(1121m - 3016m)
High and snow sure with plenty of cheap accommodation Passo Tonale is an appealing resort especially for beginners who are looking to progress. The Presena glacier guarantees good snow and slopes are generally wide, sunny and well groomed. The recent link to Ponte di Legno has increased Passo Tonale’s extent but seasoned skiers searching for mileage and a challenge would really be better looking elsewhere.
- Snow sure
- Good value
Resort at a glance
|Ski Range||1121m - 3016m|
Passo Tonale’s slopes are split over 3 main areas. The main area is served by a series of lifts that stretch along the main road that passes through Passo Tonale. The runs are all easy blue and red runs, and all short. This makes this resort ideal for beginners and intermediates looking to progress however for the majority of skiers the runs are flatteringly easy. You can access several slightly harder red runs to progress on to, but there is not enough to keep adventurous intermediates happy for more than a day or so.
A greater challenge can be found on the Presena glacier located on the opposite side of the main road through Passo Tonale. Here there are a couple of black runs which do offer a challenge however the area is limited in extent and skiers will soon tire of doing the same runs. However the best snow is found in the Presena area so it is well worth a visit if you are looking for more challenging terrain.
Several years ago the slopes of Passo Tonale were linked to Ponte di Legno and can be accessed either by skiing directly to it or by gondola. The slopes here are predominantly red runs and present more of a challenge than the red runs in the main Passo area however the extent is still rather limited.
Passo Tonale is a wonderful resort for beginners and those who want gentle, snow sure and well groomed slopes. Also given the large range of relatively cheap accommodation those who are trying to get a cheap second ski holiday of the season in should certainly consider Passo Tonale. However despite the recent addition of the slopes of Ponte di Legno, Passo Tonale shouldn’t really be considered by anyone who wants to rack up the mileage or is looking for challenging terrain.
Apres ski in Passo Tonale is fairly quiet, it tends to be a family focused resort with plenty of cafes (serving hot chocolate and cakes) so the nightlife is generally low key but you can find some lively haunts if you look.
Lively places to visit are the Magic Bar, Bar Heaven in the Sport Vittoria, Nico’s Bar, Cantuccio’s, the UFO bar and the Crazy Horse.
Snowbreak serves fast food and El Bait is the place to go for something more traditional and relaxing. La Botte has a good selection of wines, and you can have a boogie at the Miramonti disco bar, or the nightclubs at Paradiso and Antares.
Passo Tonale is mainly full of hotel restaurants but there are a few small eating out options serving a range of Italian cuisine.
Starting simple - the Magic Bar does good burgers, pizzas can be found at La Torretta with its pizza oven or at El Bait which also serves delicious Italian 3 course meals. Il Focolare again does traditional home cooked food with tasty steaks and try La Mirandola for something special.
There’s not a huge amount to do off the slopes in Passo Tonale so it’s not really a resort to visit if you don’t ski or snowboard.
That said, there are the traditional winter excursions to try such as snowshoeing, snowmobiling, tobogganing, snow tubing, Passo Tonale also has its own natural ice rink and was the first place in Italy to have a dog sledding school.
If you pop down to Ponte di Legno you can find a pool and some shopping options too and if you want to go further afield then there is always a ski away day to Madonna di Campiglio, or a visit to Vermiglio to see its old buildings and churches or even a football game in Milan.
There are a couple of schools operating in Passo Tonale offering skiing and snowboarding tuition to all ages and abilities. The Tonale Presena Ski and Snowboarding School has group lessons starting from €90 for 2 hours per day over 6 days, private lessons start from €33 per hour, they also do telemark, freestyle and freeride lessons too.
The other schools offering tuition is the Ski & Snowboard School Ponte di Legno Tonale, group lessons start from €110 for 6 days with 2 hours tuition per day, with private lessons starting from €38 per hour, they also do freeride lessons too.