Passo Tonale is one of Italy’s highest ski resorts, opening early and closing late, and it also offers year-round skiing on the Presena Glacier. There’s plenty of beginner and intermediate terrain, with access by cable-car to Passo Paradiso, where a chair and three drag-lifts bring you to the 3069m summit. From here, long runs lead back to the village over high-altitude terrain.
On the other side of the main road, the south-facing slopes are served by a sequence of chairs and drags over undulating pastures. One chair takes you to the old smuggling route of Passo Contrabbandieri at 2681m. The black Paradiso piste is one of the longest downhill runs in Europe. “It’s a dream come true and even after five downhills in a row it’s still great,” said a reader.
The resort is linked by two-stage gondola to the village of Ponte di Legno, with an 8km slope connecting the two resorts. It is also linked to the Temù slopes, which go through the fir trees and are suitable for more experienced skiers. However, many of the slopes at Passo Tonale are above the treeline.
For freestyler beginners there’s the Burton Progresson Snowpark, another one for advanced skiers and at the end of the season a third one on the Presena Glacier. Tonale-Presena offers snowboard and freeriding courses, while 6punto9 is the snowboarding specialist.
“Go for at least one day visit to Marilleva and Folgarida from where you can ski to Madonna di Campiglio,” recommended a reporter.
Summer skiing takes place on the Presena Glacier at 3016m. The Paradiso cable-car and a two-seater chair-lift take you up onto the glacier, where two drag-lifts serve 5km of piste.