I was recently lucky to spend nine glorious days with my family on a Skirama Dolomiti skiing holiday in Italy at the beautiful Passo Tonale resort. After such a great trip I wanted to share 10 reasons to ski Passo Tonale.
The ski area is located between Lombardy and Trentino in the Dolomites and Rhaetian Alps of Northern Italy. Passo Tonale is connected to the Valcamonica and Val di Sole ski areas. Together they are part of the Presena-Tonale-Ponte di Legno ski area.
Besides it being exceptionally well located, here are 10 reasons to ski Passo Tonale in Italy. It’s why we booked our ski holiday here and why we’re longing to go back:
Thanks to the Presena Glacier and the height of the resort (1,880m) Passo Tonale is extremely snow-sure. Even with the temperamental snow season the majority of Europe experienced this year, Passo Tonale has been able to open the majority of its slopes to skiers and snowboarders all winter. It even snowed on and off for about four days, coating the slopes with a welcome layer of powder.
Passo Tonale is a great place to learn to ski or snowboard. There are easily accessible blue runs, with a variety of chairs, button lifts and travellators. These runs set off from the town itself, so anytime you need a break there are cafes, restaurants, and hotels to refuel or rest your legs.
There are no trees to contend with and the slopes are nice and wide. So you can easily see what’s coming and avoid fellow skiers. Despite this it is important to get specialist ski insurance, even no deductible heath insurance normally won’t cover you for injuries sustained skiing or snowboarding.
The 41 slopes to ski in Passo Tonale are bound to keep you busy. But your Skirama Dolomiti skiing holiday in Italy can be extended to other resorts thanks to the Superskirama Ski Pass.
This handy pass provides you with access to over 380km of slopes spread over 8 different ski areas. These include Madonna di Campiglio and Pinzolo, Folgarida Marilleva, Paganella, Monte Bondone, and Alpe Cimbra-Folgaria and Lavarone. This is a fantastic way to discover everything that this stunning part of Italy has to offer.
Another reason to ski Passo Tonale is you can enjoy night skiing four evenings a week. Ski or board under the stars on pista Valena in Passo Tonale or pista Valbione in Ponte di Legno two nights a week each.
There is nothing better than skiing or snowboarding with the moon brightly shining and snow gently falling. It’s also a great way to fully maximise your ski pass!
One best reasons to ski Passo Tonale is that the fun doesn’t stop when the slopes close as there are plenty of amazing apres-ski activities to enjoy. While there are the usual bars and cafes there is also a range of events to keep you entertained.
Whether that’s experiencing a sunrise ski on the glacier, indulging in some delicious local wines and cuisine, or listening to music up on the slopes. For instance, we were thrilled to take the gondola up to an ice igloo to watch a Queen tribute band belt out some of our favourite tunes while playing some ice instruments!
All around Passo Tonale, you will find family-run hotels offering inclusive services. In most, breakfast and dinner are included in your accommodation. Some also include lunch and drinks.
A few hotels have wellness areas where you can relax after skiing in heated pools, hot tubs, and saunas. What better way to wind down after a busy day on the slopes than with a dip in the pool and a drink at the bar. All without having to worry about cooking dinner.
We picked Passo Tonale for our Skirama Dolomiti skiing holiday in Italy, because travelling with a toddler means they’d need to be entertained. In the centre of the slopes at Passo Tonale, you will discover the Fantaski mini-club. Here children from two can be left with babysitters for fun and games in the snow.
There are also jumping castles and a warm chalet with indoor entertainment. It’s a great spot to enjoy snow tubing or sledding with your children. Plus little ones can of course take ski lessons or learn to snowboard.
The price of the hotels, ski passes, and ski rental in Passo Tonale is cheaper than Austria, France, and Switzerland. Making Passo Tonale surprisingly affordable. It is easy and cheap to reach from Trentino and Milan. So, whether you’re looking for a quick weekend getaway or a low cost ski holiday in Europe, you’ll find it here.
The town itself is a fantastic reason to ski Passo Tonale. You can easily walk from one end to the other (even in your ski boots). So no matter where you stay the slopes are easily reached. There are some small grocery stores, souvenir shops, and cafes lining the main street, so everything you need is on hand.
Finally, while all of the above reasons to ski Passo Tonale in Italy are great, it’s the views that will keep you coming back. There are spectacular from every slope and every point of the town. But up on the top of the glacier at 3,000m above sea level, you get amazing views of the surrounding Alps. And you’ll feel like you are on top of the world!
There you have it, 10 reasons to ski Passo Tonale. Now if you want to book a Skirama Dolomiti skiing holiday in Italy please check out our Passo Tonale adventure travel page.