Rio Pusteria - Bressanone: skiing up to 2,500 metres above sea level
The Rio Pusteria - Bressanone ski area is located in the Isarco Valley in Alto Adige and boasts some of the longest, most continuous and varied slopes in the Dolomiti Superski.
At 2,500 metres above sea level, it is a paradise for hardcore skiers, but the numerous family-friendly sports activities in a setting such as the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, make Rio Pusteria Bressanone the perfect destination for an unforgettable winter holiday.
Guaranteed fun in the snow
With 95 kilometres of slopes, 25 ski lifts, 2 snow parks, toboggan runs and 40 kilometres for cross-country skiing, variety and fun are guaranteed.
The two major local ski resorts are Plose-Bressanone (Brixen) and Maranza-Valles (Gitschberg-Jochtal). These macro ski areas consist of 3 mini resorts, which are Val di Funes, Velturno and Luson, each with a small ski lift.
Dreaming of the Trametsch, the longest downhill run in Alto Adige
Those who come to ski here can only try their hand at the Trametsch, which is more a legend than a slope. The venue of the Italian Alpine Skiing Championships in 1971, it starts from the Plose Shelter, which is located at an impressive 2,446 metres, and has a total length of 9 kilometres.
The view it offers of the Dolomites, the Alpine arc and the surrounding peaks is of unquestionable beauty, while the 1,400-metre difference in altitude is a real test of endurance for heart and legs.
Once down you will feel that you have written a piece of skiing history.
The thrill does not end there. This is because, if you head for the Maranza-Gitschberg area, you will be faced with a mountain of vast dimensions and a very wide slope with unparalleled views. You are on the red Gitsch slope, which is very steep in places and with sudden altitude changes, which for skiers means guaranteed fun.
The piste ends near the Gitschberg chairlift station, but you can choose to continue downhill to the slopes of Kanonenrohr, which is not always open, Gaisraste, Nesselwiese, Wastl Huber and Segerwiese.
Everything you need to know about Rio Pusteria - Bressanone
On the downhill slopes of this district, you can also ski at night and in almost all cases there is a snowmaking system, which guarantees a skiing season well into April.
Among all the tracks, 39% have a low level of difficulty, 38% medium difficulty and 23% are classified as difficult.
Tobogganing is also very popular in these parts, with more than 50 kilometres of slopes dedicated to this sport for the whole family.
For Nordic skiing, there are around 75 kilometres of slopes and on the Rodengo alp, at an altitude of 1,800 metres, there is a cross-country skiing centre.
And after the sport? In the area, it is not difficult to find refreshment in one of the more than 30 mountain huts and shelters. And you can't help but fall in love with it.