Passo Tonale is high-altitude and snowsure – a good pick for early and late season, when lower resorts might not get good snow. Beginners and intermediates can let loose exploring the range of blues and reds. Warm up on the slopes near town, then head up to the glacier or over to Ponte di Legno for some trickier tree-lined runs.
The town itself is set along one main street, lined with shops, restaurants and a handful of lively après spots for a post-ski drink and dance. The hotels are great value and family-friendly – and most are close to the lifts, so you can be on the mountain in minutes
Ski area: Ponte di Legno Tonale, 100km
Resort height: 1,883km
Snow range: 1,121-3,016m
No. of easy slopes: 9
No. of intermediate slopes: 26
No. of difficult slopes: 7
• Glacier skiing
WHAT’S THE SKIING LIKE IN PASSO TONALE?
First-time skiers: This small resort is a great place to learn. It has wide nursery slopes and lots of gentle blues and reds where beginners can build their confidence. And all the runs lead right back to the edge of town, so it’s easy to find your way around and meet up with pals for lunch.
Ponte di Legno: Intermediates can follow a blue run to the neighbouring town of Ponte di Legno, to ski some pretty, tree-lined reds and blacks. And you’ll have better visibility among the trees when the weather’s not great.
Presena Glacier: Up at 3,000m, the glacier has some of the best snow in the area. The long blue run is a great end-of-the-week challenge for first-timers. And confident skiers can test their stamina by riding from top to bottom on linked red and black slopes.
Night skiing: Ski under the stars on the Velena blue run (number 33 on the piste map). It’s floodlit until 11pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and it’s free with your lift pass.
THINGS TO DO
Dog-sledding: Find out what it takes to be a real dog musher. Bond with your new furry friends and have a go at driving the sled through snow-covered landscapes.
Ice skating: Swap your skis for skates and glide across the ice on an open-air rink. There’s one at the bottom of the slopes in both Passo Tonale and Ponte di Legno
Fat biking: Take to the mountains on two wheels with a laid-back family ride along a flat trail. Or get your heart racing and put your cycling skills to the test on a 90-minute downhill tour.
Hotel La Torretta: Choose crisp pizza, soft gnocchi or juicy wild game at this traditional restaurant. The chef’s been perfecting the menu for over 20 years, so you’re in for a memorable meal whatever you pick.
La Mirandola: Stop for a slopeside lunch under the vaulted stone ceilings of this former monastery. The restaurant specialises in Trentino favourites like goulash and polenta.
El Bait: A quirky mix of Italian bar and English pub. Pop in before dinner for an aperitivo and free plate of nibbles – it’s tradition in Italy.
La Botte: Head here at après time to dance to live bands and snack on cured meats and cheeses. Or try local tipples on a special wine tasting night.
WHERE TO STAY IN PASSO TONALE
Grand Hotel Paradiso: Families and groups can add a touch of luxury to their trip at this stylish 4-star hotel. There’s Crystal Childcare based here, so little ones can have fun while grown-ups hit the piste. And when you get back, you can let off steam in the indoor pool and sauna.
Hotel Cielo Blu: This family-run hotel is decorated in classic chalet style, with lots of wooden furniture and a warm, relaxing vibe. Visit the bar for a happy-hour cocktail or spend your evenings chatting with friends in the cosy lounge.
Hotel Delle Alpi: If you’re looking to relax at this modern alpine hotel, sit back in the bubbles of the outdoor whirlpool and admire the snowy views. Later on, tour the wine cellar and sip some regional samples from the hundreds of bottles that line the walls.
Ready for an Italian getaway? Find out more about Passo Tonale and book your place on the piste.