Gliding Down the Slopes in Italy

June 30, 2008 by  
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When looking for a skiing destination where the entire family can enjoy their holiday, Passo Tonale is the answer. Families regularly descend on this skiing resort in Italy, as it is reasonably priced and accommodates everyone from beginners to lower intermediate skiers. But it is also the magnificent views, guaranteed snow and the fact the sunny weather can be expected almost every day that lures skiers to Passo Tonale. It is a holiday destination that is peaceful and rejuvenating, and in recent years has become a popular skiing facility for school groups.

Nestled between the regions of Lombardy and Trentino, Passo Tonale is the highest ski resort in Italy. The highest lift is approximately 3 025 meters and the lowest lift is at 1 890 meters. A new area, which includes two pistes and lifts was added to the resort as well as a cable car that links Passo Tonale with Ponte di Legna, offering skiers a continuous eleven kilometer decent into Ponte Legno from Presena. Both sides of the valley are open for skiing and ample accommodation can be found in the nearby village.

Another convenient feature of Passo Tonale, is that there is no overcrowding on the slopes. Access is easy and the slopes provide enough space and adventures to keep skiers busy and moving for days. The resort is also known for its excellent skiing school, with professional instructors who are able to assist first time skiers to learn the art of skiing, and aiding others in perfecting their skills and techniques on the slopes. With more than eighty-seven kilometers of trails, the resort offers eleven easy runs for beginners, on the nursery slopes, with access to six lifts from the village. Intermediate skiers will have fifteen runs to look forward to, and five difficult runs to challenge themselves with. There are more than thirty lifts at the resort to transport skiers to their desired slopes, with the highest point being Monte Venezia, at 3 290 meters.

Other activities at Passo Tonale include swimming, an ice rink, tobogganing, a thirty kilometer cross country skiing course, beauty centre, fitness centre and skidoos. Those who are too tired from a day on the slopes to even think about other activities, will be relieved to hear that there are a few bars and cafés to choose from for a peaceful evening, and the restaurants offer only the best in local and international cuisine. Supermarkets, specialty shops and sports stores give guests the opportunity to purchase a few forgotten items or get an extra jacket or hat, as Passo Tonale can get a little chilly. For an all round unforgettable holiday adventure, Passo Tonale has much to offer the skiing enthusiasts and visitors wanting to experience the beauty of the Italian slopes.