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Vigiljoch (Vigilio) Ski Area

The quaint, pedestrian-only ski area near Lana

The wellness and family ski area at Mount Vigilio has an authentic local feel, and offers breathtaking panoramic views over the Dolomites and plenty of hiking trails through the winter woods.

Mount Vigilio is the local mountain of the village of Lana, near Merano. Reachable in just a few minutes via cable car from Lana, the ski area has four lifts and a total of five kilometres of runs. Accessible only to pedestrians yet easy to reach, Vigilio is an unadulterated experience of winter as it once was. In addition to easy runs, there are steeper slopes for advanced skiers and a popular sledding trail running through a larch forest. Vigilio is also an insider tip for wellness enthusiasts: the mountain is home to the Vigilius Mountain Resort, a five-star spa hotel known for the seamless integration of its contemporary design into its pristine setting.

Funicular and Chairlifts to the Monte S. Vigilio: www.lana.info
Season: 2/8/2016 – 3/6/2016
Opening hours:
Elevation: 1485m - 1815m
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    The San Vigilio Sled Run was one of the first in Merano. Even today, many locals kick off winter with a sled run on the pedestrian-only Mount S. Vigilio. The run, which is fast-paced in places, leads from summit station of the chair lift directly to the valley station, making it easily accessible. The sled run is notorious for its winding, sharp curves. A sled ride is best combined with a loop hike from the summit station to Jocher Tavern and the little church of San Vigilio, the Jocherkirchlein.

    Sled Rentals
    at the Vigilio summit station€ 5.00 per day
    at Jocher Tavern€ 5.00 per day
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    Mount S. Vigilio, the local mountain of Lana and Marlengo (Marling), is particularly striking for its special geographical characteristics. The pedestrian-only mountain is accessible only by cable car, making this relatively flat plateau a hiker's paradise, absolutely ideal for winter hikes and snowshoeing through the pristine countryside. Despite its proximity to the town of Merano (Meran) and the fact that it is easily accessible by cable car, snowshoe hikers can enjoy the tranquil beauty of nature to the fullest. Here, it’s as if time stood still.

    Snowshoe Hike to Naturnser Alm
    The starting point is the summit station of the Mount S. Vigilio chair lift (1,814 m). The road goes slightly downhill to the west, towards Jocher Tavern, and leads between the inn and S. Vigilio Church over to the actual Joch (notch) or saddle, west of the chapel. Trail No. 9, which is marked red and white, runs southwest through the pine forest. Continue following signs for No. 9.

    The descent is towards the northwest, towards Naturnser Alm (1,922 m). Under the eaves, there is a table and a bench where you can eat a well-deserved snack out of the backpack; then follow trail markings, first No. 30 and then No. 9, towards the east and back to the mountain station of the chairlift.

    Snowshoes are available for rent at a fee of € 5 at the S. Vigilio cable car.
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    At the northeast edge of Mount Vigilio, behind the Seehofer Heath, is a small natural lake, a veritable idyll nestled into the forest landscape of the pedestrian-only high plateau. The locals call it Schwarze Lacke (lit: black pond) because the deep forest lake is dark in summer and covered with many water lilies. Wild tales and legends have grown up around the small lake.

    In winter, the surface of Schwarze Lacke is frozen. The romantic mountain lake thus offers excellent conditions for ice skating during the cold season. Schwarze Lacke is reachable on foot from the summit station of the cable car (expect about 1.5 hours) or via chair lift (expect about 20 minutes). Anyone who plans to skate at Mount S. Vigilio should combine the trip with a lovely circuit hike and a stop at Seespitz Inn, which is known for its homemade pies.

    Information:
    Ice skating and ice curling from December to February
    Rentals of ice skates and ice sticks
    Gasthof Seespitz
    T +39 0473 562955
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