vacationers.

5 – Tilos

Tilos is an island in the Dodecanese near Rhodes, not very populated and far from the mass tourism routes. It can be reached by ferry from Rhodes, for short stays or for day trips. This rocky island takes you by surprise with its wild bays that open up between the rocks. It is ideal for hikers: it includes an ecological park with almost 35 km of trails, where nature is interspersed with small urban areas and Byzantine churches.

6 – Folegandros

They call it “the island of couples” because it offers breathtaking sunsets and evocative views. Ideal for the first holiday with him, to stay alone far from everyone. The most beautiful beaches are located in Agkali, Agios Georgios, Agios Nikolaso ​​and Ampeli, wild, hard to reach with walking paths in the Mediterranean and poorly equipped. Each is a conquest, where the effort is rewarded by the beauty of the turquoise sea. In Folegandros you can sunbathe, hike in the nature and let yourself be lulled by the waves on a sailboat.

7 -Amorgos

The most remote of the Cyclades islands, and perhaps for this the most pristine. Its hills of red and arid land, the squared white houses, the stony beaches and the transparent sea, Amorgos is a real corner of paradise for those in search of peace and silence. It can be reached by flying to Athens and continuing by ship from Piraeus to one of its ports, Katapola and Aegiali. It is also connected to Santorini and Mykonos by ship. Chora, the capital, is one of the most beautiful and best preserved cities in the Cyclades. Fall in love with its white houses, on which the bougainvillea flowers climb.

Easter at the beach: 19 proposals to spend holidays at the beach

Take advantage of early spring and Easter holidays to wear flip-flops and enjoy some sun? Here the ideas for leaving and going – near or further away – but always the sea destination

34% of travelers departing from Italy for the Easter holidays will choose a seaside location to spend this time of year. This is revealed by eDreams, the leading online travel agency in Europe. So, even if Easter this year will fall soon – on April 1st and it is not a joke – a third of Italians is ready to prepare the suitcase with swimsuits and flip-flops to inaugurate the bathing season on the most beautiful beaches.

«According to the data collected by eDreams, 34% of Italians will decide to spend Holy Week in a coastal destination.

Among the preferences of our countrymen prevail that in addition to offering the view of coasts and inviting beaches do not miss precious cultural heritage: Sicily, Barcelona and the Amalfi coast are in fact at the top of the top 10 destination of seaside resorts for this Easter “, comments Alexandra Koukoulian, eDreams ODIGEO country manager for Italy.

Among the other popular places for this first long spring bridge are Malta, Lisbon, Sardinia and Salento. But we are sure that someone will go even further, taking advantage of a real spring break in even more distant places – but still accessible – like Dubai, the Canary Islands, the Red Sea or the Islands of Greece.

Holidays in Greece with children: ideas and advice

Holidays in Greece with children Greece is a tourist destination suitable for families: even parents of young children have the opportunity to spend days of relaxation and fun choosing one or more Hellenic destinations. Beginning, of course, from the capital Athens, the hub of culture, art and history: not only for the evocative and fascinating atmospheres of the Acropolis, but also for the vast assortment of amusement parks, zoological parks and museums able to capture the attention of young and old. Not to be missed, then, the beaches of Santorini and its water park, as well as the beauty of Crete: an intriguing location that can represent a unique opportunity to let children know the myths and legends related to this place. From the Palace of Knossos to Elafonissi Beach, there are many reasons to come here. How to forget, then, the fantastic Rhodes? The Hydrobiological Station of Rhodes, Faliraki Water Park and Ostrich Farm & Park are some of the obligatory stops during a holiday in the company of one or more children.

If you are looking for convenient offers and proposals for a family holiday, you can rely on Voyage Privé promotions. It could be an opportunity to discover Skiathos, known all over the world for its numerous beaches. The smallest Greek island of the Sporades has 44 km of coastline, on which alternate shores for all tastes: in total, almost 50 square kilometers of coasts, with numerous facilities for children, between swimming pools that ensure bathing protected and baby club that guarantee entertainment and entertainment. If it is true that Skiathos is very popular with young people who do not want to lose the emotions of summer nightlife, it is equally true that even children – especially in low season – can feel perfectly at ease.

And maybe parents could take the opportunity to go and discover the wonders of this island, starting with the Evangelistria Monastery, with such evocative power that it will end up intriguing and captivating children. For them, in fact, it will be like taking a dip in the past and be protagonists of a fantastic journey through time, between flavors of the past, aromas of the cellar and materials such as slate and stone that give exceptional visions. Very beautiful is also Chora, that is to say the capital of the island: there are many ancient taverns scattered among the narrow streets of the city.

Another location to mark in the agenda is Mykonos: next to unbridled fun for adults and nightlife without limits, in fact, this Greek island is also suitable for families who plan to organize a trip with young children in tow; provided, of course, to find a suitable hotel, or at least an accommodation that offers all the necessary services. Also in this case, the suggestion is not to focus too much on high season periods, both to save money and to be able to count on a greater possibility of choice.

To the east of the Chora Bay children will have the opportunity to admire a vast area dotted with white houses dating back to the eighteenth century: it is called Alefkantra, and is also known as Little Venice, since its appearance reminds that of the lagoon city (unfortunately, prices are similar too). The children will also be amazed, in the Maritime Museum, dedicated to the conquests of the Greeks and the navigations of the populations prior to the Mycenaean, as well as in front of the ancient mills of Mykonos. As far as the beaches are concerned, the quieter and better-frequented ones are Psarou and Panormos, which offers a free part and an equipped part, with fine sand and no wind.