As the ski season is open, we are back on track, providing you with the freshest insights on the best ski options. What are the most popular and thrilling ski slopes for your ski safari in the Dolomites? The Dolomites have so much to offer that sometimes it’s hard to see through the trees and choose the best. It was even hard for us to pick the top ten!
12 different ski areas with 1,200 km of snow-covered slopes. Different levels and majestic mountain views, declared a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. Each valley offers some truly memorable runs. The convenience of being able to change scenery every day with one Dolomiti Superski ski pass makes the Dolomites an unparalleled choice in the world for your Ski Safari. In few days you can experience several slopes in Trentino, South Tyrol and Veneto that have written history
Here’s our bucket list!
1# Ski Safari in the Dolomites - For the World Cup Champions: the Saslong slope, Val Gardena
Val Gardena is known for the Saslong, a ski slope full of thrilling turns: not surprisingly, it is one of the classic and longest World Cup courses. The famous "camel humps”, the 57%-slope and the Ciaslat meadows are particularly interesting. A slope absolutely to be experienced!
2# Ski Safari in the Dolomites - For freeriders: Forcella Pordoi, Dolomites
Forcella Pordoi is the heaven for freeriders. The first section seems ok, then, suddenly, it becomes really impressive! A dream and a real challenge for the bravest freeriders.
Already from cable car you can look at the route, it’s incredible to see the snow running between two rock towers!
3# Ski Safari in the Dolomites - For curious skiers: Hernegg slope, Plan de Corones
It was Swiss professional skier Bernhard Russi who co-designed the Hernegg slope. A slope where it is impossible to get bored, it will always keep you busy – even with steep passages with a gradient of up to 68 %!
4# Ski Safari in the Dolomites - For a select few: Gran Risa slope, Alta Badia
Steep and with icy sections, this slope requires a lot of caution - to put it mildly. The Gran Risa slope is a true classic, as well as the stage for professional Super-G races in December. Considered among the most difficult ever, it is nonetheless accessible to the public.
5# Ski Safari in the Dolomites - For nerves of steel: Raut slope, Monte Elmo
Before we begin, a panoramic look at the Sexten Dolomites cannot be missed. Those who intend to tackle the Raut slope must have nerves of steel and certainly cannot suffer from vertigo. The slope descends steeply and directly into the valley, passing under the gondola. The trail is also used for training by up-and-coming professionals.
6# Ski Safari in the Dolomites - For the daredevils: Holzriese slope, Croda Rossa
Does pure adrenaline flow through your veins? Is your motto "no fun without risk"? Then the Holzriese slope, in Sexten, is for you. With a gradient of 71 %, it is one of the steepest slopes in the entire region. Are you up for it?
7# Ski Safari in the Dolomites - For beginners: The Col Margherita slope
If you are a beginner you kick off with Col Margherita slope: set at 2,500 meters above sea level, it glides downhill from the summit of Passo San Pellegrino. Being positioned always to the north, it boasts a stable snowpack that is perfect for skiing. With a length of almost 3 km on an elevation gain of 650 m, for the first part of the descent it faces the Pale di San Martino, the last in front of the Costabella and Marmolada.
8# Ski Safari in the Dolomites - For demanding ones: DoloMitica slope
One of the most beautiful ski slopes in the Dolomites, as well as one of the most challenging in the Alps, is the DoloMitica slope, the highlight of the Pinzolo-Campiglio-Folgarida-Marilleva area. The DoloMitica slope begins at Punta del Doss di Sabion (2100 m) and slides down to Tulot (800 m), near Pinzolo. It is possible to ride it by choosing between two variants: the DoloMitica Star, 3,455 m long with an average gradient of 36%, and the DoloMitica Tour, 5,750 m long with an average gradient of 22%.
9# Ski Safari in the Dolomites - For all-season skiers: The Olimpia slope
Fiemme Valley is home to another black trail, which is also rightfully among the longest ski runs in Italy: this is the Olimpia slope, a full 7500 m long with an elevation gain of 1350 m. It descends from the Alpe del Cermis and for most of the way winds through a forest, between walls and vertiginous slopes. It is divided into three parts, Olimpia 1, Olimpia 2 and Olimpia 3 and is a lucky slope because it is always in excellent condition until the end of the ski season.
10# Ski Safari in the Dolomites - For adrenaline lovers: Piculin slope, Plan de Corones
At Plan de Corones we find the Piculin slope. Together with the Hernegg and Holzwiese slopes, it is one of the steepest in all of South Tyrol. Approximately 530 m of elevation gain on a course of just 2 km, with a gradient of 72%. A pure adrenaline-charged experience!
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