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Close to the city of Merano, Val Senales is a ski resort in South Tyrol. Thanks to its location on a glacier, the ski season here usually starts in October and ends in May.
Useful Ski Info: On a sunny spot right next to the Finail lift is the Snow park Val Senales, one of the largest terrain parks in the Dolomites. The valley is also great for cross-country skiing, hiking, tobogganing, and ice-skating. Head to Merano for some après-ski local shopping in the cozy historic center of the city.
Lifts and Slopes in Val Senales: 11 lifts, 35 km (21 mi) of slopes. Slopes include 6 blue, 7 red, 4 black. The Schmugglerabfahrt black slope is very popular among expert skiers. A real challenge for experts is also the Teufelsegg black slope, with several icy and narrow stretches.
Ski pass Info: The Ortler Arena Skipass pass gives you access to the entire ski area. A great option for families traveling with kids is the Snowkids Card.
Weather in Val Senales: Snow is guaranteed through the entire winter season.
A hybrid of alpine and Nordic skiing, telemarking works well both on and off-piste and is popular for treks across varied terrain. Telemark skiing is adaptable to many types of conditions and terrain, including pistes of any level and extreme off-piste descents. Favored for ski tours with extreme terrain, telemark skiing is usually fairly easy to learn for people with alpine skiing experience.
Equipment includes free-heel polymer boots with three or four clips and alpine style skis. The combination of wide skis and free-heel boots allows for the flexibility required for touring as well as width and stability for high speeds and steep descents. Turns are generally more strenuous, rounded and graceful than downhill turns.
The Őtzi Glacier Tour is an incredibly varied glacier hiking/skiing tour crosses the main chain of the Alps and includes the discovery site of Őtzi the Iceman, Europe’s oldest mummy, dating back to 3300 BC. Uncovered in a melting glacier in September 1991, Őtzi is now in the Bolzano Archeological Museum.
Popular with history buffs and mountain lovers, the tour starts at Maso Corto and is made on foot in the summer and by ski in winter. The discovery site, some 10,500 feet high, offers awe-inspiring views of the north face of the Similaun. Led by mountain guides, the tour also includes an opportunity to harness up with a rope team and climb the rocks.
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