First snow in Trentino
With all the anticipation for the opening of the coming ski season, we’ll let you in on some of the secrets to achieving those perfect skiing conditions
Soon work will begin to prepare the ski areas for the coming winter. Indeed, by the end of November a number of slopes and ski lift facilities will be open for business and by the weekend of 8th-9th December, skiers will have access to hundreds of kilometres of slopes and plenty of guaranteed fun on the snow.
Above Tonale Pass, in the Val di Sole, the Presena glacier, sitting at an altitude of over 2,500 metres, will be the first to welcome the winter season. From then on - weather permitting and from the end of November onwards – other ski resorts will follow suit, including: Madonna di Campiglio, Folgarida, Marilleva, Canazei, Moena, Alpe Cermis and many others.
But, of course, there are a few secrets to achieving those perfect skiing conditions: Modern and efficient ski lift facilities, avantgarde snowmaking systems and, last but definitely not least, a small army of over 1,500 operators ready to take to the pistes at sunset as the last ski lifts clang to a close. The result? Quality snow and well-maintained slopes. At the end of an intensive day of skiing and behind the wheel of powerful snowcats, operators proceed to groom and flatten the snow with the front blade of their tracked vehicle. The job is completed by the rear blade that compacts the snow and leaves the characteristic corduroy pattern on the slope. This activity is carried out daily, or rather nightly, as work continues until the early hours of the morning.
Furthermore, skiers in Trentino can take advantage of what are probably the most modern ski lift facilities in the entire Alps. A network of state-of-the art cableway systems, 8- and 16-seater gondola lifts and 4- and 6-seater chairlifts with automatic coupling, to name but a few, forms the backbone of the best known ski resorts.
The latest news for the 2018-2019 ski season
San Martino di Castrozza - Passo Rolle
The 2018-19 winter season will see the inauguration of the Colbricon Express, the new 10-seater gondola lift that will serve the Ces area, which is linked to Tognola, and appreciated for its range and variety of ski slopes, a little something for everyone.
Val di Fiemme
The 2018-19 ski season will see the opening of two new panoramic attractions: the New Chalet 44 Dolomites Lounge will be opened on the slopes of the Bellamonte-Alpe Lusia ski area, in the Morea area. The restaurant boasts a wide and sunny terrace overlooking the Pale di San Martino Dolomites and the Lagorai mountain range.
In the Alpe Cermis area, the new Busabella red piste will be inaugurated along with a new mountain hut in the Forcella di Bombasel locality at an elevation of 2,170 metres. Both Trentino and “Italian style” cuisine are available, and fish dishes too, along with a generous choice of fine wines and aperitifs.
The new 400-metre toboggan run next to the Latemar Ski Centre in Pampeago will guarantee plenty of fun for all, children and adults alike. Furthermore, the Chalet Caserina, located nearby, has been given a stylish makeover and been refurbished throughout. A gourmet menu is also available.
Madonna di Campiglio - Pinzolo
In the Madonna di Campiglio-Pradalago resort, the black “Amazzonia” slope will be extended, while over in the Spinale area, the “Spinale Diretta” piste will be widened.
Additionally, in Pinzolo the new Fossadei-Malga Cioca chairlift will be opened, a six-seater facility with automatic coupling which will help increase the hourly carrying capacity from 700 to 1800 passengers and reduce travel time to just 3 minutes.
Highly anticipated for the 2018-2019 season is the extension of the Lavaman-Variante slope which is also connected to the “3-Tre Panoramica” piste. Furthermore, the first stretch of the “Gran Pista” slope will be widened and will greatly improve the skiing experience.
Panarotta - Tesino
Great excitement in the Panarotta ski area for the installation of a new three-seater chairlift facility (Malga Montagna Granda - Cima Esi), with a carrying capacity of 1,500 passengers per hour. In addition, there’s a new ski link along with new snowmaking cannons, guaranteeing increased accessibility and snow quality.