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If you like your ski resort with a side serving of efficiency, you’ll love Kronplatz, also known as Plan de Corones, located in the breath-taking UNESCO World Heritage site of the Dolomites. The domed panettone-shaped mountain dominates the scene, with no less than 37 gondolas and state-of-the-art lifts on hand to whizz you up the mountain where a plethora of runs flow down a 100 km network of well maintained, wide pistes where you can ski or snowboard to your heart’s content.
Holding its own, the mountain of Kronplatz completes the skyline between Bruneck/Brunico, St. Vigil/San Vigilio and Valdaora/Olang and is extremely well run. No need to fret about conditions either. No snow? No worries – Kronplatz has one of the most effective snowmakers in Europe and the resort has a team of professional piste groomers, giving that groovy, smooth finish.
Although the mountain is named Kronplatz, its namesake actually refers to the whole holiday region and ski area, linked to the vast Dolomiti Superski area which has 1200km of slopes to explore. If you’re a beginner you’ll love the wide valley runs of sunny Miara, framed by snow-laden pine trees, quite the alpine scene. Ski safarists can take on the scenic Sella Runde (Sellaronada), 40kms around the Sella massif exploring four Ladin valleys. For something a little more testing, try the thigh burning Big Five challenge as Kronplatz is one of only a few skiing resorts in the Alps to have five black runs. Fancy testing your mettle? Have a go at night skiing on the floodlit pistes or get competitive with your ski pals on the race piste set up for slalom. For freestyle freaks, the snowpark between the Belvedere and Plateau pistes is a playground of rails, kicker lines and tubes.
What’s also nice is that on your descent from Kronplatz whichever route you take, your piste will often take you through various traditional villages which gives you a chance to dose up on local Ladin culture and feast at rustic mountain restaurants. We love the Refugio’s with their sunny terraces, perfect for a Schnitzel or a meat platter chased by a blueberry brandy.
Then off you go, flying down the hill, where apres-ski awaits at the base of the majestic Kronplatz mountain.
We adore skiing in South Tyrol for its special little microclimate of Alpine meets the Med. We have discovered some stylishly suave gems in the South Tyrol area, so for our favourite ski hotels check out our Ski in Style No. 1.
Images © Paolo Riolzi for Lumen Photography Mountain Museum & Benjamin Voros