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If you love downhill skiing, cross country skiing and snowboarding then there are a few ski resorts to choose from which are easy to reach by car.

Valsassina  situated in a beautiful valley close to Lecco on the eastern branch of Lake Como is a great area for skiing and snowboarding.  The following resorts are all located in the province of Lecco:

Bobbio & Valtorta Area –  Info: www.pianidibobbio.com, tel:(+39) 0341 – 996101

Pian Delle Betulle – To reach Pian delle Betulle slopes you have to take the cable-car from Margno (30km from Lecco by car). You can reach the ski slopes from Alpe Paglio (from Casargo by car) where you are then taken by jeep to Pian delle Betulle, approximately 20 minutes by foot.  Margno Ticket Office: Tel: (+39) – 0341 840020

Giumello & Paglio Area – Located 33km from Lecco, two skiing areas close to each other,particularly good for practicing cross-country skiing (tel:+39 0341 840164)

Madesimo (also known as Valchiavenna) –  is a small attractive village located in the province of Sondrio, approximately 50km northwest of Sondrio and on the border of Switzerland.  This is probably better suited to intermediate skiers, as there is quite a significant difference in the terrain from the nursery slopes up to the next level.  There is also a snowboarding park, again more suited to intermediates than beginners, but overall a lovely resort, good atmosphere and has a good lift system in place.

Valtellina Area – which includes; Bormio (which also has a Wellness Centre with thermal baths), Livigno (good for shopping) and Aprica (which is great for beginners as it has extensive nursery areas at village level).