Itinerary: San Martino di Castrozza, skiing in Italy
The stunning ski resort of San Martino di Castrozza
The well-known ski resort and tourist destination since the time of the Austrian Empire, San Martino di Castrozza (1.487 meters above sea level) is located in the upper valley of Primiero, nestled in the wonderful scenery of the Dolomites. Thanks to its 60 kilometers of ski slopes, most of which inside the beautiful and unique natural environment of the Provincial Park of Paneveggio, this ski resort has become a real paradise for skiers during winter.
San Martino di Castrozza preserves big fun for every kind of skiers. The lovers of Alpine skiing will particularly enjoy Tognola Uno, one of the best snow slopes in the Dolomites. The three kilometers long Tognola Uno is full of turns and changes of gradient. The steep final part is pure fun for expert skiers. Other popular snow slopes for Alpine skiers are the challenging Cima Tognola, the difficult Direttissima (category: black), the scenic Colbricon (category: red) and the long but charming Christiania. Night skiing is possible on the floodlit track of Pista Colverde.
For cross-country skiers, there are two options:
- The first one is Centro Fondo di San Martino. It is partly placed inside an area of great naturalistic interest, Prà delle Nasse. There are three rings: a very easy track for beginners, a track for experts and a track for ordinary skiers.
- The second one is Pista Vederna, not far from the village of Imer. It has a shorter ring of 1500 meters long, and a longer one of 2400 meters long.
For lovers of snowboards and freestyles, there are three amazing snow parks, San Martino Snowpark, Snowpark Colverde, and Rolle Railz Park. Rails boxes, half pipes, and Timberlines are all available, and it is possible to enjoy freestyle skiing and ski jumping. Snowpark Colverde is open even during the night.
The ski resort of San Martino is a small but exciting village. Shopping fans and nightlife lovers will not be disappointed. There are some elegant boutiques, high-quality hotels with spa and health centers, several bars, pubs, one discotheque, and many good restaurants. The local cuisine is a mix of Tyrolean and Venetian traditions. Cornmeal mush, smoked ham, Canederli (a special kind of dumplings) and homemade cheeses are just some of the many local specialties.
How to reach San Martino di Castrozza:
From Belluno: it can be reached easily driving along the highway n.50 in the direction of Passo Rolle (Rolle Pass). This ski resorts will be the last town before the pass.
From Trento: take the motorway A22 to Bolzano. Leave it at Ora and from here take the highway n. 48 to Predazzo. After Predazzo please, turn right and take the highway n. 50 to Bellamonte - Passo Rolle. San Martino will be the first town over Rolle Pass.
From Bolzano: take the motorway A 22 in the direction of Trento. Leave the motorway at Ora, then follow the directions just given above.
Some pictures of San Martino di Castrozza:
Amazing panorama of the Dolomites (pic n°1); The cableway (pic n°2); Map of the ski slopes (pic n°3); A paradise for skiers (pic n°4); A beautiful ski slope (pic n°5); Cross-country skiing trail (pic n°6);