The Gran Sasso (‘great stone’) mountains are the highest of the Apennine range and are now part of the National Park of Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga. This is one of the best areas for climbing in the Apennines. The massif of Gran Sasso has two peaks, Corno Grande (‘great horn’) and Corno Piccolo (‘small horn’). Between them lies the southernmost glacier in Europe, the Calderone.
The two main winter sports areas in Abruzzo are the Gran Sasso and Maella mountains. As well as downhill and cross-country skiing, there is snowboarding, snowrafting, ski-touring, tobogganing and dog-sledging.
The nearest mountains to Villa Bozza are the Gran Sasso. The Maella mountains are about 1–1.5 hours drive away depending on the weather.
A popular area near the Corno Grande (2912m) in Gran Sasso is Campo Imperatore with ski lifts going as high as 2233m on Mt Scindarella. In the winter, it can be reached by cable car from Fonte Cereto (1120m). The Campo Imperatore plateau is also ideal for cross-country skiing.