3 Zinnen will continue with its plan to install the Helmjet Sexten 10-seater cable car.
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3 Zinnen (Tre Cime) ski resort is going ahead with the plan of replacing its old 40-year-old gondola which connected the village of Sesto/Sexten with the ski mountain of Monte Elmo/Helm, with the new premium 10-seater gondola called Helmjet Sexten.
The new gondola will be a premium upgrade for the 3 Zinnen ski resort in the Dolomites, especially because longer waiting lines in the peak season can now be avoided, due to its capacity to bring around 3.000 people at the top per hour.
Mark Winkler, CEO of 3 Zinnen Ski Resort Dolomites said:
“Every new lift we build is special to me. But the “HELMJET SEXTEN” is a passion project: we have all been waiting for it for many years. In a way, it is the jewel in the crown of the 3 Zinnen Dolomites sports and mountain destination—the last piece in the jigsaw puzzle of investments we made over the course of the past years. We are giving our main entrance in Sesto a massive upgrade: the state-of-the-art facilities will offer our guests much greater comfort while reducing the rush and waiting times of the old system. Personally, I cannot wait to sit in the new ‘Symphony’ premium gondola for the first time and take in the views of the Sesto Sundial.”
Completing the puzzle of the resort with Helmjet Sexten.
The Monte Elmo Sesto cable car was first built in February 1981. At the time, it was extremely modern. For nearly forty years, it carried skiers, hikers and families to the top of Monte Elmo daily, until this changed in 2020. This year the dated cable car is replaced by the new detachable premium 10-seater Helmjet Sexten cablecar lift.
Six years ago, the 3 Zinnen Dolomites ski resort (called at the time “Sesto Dolomites”) – consisted only of only 50 km of slopes on two mountains. Today, just over half a decade, the 3 Zinnen AG has turned the area into a little gem of five interconnected mountains and 115 km of slopes, with 31 modern cable cars and chairlifts serving them. On the mountain you find family-run restaurants, ski and bike rental services and the Punka Service Centre, the most advance service facilities in the Alps.
The Punka Service Centre is located in what used to be an old barn, by the new Versciaco Train Station and it offers visitors ski pass sales, ski school, rentals, ski storage, shop, restaurant and an après- ski area.
Planning to go to 3 Zinnen.
If driving, you need to go to the NE of Italy, either from Austria through the Brenner Pass, or if coming from the West, you can cross the Mont Blanc Tunnel and drive all the way to Venice from there and then North, or from the different passes from Switzerland- like Domodossola, or driving from Lake Lugano to Lake Como, or maybe further west from the Gran San Bernardo into Aosta.
If flying, you can go to Venice, Verona (a bit further) or Innsbruck.
This is a great resort to combine with Kronplatz, as a train unites both, so you can ski in both resorts, staying at Sesto, for skiing Drei Zinnen, or at San Candido, Dobbiaco, Villabassa for skiing Kronplatz. You also are very near the jaw-dropping beautiful Lago di Braies.
As 3 Zinnen is on the Dolomiti Superski pass, you can reserve a day to go skiing the Sella Ronda (driving to Alta Badia to start), and also take a day off to visit beautiful Cortina d’Ampezzo. Just see how you choose the ski pass you purchase to include those days out. There are different options you are offered when purchasing lifts.
Where to stay in 3 Zinnen/Sesto
I would recommend the Dolomites Spa Resort Bad Moos. The hotel has a huge spa of over 2000 m2, with different saunas, swimming pools and beauty treatments. This is a ski in/ski out hotel, so you don’t have to tire yourself before going to the slopes. It is located next to the Croda Rossa cablecar. Rooms have all different types and styles, from modern to traditional, so you can choose which style suites you. Staff and the owners are lovely and very helpful.
This hotel offers 360 panoramic views across the Sesto Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage site. A more traditional hotel, it has a gourmet restaurant, open air terrace and a wellness centre. The wellness includes a Finnish sauna, Turkish bath, hot tub and a relaxation area with a solarium.
It is located 350 yards away from the Coda Rossa ski lift. There is a ski free bus available.
For the summer, this hotel is located at the start of the Sesto Dolomites Natural Reserve.
Places to eat in 3 Zinnen ski resort:
- Hennstoll/Pollaio at the valley stations of Signaue and Drei Zinnen: a very cozy hut with a big sun terrace and the best steaks on the slopes
- Rifugio Galle Cedrone: Accessible via the chair lift Hasenköpfl, the hut has by far the best view in the whole ski area
- Gröberhütte: Ideal location for families right next to the Monte Elmo valley station in Versciaco with highly recommended South Tyrolean food
- Rifugio Rudi: Located at the top station of Croda Rossa, the hut offers a nice sun terrace and alpine-Mediterranean dishes
Places to eat in the village:
- Pizzeria Martina in Sesto: very friendly staff with fantastic pizza, but they do offer also some Italian and South Tyrolean dishes.
- Ristorante il Leone in Sesto: delicious Italian food like risotto, seafood pasta and homemade Tiramisu
- Pizzeria Hans in Dobbiaco: renewed pizzeria/restaurant with a huge choice of traditional and fancy pizza creations
- In’s Kupferdachl in San Candido: nice restaurant at the entrance of San Candido, with great South Tyrol
More information on the Helmjet Sexten gondola here.
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