Passo del Tonale Ski Resort

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Passo del Tonale Ski Resort

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Bury St. Edmunds, UK11 contributions
Travelled here in a group of 4 of varying ski abilities - from relative beginner through to qualified ski instructor. Selected the resort as it was described at being aimed at beginners and intermediates and found that it was ideal. One side of the resort gets most of the sun, but is quite open and exposed with few trees. There are a number of blue and red runs running parallel to each other well serviced by the lift system. This part of the resort is ideal for those unfamiliar with reading ski maps as you could look across and work out how to traverse the runs and lifts to get to a certain place. We felt a lot of the runs were graded slightly higher than in other countries (ie most red runs here would be a blue in France), however, we were very fortunate in having blue skies and sunshine, but other reviewers have commented on the high winds and icy slopes, which would make the slopes more difficult, and perhaps explains the grading. Some great long, wide runs though that were very enjoyable. There was also the option to ski down to Ponte di Legno through a more forested area (blue run down to intermediate gondola station, but thereafter a relatively easy black run the only option) above which there are quite a few long red and black runs running through the trees. For us, one of the highlights was going up the gondola to the glacier on the other side of the village. At the top, another gondola takes you to an intermediate stop, with a red and blue run back to the top of the first gondola; or if you go to the very top (3000m), there is just a steep red back. However, fantastic views (this is the highest peak in Italy) and well worth going up on a nice day just to have a look, taking the gondola back if the skiing is too difficult. The only way down from the glacier (skiing) is via a 4km black run. Again, we were lucky with the weather as it was warm and the snow was slightly soft, so even the most inexperienced member in our group was able to manage this, but can see this would be far more difficult in icy conditions as the run is in the shade most of the day.
The village itself is fairly small and the apres ski is relatively limited. Most of the shops seemed to be ski hire, with a couple of food stores, but relatively little else. We enjoyed a few drinks and a live band in in La Bacarra on the foot of slopes one evening. Food and drink prices, both on the mountain,and in the village were far more reasonable than the French resorts, but as we had half board on our hotel, we didn’t eat in any of the restaurants so can’t recommend.
In summary, this is a good resort for beginners and intermediates, but does not offer the challenges that more advanced skiers might want (nor does it claim to do so !!!); and there is not really a lot else there other than the skiing in the winter. If you want lots of shops and a lively nightlife, this is not the resort for you. However, it suited us just fine !!!
Written February 4, 2020
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Harrogate, UK30 contributions
We visited in late January. Nothing difficult here. The snow seems to linger. We have had 5 days without fresh snow and warm weather. Melting snow in the day which freezes at night. They tend the pistes well every night. First morning runs (8.30am) are on crispy icy snow. Hard to get a good edge as the nights have been about -10. A lot of teaching goes on here both for young children and adolescents and they have had a number of runs set aside for training. Shame as they looked nice runs. Runs are easy and fairly wide. Beer, food and wine are good value, especially when you compare it to France. They have done a good job with a bare mountain, meaning hardly any trees. Gets a bit bland after 5 days but can’t complain as it’s one we would return too.
Written January 23, 2020
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Wrexham, UK157 contributions
This place exceeded my expectations; the children (ages 8, 7, 4) enjoyed the skiing, there are plenty of appropriate pistes - by this I mean blues and reds. In France I would say reds are no good for this age range, but the reds here are more like French blues. Fairly good linking of pistes, but in some cases you need to know the right lift to take for a traverse to the other side, or to where you want to go. Otherwise, it would be a trudge on foot, which is never good with or without children. The South side of the valley offers pistes with nice views (I'd say the reds here are more like French reds however) but a bit of a pain due to gondola access, i.e. taking skis off and getting in a scrum for a lift. Our favourite runs for flow, views and general enjoyment was the blue Valbiolo and the reds at the top of it. A nice restaurant there for coffee or lunch and stunning views. The town is a little sparse, but has most things you would need: ski hire, restaurants, bars, supermarket, shops, etc. All in all I would recommend it here for children, probably not for couples who are expert skiers though. My one main complaint is the necessity to 'know' how to get from one end of the resort to the other, rather than being able to work it out from the piste map. You could get caught out and have an annoying trudge on foot. Oh and the lengthy transfer from Verona Airport - not too keen on that either. That said, I would return here and know people that do return each year.
Written March 1, 2020
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Nikki P
Hawkinge, UK27 contributions
Read between the lines of best for beginners/intermediates. What that really means is hordes of unsupervised incompetent out of control teenagers causing accidents on a daily basis. I have been skiing for years and never been anywhere so bad. After 48 hours here my ski week is ruined but sadly I am not the only competent skier visiting the trauma centre. To the approximately 14 year old girl who took me out on red 21 and her mother who allowed her to ski so badly with barely an acknowledgement or apology i suggest you put her back in ski school!!!
Written January 22, 2020
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Tom H
Manchester, UK3 contributions
The local slopes are very limited, mostly just glorified beginner runs, altho' there are much more challenging ones down at Ponte di Legno and up the Pisgana glacier area. Similarly decent lunching spots are few in Passo, but Ponte has a lot of good options both on & off slope. A walk into the old centre of Ponte is recommended. For mileage hungry intermediates, Madonna di Campiglio is easily accessible via a free ski bus (to Marilleva, whose lifts link into Madonna system). Some blue runs there are busy, but empty slopes & better views can be found beyond especially in the Pinzolo area.
Off piste is potentially a big draw for Passo, off the sides of the Pisgana glacier area, but on two visits I rarely found decent snow. Ski touring upto the Adamello glacier & back down to Ponte is interesting, with great views, but only for fit & strong skiers.
Passo is a bit drab as a resort, set on a main road, with lots of dull, modern buildings, but it is fairly lively esp at weekends.
Written February 10, 2022
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York27 contributions
We visited a family of beginner - intermediate skiers. The scenery is stunning and there is a great mix of blue, red and black runs.

As the most timid skier of our group I really enjoyed the blue runs. 34 is the longest and takes in some gorgeous views. There was a good range of blue and easy red slopes to build my confidence.

Some of the reds are more challenging which was good for the rest of the group and my husband enjoyed trying the blacks.

We loved the chance to ski the glacier.

Overall it was busier than we expected, having visited out of school holidays but still a fairly quiet resort in the scheme of things. Queues for the lifts never took more than a couple of minutes.

The only trouble was that the volume of snowboarders left the slopes quite carved up so that by midday and beyond, even gentle slopes was a bit like doing the moguls. I suppose it built skill! Shame they couldn’t groom during the day to keep it pristine.

Food options are as expected (burger, hot dog, bland pasta) but no worse than anywhere.

We hired skis from Maestri. Price ok but the intermediate quality were actually a step down in quality from basic stuff we’d had elsewhere. Not sure when they’d last been waxed...

There are two life pass options - local does Tonale and Legano. The area also lets you ski at Madonna. We were excited about that day away but the reality was very disappointing. Would stick to the local slopes if we returned in the future - and I think we will.
Written February 12, 2020
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Birmingham, UK19 contributions
First family trip to Italy.
There is 150km of pistes over several areas including a glacier.
The whole area has snow making so there is always snow although it can get a bit icy where the sun doesn't shine. Ponte di Legno, temp and the glacier are the intermediate advanced area although the blacks are not as challenging as some resorts I’ve been to. I would grade the black on the glacier more like a red.
Signage is sometimes not where you expect it and twice my husband missed the run to to a lift.
The piste map shows three large free ride areas a completely new off piste play ground when there is good snow. I need to go bac’ and try it.
Ski school is run in two hourly blocks. It caters from four years old. It was a little disappointing as my daughter who is only just four learned to ski in Alpe d’Huez last year when she was three so was too good for the tots class but too small for the next class as the ski school has quite large groups and one instructor. Her instructor did recognise the problem and to try and make up for it took her on a torch light descent with the older children. Probably the highlight of my holiday watching my four year old daughter ski in the dark with a torch.
We skied a lot with her in the afternoons. Lift attendants were great a5 slowing lifts so she could get on and off the chairs.
The resort is snowboard friendly too.
The only other irritant is the amount of groups having race training. Every day two or three red runs were shut for race training.
Written January 17, 2020
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Allison F
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Passo Tonale far exceeded my expectations, had a wonderful week early season and quiet, PERFECT, just how I like to ski.
Covid Precautions second to none and far better than those in UK, felt totally safe and it didn't detract from my holiday one bit, congratulations Italy.
Conditions were perfect with relatively small amounts of snow, pretty much everything open and perfect groomed slopes every day....steep red at the top of the Glacier was steep but immaculately groomed and great to just rip into.
Lessons from Evolution were perfect, my offpiste session on my birthday was PERFECT, just myself and guide Gianni on the route from top to bottom, peaceful, beautiful Valley, what a way to end the week. Already have flight booked for Dec 22
Written January 3, 2022
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Waltham Abbey, UK5 contributions
This was my first ski holiday for 20 years and my teenage sons first. He’d had a few lessons at the i door slope at Hemel and picked it up really quickly. Ended up choosing Passo due to its high altitude as we were going in April. Well I couldn’t have chosen a better resort! The day before we arrived it started snowing and didn’t stop for 2 days with a metre falling. We then had gorgeous sunshine so were blessed with pow and bluebird days. The views are breathtaking. There was plenty to keep us busy for the first few days and my son loved going off piste between the runs and pretty much overtook me straight away in ability (probably because he’s young and fearless!) we then tried some reds and got on great with those. The glacier was stunning and well worth going to but we somehow managed to do the black run from the mid-station without realising. But we survived it and I didn’t fall and only a couple of falls from my son! On our last day we headed to Ponte de Legno where my son skied but I had a break he said it was great apart from the lifts were a lot older and he found the longest button lift in the world!
The whole week there weren’t any quested for any of the lifts which was a huge bonus…apart from night skiing which is on once a week and what a crazy night that was but worth doing for the experience.
Can’t comment about the apres ski as I was with my son who is too young but there was a couple of lovely bars at the bottom of the lifts. For us it was the perfect week skiing in the perfect resort with perfect conditions
Written April 29, 2022
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United Kingdom2 contributions
We loved our week skiing here with our two children, 8 and 5. Snow conditions weren't amazing for our stay, but there was plenty of variety for my wife and I who were a bit rusty after a few years break from skiing. As absolute beginners we had the kids in ski school in the mornings and were able to ski as a family in the afternoon. There were loads of nice blues for them to progress on and a couple lovely long blues to provide a bit of a mountain adventure for them. The resort is beautiful, stunning scenery and lovely refuges for those essential hot chocolate/Bombardino stops! We went the week before UK half term and only had one long lift queue. We would definitely return.
Written February 17, 2020
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