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The 80's Never Die....at least in Italy

Traveling to Italy can be a time warp. Italy has long been known for its rich history,fantastic food, and amazing espressos. Normally the thought of traveling to Italy invokes thoughts of Rome, wine, and the Pope, but possibly the mountains of Italy are by far its greatest overlooked treasure. With mountains ranging from north to south and east to west, Italy is covered with winter sport potential. Throughout the winter season a traveler could spend a day boarding the pistes of Campo Felice and spend the night indulging in all that Rome has to offer. Up north, Italy is covered with resorts and after having hosted the 2004 Winter Olympics in Turin, there is no doubt that the country has risen to the top of the snowboarding world. Italians themselves have also made a name for themselves on the scene. With the influx of all mountain parks and freestyle riding Italy has been able to produce some of the top riders among international competition. Even though the attire here is still a bit loud, Italy can't be left out on our journey to ride the world's best powder.

Courmayuer

With tons of good freeriding, open powder, and super steep pistes, Courmayuer is a can't miss resort in Northern Italy. It is located on the other side of the mountain from France's Chamonix and from the top it is possible to drop down into France. The top of the mountain is loaded with glaciers, so it makes for some challenging and exciting terrain to ride. Aside from the riding here in Italy, it goes without saying that you can expect a fantastic meal after your day of powder. The town itself is known for its phenomenal mountain restaurants and unbeatable hot drinks. Taking into account the magnificent mountain, the delicious food, and the relative cheap prices for Europe, this locale will give us the best of what Italy has to offer.

Town Altitude: 1224 m
Highest Peak: 3470 m
Vertical Drop: 2246 m
Rideable Area: 250 arces
KM of Pistes: 100 km
Gondolas/Chairs: 12
Parks: 1
Halfpipe: 0
Cost: $$

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