Winter holidays for every taste in the Dolomiti di Brenta
Italy’s vast Dolomiti di Brenta ski region includes popular resorts such as the fashionable Madonna di Campiglio, the simpler and more affordable Val di Sole, the quiet and family Pinzolo, as well as the small Passo Tonale and Andalo. The main features of this region are the sunlit valleys hidden from the cold winds behind high mountains. In addition, the Dolomiti di Brenta is famous for its high-class equipment in the resorts and excellent opportunities for a wide variety of winter vacations.
Trails and slopes of the Dolomiti di Brenta region
Having chosen the Dolomiti di Brenta ski region in Italy for their winter holidays, tourists will have access to more than 140 ski lifts serving nearly 360 kilometers of pistes of various difficulty levels, from simple and gentle to extreme and subject to only experienced fearless riders. The skiing season at the resorts begins in December and lasts until mid-March. If there is not enough snow for comfortable riding, then the snow cannons installed in the resorts quickly correct this situation. In 1998, the world championship in snowboarding was held in Dolomiti di Brenta, which testifies to the attractiveness of the slopes for snowboarders.
The most significant elevation difference – 1,300 meters is available on the tracks of the Pinzolo resort, which lies in the altitude range from 800 to 2,100 meters above sea level. The Val di Sole boasts a slightly smaller difference (1,280 meters), while the fashionable Madonna di Campiglio is located at an altitude of 1,550 – 2,600 meters, respectively, the height difference is 1,050 meters. The small resorts of Andalo and Passo Tonale offer differences of 1,085 and 1,761 meters, respectively. The last of these resorts is located at the highest altitude in the region – from 1,255 to 3,016 meters.
As for the set of tracks, the most (45%) of the “blue” slopes, that is, oriented to beginners, are equipped in the resort of Val di Sole. In addition, 40% of the tracks here are “red”, medium difficulty, and 25% – extreme “black”. The total length of the tracks of this resort is 75 kilometers. They are serviced by 29 ski lifts, of which 18 are chairlifts, 7 drag towers, three cabins and one gondola.
Most of the “black” slopes (20% of the total) work in the resort of Pinzolo, where for beginners and experienced skiers 40% of the slopes are equipped. The total length of the slopes is only 40 kilometers, on which there are 7 chairlifts and two gondola lifts. The longest route in the region (100 kilometers) is proud of the Passo Tonale resort, where the slope ratio is as follows: 45% are “red”, 40% are “blue” and only 15% are “black”, so beginners prefer this resort and those who do not yet have sufficient skills to be called an experienced skier. There are 15 chairlifts and 13 drag lifts. The region’s most popular resort, Madonna di Campiglio, offers skiers 90 kilometers of pistes (55% average, 30% simple and 15% extreme), serviced by 19 lifts (12 chairlifts, 5 large lifts and two ski lifts). Professionals should try their hand at the short Variante Marchi route in the Malga Montagnoli and Canalone Miramonti areas on the southern slope of the resort. For mid-level skiers, the long track Poza Vecia and the winding Graffer will be interesting. For beginners, the Spinale Diretta and Fortini slopes seem optimal.
Finally, the small resort of Andalo has 50 kilometers of excellent tracks, half of which are already aimed at experienced riders, a third for beginners and 15% for extreme sports. There are 14 chairlifts and three gondola lifts on the slopes.
Prices for holidays in the Dolomiti di Brenta
On the territory of the Dolomiti di Brenta, combining several ski resorts, there is a single ski pass (ski pass), which gives the right to ski on the slopes of any of the resorts. From one zone to another, tourists can get through an extensive system of ski lifts or on a free ski-bus that runs along the Dolomiti di Brenta. The estimated cost of a 6-day ski pass, depending on the season, is 192 – 224 euros for adults and 96 – 112 euros for children under 8 years old, 134 – 157 euros for adolescents under 16 years old and 163 – 190 for pensioners over 65 years of age. To obtain preferential ski passes, you must present a passport with a photograph. Lift passes are issued in the form of a plastic card, for which a deposit of 5 euros is charged from each. This amount will be refunded at the end of skiing in exchange for an unspoiled ski pass card.
In the resorts in the Dolomiti di Brenta region, there are many ski and snowboard equipment rental points.