Drei Zinnen’s close to the Austrian border, so you’ll get a real mix of cultures here, from the language to the food. As for where to stay, for a ski-in, ski-out hotel in a quiet village, pick Sesto. Or opt for San Candido if you like the sound of a pedestrianised market town where you can explore trendy bars and high-quality restaurants.
On top of the skiing, there are tons of other activities to do here, from curling and ice climbing to driving a piste basher. For families, the Acquafun centre in San Candido is a must-visit for its pools, slides and lazy river. And keep an eye out on the Croda Rossa mountain to spot Italy’s only herd of reindeer.
Drei Zinnen’s one of our best resorts for families. Lots of its accommodation is close to the lifts and has family facilities, the ski school is easy to get to and there’s plenty to do off the slopes.
Kids' ski area
The Baranci mountain station is a great spot for kids. There’s a baby magic carpet with tunnels and obstacles, and more confident skiers can tackle the button lift and the banked slalom.
Acquafun San Candido
Bubbling pools, a lazy river and a wild waterslide – kids can splash to their heart’s content at this waterpark. And while they’re having fun, you can head to the sauna area to unwind.
Climbing Centre Nordic Arena
The modern climbing centre in Toblach offers both roped climbing and bouldering. There are over 80 routes to suit all abilities, so you’ll be able to keep your little monkeys happy whatever the weather.
Head up the Croda Rossa mountain and make friends with Italy’s only herd of reindeer, or swap skis for skates at the ice rink. And whatever your age, dashing through the snow on a sleigh ride is always a crowd-pleaser.
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The 115km Drei Zinnen ski area is spread around a handful of small villages, each connected by a ski bus. Sesto is home to the best nursery slopes, and once you’re ready to progress, there are plenty of gentle, tree-lined runs to explore. Confident skiers can take in the beautiful Dolomite scenery on the Giro Delle Cime ski circuit, and even tick off Italy’s steepest piste – the Holzreise.
With a dedicated beginners’ area, wide slopes and great ski schools by each of the villages, newbies will feel right at home on the slopes in Drei Zinnen. Sesto in particular offers some good training slopes, while Helm, Waldheim and Rotwand have a small selection of easy runs for when you’re ready to progress to longer pistes.
Intermediates are at home with Drei Zinnen, with plenty of blue and red piste to explore - particularly in Monte Elmo and Baranci. If you’re craving more, jump on the Ski Posterial Express – which departs every 20 minutes – over to Kronplatz for an extra 100km of slopes. And don’t miss out on the Giro delle Cime. It’s a 34km ski route, surrounded by the majestic Dolomites.
Advanced skiers will also enjoy the Giro delle Cime, but if you really fancy a challenge, take on the Holzriese 2 piste – it’s the steepest run in Italy. The Rienza ski area, accessed from Dobbiaco, is also known for being a training ground for ski racers. If you want a bit more variety, head over to Kronplatz.
Freestylers and snowboarders will love the terrain park in Helm, and the Rienza ski area features the region’s only giant airbag. Do be aware though that, in total, Drei Zinnen is home to 19 drag lifts, and there are a good few flat sections too.
When it come to cross-country in Italy, Drei Zinnen leads the way with over 200km of trails to explore. There are gentle loops for first-timers and more technical tracks if you fancy more of a challenge – and of course you’ll be surrounded by beautiful Dolomite views everywhere you go.