Skiing in Santo Stefano d’Aveto: a day in the snow with a sea view

Did you know that just a few kilometres from the sea, in the heart of the Aveto Valley, there is a ski resort ready to welcome you and let you experience an intense day in the snow?

That’s right, behind a well-known municipality in the Genoa hinterland, when the valleys are tinged with white, the Santo Stefano d’Aveto Ski Area is preparing to open its ski lifts.

Park your car at Rio Freddo, put your boots on, put your skis on and set off to make the most of a day that will have three important protagonists: snow, mountains and views of the sea.

Next to the parking area you can immediately see the box office to get your ski pass and rent the right equipment.

The first ski lift to inaugurate this day on the Ligurian snow is the chairlift from Rocca d’Aveto to Prato Cipolla: a real crossroads frequented every year by hiking enthusiasts. While in the summer it is the starting point for reaching the peaks of Mount Groppo Rosso, Lake Nero and its overhanging Mount Nero and Mount Maggiorasca, in winter the meadow is the arrival point for several alpine ski slopes: the red one that descends from the Mount Bue refuge (the highest peak in this area), and the blue one;the starting point for the red slope that descends to the valley, near the car park.Once you reach the summit of Monte Bue by chairlift, you only have to choose between the blue and red slopes. One look at the breathtaking panorama around you and it’s time to go! The descent takes in the woods of the Aveto Valley and the view of the sea. Bend after bend, you’re back in the valley. –

It’s time for another round, but before you get back on track, we recommend a stop at the Rifugio di Prato della Cipolla, which offers everything from tasty home-made specialities to tasty sandwiches for those who want to get back on skis immediately. After a few more descents, it is time for the lifts to close. Reluctantly, we return to the Rio Freddo car park and bid farewell to the Aveto Valley, thanking it for this exciting day. Sport and fun, unique landscapes and unspoilt nature, taste and relaxation… nothing is missing! For more information and to find out which lifts and slopes are open, consult the Skiarea Santo Stefano d’Aveto website: