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Alta Val Pusteria (Puster Valley) is located in the Dolomites, between the Italian South Tyrol region and the Austrian east Tyrol. A paradise for winter-sports enthusiasts, it is home to some of the most famous peaks in the Italian Dolomites, such as the Three Peaks of Lavaredo, the Croda Rossa, and the Cristallo.
Useful Ski Info: The most famous ski resort here is Plan de Corones, which is the largest of South Tyrol with 116 km (72 mi) of slopes. Many sports besides skiing, such as snow-shoeing, rock climbing, and ice-hockey, plus more than 100 km (62 mi) of cross-country ski trails!
Lifts and Slopes in Alta Val Pusteria: 7 ski areas, 32 modern lifts and more than 90 km (55 mi) of slopes. Slopes include 17 blue, 28 red, 9 black. The black Holzriese is the Italy’s steepest ski run, with a 70° steepness.
Ski pass Info: The Dolomiti Superski pass will give you access to the entire ski area plus the nearby ones, depending on the combination you choose.
Weather in Alta Val Pusteria: Snow is guaranteed through the winter season. There are snowmaking systems in case of low snow levels.
The Alta Val Pusteria Ski Express bus service is a train that takes guests 43 minutes from the skiing region at the Sesto Dolomites to the ski area of Plan de Corones. This express train allows visitors to access slopes without making a long car trip. While riding the Ski Express, guests can keep all their boots and gear off. When disembarking from the train, 200 kilometers of pistes await.
The Ski Express service runs every 30 minutes. If you are staying at a resort that is a member of the local tourism association, there is no charge for the service. Visitors staying elsewhere must have a valid ticket to ride the Ski Express.
The regional cuisine of the Alta Val Pusteria area is hearty, traditional and focused on filling foods. When visiting one of the Alta Val Pusteria restaurants, be sure to order the Schlutzkrapfen, which is filled pasta, or the Speckknödel, aka bacon dumplings. The bacon used in these dumplings is cured locally from local farm-raised pigs.
Fresh bacon and cheese are highlighted in many of the region's dishes. No matter whether you are taking part in a 10-course meal at one of the four-star rated hotels or you are eating at a quaint inn or tavern, the cheese-filled pasta and locally grown vegetables provide gastronomic delights.
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