Our pick of the best ski resorts and towns to visit in the South Tyrol region of northern Italy.
How does 1,300km of trails, ski slopes and mountain scenery sound to you? This January one of the best places to ski in Europe is without doubt the Dolomiti Superski in the South Tyrol region. If you've never heard of South Tyrol before you're in for a treat. This autonomous province of northern Italy has the world's largest ski network and the Dolomiti Superski is the ski region to rival the best in the world with a staggering 450 ski lifts and 1,200km of ski runs. Its quite simply a skiers' paradise. So here's our quick guide on what to expect. For starters while this may be part of Italy, most people speak German and are multilingual. You'll find a distinctive German feel mostly but there are Italian influences to enjoy as well. You'll find 12 resorts in the area with great access between them. Thanks to having so many resorts in one area, pretty much everything is catered for. Whether it's a family ski holiday or skiing with friends and looking for great Apres-Ski, South Tyrol has the lot.
Our pick of the area is Merano for its versatility. You'll find 5 easily accessible ski resorts close to the town but the real appeal is the relaxing spas that are the ultimate way to recover from a day on the slopes. With 25 spas across the town it really has become a refine experience and we highly recommend a visit to Therme Merano. A huge complex of indoor and outdoor spa pools, treatments and wonderful surroundings. Some great resorts with easy access are right at Merano. The best two are;
At an altitude of 3212m you'll find wide glacier ski slopes that descend to 8km of valley. Enough to keep any skier busy! There's even snow parks with artificial snow produced every day, perfect for practicing your tricks and teaching your family too.
With 40km of easy runs Merano 2000 is perfect for beginners and families who want great views and no stress. Not the most challenging of resorts but a great place to start and with amazing views of the valley and town below. It's easily accessible from Merano and they have all sorts of extra activities to keep you entertained.
Best ski resort in South Tyrol
You really are spoilt for choice in South Tyrol but our recommendation has to be Sulden Am Orter. There's a great range of runs over a wide area and you're guaranteed snow from mid-November to early May. An impressive length of time giving you lots of options. I personally prefer wide ski runs with lots of room even on busy days. It also has some great facilities and a variety of runs that will reward any skill level.
Win a ski holiday in South Tyrol
You could be in with a chance of winning a holiday for 2 people to South Tyrol plus £1000 of ski gear for your trip. An awesome prize thanks to the South Tyrol Tourist Board. Entering is easy, just give your name and email address and you could win. Check out the competition page and the tourist board website for more details on the area.