The province of South Tyrol (Südtirol) can be found in the northernmost part of Italy neighbouring both Austria and Switzerland, this extraordinary cultural melting pot is bordered by magnificent views from all angles making it a true sight to behold. Placing the impressive alpine peaks of the Dolomite Mountain range in a charming and cool Mediterranean setting, South Tyrol is a perfectly picturesque choice for your next Italian ski holiday. Opportunities are endless with a boundless selection of winter sports on offer in South Tyrol, skiers will be thrilled with the long downhill alpine ski circuits, Dolomiti Super-Ski area, World Cup Class courses, ultra-black runs, ski touring and scenic cross country ski routes. Retrace historical steps on the First World War ski circuit, experience idyllic night time skiing in Obereggen or ski summit to valley from an impressive 9km at Trametsch.
Other winter activities in South Tyrol include: Horse drawn sleigh rides, snowshoe hiking, ice skating, sledging (with a choice of 130 toboggan runs), ice climbing, figure skating, snowboarding, snow parks, family lessons, stunning Christmas markets to browse and so much more. Dining in South Tyrol means indulging in a delicious fusion of Mediterranean and Alpine traditions made from the finest local produce for that temptingly rare taste experience. Traditional specialities include dumplings, or “Knödel” as it’s known to the locals, and Schlutzkrapfen – ravioli filled with spinach and cheese.
Ski Resorts in South Tyrol
Val Gardena, made up of three idyllic villages – Ortisei, S.Cristina and Selva is ideal for adventurous skiers, looking to test their mettle on the famous Saslong World Cup piste, and also for leisurely pursuits on the Col Raiser or Sella Ronda. Val Gardena has all the makings of a perfect ski holiday – great pistes, stunning scenery, classic wooden chalet-style accommodation and charming locals.
Set in the heart of the Dolomites, Alta Badia is one of Italy’s longest established ski areas – think superb skiing, great accommodation and fantastic food. It’s right on the Sella Ronda circuit, and is made up of six scenic alpine villages (S.Cassiano, Corvara, Colfosco, La Villa, Badia and La Val) - perfect for those looking for scenic routes – and dare devils can try out the infamous World Cup black run Gran Risa. The most challenging giant slalom of the ski world cup takes place every year in La Villa.
Alpe di Suisi is renowned for its endless vistas, breath-taking scenery and its sunny, yet sheltered slopes. It is a paragon of gentle tourism, perfect for visiting families and active holiday goers alike and encompasses the villages of Castelrotto, Siusi allo Sciliar and Alpe di Siusi. There are 60km of slopes for all levels of experience, as well as extensive cross-country trails and even a Snowpark for snowboarders and free-stylers.
Alta Pusteria, known as the land of the ‘Three Peaks’, is a snowy wonderland. Home to five charming villages (Sesto, S.Candido, Dobbiaco, Villabassa and Braies) and 120km of perfectly groomed cross-country tracks makes this is the perfect place for those looking to test their endurance during the day, and relax in the evenings. For real dare devils though, there is the Versciaco black run. The resorts themselves are also worth a visit – Sesto boasts a natural sundial formed by the surrounding mountains whilst San Candido overlooks alpine wilderness.
Merano is the perfect spot for those looking to relax and unwind after a long day on the slopes. During the day visitors can marvel at views of glaciers and palm-lined promenades, and in the afternoon treat themselves to a treatment at the wonderful Terme Merano – the art nouveau thermal pool and spa complex in town. Merano is also great for families – the Merano 2000 ski area is very family friendly, offers 40km of ski runs and encompasses the villages of Merano, Lagundo, Marlengo, Lana, Scena, Tirolo and Avelengo.
Kronplatz is not only the largest, but also the most modern resort in South Tyrol, boasting a super Snowpark. With four freestyle courses for different levels of ability – from the Pro Line to the Family Fun Line – this is the perfect place for skiers and snowboarders to fine tune their freestyle skills. At the foot of the ski mountain is Brunico – a beautiful, bustling town with cosy cafes and restaurants – offering visitors some of the best nightlife around. Other villages in the resort include S.Vigilio di Marebbe, S. Martino in Badia, Valdaora, and S.Lorenzo di Sebato.
Ski Holidays in South Tyrol
With 300 sunny days each year, serviced pistes with a good snow guarantee and the awe-inspiring backdrop of the Dolomite Mountain Range, a winter holiday to South Tyrol is an ideal choice for all types of guests. Families are spoilt for choice with 15 family oriented ski resorts in the Ortles ski arena. With ski nursery schools, children’s menu options and various fun parks.
Skiers hoping to make the most of the delicious local cuisine will find themselves in foodie heaven in Alta Badia. With gourmet food and wine and Michelin star menus, this region not only boasts some of the best food in South Tyrol but also provides incredible scenic routes.
For the best cross-country skiing, head to Alta Pusteria for challenging long-distance cross-country trails in a scenic snowy wonderland. Alpine villages of this region include - Sesto, S.Candido, Dobbiaco, Villabassa and Braies.
Adventurous skiers looking for a memorable experience can find it in Val Gardena on the famous Saslong World Cup piste, after which relaxing in the classic wooden chalet-style accommodation provides ultimate comfort. Choose from three idyllic villages - Ortisei, S.Cristina and Selva.