In South Tyrol winter is much more than a season, it is a mood


Bolzano (Italy) – Winter in South Tyrol is much more than snow and skiing. The winter season in this area is a state of mind, a way of being and experiencing things. It is the majesty of the Dolomite peaks illuminated at night only by the stars and the moon, it is the technological innovation that distinguishes the accommodation facilities and the ski lifts, it is the lights that illuminate the cities and small towns, the snowshoeing in the moonlight, the tobogganing through snow-covered forests, it is the domain of unspoilt nature.
A rich and full mood just like the idea of a holiday that the area is ready to offer to young and old. In compliance with safety regulations, South Tyrol is in fact ready to inaugurate the new winter season with some new features that put nature itself at the centre, the beating heart of these places, and the usual beloved certainties that make this area the place of the heart and soul.

Ghiaccial della Val Senales

Senales Valley
Breathtaking views and panorama, at an altitude of more than 3,000 metres above sea level, to feel like Ötzi and experience his own emotions for a moment in the unspoilt snow of the Schnalstal Valley: with the new Iceman Ötzi Peak viewing platform you can go back to the origins, in contact with the authenticity of South Tyrolean nature. From the top station of the Val Senales Glacier Cable Cars, all you need to do is walk up a ladder in total safety to find yourself in this extraordinary steel work of art with an organic shape to adapt to the surrounding landscape. Created by the architecture firm NOA, which wanted to arrange all the elements to offer visitors a fascinating narration of the history of this place and always new perspectives, the circular platform opens onto a unique scenario: by turning your eyes, you can admire the wide and shimmering expanse of snow of Similaun (3,606 metres) – at the foot of which, in 1991, Ötzi’s mummy was found – the Giogo Alto glacier and the border between Italy and Austria.
Owing to nature and its unspoilt beauty is also the artistic installation created by Olafur Eliasson, the famous Icelandic artist and UN special ambassador for sustainability and climate change. His work, which will be inaugurated on 9 October, created on the Grawand ridge, is a warning to remind the new generations above all how precious the planet is and how fundamental a respectful attitude towards it is. The installation looks like a path on the ridge marked by the presence of a series of arched portals, spaced one from the other, which reflect the space-time between the five ice ages. At the end of the path we reach the inside of a huge glass and steel sphere, built with rings inserted at regular distances, reflecting the solstices and equinoxes and rotating every 15 minutes following the movement of the sun. The message is all here: remember how fast and fatal climate change is.

Ghiacciail della Val Senales

Skiing area Carezza
Carezza also aims to enhance the beauty of the landscape and territory through its new King Laurin gondola lift, an architectural project designed by the famous South Tyrolean architect Werner Tscholl who, for his first lift, has focused on sustainable mobility and the protection of South Tyrol’s nature. This new lift – with a total length of 1,807 m and 10 gondolas – connects the Frommeralm alpine hotel and the Fronza refuge to the Coronelle and replaces the two chairlifts Laurin II and Laurin III, transporting passengers up to 2,337 metres above sea level.
The Carezza ski resort has always been attentive to the environment and sustainable development; it is no coincidence that it has recently signed the Climate Neutrality Pact 2025 with the aim of avoiding unnecessary energy consumption and reducing the corporate footprint of Carezza Dolomites within a maximum of three years. Architect Tscholl has chosen to pursue an innovative, so to speak “invisible” project, conceiving a structure that develops mainly underground without affecting the surrounding environment. The idea is also to recall the legend of King Laurino who apparently lived in the underground tunnels as king of the gnomes: in the same way skiers and hikers will have the opportunity to pass through those tunnels so dear to these places, where some light installations recreate a magical environment.
The wonder of the gondola lift lies in its invisibility. In fact, at the end of every type of work, only the entrance and exit holes remain visible and the surrounding nature takes its place again.

Plan de Corones ski area
The new stations of the Olang gondola lift in the Plan de Corones ski area also aim to enhance the surrounding nature. German firm Schlotthauer Matthiessen Architecturemade – also involved in the design of Zaha Hadid’s Messner Mountain Museum Corones – started from a deep respect for the environment and the rhythms of nature to give life to the new gondola lift: transparent wave-shaped roofs fit into the peaks of South Tyrol to incorporate external elements and become one with the surrounding landscape. With its 10 gondola lifts, the new installation – built by the German studio and Doppelmayr Italia Srl, world market leader in the cableway sector – replaces the previous one.

Tre Cime ski area
With a view of the Sesto Sundial, there is also the new Helmjet cableway from Sesto to Monte Elmo. Engineering work with 10 places per gondola lift and more than 2 km long, the novelty of the winter season of the ski resort 3 Cime aims to lead guests and tourists to the top of Mount Elmo in just 6 minutes. More comfort and travel times therefore halved for a project expected for many years that demonstrates the planning and strategy of the ski resort for an even better future. The new system consists of 58 Luxury Symphony cabins, all equipped with upholstered loden seats for a journey of absolute comfort.

Safety measures for a winter of respect and social distancing
The watchwords for the winter season 2020/21 are safety and health of the guests. For this reason, South Tyrol has already prepared and implemented some first extraordinary measures but is still studying the constantly evolving situation and monitoring it on a daily basis in order to guarantee the safety of skiers and staff in the facilities, accommodation and catering facilities and all the establishments open to the public, which contribute to the success of the winter season.
The access areas to large and small areas in the area have already been reorganised and redesigned to ensure social distancing and all the premises have been equipped with protective screens and hand gels. Every day there will be sanitation of the rooms and equipment used.
Chairlifts and ski-lifts allow transportation in the open air and, where possible, are recommended. While the covered installations will be in operation with the capacity regulated by current regulations.
Mountain huts, refuges on the slopes and restaurants with large terraces will host customers in open-air spaces that guarantee total safety. All service staff have a mask and guests are required to wear it at all times except when at the table.
Further measures will be communicated and implemented before the official opening of the winter season.



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