South Tyrol, Italy’s northernmost province, combines traditional alpine villages with Italian joie-de-vivre. The region’s Dolomite mountains not only form the foundation for Europe’s largest ski area – the Dolomiti Superski – they’re also a UNESCO heritage site. South Tyrol entices its visitors with its variety and harmony of opposites, all based around its four perfectly picturesque resorts…
Home to the UNESCO-protected Sella massif – one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in Europe – Selva is ideal for intermediate skiers, who are spoilt for choice by the range of open and wooded red runs. Not only that, but Selva’s perfectly positioned for easy access to the 26km Sella Ronda circuit, which will take you all the way around the Sella massif through all the stunning scenery that the region has to offer.
Once part of Austria, you’ll find a lot of similarities between Selva its neighbouring country, including the language and its aprs scene. The town has an excellent range of aprs bars such as La Stua and Bar Saltos where staff wear traditional South Tyrolean dress and serve local drinks.
Corvara is picturesque with beginner runs funnelling down into the village. With easy access to the wider Dolomiti Superski, it’s a great base for novices and intermediates alike.
Perched just above Corvara is the pretty village of Colfosco, sitting at the foot of the majestic Sella massif and known for its beautiful gothic church.
Top tip: If you need to get between the two villages, hop on the Borest gondola for a simple 7-minute commute.
Considered by some to be Europe’s best-kept ski secret, the area of Kronplatz offers world-class skiing for all abilities, with links to the wider Sella Ronda and Dolomiti Superski areas. It’s made up of small villages and towns that surround the ski areas ‘panetonne’ – a mountain shaped exactly as it’s named. With long, scenic runs for all abilities and great snow-making and grooming, what more could you ask for?
Plus: new for 2017 is the brand new Hinterberg run that starts from the top of Kronplatz and weaves its way 2.9km down the mountain to the base station for the Marchner gondola.
For a scenic alpine village with Italian and Austrian influences, look no further – Ortisei is for you. The resort’s great for beginners and intermediates with lots of sunny runs in the Alpe di Siusi area. It also gives you direct access to much of the extensive Dolomiti Superski area as well as the Sella Ronda, and from its location in the heart of the dramatic UNESCO protected Dolomites, Oritsei combines a wonderful mix of unique food, culture and traditions.
Not only are there a plethora of gentle runs to progress to in Ortisei, but with 105km of piste suitable for intermediates, you’ll never have to ski the same run twice – unless you want to, of course.
For something a little bit different then, check out the Italian South Tyrol this season. It’s got something for everyone, truly catering to skiers of all abilities, and the wider area has what is officially some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet. Not to mention that a Dolomiti Superski area lift pass will allow you access to more skiing than you could possibly cover in just one visit!