This is one of Italy's highest ski resorts, Passo Tonale is located on the pass linking the regions of Trentino and Lombardy. With a compact lift system, guaranteed snow, runs mainly above the tree line and long hours of sunshine, Tonale fulfils the expectations of most skiers and offers excellent value for money. Queuing is almost unknown in this resort and all our hotels are well located for the ski lifts. The high standard of ski school instruction and the convenience and gradient of the ski runs make it the ideal choice for beginners and intermediate skiers.
With no less than 6 lifts for the beginner at village level, progress for first timers is normally fast and satisfying. Under careful tuition from the excellent English speaking instructors, in a few days the beginner is up on the higher slopes.
From the halfway point of the Nigritella chairlift, the intermediate who takes the covered fast 4-seater chairlift to Cima Bleis will be rewarded with a long 4.5kms run in spectacular scenery. Climb higher on yet another bubble chair to the more challenging Contrabandieri with views across the whole valley.
There are some fast runs in Passo Tonale,ideal for experts. On the south side of the village the Paradiso cable car rises to 2,585m and from here there is a knee trembling black run under the cable car. Higher up is the glacier with guaranteed snow and with several ski lifts.
Passo Tonale is hiding some superb terrain up its sleeve. The avid freerider should hire a guide and head for the Pisgana trail, a 9 mile run that comes down from the Presena Glacier to Ponte di Legno. First timers will be pleased due to Tonale's wide easy terrain making learning a little less painful.
Approx Transfer Time Verona 2 hrs 45 mins Bolzano 1 hr 45 mins Village Height 1,883m (6,213ft) Highest Lift 3,010m (9,933ft)
There are a number of bars and cafés. As the lifts close, head to bar Heaven at Happy Hour (2 drinks for the price of 1) for lively Après Ski. Three lively bars are Heaven Disco Pub, the Miramonti disco bar and Antares. Relax at El Bait, with traditional Alpine decor or La Botte with an interesting selection of wines.
Swimming pool at Ponte di Legno - Natural ice rink - Fitness room - Beauty centre - Cross country skiing - Torchlight descent - Skidoos - Tobogganing with dedicated toboggan lift - Dog sledging - Sauna at hotels Vittoria and Gardenia
Passo Tonale offers several restaurants. - La Torretta for excellent pizzas, El Bait or the Focolare for a 3-course meal. Try the excellent burgers at the UFO Bar or the Ski Burger Bar and Antares Restaurant for a fish meal. - Prices from 10euros for a 3-course meal. Pizzas and pasta from 5euros.
Supermarkets - Sports shops - Shopping in Ponte di Legno - Local speciality shops