The freshly fallen snow makes a quiet crunching sound under your feet. The air seems to vibrate. Thousands of ice crystals are dancing in the steel-blue morning sky. You are surrounded by pure, innocent white. And silence. That’s the beauty of a winter in Venosta Valley. You can look forward to magical snowshoe hikes and skiing in untouched powder snow. To romantic evenings by the fireplace and delicious treats. Indulge in this very special feeling that we call soft winter.
Small, beautiful and part of a magnificent whole – that’s Watles. The ski area only takes a 10-minute drive from the Hotel Weisses Kreuz. Here you can glide into the sunny side of life. Because the slopes on Watles are the sunniest in all of South Tyrol. Your winter holiday in South Tyrol becomes a stress-free skiing indulgence on 18 kilometres of perfectly prepared slopes. The Ski Arena Venosta Valley promises unlimited skiing pleasures. With just one ticket you can fully experience the winter in Venosta Valley: In 5 ski areas, with 36 lifts and 150 kilometres of slopes.
More and more people are discovering the joy of ski touring. For good reason. When you go ski touring, you can explore the beauty of slowness. Discover your own rhythm step by step. And get rewarded with fantastic panoramas and a speedy descent. Winter in Venosta Valley offers ski-tourers numerous options. Tours to the top of the Seeboden, Kälberberg or Piz Sesvenna are just a few examples. A tip from the hostess Marlene: “Every Tuesday, the Watles ski area hosts night-ski touring. In the light of the headlamps, it’s a comfortable climb to the Watleskreuz at 2,556 meters. A unique experience!”
Winter in Venosta Valley and Nordic skiing go hand in hand. This is where cross-country skiers and biathletes will find perfect conditions and a large selections of trails. Discover traditional and skate-ready routes around Lake Haidersee, Lake Reschensee, Langentaufer Valley, Martell Valley, Münster Valley and in Nauders. Particularly recommended: The Schlining Cross-Country Ski Centre. The international competition track has a length of 15 km and is a pleasure for recreational skiers as well.
The beauty of a winter holiday in South Tyrol: Not much is needed for unforgettable experiences in the snow. You just have to take the first step. Out into the crystal-clear winter air. Everything else will start falling into place. Soft winter means: Forging new paths with quiet steps. Sometimes this will take you down age-old trails. Follow the antique Via Claudia Augusta and hike along the historic Waal paths. The favourite snow-shoe route of the hostess Marlene leads to the Brugger Alm. After a two-and-a-half hour walk, you will cross the mystical Zerzer Valley – a particularly quiet and pristine place! Once you arrive at the top, it’s time for “inkäntn” (= starting a fire) and enjoying hot tea from the thermos.
Whether it’s a social outing with friends or a romantic excursion for two: No winter holiday in South Tyrol is complete with out a sledding trip. You walk through heavily snow-covered woods and marvel at glittering icicles. Enjoy the fresh winter breeze in your face during the rapid descent. That’s the pure pleasure of the mild winter in Venosta Valley. The favourite sledding route of the Theiner family: The 4-km natural sledding track on Watles. If you like, you can rent a sled here or go up in the chair lift.