Skiing in the Senales Valley

Skiing at over 3.000 Meters

Mountain panorama of the surrounding mountain peaks and 42 kilometers of slopes in the Alpinarena Senates. We have collected some ski tips and all the important information about the Alpinarena Schnals here so that you can enjoy the slopes of the Alpinarena Schnals.


1. Skiing on the glacier - The Alpin Arena Senales

Guaranteed snow, special and varied. The Schnals Valley ski area in South Tyrol is one of the most popular in the area for good reason. Slopes of all levels of difficulty wind their way from the Hochjochferner glacier down into the valley to Kurzras. Ski goggles go up to clear the view of the fascinating panorama of the ski area. Skiing dwarves cavort piste to piste with experienced skiers and professional athletes. The ski season here lasts from September to May, giving you extra time for adventures in a class of their own. Skiing in Val Senales/Schnalstal in South Tyrol is not only possible at exceptional times of year, but is also exceptionally varied.  


2. All about the Alpin Arena Senales in South Tyrol

Between eternal ice, barren beauty and the traces of the Stone Age, the Alpin Arena Schnals stretches from 2,000 to over 3,000 meters above sea level. Where Ötzi defied the harsh conditions. Where three-thousand-metre peaks and vineyards lie very close together. Where you can feel the primal power of the Alps as well as a breath of Mediterranean air from Merano. The name says it all here, as the end of the Schnals valley wraps around Kurzras like an arena. An arena that becomes your outdoor stage, where you can experience sport, nature and yourself in a whole new way. Get your adventure!


3. Start small and practice like the big ones!

Even ski stars like Riccardo Tonetti once started small, and that's child's play in the Schnalstal Valley ski area in South Tyrol. Thanks to the taster pass, the practice slopes on the Lazaun and Glocken lifts and a children's area with an Indian teepee tent, two magic carpets and a ski carousel, the initial uncertainty disappears in no time at all - and it's straight from the practice slope to the piste! Ski courses for children and adults, beginner-friendly slopes and tips from ski instructors will help you make the perfect turn. This makes skiing in South Tyrol fun, whether you're a piste veteran or a curious beginner!


4. Slopes, lifts and opening times

Wondering where there are currently open ski areas in South Tyrol? Then you've come to the right place! Whether in October or April: While it is usually difficult to find open ski areas in South Tyrol/Italy outside of winter, the slopes in the Alpin Arena Schnals are (already or still) open.

This is due to the altitude of the Val Senales/Schnalstal glacier. The "piste map" includes descents of over 3.000 meters in altitude down to the valley in Kurzras. Get an overview of the open pistes in Val Senales and the currently active lifts - from the Val Senales Glacier lift to the Grawand and Gletschersee chairlifts and the Finail ski lift.   

Please note that the opening times of the slopes and lifts may be subject to change at short notice due to weather conditions.


5. Lunch break at the mountain hut Bella Vista - Simple. Good. Food.

Since the beginning of our hospitality business, we have relied on the best ingredients, local recipes and mountain air, because those who move between mountain giants usually have a huge appetite. Our menu is based on regional, high-quality and invigorating dishes. The Schnalser lamb roast, South Tyrolean dumpling specialties and Italian tiramisu combine everything that makes our cuisine special. Simple. Refined. Down to earth. Yes, mountain cuisine with heart.

Opening hours Schöne Aussicht: The kitchen of the Schöne Aussicht is open from 11.30 am to 3.00 pm. After 3.00 pm we serve cold dishes and warm soups.


6. Icecold facts 

The Schnalstal Glacier, called Hochjochferner, is located between the South Tyrolean Schnalstal and the Austrian Venter Valley in the Ötztal Alps. It is 185 hectares in size and over 3 kilometers long. Around a sixth of the area is used as a ski area. Glaciologists have also observed a decline in the ice masses on the Hochjochferner, but the retreat of the glacier tongue is less pronounced than on other central Alpine glaciers.