The venue is Piani di Bobbio, which is in the Lombardia region in Italy. It is a small resort and Fabrizio’s ‘home resort’. Its close to Milan, which makes it popular with the Milanese at the weekend and deserted during the week!
Training will be race training in the morning run by Fabrizio and coaches from the local ski school (Fabrizio knows the ski school) and free skiing with Fabrizio in the afternoon.
There is the option to join for training only. To book a place, with a £25 deposit for each trainee, reserve a place here:
You will need to organise your own travel.
The nearest airport is Milan Linate and the transfer time is about 45 minutes. If a number of people are flying, we can help with organising putting people in touch with each for arranging group transfers. If you are flying, there may be someone who can take your skis for you by car/van, so please check before paying for ski luggage.
If you decide to drive, its about 16 hours from the UK and an easy drive either through France or via Switzerland. Snow chains are a legal requirement and snow tyres are recommended.
We cannot drive up to the refuge, but there is parking available near the cable car (our mode of transport to get to the refuge) at €3 per day, but Fabrizio can show us where to park for free!
You can stay off-site and join the the training each day. If booking independently, it is recommended that you stay with in 1.5 km from the cable car and in the town of Barzio. There is a section available on www.booking.com
We will be staying at a ‘refuge’ on the mountain -Refuge Ratti-Cassin Refugio Ratti-Cassin as recommended by Fabrizio. Its accessible by cable car and is at 1600m. THIS IS NOW FULL.
Prices are still approximate, but we anticipate that half board accommodation (arrival Sunday 11 February, departure Sunday 18 February 2018 after breakfast):
These prices are for the Classic rooms, expect to pay about £10 per day more for the Superior rooms.
5 day lift passes will be approximately:
Training costs will depend on the number of trainees, but a conservative estimate for 6 days training is:
Non race training will be available through the ski school (which we will organise if there is interest).
So, total estimated cost for a non racing adult is £700 and £510 for a racing child.
For ease, we will charge for everything in GBP. SASA is not making a profit from this trip, but we have done a straight EUR to GBP conversion on prices for now. Any excess will be offset purchasing items just prior or on the trip, such as ski passes.
If you would like to book places, please reserve a room here:
If you can’t find a room for your party size, there is no under occupancy charge, so its OK to have a spare bed in a room.
Please note that reserving a room DOES NOT GUARANTEE it. We have a hold on rooms for a few days, but they may decide to take other bookings in the meantime.
In order to secure your room, please pay a deposit to SASA for each person, using your surname and ‘Piani’ as the reference:
(The SASA bank account details are in the invoice which will be produced when you complete the checkout).
We will need to have received deposits in order to progress a booking, but the deposit is refundable if you find that you can’t travel. We aim to pay the deposits on the reserved rooms by the end of May at the latest.
If you reserve a room, but we don’t receive a deposit (or hear from you about payment), we will release the room after 5 days. This is to ensure that we can offer any spare rooms to other members.