In the centre of the natural park area that stretches from Cimone to Abetone, Sant’Annapelago is a delightful hamlet of the municipality of Pievepelago, located in a picturesque landscape made up of broadleaved and coniferous forests.
Located at the foot of Mount Albano (1,693 m), just below the Radici Pass, it is only a 25-minute drive from the area’s most famous ski resorts, Abetone and Cimone.
Over the years, its fame has grown thanks to the local Ski Club which, for a long time, was the most important in Emilia-Romagna, with several national-calibre athletes mainly related to the practice of Nordic and Alpine skiing.
The Sant’Annapelago ski area starts a few hundred metres from the centre of the village. Two linked two-seater chairlifts lead to the summit of Mount Albano and serve Alpine skiing slopes of various difficulties, guaranteed to be covered for 2.5 km by artificial snow-making systems.
A covered carpet lift is located next to the Poggio Scorzatello mountain shelter, where the two-seater chairlift arrives. Nearby, a terrain park ensures snowboarders can amuse themselves with three box lines and two jump lines.
Cross-country skiers can enjoy some free trails in the Acque Chiare ski district with 7.5 - 5 and 3 km trails; while a 2.5 km trails starts from the centre of the village with 1.5 km of the route being completely covered in artificial snow and illuminated in the evening.
In addition to skiing, during the winter, the area offers numerous opportunities to practice ski touring and snowshoe hiking within the High Modenese Apennines Regional Park. In summer, on the other hand, visitors can go hiking or mountain biking along the many trails. Among these, one of the most popular destinations is undoubtedly Lake Santo, just a few minutes from Sant’Annapelago, which offers spectacular views of the unspoiled natural surroundings.