Top experiences for non-skiers
8 things to do in Trentino, for a holiday without skis
WINTER 2022/2023 - When you think of snow, the first thing that comes to mind is its pristine whiteness.Then, when you think about it a little more, you realise that snow also has a smell – that scent of the crisp winter air. It has a sound too: the rustle of the crystals as it falls, and the crunch of your footsteps as they move on the white surface.
These are the sensations that make a snow holiday so special, even if you’re not a fan of skiing. Or perhaps you are, but also feel like experiencing something new between one slope and the next. Here we have put together 8 suggestions covering the whole of Trentino, designed for people like you who love snow in all its forms, even without getting your skis on.
A moonlit walk in the snowy forest, accompanied by mountain guide. Hear the soundtrack of the crunch of the snow, complemented with music and poems about the moon through your wireless headphones. This experience can be had in the Adamello Brenta Nature Park, a short distance from Madonna di Campiglio.
Dog Sledding, Val di Sole
Have you ever read “White Fang”? You do not need to go all of the way to the Klondike to race along on a sled pulled by huskies. This winter, experience a spellbinding atmosphere reminiscent of Jack London’s novel in the snowy woods of Val di Sole.
Breakfast at high altitude, Alpe Cimbra
Set out at the break of dawn, with the snow completely pristine. Accompanied by guides, you set off on your walk while the mountains are covered in darkness. You listen to the sounds of the night and admire the sun rising over the snowy landscape, reaching Mount Maggio in the Alpe Cimbra for a well-deserved breakfast before returning to the valley.
Everyone has dreamed or fantasized about flying at some stage. From the top of the mountain you can launch yourself into the sky in a tandem paraglider with a qualified instructor and look down on the Pale di San Martino from above. If you are brave enough to try it, you will be rewarded with heavenly sights as you float through the air like an eagle and experience the Dolomites from a whole new point of view.
Sunset snowshoeing at Passo Rolle
A walk in the snow at sunset, to see the Dolomites tinged with pink. An exciting experience which you can try this winter accompanied by guides, to admire the Pale di San Martino mountain range at its best – a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Icefalls to conquer
When you gaze upon a frozen waterfall your heart may skip a beat, but once you start climbing, it will definitely start racing! If you’re an ice climbing enthusiast, grab your ice axes, crampons and ice pitons and head to the Valle di Daone. In this “little Canada” you’ll find over 140 icefalls and frozen waterfalls that cater for all levels of difficulty.
Meriz sledge slope, Paganella
A suggestion for children, but perhaps not just them... after all, sledding in the snow is fun no matter how old you are!You can get to the Meriz slope from the village of Fai della Paganella; at almost a kilometre in length and with a 10% average gradient, it’s suitable even for little ones.
Sledging slopes in the Val di Fassa
If you never get tired of sledging, then you should also try the bobsleigh and sledge slopes in the Val di Fassa, designed for children but fun for all ages. Put on your jacket, ski trousers, gloves, waterproof jacket and a suitable pair of boots, and off you go down the slope!