The Very Top of Italy
Italy’s northernmost province, South Tyrol abounds with contrasts: Mediterranean landscapes and Alpine peaks, deeply rooted tradition and cosmopolitan curiosity, the grandeur of the Dolomites and Italian joie de vivre.
SUN, SNOW AND THE DOLCE VITA
South Tyrol impresses visitors with its unrivalled natural landscape, culinary superlatives and a unique mix of down-to-earth Alpine sensibility and southern serenity.
South Tyrol is set among the jaw-droppingly beautiful mountains of the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The region boasts some of the best ski and snow sport runs in the world — add to this 300 days of sunshine a year and a snow guarantee from December to April, and it really is the place to be for discerning snow enthusiasts.
However, it’s not just the snow and landscape that makes visiting worthwhile. South Tyrol’s joint Alpine and Mediterranean cultural heritages influence everything from the region’s food and wine to its spa tradition — all adding to its eclectic and unique nature. With not even 1% of its visitors coming from the U.S., South Tyrol is a secret ski spot waiting to be discovered, and the perfect place to avoid crowded slopes.
The Dolomiti Superski is the world’s largest ski network with a staggering total of nearly 750 miles of perfectly snow covered slopes taking in 12 different resorts. Each area has direct access to this impressive network, which is covered with just one ski pass, making it an adventurous and affordable ski holiday option. The size of the network means that there is a huge range of skiing available, from beginners and kids runs to championship level slopes, as well as great cross-country and off-piste skiing terrain.
South Tyrol also offers access to the mighty Sellaronda, a 16-mile merry-go-round for skiers around the dramatic Sella Massif Peak, with well-groomed pistes and modern, efficient lift systems.
The Sellaronda is one of the most exciting routes in the Alps and links four valleys in the Dolomites: the valleys Gardena, Fassa, Livinallongo and Badia; Alta Badia and Val Gardena are also in South Tyrol. In roughly five hours, skiers can complete the circular tour around the impressive rock formations of the Dolomites and are rewarded with some of the world’s most spectacular scenery. It is a must-do for any keen skier or snowboarder.
5 REASONS YOUR CLIENTS WILL LOVE SOUTH TYROL
1. Prove their speed at Punta d’Oro: Fancy themselves as a pro skier? Prove their speed at the auto-timed speed-ski track from the Punta d’Oro/Goldknopf — anything under 56mph and they need to try harder!
2. Are they World Cup worthy? The World Cup-worthy slopes, Saslong and Gran Risa, test the best, with thrilling vertical drops of over 437 yards and maximum inclines crossing 50%.
3. The longest slope: The snow groomers and snow canons ensure the pistes are always ready at Seceda; ski down to the village of Ortisei on La Longia, which at over 6 miles is the longest run in South Tyrol.
4. Don't miss Swing on Snow: In March, a mix of traditional folk, jazz, soul, pop and classical music takes over the huts on the Alpe di Siusi and the villages at the foot of the Sciliar for eight days.
5. Piz Boè Alpine Lounge: Skiers take a time-out where time stops to enjoy breathtaking views at the upper station of the Boar cable car in Alta Badia. This exclusive hut offers up an unforgettable wine-and-dine experience, where skiers take a moment to admire the mountainous expanse that stretches across the Dolomites and Alps.