Itinerary: Ponte di Legno
Ponte di Legno, the largest ski area in Lombardy, Italy
Ponte di Legno is located in the Upper Camonica Valley 1200 meters above sea level. This ancient village has all the features of a traditional Alpine ski resort. It is surrounded by the natural setting of an extraordinary beauty and in addition, it is able to offer all the facilities you could wish for. Huge investments have transformed Ponte di Legno from the popular but small ski resort it was once into the largest ski area of Lombardy.
There are 4 lifts, one chairlift with automatic coupling, and a ski lift, that take you up between 1121 and 2120 meters above sea level, where you can ski among beautiful forests of conifers. Ponte di Legno offers a rich landscape of slopes for skiing and snowboarding, ranging from the most challenging slopes, - only for experienced skiers, - to the easiest ones suitable for children and for those less experienced. Beside the slopes, there are also cross-country trails for the Nordic disciplines lovers.
The ski resort of Ponte di Legno is located inside the area of the "Adamello Sky", a network of towns of the area that manages a huge complex of ski slopes and releases a ski card that allows skiers to ski on their ski slopes and use their equipment at a very cheap price. Also, in Ponte di Legno, night skiing is possible on the floodlit ski slope called "Valena".
Ponte Di Legno does not mean only skiing. This small town offers several hotels, restaurants, pubs, some spas and some few discotheques, boutiques and shops of all kinds, and a big swimming pool. So, no matter what you are in need of, you will find all the facilities in Ponte Di Legno.
Coming to the local cuisine, Ponte Di Legno is located on the border between Lombardia and Trentino therefore, its cuisine has been influenced by both the culinary traditions of Trentino and those of Lombardy. Among the local dishes we can mention Canederli (bread dumplings in broth); Pizzoccheri - a special pasta made with buckwheat and served with potatoes, cheese and herbs; Cornmeal mush with cheese or meat; Salted meat; Bresaola and venison cooked in many ways.
A good pairing is Inferno, a strong red wine produced in Valtellina, a valley not far from Ponte Di Legno.
Some pics of the ski resort of Ponte Di Legno and its slopes: