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My First Time Skiing in the Italian Alps

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Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

Kronplatz or Plan de Corones was the very first Alpine ski resort I visited outside of the East Coast of the United States. If you’ve read my blog post on Mount Snow, Vermont, I talk about how I love downhill skiing in the winter months and I’m so glad I decided to take up this amazing sport as a hobby at such a young age. I’ve made so many amazing memories skiing over the years and for some reason, time tends to stop on the slopes. I am focused, living in the present and full of pure bliss.

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

Prior to my trip to the Italian Dolomites, I had only been skiing on the East Coast of the United States and it has been such a dream of mine to shred glistening gnar in the European Alps. Nominated as the Best Ski Resort in the Alps in 2018, Kronplatz is located in the Northern part of the South Tyrol region of Italy and not only is it famous for its skiing and winter sports during the wintertime, it also makes for the perfect hiking, biking and outdoors adventure destination during the summer. What is cool about skiing in the Dolomites are that you could actually ski into different villages. Some resorts even allow you to ski into different countries such as Switzerland and Austria. At Kronplatz, you could ski into the charming Alpine towns of San Vigilio, which is where I stayed during my time there, and you could also make your way to Valdaora and Brunico as well as the neighboring ski resort in Alta Badia.

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

As my first international trip of the new decade, I spent a full week in the Dolomites exploring the natural beauty of the South Tyrol region and experiencing all of the winter activities and experiences the Italian Alps are known for. The first part of my trip was spent in the charming Alpine town of San Vigilio where I got to stay at the awesome Hotel Teresa and participate in their nature adventures. During my time in San Vigilio, I also got to experience the amazing ski slopes of Kronplatz! The last part of my trip was spent in Selva where I went skiing and explored the breathtaking mountains of Val Gardena.

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

Skiing in the Dolomites is absolutely magical! Read all about my memorable time skiing the powdery white slopes of Kronplatz.

*My time spent at Kronplatz was a ski day for press through Visit South Tyrol.


Getting to the Ski Resort and Where to Stay:

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

Before I go into how I traveled around the Italian Dolomites, I want to admit that there is no easy way to get there, especially from the United States. I was thankful to have found affordable flights from Newark Airport to Zurich, Switzerland. From Zurich, I took a separate and short 45-minute flight to Venice’s Marco Polo Airport. Venice is the easiest and most cost-effective city to fly into if you are planning to go to the Dolomites. Other cities you could fly into, but will be more expensive, are Milan, Verona, Trieste, Bergamo and Innsbruck. (Munich is another airport you could fly into, but it is a bit further.)

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

Another important fact to note is that public transportation in the Dolomites is almost nonexistent. You could find options for buses, but depending on where you go, public transit will take you much longer to reach your destination. Click here to discover ways you could get around the Dolomites using public transportation. If you are looking to see a lot within the Dolomites and not just stay in one location, it is best to rent a car like I did!

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

Before I go into the details, if you need to rent a car in Italy (or anywhere in the European Union), you will need to have an international driver’s permit in addition to your regular driver’s license. I don’t know how the process works for every single country out there, but for U.S. residents, you could easily obtain one by going to your local AAA office. I got mine a week before I left for my trip and it took me 10 minutes. I rented my car from Fox Rent A Car through Sicily by Car in Venice’s Marco Polo Airport. I highly recommend booking your rental car in advance, especially if you are looking for an automatic vehicle. Since I don’t drive manual or stick shift, I needed an automatic car, so I was lucky that the rental car company provided me with an Opel Crossland (it’s a European SUV) and it was perfect for the mountains. I will have a separate blog post on how to rent a car in Italy, but for now, that is what I did in order for me to get to and around the Dolomites.

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

During my time in the Kronplatz region, I stayed at Hotel Teresa in San Vigilio. This newly renovated family-owned chalet hotel is situated on the outskirts of the Fanes-Senes-Braies Nature Park, is right around the corner from the cable cars Transbronta/Piz de Plaies and cross-country slope at Kronplatz. Click here to read all about my experience staying at Hotel Teresa and the adventures I did with them.  

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

When you arrive in the Alps, there are numerous ways to get to Kronplatz and what is awesome about the South Tyrol region is that they offer a private airport shuttle if you fly into Innsbruck, Munich, Verona and Bergamo. It is a very convenient option, but a bit on the expensive side. Staying at a hotel in the Kronplatz region will sometimes offer a private shuttle service or the entrance to the slopes may even be in walking distance to your accommodation. There are also bus services to and from the slopes. (These buses could also take you to the slopes in the other towns as well.) The Holidaypass Mobile in South Tyrol will be provided to you from your hotel in San Vigilio and San Martin as a member of the Tourist Association. This ticket is super convenient as it entitles you to unlimited use of all public transportation throughout South Tyrol, including the regional railways and ski buses.

The Kronplatz Region:

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

Comprising a unique mixture of landscape, the Kronplatz region is the northernmost region of Italy. It is 2,275 m (7,464 ft) above sea level and it holds the stunning and medieval towns of Brunico-Bruneck, S. Lorenzo-St. Lorenzen, Falzes-Pfalzen, Gais/Villa Ottone-Uttenheim, Perca-Percha, San Vigilio, San Martin, Chienes-Kiens, Terento-Terenten, Valdaora-Olang, Val Casies-Gsieser Tal, Monguelfo-Welsberg, Tesido-Taisten, Valle Anterselva-Antholzertal (famous for the Biathlon World Cup), Campo Tures-Sand in Taufers and Valle Aurina-Ahrntal. Not only is the Ski Resort of Kronplatz located in the Kronplatz region, the resorts of Klausberg and Speikboden also reside in the area.

Ski Resort of Kronplatz:

One of the main reasons why I loved skiing in the Dolomites is because the conditions were absolutely perfect, the snow is super powdery, the views are nothing like I’ve seen before and there is NO ICE! (If you’re a skier or snowboarder, you know how important that is.)

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

At Kronplatz, the ski season begins in late November and runs through mid-April. There are 119km (74 miles) of slopes that offer different levels of skiing; black is for experts; red is for intermediate and blue is for beginners. There are also 32 modern lifts. Please note that skiing in Italy is a little different than skiing in the United States. The green slopes in the U.S. are considered intermediate; in Italy, they are the red slopes. Also, I found the slopes in general to be steeper in Italy as compared to the U.S. (A blue hill in Italy is like a green in America.) From my own personal experience, the snow in the Alps is much better than it is on the East Coast of the United States. Although I have not skied out west, I’ve heard the conditions are great there.

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

I also found that skiing in the Dolomites is much more efficient when it comes to getting on and off the lift. When you go to the ticket counter after you first arrive, they will give you a small ticket. At first, I was a little confused because I literally thought to myself that I was going to lose my ski pass, but what is so cool is that you could keep this pass sealed up in your jacket or pants pocket. Now, you’re probably wondering how this all works, but as you enter through the gates to get onto the lift, it automatically scans the pass that is located in your pocket! If you usually ski in the United States, it is a bit old fashion and you will get a pass that you need to attach to your coat zipper and a staff member will come around and scan it before you get on the lift. In the Italian Dolomites, you don’t have to wait on any lines either. It’s amazing!

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

Before I dive deeper into this blog post, I do recommend that if you are traveling to the Alps to go skiing or snowboarding and it’s your first time doing it for the season or even if you haven’t gone skiing or snowboarding in a while, it is best to go to your local ski resort and do some trial runs to get comfortable on the slopes. Like I mention above, the slopes are bit steeper in the Alps than they are in other parts of the world, so you definitely want to make sure you have your confidence. If you are newer to skiing or snowboarding or if you want to freshen up your skills and improve your technique at Kronplatz, there is an amazing ski school that offers a comprehensive offer of courses for all ages. You could take skiing or snowboarding lessons in a group or individually. The ski resort’s team of professionals ensures that all visitors to Kronplatz enjoy excellent conditions and remain safe.

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

In addition, a lot of the signs on the ski slopes of the Dolomites will either be in Italian or Ladin. If you are new to Kronplatz, by yourself or don’t know either language, I highly recommend downloading the Kronplatz app. Kronplatz is huge and there are so many great slopes and ski areas that it is easy to get lost. The Kronplatz app by Intermaps will provide you with a full map and you could also get news and information from the ski resort directly. You could also track your entire ski day and enter to win great prizes! On the app, you could also see which events are taking place at the resort, which lifts and slopes are currently opened or closed as well as the weather report. (During the summer, you could also plan your next hiking or biking tour with the 3D map that is available.)

Getting Ready for a Day of Skiing:

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

There are a variety of different ski passes you could purchase from Kronplatz. Click here to learn more! All ski passes could be purchased online or at the lower cable car stations of Cianross, Pedagá, Pré da Peres and Ruis during opening hours.

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

In addition, you could also rent ski and snowboard equipment at Kronplatz. The professionals at Kronplatz will recommend the right skis, snowboards, skiing/snowboarding boots and more based on your level, height and weight. You could also rent a helmet, ski polls, cross country or Telemark skies, plus more.

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

Just like everything else, there are rules you need to follow when you visit Kronplatz. Always remember to never endanger or harm other skiers or snowboarders; adjust your speed and style to the conditions; do not stop in narrow or blind spots; always keep an eye out for the information signs and check the color of the slope you’re about to go down and remember to leave others enough space on the slopes.

What to Experience at Kronplatz:

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

Concordia 2000:

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

At the top of Kronplatz, you could walk up to the peace bell of Concordia 2000. On the bell, you will see the words “Donet Deus Popolis Pacem”, which means “God Gives Peace to the People”. That is the message that the municipalities of San Vigilio, Valdaora and Brunico want to convey to all of the visitors at Kronplatz.

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

At the bell, you could catch stunning views of both the Italian Dolomites as well as the Austrian Alps. It is absolutely breathtaking! The bell can be visited throughout the entire year.

Messner Mountain Museum Corones:

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

Situated at the summit plateau of Kronplatz is the Messner Mountain Museum. It is dedicated to traditional mountaineering, which is strongly influenced by Reinhold Messner. This distinctive museum was created by Zaha Hadid and the views goes beyond the borders of South Tyrol, Italy.

Lumen Museum of Mountain Photography:

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

This epic museum has four floors dedicated to mountain photography from the early days through present day. The Lumen Museum of Mountain Photography has an amazing exhibit that showcases historic images, digital innovations and spectacular scenography. This amazing museum is in partnership with National Geographic!

Food and Après-Ski:

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

One of the best parts about skiing in Italy is that there are charming little huts all around the mountain where you could ski right into and enjoy a plate of gnocchi with an Aperol Spritz (or a plate or drink of your choice). During my time skiing at Kronplatz, I had some delicious Northern Italian beverages and traditional Ladin cuisine at Corones Hütte as well as Graziani Lodge.

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

An Aperol spritz is the official cocktail of the Venezia region of Italy and it is a wine-based cocktail made with Prosecco, Aperol and soda water/tonic that is commonly served as an aperitivo. It makes for the most refreshing beverage during a sunny day of skiing. Aperol spritz was definitely my go-to beverage both on the slopes when I stopped for lunch as well as when I partook in some après-ski fun later in the evening.

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

Some popular Ladin dishes to savor in the Dolomites that make for a great fuel is spinach spätzle with tomatoes and prosciutto; potato gnocchi with smoked bratwurst and sauerkraut as well as speck dumpling soup that consists of speck (a cured smoke meat that is a staple to the South Tyrol region), flour, eggs, parsley, bouillon and chives. Every region of Italy has a different cuisine and I absolutely enjoyed the traditional Ladin meals I had during my time in South Tyrol. To describe Ladin dishes, it is a nice mix of Italian and German cuisine. (I talk more about Ladin culture in this blog post.)

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

Après-ski is the after party from a full day of being on the slopes. Whether you are celebrating in a hut, at an umbrella bar or a pub, you will definitely have a blast! In the Dolomites, there are live bands, DJs and all different types of skiers and snowboarders having fun. A few awesome places to enjoy après-ski in Kronplatz are at K1 in Reischach, Gassi and Giggeralm.

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

During my time skiing in Kronplatz, I met up with the friends I made at Hotel Teresa and we had a blast skiing and enjoying the fun on the slopes. At Graziani Lodge, there was a local Ladin musician who provided entertainment for those enjoying lunch and drinks. We also got to enjoy some grappa (a Northern Italian grape-based pomace brandy) before we skied back down. (For safety reasons, please ensure you always watch your alcohol intake on the slopes.)


Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

Overall, I had a blast at Kronplatz and it was some of the best skiing I’ve experienced to date. I hope you all enjoyed reading about my experience at Kronplatz and discovering how you could have an amazing time on the slopes. If you have any questions about my time at Kronplatz, please email me at info@browneyedflowerchild.com.

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10 Comments

  1. Kim Deer on January 26, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    Love Kronplatz after reading your blog ~ beautiful nature all around ~ mountains, animals, rolling evergreens, winter wonderland and more. After reading your blog, I really would love to visit this part of Italy ~ I can see why you want to visit again in the summer ~ beautiful photography and very informative blog ~ another great writing piece/ travel guide~ Love you, mom xoxo <3

    • Taylor Deer on January 27, 2020 at 8:32 am

      Thank you mom! It’s such a gorgeous part of the country! 🙂 Love you too!

  2. Brittany Sneller on January 27, 2020 at 11:35 am

    Loving all your wintery photos! Kronplatz is now on my radar (it wasn’t before!) Would love to go in winter but especially in summer for hiking! xx

    • Taylor Deer on January 27, 2020 at 11:39 am

      Thank you Bri! It is such an awesome ski resort and I definitely want to go back in the summer for hiking! 🙂

  3. Allie Marie on January 27, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    Very informative post Taylor and I love that you can ski right into the villages – looks like a dream! Also very helpful with the car rental info. 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on January 27, 2020 at 3:10 pm

      Thank you so much Allie! It really was a dream. You’re going to have a blast in the French Alps! 🙂

  4. Emma on January 27, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    Oh this looks like my dream place! It’s so awesome that you can ski right in to the villages! As always, your photos are beautiful!

    • Taylor Deer on January 27, 2020 at 9:18 pm

      You would love skiing at Kronplatz! Italian’s definitely know how to do skiing right. Also thank you Emma! 🙂

  5. Dom on February 1, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    Oh my!! Sunny days skiing! Something we haven’t experienced this winter in Canada!

    Sounds like you had a bit of a journey getting there but from those pictures it looks absolutely worth it. The Dolomites are somewhere we both really want to go. Maybe we’ll try and go next winter during one of the quiet weeks!

    • Taylor Deer on February 2, 2020 at 2:55 pm

      Ah yes, it’s sunny there 300 days out of the year! You guys would love it so much! 🙂

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My First Time Skiing in the Italian Alps

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Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

Kronplatz or Plan de Corones was the very first Alpine ski resort I visited outside of the East Coast of the United States. If you’ve read my blog post on Mount Snow, Vermont, I talk about how I love downhill skiing in the winter months and I’m so glad I decided to take up this amazing sport as a hobby at such a young age. I’ve made so many amazing memories skiing over the years and for some reason, time tends to stop on the slopes. I am focused, living in the present and full of pure bliss.

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

Prior to my trip to the Italian Dolomites, I had only been skiing on the East Coast of the United States and it has been such a dream of mine to shred glistening gnar in the European Alps. Nominated as the Best Ski Resort in the Alps in 2018, Kronplatz is located in the Northern part of the South Tyrol region of Italy and not only is it famous for its skiing and winter sports during the wintertime, it also makes for the perfect hiking, biking and outdoors adventure destination during the summer. What is cool about skiing in the Dolomites are that you could actually ski into different villages. Some resorts even allow you to ski into different countries such as Switzerland and Austria. At Kronplatz, you could ski into the charming Alpine towns of San Vigilio, which is where I stayed during my time there, and you could also make your way to Valdaora and Brunico as well as the neighboring ski resort in Alta Badia.

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

As my first international trip of the new decade, I spent a full week in the Dolomites exploring the natural beauty of the South Tyrol region and experiencing all of the winter activities and experiences the Italian Alps are known for. The first part of my trip was spent in the charming Alpine town of San Vigilio where I got to stay at the awesome Hotel Teresa and participate in their nature adventures. During my time in San Vigilio, I also got to experience the amazing ski slopes of Kronplatz! The last part of my trip was spent in Selva where I went skiing and explored the breathtaking mountains of Val Gardena.

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

Skiing in the Dolomites is absolutely magical! Read all about my memorable time skiing the powdery white slopes of Kronplatz.

*My time spent at Kronplatz was a ski day for press through Visit South Tyrol.


Getting to the Ski Resort and Where to Stay:

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

Before I go into how I traveled around the Italian Dolomites, I want to admit that there is no easy way to get there, especially from the United States. I was thankful to have found affordable flights from Newark Airport to Zurich, Switzerland. From Zurich, I took a separate and short 45-minute flight to Venice’s Marco Polo Airport. Venice is the easiest and most cost-effective city to fly into if you are planning to go to the Dolomites. Other cities you could fly into, but will be more expensive, are Milan, Verona, Trieste, Bergamo and Innsbruck. (Munich is another airport you could fly into, but it is a bit further.)

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

Another important fact to note is that public transportation in the Dolomites is almost nonexistent. You could find options for buses, but depending on where you go, public transit will take you much longer to reach your destination. Click here to discover ways you could get around the Dolomites using public transportation. If you are looking to see a lot within the Dolomites and not just stay in one location, it is best to rent a car like I did!

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

Before I go into the details, if you need to rent a car in Italy (or anywhere in the European Union), you will need to have an international driver’s permit in addition to your regular driver’s license. I don’t know how the process works for every single country out there, but for U.S. residents, you could easily obtain one by going to your local AAA office. I got mine a week before I left for my trip and it took me 10 minutes. I rented my car from Fox Rent A Car through Sicily by Car in Venice’s Marco Polo Airport. I highly recommend booking your rental car in advance, especially if you are looking for an automatic vehicle. Since I don’t drive manual or stick shift, I needed an automatic car, so I was lucky that the rental car company provided me with an Opel Crossland (it’s a European SUV) and it was perfect for the mountains. I will have a separate blog post on how to rent a car in Italy, but for now, that is what I did in order for me to get to and around the Dolomites.

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

During my time in the Kronplatz region, I stayed at Hotel Teresa in San Vigilio. This newly renovated family-owned chalet hotel is situated on the outskirts of the Fanes-Senes-Braies Nature Park, is right around the corner from the cable cars Transbronta/Piz de Plaies and cross-country slope at Kronplatz. Click here to read all about my experience staying at Hotel Teresa and the adventures I did with them.  

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

When you arrive in the Alps, there are numerous ways to get to Kronplatz and what is awesome about the South Tyrol region is that they offer a private airport shuttle if you fly into Innsbruck, Munich, Verona and Bergamo. It is a very convenient option, but a bit on the expensive side. Staying at a hotel in the Kronplatz region will sometimes offer a private shuttle service or the entrance to the slopes may even be in walking distance to your accommodation. There are also bus services to and from the slopes. (These buses could also take you to the slopes in the other towns as well.) The Holidaypass Mobile in South Tyrol will be provided to you from your hotel in San Vigilio and San Martin as a member of the Tourist Association. This ticket is super convenient as it entitles you to unlimited use of all public transportation throughout South Tyrol, including the regional railways and ski buses.

The Kronplatz Region:

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

Comprising a unique mixture of landscape, the Kronplatz region is the northernmost region of Italy. It is 2,275 m (7,464 ft) above sea level and it holds the stunning and medieval towns of Brunico-Bruneck, S. Lorenzo-St. Lorenzen, Falzes-Pfalzen, Gais/Villa Ottone-Uttenheim, Perca-Percha, San Vigilio, San Martin, Chienes-Kiens, Terento-Terenten, Valdaora-Olang, Val Casies-Gsieser Tal, Monguelfo-Welsberg, Tesido-Taisten, Valle Anterselva-Antholzertal (famous for the Biathlon World Cup), Campo Tures-Sand in Taufers and Valle Aurina-Ahrntal. Not only is the Ski Resort of Kronplatz located in the Kronplatz region, the resorts of Klausberg and Speikboden also reside in the area.

Ski Resort of Kronplatz:

One of the main reasons why I loved skiing in the Dolomites is because the conditions were absolutely perfect, the snow is super powdery, the views are nothing like I’ve seen before and there is NO ICE! (If you’re a skier or snowboarder, you know how important that is.)

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

At Kronplatz, the ski season begins in late November and runs through mid-April. There are 119km (74 miles) of slopes that offer different levels of skiing; black is for experts; red is for intermediate and blue is for beginners. There are also 32 modern lifts. Please note that skiing in Italy is a little different than skiing in the United States. The green slopes in the U.S. are considered intermediate; in Italy, they are the red slopes. Also, I found the slopes in general to be steeper in Italy as compared to the U.S. (A blue hill in Italy is like a green in America.) From my own personal experience, the snow in the Alps is much better than it is on the East Coast of the United States. Although I have not skied out west, I’ve heard the conditions are great there.

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

I also found that skiing in the Dolomites is much more efficient when it comes to getting on and off the lift. When you go to the ticket counter after you first arrive, they will give you a small ticket. At first, I was a little confused because I literally thought to myself that I was going to lose my ski pass, but what is so cool is that you could keep this pass sealed up in your jacket or pants pocket. Now, you’re probably wondering how this all works, but as you enter through the gates to get onto the lift, it automatically scans the pass that is located in your pocket! If you usually ski in the United States, it is a bit old fashion and you will get a pass that you need to attach to your coat zipper and a staff member will come around and scan it before you get on the lift. In the Italian Dolomites, you don’t have to wait on any lines either. It’s amazing!

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

Before I dive deeper into this blog post, I do recommend that if you are traveling to the Alps to go skiing or snowboarding and it’s your first time doing it for the season or even if you haven’t gone skiing or snowboarding in a while, it is best to go to your local ski resort and do some trial runs to get comfortable on the slopes. Like I mention above, the slopes are bit steeper in the Alps than they are in other parts of the world, so you definitely want to make sure you have your confidence. If you are newer to skiing or snowboarding or if you want to freshen up your skills and improve your technique at Kronplatz, there is an amazing ski school that offers a comprehensive offer of courses for all ages. You could take skiing or snowboarding lessons in a group or individually. The ski resort’s team of professionals ensures that all visitors to Kronplatz enjoy excellent conditions and remain safe.

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

In addition, a lot of the signs on the ski slopes of the Dolomites will either be in Italian or Ladin. If you are new to Kronplatz, by yourself or don’t know either language, I highly recommend downloading the Kronplatz app. Kronplatz is huge and there are so many great slopes and ski areas that it is easy to get lost. The Kronplatz app by Intermaps will provide you with a full map and you could also get news and information from the ski resort directly. You could also track your entire ski day and enter to win great prizes! On the app, you could also see which events are taking place at the resort, which lifts and slopes are currently opened or closed as well as the weather report. (During the summer, you could also plan your next hiking or biking tour with the 3D map that is available.)

Getting Ready for a Day of Skiing:

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

There are a variety of different ski passes you could purchase from Kronplatz. Click here to learn more! All ski passes could be purchased online or at the lower cable car stations of Cianross, Pedagá, Pré da Peres and Ruis during opening hours.

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

In addition, you could also rent ski and snowboard equipment at Kronplatz. The professionals at Kronplatz will recommend the right skis, snowboards, skiing/snowboarding boots and more based on your level, height and weight. You could also rent a helmet, ski polls, cross country or Telemark skies, plus more.

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

Just like everything else, there are rules you need to follow when you visit Kronplatz. Always remember to never endanger or harm other skiers or snowboarders; adjust your speed and style to the conditions; do not stop in narrow or blind spots; always keep an eye out for the information signs and check the color of the slope you’re about to go down and remember to leave others enough space on the slopes.

What to Experience at Kronplatz:

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

Concordia 2000:

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

At the top of Kronplatz, you could walk up to the peace bell of Concordia 2000. On the bell, you will see the words “Donet Deus Popolis Pacem”, which means “God Gives Peace to the People”. That is the message that the municipalities of San Vigilio, Valdaora and Brunico want to convey to all of the visitors at Kronplatz.

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

At the bell, you could catch stunning views of both the Italian Dolomites as well as the Austrian Alps. It is absolutely breathtaking! The bell can be visited throughout the entire year.

Messner Mountain Museum Corones:

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

Situated at the summit plateau of Kronplatz is the Messner Mountain Museum. It is dedicated to traditional mountaineering, which is strongly influenced by Reinhold Messner. This distinctive museum was created by Zaha Hadid and the views goes beyond the borders of South Tyrol, Italy.

Lumen Museum of Mountain Photography:

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

This epic museum has four floors dedicated to mountain photography from the early days through present day. The Lumen Museum of Mountain Photography has an amazing exhibit that showcases historic images, digital innovations and spectacular scenography. This amazing museum is in partnership with National Geographic!

Food and Après-Ski:

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

One of the best parts about skiing in Italy is that there are charming little huts all around the mountain where you could ski right into and enjoy a plate of gnocchi with an Aperol Spritz (or a plate or drink of your choice). During my time skiing at Kronplatz, I had some delicious Northern Italian beverages and traditional Ladin cuisine at Corones Hütte as well as Graziani Lodge.

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

An Aperol spritz is the official cocktail of the Venezia region of Italy and it is a wine-based cocktail made with Prosecco, Aperol and soda water/tonic that is commonly served as an aperitivo. It makes for the most refreshing beverage during a sunny day of skiing. Aperol spritz was definitely my go-to beverage both on the slopes when I stopped for lunch as well as when I partook in some après-ski fun later in the evening.

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

Some popular Ladin dishes to savor in the Dolomites that make for a great fuel is spinach spätzle with tomatoes and prosciutto; potato gnocchi with smoked bratwurst and sauerkraut as well as speck dumpling soup that consists of speck (a cured smoke meat that is a staple to the South Tyrol region), flour, eggs, parsley, bouillon and chives. Every region of Italy has a different cuisine and I absolutely enjoyed the traditional Ladin meals I had during my time in South Tyrol. To describe Ladin dishes, it is a nice mix of Italian and German cuisine. (I talk more about Ladin culture in this blog post.)

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

Après-ski is the after party from a full day of being on the slopes. Whether you are celebrating in a hut, at an umbrella bar or a pub, you will definitely have a blast! In the Dolomites, there are live bands, DJs and all different types of skiers and snowboarders having fun. A few awesome places to enjoy après-ski in Kronplatz are at K1 in Reischach, Gassi and Giggeralm.

Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

During my time skiing in Kronplatz, I met up with the friends I made at Hotel Teresa and we had a blast skiing and enjoying the fun on the slopes. At Graziani Lodge, there was a local Ladin musician who provided entertainment for those enjoying lunch and drinks. We also got to enjoy some grappa (a Northern Italian grape-based pomace brandy) before we skied back down. (For safety reasons, please ensure you always watch your alcohol intake on the slopes.)


Skiing at Kronplatz in South, Tyrol, Italy. First time skiing in the Italian Dolomites. Everything to know about skiing in the Alps.

Overall, I had a blast at Kronplatz and it was some of the best skiing I’ve experienced to date. I hope you all enjoyed reading about my experience at Kronplatz and discovering how you could have an amazing time on the slopes. If you have any questions about my time at Kronplatz, please email me at info@browneyedflowerchild.com.

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10 Comments

  1. Kim Deer on January 26, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    Love Kronplatz after reading your blog ~ beautiful nature all around ~ mountains, animals, rolling evergreens, winter wonderland and more. After reading your blog, I really would love to visit this part of Italy ~ I can see why you want to visit again in the summer ~ beautiful photography and very informative blog ~ another great writing piece/ travel guide~ Love you, mom xoxo <3

    • Taylor Deer on January 27, 2020 at 8:32 am

      Thank you mom! It’s such a gorgeous part of the country! 🙂 Love you too!

  2. Brittany Sneller on January 27, 2020 at 11:35 am

    Loving all your wintery photos! Kronplatz is now on my radar (it wasn’t before!) Would love to go in winter but especially in summer for hiking! xx

    • Taylor Deer on January 27, 2020 at 11:39 am

      Thank you Bri! It is such an awesome ski resort and I definitely want to go back in the summer for hiking! 🙂

  3. Allie Marie on January 27, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    Very informative post Taylor and I love that you can ski right into the villages – looks like a dream! Also very helpful with the car rental info. 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on January 27, 2020 at 3:10 pm

      Thank you so much Allie! It really was a dream. You’re going to have a blast in the French Alps! 🙂

  4. Emma on January 27, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    Oh this looks like my dream place! It’s so awesome that you can ski right in to the villages! As always, your photos are beautiful!

    • Taylor Deer on January 27, 2020 at 9:18 pm

      You would love skiing at Kronplatz! Italian’s definitely know how to do skiing right. Also thank you Emma! 🙂

  5. Dom on February 1, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    Oh my!! Sunny days skiing! Something we haven’t experienced this winter in Canada!

    Sounds like you had a bit of a journey getting there but from those pictures it looks absolutely worth it. The Dolomites are somewhere we both really want to go. Maybe we’ll try and go next winter during one of the quiet weeks!

    • Taylor Deer on February 2, 2020 at 2:55 pm

      Ah yes, it’s sunny there 300 days out of the year! You guys would love it so much! 🙂

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