Luxury Chalets in Dolomites
Luxury Hotels in Dolomites
Welcome to Italy’s dramatic rocky rooftop, the Dolomites, offering some of the best mountain thrills in Europe. The bold, pale-gray cliffs and snow-flecked spires flecked towering above lush, green meadows and beneath a blue sky, offer a unique mountain experience to Northern Italy. Here, the region’s mixed Austrian-Germany-Italian history has survived beautifully in a warm, blue-aproned, ruddy-faced, felt-hat-with-feathers way.
The Dolomites form the eastern part of the Alps, and, as of 2009, are one of the 53 Italian sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and it includes 18 peaks that rise over 3,000 meters (9,843 feet). Kronplatz (AKA Plan de Corones) is the gem of the Dolomites. It is not only the largest of the 12 ski areas in Italy’s Dolomite Superski region, Kronplatz has plenty to offer for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels. On top of the 116 km of pistes in the local area, there are excellent ski schools and guides who can take you around the nearby trails snaking underneath the towering, jagged peaks of the Dolomites.
The surrounding natural scenery is undoubtedly Plan de Corones’ main gem in the town’s crown, especially as it is surrounded on all sides by the towering, jagged peaks of the Dolomites.
Short Transfers, Family Friendly, Spa, Snow Sure, Heli-Skiing
Dolomites Ski Overview
Sitting in the gorgeous Pustertal Valley, Kronplatz is considered by most to be the number one resort in South Tyrol. A day on the slopes in Kronplatz caters for everyone. Nestled between Bruneck-Brunico, St. Vigil-San Vigilio and Valdaora-Olang, the resort has 32 state-of-the-art lifts smoothly serving 119 km of pistes.
Intermediate skiers have ample wide runs down into the valley, while the more ambitious can test their mettle on the infamous ‘Black Five’. If rumours are true, one of the 5, Piculin, is the steepest in South Tyrol. For the less adrenaline-enthused, long, sweeping runs will comfortably take you down to the valley floor with plenty of potential to bask in the sublime scenery.
At 2275m, Mount Kronplatz may not be the highest peak around, but thanks to its ultra-modern lifts and guaranteed 100% snow coverage, it is amongst Italy’s most coveted of resorts. From the summer, the spectacular plateau boasts awe-inspiring, 360° panoramic views of the Pustertal valley, the Dolomites to the south and the Austrian glaciers amongst the Zillertal Alps to the north.
Furthermore, twice a week, some slopes stay open until late for some night skiing. For those with ample time and willpower, Kronplatz is part of the Dolomiti Superski network, several resorts offering an extra 1200 km of skiing within the Dolomites, accessible with the Dolomiti Superski pass. Easy connections include the Piculin cable car opened in 2007 which gives visitors access to the Sellaronda resort. A ski bus shuttle service running every 20 minutes connects Kronplatz to Alta Badia.
In Kronplatz snowboarders and freestyle skiers are spoilt for choice. The recently relocated snowpark now offers an Easy Line, Medium Line, Medium Rail Line and Medium Kickerline promise plenty of potential. The resort also has one of the region’s largest ski schools and myriad rental shops boasting the latest equipment.
There are several cross-country circuits to taste too, including the 25-mile Sella Ronda circuit across four valleys, where the local Ladin language is spoken. The skiing is not overly difficult, but endurance and good planning are required.
- Ski Area: Kronplatz, Dolomites
- Resort: 935m // Top: 2,275m
- Pistes: 116km
- Beginners: 21
- Intermediate: 13
- Advanced: 11
- Ski Lifts: 31
- Snow Park: 2
- Nursery Areas: 5
- Cross Country: 300km
Hiking & Snowshoeing
The snow-covered mountains and slopes of the Val Pusteria-Pustertal valley are excellently suited to this sport. The magical silence of a winter landscape will allow you to forget the worries of everyday life and fill up with new energies. With a little luck, you can also catch sight of a couple of local wild animals.
Cross-Country Skiing - It is difficult to believe but the cross-country trails in the area cover more than 1,177 km. The high altitude trails are perfectly maintained on a daily basis. So in this fairytale land of whiter than white fine flaky snow the silence and reflection we all need at times is yours for the taking.
In the Museum Ladin Ursus ladinicus museum you can visit the fossil remains of the prehistoric bear of the Conturines cave as well as learn more about the origins of our Dolomites Mountains.
In Alta Badia the slope starts at Piz Sorega (2,000m) down to San Cassiano (1,530m) The overall length is 3.5 km, it ranges from the beauty of mountain meadows covered in snow, to an intermediate run through the stupendous forests called "Foram" before then going towards the final "Schuss" that leads down to the valley.
You can have fun in complete safety, the paths have been careful chosen and designed for this type of bike. On your own or with a guide, take the ski lifts to descend on the paths of Dantercepies or Ciampinoi. The places are of the most striking in the Dolomites with breathtaking views as far as the eye can see.
A sport that combines skiing / snowboarding and kiting (kite), and allows you to be towed on the snow using the wind. We carry out activities from December to April at Passo Giau, when weather conditions are favorable. All activities are bookable by reservation, minimum age 15 years.
In Alta Badia there is an indoor climbing wall and bouldering area, for those looking to keep themselves occupied for when the lifts have shut or if the weather is not too hot!
This is a great passion in the area, having always been part of the history of the valley and they still play an important role: faithful companions at work and in competitions and parades. The equestrian centre is well-equipped to introduce children to the joy of horse riding, whilst also offering technical and logistical support to intermediates and experts who want to explore the area further.
When the days get shorter, the natural outdoor skating areas in and around Brunico-Bruneck freeze solid. Young and old alike sharpen up the ice skates and hang out in Riscone-Reischach at the Eislaufring until well into the night, or else at the Eislaufplatz.
One of the best runs is the Miara piste above San Vigilio, which has the extra attraction of five restaurants en route. There are plenty more places to eat around the mountain – roughly 40 in all – and the après-ski bars at the bottom of the hill bustle with energy all afternoon and evening long. Rustic huts and chic restaurants promise excellent food and ample opportunities to pass your time when visibility drops, while a number of party locations directly next to the slopes are perfect for a spot of après ski. For those looking for some fun, most of the 40 or so rustic stuben (typical Tyrolean parlours), trendy bars and sun-drenched terraces all crank up the volume and serve mulled wine all afternoon.
St Hubertus3 Michelin Star, Traditional, Authentic
The name stands for the patron of the hunters and was opened in 1996. At that time, only a small part of the then-pizzeria was transformed into a tiny restaurant with Norbert Niederkofler as head chef. In 2000 their efforts were honoured with a first Michelin star. The following year the pizzeria disappeared and the restaurant was expanded and refurbished getting its today's look: nine tables in the dining room, one chef's table with a view to the kitchen and one small table at the open fireplace. In 2007, the restaurant was awarded its second Michelin star and their 3rd was awarded in 2018.
La Stüa de MichilTraditional, 1 Michelin Star
One Michelin star awarded since 2002. Here tradition meets innovation, always with respect for the best ingredients. Soft lights, fine centerpieces prepared daily by Mrs. Costa, candles and local wood paneling make this restaurant a timeless jewel. Enter a world of elegance and finesse but also of joviality. Liquid emotions are skillfully orchestrated by our maître d’hôtel and sommelier Paolo.
Maso RunchLadin cuisine
A place trying to preserve the authenticity of the ancient Ladin cuisine, simple but based on South Tyrol’s fresh products, a cuisine which is now internationally renowned for its high quality and peculiar flavours, and which this restaurant has kept intact. They still roast shanks in the woodstove, giving the meat its unique flavor, and why we only use timber coming from our woods; and out of respect for the history of such an enchanted place, in the kitchen (ciasadafüch in Ladin) where the speck was smoked, the blackened ceiling remains untouched.
Rifugio ScotoniTyrolean Cuisine, Authentic
For 50 years it has been owned by the Agreiter family, which runs the hut with care and passion, preserving the inimitable atmosphere of a true Alpine refuge, what matters are cordiality and good food. Top quality ingredients, genuine flavours and stunning views from the open-air terrace its all that you can possible want in this epic spot.
Rifugio ComiciSeafood, Traditional
This fantastic fish restaurant gets daily delivery of its ingredients daily from Venice; you will be impressed by the simple sophistication of the dishes. Fine dining in a fine setting is what you can expect, crisp white tablecloths with walls laden with historical skiing pictures. Tuck into spaghetti lobster, octopus and langoustine, a lunch you will never forget.
On top of the well-equipped nurseries for the bambinos, there are plenty of other activities for the little ones. In the Kids Area Panorama you can find an 80 m long Magic Carpet, where a children’s ski slope, a sledding slope, and an inner tubing fun course offer abundant possibilities for gliding, sliding, and whizzing down the hill. The newest addition is the 21m long magic carpet for babies. Here, every Wednesday, you can use the snow tubing course at nightfall when it is illuminated with floodlights and you can rent the tubes for free.
Ice sports have a long tradition in the Kronplatz region and are yet as popular as ever. Throughout winter, skating rinks are open in almost every village, including the nearby town Bruneck where a large ice skating hall has special opening hours for the public as well as exciting hockey matches. In total, Kronplatz offers more than 20 well-tended toboggan runs – sometimes offering sledge rental, moonlight sledging or a lift, so that a walk may be avoided. For the more equestrian-minded, riding on a horse-drawn sleigh through a shimmering white winter wonderland, pulled by strong Haflinger horses with the entire family is an experience like no other.