3 Zinnen Dolomites will link its resort to Östirol in Austria for the 21/22 ski season

3 Zinnen Dolomites (3 Peaks Dolomites) will link their resort to Austria, making it a ski carousel of 2 provinces (Sudtirol, Belluno) and 2 countries (Italy and Ausria) when it builds a lift to link its area to the Thurnthaler ski area in Östirol for 21/22-ski season.

Thurnthaler has now 40 km of slopes and with the connection; the new combined ski area will have about 160 km of slopes, becoming the largest ski resort in the Dolomiti Superski carousel.

Drei Zinnen ski area - Copyright: 3 Peaks Dolomites. 3 Peaks Dolomites will link its resort to Östirol in Austria for the 21/22 ski season .
Drei Zinnen ski area – Copyright: 3 Peaks Dolomites. 3 Peaks Dolomites will link its resort to Östirol in Austria for the 21/22 ski season .

Since last year, the ski area was re-named 3 Peaks. Before it was known as Alta Pusteria Valley/Hochpustertal. This new name plays tribute to the region’s outstanding attractions: the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Dolomites and the Drei Zinnen.  The new denomination also includes the skiing area with its 110 kilometres of ski runs, with guaranteed snow and a panorama of peaks that will take your breath away.

Not only skiing is there for winter lovers, but also backcountry skiing/boarding, snowshoeing, winter hikes, relaxing horse-drawn sleigh rides or sledding tour – going uphill using the lifts to eat up in an Alpine hut and then using a rustic sledge to ride back into the valley.

The Dolomiti Nordicski has 200 km of cross-country skiing trails from 1,100 to 2,000 m of altitude and was host of both the World Cup and the Tour de Ski.

View of the Drei Zinnen/Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Drei Zinnen ski area - Copyright: 3 Peaks Dolomites. 3 Peaks Dolomites will link its resort to Östirol in Austria for the 21/22 ski season .
View of the Drei Zinnen/Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Drei Zinnen Dolomites ski area – Copyright: 3 Zinnen Dolomites. 3 Zinnen Dolomites will link its resort to Östirol in Austria for the 21/22 ski season .

One of the big magnerts of the region is its food. Here South Tyrolean style meets Italian elegance. Schlutzkrapfen and pasta found both in alpine huts or gourmet restaurants. You have lots of options of combined Alpine and Mediterranean dishes as well as lots of regional specialities.

Facts of 3 Zinnen Dolomites (today before the merger with Thurnthaler):

Ski season:

17 Nov 2018 till 7 April 2019

110 KM of ski slopes

2 toboggan runs with lift connection

Night skiing area at Baranci

32 cable cars and lifts

24 ski huts

100% snowmaking – snow is guaranteed!

The rail connects 3 Zinnen Dolomites with Kronplatz Plan de Corones. View of the Drei Zinnen/Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Drei Zinnen ski area - Copyright: 3 Peaks Dolomites. 3 Peaks Dolomites will link its resort to Östirol in Austria for the 21/22 ski season .
The rail connects 3 Zinnen Dolomites with Kronplatz Plan de Corones. View of the Drei Zinnen/Tre Cime di Lavaredo. 3 Zinnen Dolomites ski area – Copyright: 3 Zinnen Dolomites. 3 Zinnen Dolomites will link its resort to Östirol in Austria for the 21/22 ski season .

The 3 Zinnen Dolomites ski area has its own round of the peaks, similar to the renowned Sella Ronda. This is called Giro delle Cime

The Giro delle Cime is a fascinating daylong ski trip and a must for endurance alpine skiing enthusiasts through the Sesto Dolomites Nature Park, at the heart of the Sesto Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

There are two variations to the Giro delle Cime

  • The short version begins in Versciaco/Vierschach and at the Croda Rossa you turn to make the return journey (approximately 5.5 hours)
  • The “Grande Giro delle Cime”, which leads to the Italian Val Comelico ski area, crosses three valleys and five mountains. Skiers have to manage approximately 5,600 of elevation gain.

Tour description: Start at 9.30 am in Versciaco, follow the red sign-posted line via the Monte Elmo, Stiergarten and Croda Rossa ski mountains and continue towards the Passo Monte Croce as far as the Val Comelico ski area. This is the turning point of the tour. Follow the green signs back (aprox. 7 hours).

Sledging down the mountain. Drei Zinnen ski area - Copyright: 3 Peaks Dolomites. 3 Peaks Dolomites will link its resort to Östirol in Austria for the 21/22 ski season .
Sledging down the mountain. Drei Zinnen ski area – Copyright: 3 Peaks Dolomites. 3 Peaks Dolomites will link its resort to Östirol in Austria for the 21/22 ski season .

You can let an experienced ski instructor be your guide free of charge, on the “Giro” mountain tour on Sundays and Wednesdays. Registration is essential for this – More info here.

New for the 2018-19 ski season:

NEW 6-SEATER CHAIRLIFT “MITTELSTATION”
Work starts with the dismantling of a piece of history: after being in operation for more than 40 years, the nostalgic two-seater “middle station” chairlift is being replaced by a new detachable 6-seater chairlift made by Leitner ropeways, with protective bubbles and heated seats. In addition to protective bubbles and the luxury of heated seats, the new 6-seater chairlift will offer visitors to the ski resort extraordinary comfort, especially our younger guests: the child-friendly boarding conveyor belt, which goes up or down depending on children’s the size, makes getting into the chairlift as easy and straightforward as possible for young skiers. This is the way to get a fun day of skiing off to a great start. The new 6-seater chairlift will provide almost complete access to the entire ski slope area beneath the extensive Monte Elmo plateau.

Ski map of the Three Peaks Dolomites - Copyright: 3 Peaks Dolomites. 3 Peaks Dolomites will link its resort to Östirol in Austria for the 21/22 ski season .
Ski map of the Three Peaks Dolomites – Copyright: 3 Peaks Dolomites. 3 Peaks Dolomites will link its resort to Östirol in Austria for the 21/22 ski season .
2 NEW SLOPES
The variety of slopes in the ski resort is also being expanded. From winter 2018/19 there will be two new slopes: a easy blue alternative to the existing black “Kristlerhang” valley run, and a new valley run from the Croda Rossa ski mountain towards Signaue, an easy blue slope ideal for wide carving.
FAMILY FUNSLOPES
Two new attractions will also extend the existing range of provisions for families. Two new Family Funslopes, one at the Croda Rossa and the other at the Monte Elmo ski mountain, will complement the already extensive provision for families. The new funslopes are a special mix of banked turns, waves, snow tunnels, bridges and even a snail. Fun for the whole family is guaranteed.
Skiing with a view on the 3 Peaks Dolomites ski area - Copyright: 3 Peaks Dolomites. 3 Peaks Dolomites will link its resort to Östirol in Austria for the 21/22 ski season .
Skiing with a view on the 3 Peaks Dolomites ski area – Copyright: 3 Peaks Dolomites. 3 Peaks Dolomites will link its resort to Östirol in Austria for the 21/22 ski season .
NEW HUT “ZIN FUX”
In the winter season 2018/19 a new gourmet star will be rising in the ski resort: the new hut called “Zin Fux” in the Signaue, opposite the Pollaio cult ski hut, is built in modern, alpine style with local wood and glazed façades and will be an irresistible attraction for foodies and other pleasure skiers in the future.

More information on 3 Zinnen Dolomites ski area here.

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A corduroy piste at 3 Peaks Dolomites ski area - Copyright: 3 Peaks Dolomites. 3 Peaks Dolomites will link its resort to Östirol in Austria for the 21/22 ski season .
A corduroy piste at 3 Peaks Dolomites ski area – Copyright: 3 Peaks Dolomites. 3 Peaks Dolomites will link its resort to Östirol in Austria for the 21/22 ski season .

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Featured image: Drei Zinnen seen from the Drei Zinnen Dolomites ski area – photo PXHere.com. 3 Peaks Dolomites will link its resort to Östirol in Austria for the 21/22 ski season .

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