South of Zurich and Andermatt, the Airolo-Pesciüm ski area has 9 pistes totaling 30km that are served by 6 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 1,075m. The six lifts include 2 cable cars, one chairlift and the rest are t-bars. Good for confident intermediates, this ski area is popular with day-trippers coming from Lugano so expect crowded weekends. The best snowboarding at Airolo is normally found during the months of February and March when there is a a deeper snowpack.
There are several good off-piste snowboarding lines at Airolo. The best off-piste can be found by heading left off the top of the Varozzi lift. Another option is to head up the Comascne t-bar lift and turn right to find other off-piste lines.
For the freestyle snowboarders in your crew, Airolo is highlighted by the Yukipark. It features plenty of rails, boxes and jumps to session.
The Airolo-Pesciüm ski area is located in the Italian-speaking Val Fontana. After a morning of Airolo snowboarding, grab an on-mountain lunch at either Chalet Ravina or Restaurant Pescium.
• Nice challenging pistes.
• Good off-piste lines.
• Big vertical lines.
• Small ski area.
• Limited base area services.
• Limited lodging options.
The best airport is Zurich International, which has convenient train access to Airolo. To reach the snowboarding at Airolo by train, connect to the main train station in the village of Airolo. The main cable car is located on the southwest side of the town - while there is a free ski bus, there is usually long lines so it might be worth just walking the 20 minutes to the base station. The Airolo-Lüina ski area is just on the other side of town and offers 3km of pistes with a maximum descent of 150m.
TIP: The Ski Card Leventina provides access to all of the ski areas in the region. The resorts include Airolo-Pesciüm, Airolo-Lüina, Dalpe, Prato Leventina, Cari and Cioss Prato
Overall, Airolo is the 60th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 87 snowboarding resorts in Switzerland.
Local Contacts: Funivie Airolo-Pescium +41 91 873 80 40; Snow Report +41 91 873 80 50; Airolo Tourismus +41 91 869 15 33.
Best Season: Jan. - Mar.
Base Camp: Hotel Forni Airolo
Luxury Loding: Hotel Alpina Airolo
Reference Source: click here https://www.airolo.ch/
PDF Map: click here
GPS: 46.523667, 8.601454
Date Published: 1/3/2016
Date Updated: 1/7/2022
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