Passo Tonale, Italy

The ultimate guide to Passo Tonale ski holidays in 2015 & 2016.

Ski holidays in Passo Tonale

It doesn’t take long to see why this is one of Italy’s top resorts - Passo is a treat for any snow lover. Known for its amazing value for money, you get lots more than you pay for here when you consider the sunny and snow sure slopes, skiable glacier, queue-free lifts, homely vibe and ridiculously tasty food.


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Passo Tonale Ski Resort

Up in the Rhaetian Alps at 1883m, rubbing shoulders with Trentino and Lombardy, the purpose built town of Tonale is one of the highest resorts in the country. With a top altitude of 3016m, snow is pretty much guaranteed throughout the season here, as is lots of Italian sunshine.

Milan and Verona are the nearest serving airports, where you can find coach, taxi and train connections to the resort. Trains from Milan pass through Verona to Trento where the rail service stops at all of Val di Sole’s top resorts, Passo included.

Thanks to the resort being purpose built, everything is easy to get to. The traffic free streets host a pick-‘n’-mix of establishments to make your stay easy and hassle free; for those on a budget there’s a supermarket, rental shops and relatively cheap options for eating out, (we’ve found pizza and pasta from only 5€). For those looking to push the boat out, there are wellness centres in the big hotels as well as equipment shops for buying the latest mountain trends.

A superb lift system made up of 29 chair lifts, gondolas and cable cars can carry up to 33,000 skiers per hour. With various ski pass options, it doesn’t matter whether you’re a complete beginner or a prospective applicant to the Adamello Ski Raid (this famous high altitude race that takes place here every spring). The Adamello Ski pass covers Passo Tonale, Ponte di Legno, Temù and the Presena Glacier (the areas in the immediate vicinity) and the Superskirama covers these areas but also the Skirama Dolomiti Adamello Branta area, effectively tripling the original ski area size to over 340km of runs.

stats & faq

Where:Italy, Alps.
Nearest Airport & Transfer Time:
Milan Bergamo124km, 2hr30
Winter Skiing: Early November- Early May
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • 11 runs 25%

  • 23 runs 60%

  • 6 runs 15%

Resort Altitude:1883m
Top Altitude:3016m
Bottom Altitude:1883m
Longest run:4.5km
Slope Orientation:NSEW
Downhill Runs:100km
Vertical Drop:2,000m
Beginner slopes:25%
Advanced slopes:15%
Ski pass:€196 adult 6 day
Night Skiing:Yes

Snow Report

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View our detailed Passo Tonale snow forecast or snow report and see all live webcams, piste maps, road and travel maps and lift pass prices. For a picture of historic snow conditions see the snow depths month by month with our Passo Tonale snow history.

Nearby resorts: Peio, Folgarida, Marilleva, Madonna di Campiglio

Skiing in Passo Tonale

As a beginner, having to take loads of lifts to reach the easy runs can be a bit daunting. You don’t have to worry about this here, with the majority of blues near hotels and bars, for those all-important hot chocolate / Dutch courage breaks. Nursery slopes with magic carpets let learners work on snowploughs in short, manageable bursts - when you begin to feel more comfortable, take the Valena chair lift for a couple of mid-length blues.

60% of the slopes have been carefully crafted for intermediates, leading in all directions for quick fire chases and lengthy thigh burning runs. We especially like the long Alpino if you’re after more of a challenge. Presena Destra is a scenic red trail from the top of the glacier leading to the red Presena Paradiso (get the lift the rest of the way down if you don’t want to tackle the following black). If you fancy gliding through the trees, Ponte di Legno has some steeper, wooded runs.

For experts, the 3km Paradiso black is amazing, with a vertical drop of 700m. If you make your way up to Cima Presena at 3015m, you can drink in the panoramic views before descending 1215m on blacks and reds for a rippling ride back to the resort.

Thanks to the amazing snow, there’s some awesome off piste – hire a guide and take the itinerary route off the Presena, which brings you back to the village, albeit with a ten minute walk. Heliskiing also grants exclusive access to even more of the pow - it’ll feel like just you and Mother Nature out on the mountain.

The Adamello Freestyle Arena has jumps, boxes and all the toys, guaranteed to keep all ages entertained for hours on end and the 1000m snow cross means it’ll be a nail-biting race against the clock. Watch out for the Preseno glacier’s snow park, opening later on in the season.

Passo Tonale après Ski

Of course one of the best things about Italy is its delectable delicacies, and whether you’re looking for fast food to fill you after a hard days skiing (try La Torretta for their filling pizza) or a more authentic, native dining experience (El Bait serves local, genuine cuisine), you won’t be disappointed. La Voglia serves group sized platters of cured meat antipasti, local cheeses and a deli counter so you can take your favourite products home and enjoy them all over again! Eating on a budget is easy, with fast food dishes from 5€, and you can usually grab a three course meal for about 10€. For evening venues with entertainment for the kids, Nico’s Bar make amazing pizzas and have their own amusement arcade.

The nightlife has a laid-back, jovial feel as people come together in Magic Pub and other promisingly named watering holes. Bar Heaven and Crazy Horse both have an excellent atmosphere and play great music - get there for happy hour to really make the most of your evening. The Antares Disco is another exciting spot to let loose and move your feet in a way that’s just not possible when you have skis strapped to them.

In terms of activities, the town’s ‘Sleddog’ run means you can have the whooshing-through-tree-trails, husky sled ride you’ve always dreamt of; the hike from Passo de Tonale to Rifugio Citta di Trento includes incredible views and pistes reserved exclusively for sledding and tubing provide no end of fun for all the family.

When is the best time to ski Passo Tonale?

Passo Tonale’s ski area sits above the town’s settling at 1883m and with top heights of 3016m, this Alpine resort is generally one of the first to open in the ski season come early November, and one of the last left open in April or May.

There isn’t much call for snow cannons at such an altitude, but operators have installed some all the same to give the slopes a little dusting when the snow fairy hasn’t been. Located in the Val di Sole (sunny valley), blue skies look promising for this resort all year round, with its mountains pointing towards all 4 faces of the compass.

A purpose built resort that works well, just as it is, Passo’s slopes are known for being generally open throughout the season and the lifts are famous for being queue-free.

Peak dates

If you’ve asked Santa for snow sure slopes and good food and you don’t want to break the notorious December budget, spend your Christmas in Passo Tonale. Browse Passo Tonale Christmas ski holidays ‣

In past years they’ve ladled out free vin brule (that’s mulled wine to you and I) over New Years in Passo Tonale to accompany the amazing torchlit descent and firework display... Browse Passo Tonale New Year ski holidays ‣

Things tend to be deliciously crowd-free even over February Half term in Passo Tonale and the value for money here can make this peak week much more affordable. Browse Passo Tonale Half Term ski holidays ‣

With a glacier that’s usually open for skiing all year, a typically long season and a claim as one of Italy’s highest purpose built resorts, spending Easter in Passo Tonale is likely to see some wonderful snow conditions. Browse Passo Tonale Easter ski holidays ‣

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Hotel Sport Vittoria

Hotel Sport Vittoria

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Hotel Orchidea

Hotel Adamello

Hotel Adamello

Hotel Miramonti

Hotel Miramonti

Grand Hotel Paradiso

Grand Hotel Paradiso

Hotel Sport Vittoria

Hotel Sport Vittoria

Hotel Delle Alpi

Hotel Delle Alpi

Hotel Adamello

Hotel Adamello

Hotel Savoia

Hotel Savoia

Hotel Orchidea

Hotel Orchidea

Hotel Locanda Locatori

Hotel Locanda Locatori

Hotel Gardenia

Hotel Gardenia

Passo Tonale reviews, 4 star rating and resort and ski area information is collated by SNO man from staff experience and customer feedback.
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