Val Pusteria is a snow-filled dream of any winter sports lover, with an impressive diversity of resorts set in truly stunning scenery. Situated in East Tyrol, the Puster Valley sits amongst the world renowned Dolomite mountains, a UNESCO world heritage site since 2009. Thanks to the recent completion of the Versciaco station, two of the ski areas, Plan de Corones and Three Peaks Dolomites, have now merged together and form a unique ski carousel so visitors can enjoy almost limitless skiing here.
With a total of 331 km of neatly groomed piste, the possibilities are endless. Kronplatz (also known as Plan de Corones) is the perfect family resort, offering an abundance of gentle runs while also having a variety of more challenging slopes. Any free-style lovers would also enjoy Kronplatz and the fantastic snow park it has to offer, with a half pipe and numerous other jumps. Those looking for an adrenaline-fuelled excursion might look to Alta Pusteria for superb off-piste terrain, which can be best explored with one of their expert guides.
The atmosphere throughout the valley is one of warmth and friendliness, the traditional villages’ charm creating the perfect setting for a family holiday. Thanks to the blend of Italian and Austrian heritage, the fantastic restaurants here serve an exquisite combination of delicacies from both cultures so every appetite can be satisfied. The shopping in the Puster Valley is also thought to be the best in South Tyrol, with a variety of beautiful shops ranging from designer boutiques to carefully handcrafted goods.
The winter period in the Puster Valley is alive with activity, particularly during December when all-things Christmas take the valley by storm. From the traditional Krampus procession, to magical Christmas markets, the Puster Valley is the ultimate destination to get you into the Christmas spirit. Kronplatz is also host to the FIS Alpine Ski European Cup held in mid December, so visitors can witness some of the best skiers in the world tackle this challenging test.