Snow for everyone!

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Living with a physical impairment is not necessarily an obstacle to travelling and enjoying new experiences. Italy is gradually modifying its hospitality system, with a growing focus on overcoming any kind of barrier. Italy offers numerous opportunities to approach winter sports in total safety for people with special needs, with the support of specialized personnel and the chance to access specific equipment and ski lifts thanks to an approach that is always focused on the individual in order to enhance the potential of guests. 

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Ski slopes - Val di Fiemme, Trentino
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Downhill and cross-country ski lessons with equipment designed and adapted to various disabilities under the guidance of trained instructors. Val di Fiemme is one of the main valleys in the Dolomites, where the SportAbili association ensures access to experiences on the snow for everyone. Here, the refuges are equipped with wheelchairs to ensure maximum comfort and even warmth over a cup of hot chocolate. 

Gran Sasso d’Italia - Teramo, Abruzzo
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Access to entertainment is also assured for people with mobility and other challenges, while there are also ski school instructors specialized in teaching people with visual impairments: the broad mountain flank of the Gran Sasso d'Italia opens out here on an enchanting valley covered with snow entirely in winter and the Prati di Tivo ski resort.

Winter landscape - Champorcher, Aosta Valley. Photo by Roberto Zoni / Shutterstock.com
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The Champorcher ski school includes among its instructors staff specialized in teaching and interacting with challenged people, with lessons in Italian, French and English. This resort area surrounded by the wild and unspoiled nature of the Mont Avic Regional Park offers alpine skiing, snowboarding, telemark and carving lessons. 

Ski area - Maniva, Lombardy
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Routes with various degrees of difficulty, a three-kilometre loop for cross-country enthusiasts and school camps with specialized instructors even for people with physical challengesManiva has 40 km of snow-covered slopes between the Po Valley and the Rhaetian Alps, ensuring experiences for all preferences and an ideal destination for a full day of enjoyment.