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When preparing for this winter vacation I asked my friend from Milano where she would recommend we go to teach our children how to do downhill skiing. She recommended Donico in the Presolana valley.
We chose to stay in Lovere because it offered a nice family apartment for a good price. By good fortune we have a beautiful view of Lago Iseo and the village and mountains opposite. Lovere is well serviced with 3 supermarkets, several good eateries (including a cheerful osteria where we had a hearty meal today for only 10€ each). It also has several buildings of historic significance.
It’s a 35 minute drive from Lovere (200m asl), climbing steadily on narrow roads and through picturesque valleys and historic villages to Donico (1250m asl). We were very relieved to see snow beside the road just before we arrived at the ski centre because until then we had only seen some on mountain tops.
We hired skis, boots, helmets and stocks (65€ total for 2 adults and 2 children), bought lift tickets (82€ for the 4 of us) and booked two private one hour lessons (1 for the children and 1 for the adults 66€ total).
Our skiing instructors spoke English and provided clear instructions. I was amazed that the instructor taught our children how to snow plough and go up the chair lift and ski back down in just 1 hour. After our lessons we skiied the beginner loop (about 1.5km) for over 3 hours. By the end my husband was skiing with ease and confidence, our daughter was skiing almost as fast as me and with control and our son had learnt to turn and was not stacking as much. We were too tired and sore to continue, dozens of children were receiving lessons and the snow quality was deteriorating.
They have obviously been using the snow making machines at Donico and as the day progressed sections of snow melted to nearly expose the grass but it was enough snow for us.
We had a wonderful time and we are all excited about going again!