Skiing in the Dolomites, a UNESCO world heritage site

Regions Trentino-Alto Published on 9 January 2017

Butterfly-shaped Trentino lies in Northern Italy, close to Austria through the Brenner Pass and in a central location close to Verona (90 km) and Venice (170 km). Suspended between Northern Europe and the Mediterranean, Trentino has been a land of transit and encounters ever since ancient times. Here only a few kilometres separate different climates, landscapes and sceneries from Lake Garda to the Dolomites. These were declared a Natural World Heritage Site in 2009. There are two great ski circuits in Trentino, one in the West and one in the East. For each of these circuits, we would like to mention our top destination: Madonna di Campiglio in the Skirama Dolomiti Adamello Brenta and Val di Fassa in the Dolomiti Superski.

Dolomiti Superski

Dolomiti Superski is the largest ski carousel in the world, offering more than 1,200 km of tracks located in a natural environment of rare beauty and several special packages designed for different times of the year, with a focus on children and families. Located in the Eastern Alps, it stretches from South Tyrol to Trentino and the province of Belluno, and includes 12 ski areas that stand out for the variety of their tracks. 93% of the slopes are equipped for artificial snow production (4,600 snow cannons), which guarantees skiing from December to April. The Trentino skiing areas included in the carousel are Val di Fassa, Val di Fiemme and San Martino di Castrozza – Passo Rolle for a total of 350 km.


Skirama Dolomiti Adamello Brenta

The Skirama Dolomiti Adamello Brenta, with almost 400 km of slopes, comprises the most beautiful winter resorts of the Western part, all accessible with a single ski-pass – a tour among the impressive mountain ranges of Adamello – Presanella – Ortles – Cevedale and the magni cent peaks of the Brenta Dolomites. The carousel includes the ski resorts of Madonna di Campiglio and Pinzolo in Val Rendena, Folgarida – Marilleva, Peio, Passo del Tonale in Val di Sole, Andalo Fai della Paganella, Monte Bondone and Alpe Cimbra. The high altitude of the tracks, which rise to 2,500 m in Madonna di Campiglio and 3,000 m in Pejo and Passo del Tonale, also ensures the possibility of skiing from November until late spring.

• Night skiing and Trentino Ski Sunrise: see the mountains in a different light

Skiing under the stars, or by the first rays of the morning sun, are experiences you won’t easily forget. This winter, why not open your eyes to two very different ski adventures? As night falls, you can try floodlit skiing in many of Trentino’s resorts. Or, for a taste of empty pistes and stunning scenery, sign up for our Trentino Ski Sunrise programme, which gives you the chance to ski just as the first rays of sunlight are kissing the snow.



It’s a view of the mountains few skiers ever see – the first light of day colouring the snowy peaks, fresh-groomed corduroy beneath your skis, the mountains all but empty. And it’s on offer every Saturday morning in Trentino, between January and March, as part of the Trentino Ski Sunrise programme. This weekly event gives skiers exclusive, early-morning access to some of the most exciting ski runs in Trentino – after they’ve gorged themselves on a delicious breakfast. And there’s no need to feel left out if you don’t ski. Bring a pair of snowshoes and, after breakfast, you can take a walk in the silent and majestic dawn.

• Night skiing

Night skiing is also widely available in our resorts. It’s a madly popular activity with the locals – a chance to burn off some energy after a day at work – and once you’ve tried it, you’ll be hooked too. Indeed, part of the plea- sure comes from the novelty. After all, you’re whizzing down the side of a mountain when half the resort is already tucked up in bed. But then a different sensation takes over. Skiing by floodlight shuts out all the usual distractions. All you can see is the snow in front of you, and pretty soon all you care about is your speed and the quality of your turns. It’s a moment of all-consuming focus.

piazza duomo a trento

piazza duomo a trento

Shopping & Christmas markets

Whether you’re a foodie, a wine connoisseur or a fashionista, you’re going to love Trentino. Don’t hide away in your hotel room at the end of the day. The evening passeggiata (evening walk) awaits – and with it the chance to wander the streets of our historic towns, stopping for an aperitivo, and popping in and out of the shops. You’ll find plenty to tempt you here, whether it’s a beautiful silver necklace or a bottle of Marzemino wine. Our shops, wine bars and delicatessens are brimming with delicious things to eat and drink. Whether it’s a ne wine like Marzemino, a high-quality cheese such as Trentingrana, extra-virgin olive oil from Garda Lake, or maybe our delicious Trentodoc spumante (sparkling wine), you’ll finnd plenty of souvenirs for your kitchen back home. A good idea in winter is to visit one of the Christmas markets, in Trento, Rovereto, Levico Terme and Arco on Lake Garda. Each one offers not only typical Christmas sweets and decorations, but also locally-made produce such as cheese, salami, honey, jams, special dressings for bruschetta and, of course spumante, and perfumed Grappa. Meanwhile, several of our ski resorts – notably Madonna di Campiglio, Moena, Cavalese, and Canazei, as well as the cities of Trento and Rovereto – are a shopper’s heaven. Wander the streets during the evening passeggiata and you’ll be tempted at every turn. Glamorous clothes made locally from wool or loden fabric, shoes and bags, high tech sports gear, wooden sculptures, jewellery, handcrafted gifts: the list of treats is a long one.

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