South Tyrol (Südtirol) is Italy’s best kept secret with sweet villages of Tyrolese architecture, antiquated churches and squares where locals cluster. In the craggy Dolomites, there are fantastic restaurants – both mountain refugios and stylish Michelin-star restaurants – delicious white and red South Tyrolean wine and crowd-free skiing. Rural Ladin culture lives on, and the region has Italian and neighbouring Austrian influences. Ladin is still spoken and their farming culture has been passed down since Roman times – the cured meats, cheeses and wines are delicious local specialities. Whether you’re skiing as a family, foodies, learners or keen skiers, see our recommendations on where to ski in South Tyrol below.
Little-known Kronplatz is a 2,275-metre-high mountain – also known as Plan de Corones – with lifts ascending each side of the mountain. The long slopes zigzag down through the Pustertal Valley and picking up speed on these thrilling runs is great fun. With 119km of pistes, the area is well suited to beginners and intermediates who want to practise their turns on cruisy blues and weaving reds.
Those looking for a challenge will also find a handful of black runs, dubbed the Black Five, and the snowpark that has easy and medium jumps and features. Lifts are quick and efficient and if you’d like to clock up more miles there is a regular bus to Alta Badia. The Piculin cable car also links to the Sellaronda massif, which has gives you access to 1,200km of pistes under the Dolomiti Superski lift pass.
3 Zinnen – translated as three peaks from German – is a beautiful ski area in the Dolomites. Stay in Sexten or San Candido, two charming Alpine villages. The ski area is made up of five connected mountains: Monte Elmo, Orto del Toro, Corda Rossa, Passo Monte Croce and Dolomiti del Comelico. Under the 3 Zinnen Dolomites ski pass, you’ll find lift queues short, and slopes are virtually empty.
Nearby Kronplatz is accessible on the Ski Pustertal Express train, which unlocks another 119km of slopes. There are also two toboggan runs that are great fun with the kids – one of which is 5km long – winter hikes, jump in the cab of a piste basher or hand feed reindeer by the cable car station.
Just off the Sellaronda circuit, San Cassiano has some of Italy’s finest gastronomy. Restaurants vary between family-run rifugios serving traditional fare and innovative Michelin stars fusing Alpine-Mediterranean cuisine. Hotel & Spa Rosa Alpina is home to the three Michelin-star Restaurant St. Hubertus run by Nobert Niederkofler. One of the chef’s most renowned dishes is a tender mountain beef fillet cooked in hay.
The luxurious Hotel Ciasa Salares has a dedicated cheese and chocolate room, both of which host tastings that we highly recommend. Dine at their wine cellar restaurant Cocun and you will sit between their 24,000 strong collection form every corner of the globe.
Hidden away up the mountain, Rifugio Scotoni is a stone-built mountain hut with delicious Alpine food. On a clear day there are spectacular mountain views, making it well worth the journey. Oenophiles should book the Sommelier in the Mountain Hut experience, taste wine and learn how to pair wines with a sommelier .
At the foot of the Sella massif is the charming village of Selva Gardena. Famed for Alpenglow – enrosadira in Ladin – the mountains are illuminated all shades of red, pink and orange at sunset. The most spectacular displays are seen on the Sassolungo peak in Selva.
Part of the Sellaronda and the Dolomiti Superski area, Selva has plenty of slopes. At an altitude of 1,563m, it is the highest resort in the valley and ski runs reach 2,518m. The Dolomiti Superski pass covers 12 resorts in the valley and an extensive 1,200km of slopes. Don’t miss the Marmolada glacier skiing, where the snow tends to be the best in the area.
Find out more from our ski experts about where to ski in South Tyrol, you can speak to them on 0207 471 7700 or make an enquiry here.