Three Peaks: skiing in the most impressive nature park in the Alps
If you are looking for an idyllic setting for your next skiing holiday, this award-winning ski resort is undoubtedly the place for you.
The Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Three Peaks of Lavaredo) Nature Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the province of Bolzano, is a winter sports paradise, as well as a fantastic destination for summer hiking for the whole family. A treasure of true beauty, bordered by slopes and mountains.
On the slopes, in the most famous mountains of the Dolomites
The Three Peaks (also known as “3 Cime” and “3 Zinnen”) ski area in Trentino-South Tyrol offers different pistes to suit skiing enthusiasts of all abilities, with different slopes across an extensive chain of no fewer than five mountains. Among the most challenging is the Free Fall Ride, with a gradient of 72%. Not just an area for skiing experts, it also has several lodges and places to discover, such as San Candido, a municipality historically renowned for hosting the first Celtic settlements, as well as for being the location of the TV drama starring Terence Hill, Un passo dal cielo (One step from heaven).
Sesto in Val Fiscalina is the perfect place for visitors who love quiet places immersed by nature, while Dobbiaco, the “Gateway to the Dolomites”, is a romantic location between Lake Dobbiaco and Lake Landro.
Returning to the slopes, there are 115 kilometres of pistes in this area, covered in snow all year round, with 30 lifts, one snow park offering two levels of difficulty, toboggan runs, 200 kilometres of cross-country skiing, and even the opportunity to try out some night skiing.
Three Peaks: an overview
Besides the previously mentioned Dobbiaco, Sesto and San Candido, Alta Pusteria also includes Villabassa and Braies. Skiing enthusiasts should definitely take the Ski Pustertal Express, a train or bus connection to the Kronplatz-Plan de Corones ski area, to make the most of its 200 kilometres of slopes.
Three Peaks for families with children
For a family-friendly skiing holiday, the Three Peaks Dolomites ski area has toboggan runs, where you can also have fun making giant snowmen.
The two best areas for the little ones are Waldheim and Braies, where they can enjoy their first skiing experience.
For the whole family, Baranci in San Candido is the best bet. Here and in the surrounding area, fans of Nordic skiing will find Europe's largest cross-country skiing carousel. Three snowparks are also available for snowboarders and freestylers - the Monte Elmo skiing area, the Kids Ski Coss slope in Baranci and the Shaka Snowpark in the Rienza ski resort in Dobbiaco.
If you want to enjoy the snow under the stars, you can even arrange a spot of night skiing on the two illuminated slopes on Monte Baranci.
An unforgettable adventure
If you decide to visit the Three Peaks between November and December, you will find Christmas markets in Dobbiaco and San Candido, with a series of themed events and handicrafts that make for fantastic shopping and gifts.
If you choose to go in summer, be sure to pack socks and hiking boots!
The Three Peaks ski resort turns into a family paradise: hiking, nature parks, alpine animals and enchanted places steeped in ancient stories and legends. A fantastical trip to the gnomes' hideout. Rifugio Gigante Baranci sits right next to the lakes shaped like a giant’s foot – looking up through the tree branches, you will be able to spot the typical gnome houses, which you can explore thanks to ladders and suspension bridges.
The meeting point for experienced mountaineers and Sunday hikers alike has always been the Rifugio Locatelli. Nestled between the most famous peaks of the Sexten Dolomites, this mountain hut is a mythical place full of history. This is the perfect place to discover the secrets of the Three Peaks, but be prepared: its popularity makes it very busy.
An enchanting place at any time of the year, the Three Peaks are sure to have you wanting to revisit again and again!