Southeast of Brunico and Dobbiaco in the Pustertal, the 3 Zinnen Dolomites consists of four non-connected ski centers. The largest of the ski areas is located above the village of Sexton. There are future plans to lift-interconnect that ski area to the south with Padola (Val Comelico) and to the east over to Sillian, Austria, via Hochgruben (2538m). The pistes are usually pretty empty on weekdays and known to be slammed on the weekends. There is very limited off-piste snowboarding and very limited expert groomers. But, with that said, they are known to have one of the steepest black runs in Italy. Many feel that the 3 Zinnen area gets more snowfall annually than any other resort in the Dolomites.
The 3 Zinnen Dolomites ski area part of the Dolomiti Superski region which has over 1,200km of pistes spread over 12 valleys that served by 450 lifts. While a single skipass gives access to the Dolomiti Superski region, keep in mind that the 12 valley are not all interconnected and you may need bus transport between valleys. Also, the snowfall in this southernly ski region is known to vary greatly season to season. Keep in mind that there is limited off-piste snowboarding in the Dolomiti Superski region -- it is prohibited in most areas and guides are highly-recommended in the others.
There is convenient train access through out the Pustertal from Bruneck (accessible by train from Innsbruck or Venice). The quaint historic town of San Candido/Innichen is on the train line and makes a great base. However, it does require a short train ride or bus to the lifts. Alternately, another option is to take the bus up to Sexten im Hochpustertal from the train and stay there close to the lifts. It is also considered charming and authentic.
PRO TIP: For daytrippers coming on the train from Bruneck, use the Versciaco Elmo / Vierschach Helm station which has direct access to the gondola.
Overall, 3 Zinnen Dolomites is the 23rd most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 57 snowboarding resorts in Italy. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby 3 Zinnen Dolomites including Cortina d'Ampezzo, Val Gardena, Arabba, Val di Fassa, Kronplatz and San Martino di Castrozza.
Local Contacts: 3 Zinnen Dolomites Ski Area +39 0474 710 355; Dolomiti Superski +39(0)471-795397.
Best Season: Jan. - Mar.
Average Difficulty: Moderate
Luxury Loding: Hotel Waldheim, Sexten; Zur Post, Sexten; Post Alpina, Versciaco
Reference Source: click here https://www.dreizinnen.com/
PDF Map: click here
GPS: 46.731214, 12.329187
Date Published: 12/28/2015
Date Updated: 11/13/2019
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