Monte Amiata is renowned for its wide variety of fantastic, and above all, affordable winter sports. Skiing Sure you can go skiing in northern Italy, but if you're a novice, like me, or just looking to spend an afternoon on the slopes then you can't go past Monte Amiata. A daily all-access ski pass costs just €19! That will get you onto 10km of smooth, wide slopes with varying difficulty levels. There are plenty of red runs for kids and beginners alike, and three black runs for the experts! The skiers on Monte Amiata are also a lot more family friendly than those in the north, so you don't have to worry about being bowled over by some nut doing 10okm/h. And you rarely have to wait in line because there are more than enough slopes to accommodate all the skiers! The ski season in the Maremma starts on December 23 each year and finishes on March 11, weather permitting. You can choose from a range of ticket options from hourly ski passes to consecutive discounted day passes up to a week long. Buy yours from the mountain ticket desk or check out the official website (Italian only). Nordic skiing Separate yourself from the pack and go Nordic skiing! But beware, this sport really works out your inner thighs are you pull yourself and your tennis racket shaped skis through the mostly flat terrain. Of course, there is the plus of seeing some amazing countryside and being able to move through the landscape at your own pace. Monte Amiata has four Nordic ski routes for you to choose from, which vary from 500m long to 5,000m long. Tickets cost €3 for the weekend per person or €5 for families. You can also get weekly and season-long tickets. You can rent everything you need for Nordic skiing from rental stores on the mountain. Snow park Monte Amiata has a dedicated snow park where you or your kids can try their hand at snowboarding. Tickets cost the same as a ski pass and you can rent everything you need from dedicated snowboard shops on the mountain. Hiking and nature walking The pleasures of a walk through one of Monte Amiata's six nature parks is utterly free. Located at the feet of the mountain, these snow-flecked parks are rarely prohibitively cold and perfect for an afternoon of getting in touch with your outdoorsy side! For bird watchers and fauna fans, Monte Amiata's parks have plenty to offer. Just pop into your nearest tourist information centre and collect a map of the park of your choice. Don't forget to ask for a list of the local fauna and flora!
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