8 must-try legendary slopes

Trentino’s ski resorts are home to some superb black-rated pistes

The breath-taking downhill tracks, canyons and gradients that have made history in Alpine Skiing.

These are the memorable tracks where the world’s strongest skiers challenged each other, heart-stopping descents that are the stuff of legend. Here is our ultimate guide to the epic downhill runs that you absolutely must try. Some are famous for their length, some for their daring gradients and some because they have played host to some of the greatest sporting events.

Take these examples: the Canalone Miramonti which hosted the famous World Cup 3-Tre; the Olimpionica Paganella- training ground for the american champion Bode Miller and the Volata in Val di Fassa where you can ski a 630m vertical drop at a gradient of 57%.

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Canalone Miramonti, Madonna di Campiglio

A legendary piste, the arena of intense competitions between the greats - Bozon, Thoeni, Stenmark & Tomba. This challenging and technical slope was used in World Cup qualifying for the downhill, slalom and giant slalom events. The mythical Canalone Miramonti is accessible to anyone who dares to try this historic run.

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Pista Olimpionica 2, Dolomiti Paganella

Used as the European training ground for the US Ski Team and more recently by the Norwegian National Team, thanks to its versatility, this extremely technical piste is divided in 3 sections: Olimpionica, 1,2 & 3, the second section in particular, a black run with a steep wall, is a great challenge

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Tognola 1, San Martino di Castrozza

A piste full of variety and exiting elements that winds its way through the forests of Alpe Tognola for more than 5Km, along the front of the Pale di San Martino. Quite simply it is its own cult. There is an easy link to avoid the final steep section, reserved for expert skiers only.

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Little Grizzly, Marilleva

Little Grizzly: the latest run in Val di Sole. One of the new highlights of the season, Little Grizzly, is a black run with a gradient approaching 70%: from the top of Monte Vigo it descends the length of a beautiful canyon, then enters the woods running parallel to the Orso Bruno piste. An indescribable challenge. 

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Pista DoloMitica, Pinzolo

The connoisseurs’ choice.In just a few years this run has gained fame as one of the most beautiful in the alpine region. There are two ways of descending it, both very long: The Starter for expert skiers (3.5Km) and the Tour for all others (5.8Km). It has a priceless view of the Gruppo del Brenta.

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Volata, Val di Fassa

Volata di Fassa is a pure adrenaline rush. Starting at an altitude of 2,514 metres, then dropping down into Passo San Pellegrino at 1.918m, it has an average gradient of 50%. A super-black run featuring a sequence of walls that allow you to gain incredible speed.

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Agonistica, Folgaria

The jewel of the Carosello Ski Folgaria. When leaving the Fondo Grande- Martinella chairlift- you arrive at a crossroads on the piste. On your right you will find the Agonistica black run: one of the jewels in the crown of the Carosello Ski Folgaria, the most important ski-area of the Prealpi Trentine.

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Olimpia – Val di Fiemme

Feeling strong? Then you might be ready for Pista Olimpia, a 7.5km run, mostly rated black, which drops from the 2250m Paion de Cermis, all the way to valley floor, 1400 vertical metres below. The bottom section is floodlit for night skiing.

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