Trento: Long Ski Runs For All Levels -
The stunning peaks of the Italian Dolomites characterise this north-easterly Italian province. Trento or Trentino, as it is also known, is an almost entirely mountainous region. Its capital city, also called Trento, is surrounded by the peaks of Vigolana, Bondone, Paganella, Marzola, and Monte Calisio.
The Province is home to 19 ski resorts. Some of the most popular resorts can be found in the ski area of the Val di Sole, which comprises the resorts of Pejo, Passo Tonale, and Folgarida-Marilleva.
Pejo lies in the Stelvio National Park and is the oldest tourist resort in Val di Sole. The resort is especially popular with families due to its relaxed, peaceful town centre and long gentle slopes. Its 12 slopes are divided into four blue runs, six red, and two black, and are connected by drags, chair lifts, cable cars, and a funicular.
Passo Tonale offers 100 kilometres of ski runs connected by 30 modern lifts, including 10 blue runs, 25 red, and six black. Skiers can also access the 3000-metre Presena glacier. The resort is known for its abundant snowfall and famous Paradiso black run, which is one of the longest runs in Europe. The resorts of the Val di Sole area also offer 55 kilometres of cross-country trails.
The ski area of Folgarida-Marilleva has 50 kilometres of pistes with 32 runs connected by 27 modern lifts. The area is suitable for all levels of skier and boarder, with 35 blue runs, 22 red runs, and nine black runs.
These two winter sports centres also offer good floodlit slopes and a wide selection of lodgings located directly on the piste. The ski area of Folgarida-Marilleva is connected to Madonna di Campiglio, which is a large-scale ski region featuring a further 90 kilometres of slopes.
Madonna di Campiglio is a popular resort in the Brenta Dolomites. It is known for its challenging black runs, stunning mountain scenery, and bustling town centre with stylish boutiques and lively bars. Beginners can enjoy the wide nursery slopes at Campo while intermediates perfect their skills on the eight-kilometre-long Groste piste.
The resort is also home to some of the most famous advanced runs in Europe, such as the challenging Spinale Diretta, the picturesque Amazzonia, and the 3-Tre World Cup Slalom run which starts with a steep descent. Non-skiing winter activities in Madonna di Campiglio include showshoe walking, husky rides, and a natural ice rink.
Other ski resorts in Trento include Canazei-Belvedere (17.5 kilometres of slopes); Paganella (50 kilometres); Passo san Pellegrino (34 kilometres); Alpe Lusia Bellamonte (40 kilometres); San Martino di Castrozza (45 kilometres); and Col Rodella/Sella Campitello (14 kilometres).
The province of Trento is easily accessed via highway A22-E45. The main railway line between Italy and Germany also runs through the province. Bus and train services link the city with the surrounding valleys. The nearest airports to the region include Verona, Bergamo, and Innsbruck.