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Artesina

Artesina Ski Resort Guide

Artesina, Italy

Rated: 2/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForBeginners and Snowfall.
Total Piste Length90km56 miles
Highest Lift2,100m6,890ft
Resort Height1,350m4,429ft
 Nearest AirportsTurin Cuneo and Genoa
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Artesina

A friendly village set amongst sheltered north-facing slopes. A rare Italian modern purpose-built resort with doorstep skiing and good snow and sunshine record. There is an FIS accredited downhill course.

Summary

The Italian ski resort of Artesina is in the Italian Alps at an altitude of 1,350m4,429ft, with 90km56 miles of marked runs.

Artesina has direct access to 90km56 miles of downhill skiing, with 15 marked pistes, served by a total of 12 ski lifts.

With ski lifts as high as 2,100m6,890ft, snow cover is generally reliable.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Artesina?

The next notable snow forecast is 5cm2in, expected on 1 December, with around 89cm35in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Ski Area Stats

Artesina Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 2 
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
 8 
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
 7 
Downhill
Total Length
90km56 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
4km2 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
12

Altitudes

Artesina Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,100m6,890ft
Resort Altitude (Artesina)1,350m4,429ft
Lowest Piste1,320m4,331ft
Max Vertical780m2,559ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Artesina
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

Artesina Overview

The twin resorts of Prato Nevoso and Artesina above the town of Frabosa Sottana have joined together to create the Mondole ski area. The area has been strategically created as a third generation ski resort, taking advantage of both a strong historic record for nastural snowfall and a position that recives warm air and sunshine through the winter to prevent it getting too cold to be pleasant.

Prato Nevoso is the larger of the two resorts, established in 1965. Although purpose built the attractive, typically triangular and wood clad chalet style buildings are certainly well designed for the era.

Smaller Artesina is dominated by six large accommodation blocks, set amongst sheltered north-facing slopes. It is actually slightly older, dating from 1960.

Prato Nevoso is notably friendly and local suppliers are always keen to give good service and promote their resort. You will encounter none of the take-it-or-leave-it attitude which sometimes blights the bigger names. Prato has something of a local community with school, church and shops. As in most purpose-built resorts, there's a long gallery of shops, bars and restaurants all conveniently located opposite the slopes.

 Notable Ski Runs

The most difficult run is the 'Pista Mondolè'.

Skiing

There is plenty of skiing both above and below the tree line and the scope would not disgrace a much bigger resort. Piste maintenance is excellent. The lift company do a particularly good job, combing the pistes and making snow when necessary. The link between the two resorts has revolutionized the appeal of the area and the ski pass is very good value. On the Artesina side, the skiing is quite challenging whereas Prato Nevoso is easier for beginners and early intermediates.

The lift system still features quite a few drags (originally all lifts on the Prato side were drags) but new chairs are added all the time and everything links nicely. Prato Nevoso recently added three new chairlifts including a quad and the one outside the Hotel Capanna which replaced the long tow. The lift company are keen on a new moving carpet lifts for beginners.

Prato Nevoso is an excellent choice for beginners. There's minimal walking, easy runs both at village level and at altitude, and a caring ski school. Progression is great which means beginners can be doing quite long blue runs before the end of the week.

Intermediates are also well served. There are plenty of wide, long runs which invite ambitious skiers to work hard. For strong intermediates there are some tremendous reds, especially over the Artesina side where there's an FIS rated black and some exhilarating cruises in high bowls. Really tough skiing is limited however so devotees of death defying leaps and challenging moguls should look elsewhere. However heliskiing can be arranged locally to take you there!

Artesina offers good sking, particularly, for Intermediate and Beginner skiers.

Snowboarding

Snowboarders are well catered for with a snow park (floodlit for nighttime use incorporating jumps and a rail), half pipe and boardercross course. Prato Nevoso was one of the early resorts to encourage boarders with one of the first parks in the country. Today it's a big snowboard venue with expert instruction. The hire shop doubles as a snowboard museum.

Location and Map

Where is Artesina?

This ski resort is in the Italian Alps in Frabosa Sottana, Cuneo.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Artesina is Turin Cuneo, 66 minutes drive away.

Genoa, Turin Caselle, Nice, Milan Linate and Milan Malpensa airports are all within three hours drive.

Turin Cuneo is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 12 ski lifts are able to uplift 8,650 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 2km1 miles of ski runs, with 6 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Artesina open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

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NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Artesina, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Artesina Tourist Office for the latest.

Talking about Artesina

Mentions in recent J2Ski News Items and Snow Reports from our users...

Aprés Ski

It's by no means busy and nightlife is limited but there's probably enough for a week unless you want to tear it up every night. Night owls should look elsewhere, but if you are a beginner or early intermediate who wants a quiet resort, with uncrowded slopes, good value, nice people, a good ski school and excellent hotels, this is the place!

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