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Famous ski slopes in South Tyrol

Many skiing areas in South Tyrol are well-known for being easy-going and idyllic. But you won’t merely find wide, well prepared ski runs for easy swinging and agreeable carving.

If you prefer something steeper and sportier, if you love extreme slopes and terrific deep-snow variants, you will also be in the right place. Where? Here you will find some of the most challenging and attractive slopes, demanding off-runs, classical ones and insiders’ tips.

Powder snow and mogul slopes

Trametsch (Brixen): With 9 km length and an altitude of 1,400 m, the downhill from the Plose is the longest ski run in the Southern Tyrol. There may well be steeper and more spectacular ones, but its many curves require so much technique and stamina, that you could easily miss the marvelous view of the Eisack Valley. Valley station: St. Andrä near Brixen.

Herrnegg (Kronplatz): Once upon a time, the neighboring ski slope Sylvester was the top downhill in the ski area Kronplatz. Now it is the relatively new Herrnegg, which was partly designed by the former skiing star Bernhard Russi. Herrnegg includes some really steep passages with a maximal gradient of 68%. After 5 km and an altitude of 1,320 m, even experts’ thighs start to tremble. Valley station: Reischach.

Rotwandwiesen (Drei Zinnen Dolomites): The Holzwiese descent in the Drei Zinnen Dolomites skiing area is a real tip-off. And it’s a test of courage, for it includes the steepest descent in the Southern Tyrol, with a gradient of a proud 71%. Altogether, the Holzwiese is 700 m long at an altitude of 300 m. Valley station: Moos near Sexten.

Raut downhill on Mt. Helm (Drei Zinnen Dolomites): This stupendous descent on the north side of Mt. Helm in the Drei Zinnen Dolomites skiing area, is still fairly new. Perfect, demanding carving slopes with a length of 1,9 km and an altitude of 560 m. Valley station: Vierschach.

Gran Risa (Alta Badia): The famous World Cup slope in La Villa is a classic. Where the pros battle out the Super-G in December, you can swing down on the trail of Maier and Miller. Steep and generally extremely well-prepared, 1,5 km long, altitude difference 644 m. Valley Station: La Villa.

Mittagstal/Val Mezdi (Dolomites): This is the ultimate free-ride and tour-descent. From the mountain station of the Pordoi cable car, you go up a little way on foot until you are swinging down through the narrow valley at an altitude of 1,300 m to Kolfuschg. Valley station: Pordoipass.

Pordoischarte (Dolomites): Doubtlessly the most spectacular free-ride descent in the Dolomites, even though it begins quite harmlessly. For the first few meters, you are swinging down a gentle slope from the cable car mountain station to the entrance, then it gets very steeply down to the Pordoijoch, situated at 700 m below. Valley station: Pordoipass.

Saslong (Gröden): One of the great classic world cup downhill runs. From Ciampinoi, you go up 3,5 km and 840 m in altitude to St. Christina. What is impressive: not only the maximal gradient of 57%, but especially the famous camel’s hump and the Ciaslat Meadows, that are a real challenge, even for the best downhill skiers. Valley station: St. Christina.

Schmugglerabfahrt (Schnals Valley): The majority of the slopes in the glacier area of Schnals are easy-going, but this 8 km downhill to the valley is quite challenging, including some varied and demanding passages. Therefore, you should well organize your energies for the 1,200 m height difference down to Kurzras. Valley station: Kurzras.