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Watles Ski Area

The sunny ski area in the west of South Tyrol

Watles Ski Area is part of the Sesvenna Range, located at the tripoint between Italy, Switzerland and Austria. The ski area’s wide slopes make it ideal for families.

Of all the ski areas that comprise Ortler Ski Arena, Watles has the most sunshine hours. There are modern lifts and perfectly groomed slopes for beginners and leisure skiers alike. At Watles, there are no long queues. The mild temperatures and panoramic views of the surrounding mountains keep skiers out on the slopes until the evening hours. Watles Ski School offers carving and snowboarding lessons, a fun park, and a popular ski kindergarten called Bubo Kinderpark.

Watles Ski Area is ideal for devotees of Nordic sports: the ski area’s Schlinig Nordic Ski Centre, a venue for many international cross-country competitions, is a hub for the local and international cross-country scene. Hikers and snowshoers will also find real challenges here.

The newest attraction in the Watles ski area:
the Ski Cross Course

Tips for planning your holiday:
All walking tours, cycling trails, places of interest, skiing and cross-country ski areas at a glance. With the interactive map of Venosta Valley - Terra Raetica you are always on the right track.

The Watles ski area is part of the Two Country Skiarena ski association.
The following ski areas belong to the Two Country Skiarena ski association: Nauders, Belpiano-Malga S. Valentino, Watles, Trafoi, Sold
Season: 12/16/2023 – 4/1/2024
Opening hours: 09.00 – 16.00
Elevation: 1750m - 2500m
Open cross-country ski trails: 0 of 6
Runs open: 0 of 5
Lifts open: 1 of 3
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    Ski touring enthusiasts will find excellent routes for novices and experts alike at the winter sports area of Watles. For years, the ski area of Watles has been working to come up with options that make it possible for skiing and ski touring to safely coexist. The route to the Höferalm alpine pastures is particularly worthwhile.

    The Höferalm Route
    The route follows the new winter hiking trail to Höfer Alm alpine pastures. The ascent up Watles is to the right of the run, up to the summit.

    Meanwhile, the annual ski touring race is nothing less than legendary.
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    The four-kilometre-long natural sledging trail at the winter sports area of Watles is probably one of the best sled runs in South Tyrol. For many locals, a trip to the sledding trail is a permanent fixture on the winter agenda. Easily accessible by chairlift, you can whiz safely down into the valley along the sledging trail. You’ll also find good places for families to stop and get a bite to eat at both the summit and the valley stations.

    Every Friday from 07/01/2022 until 25/02/2022 Adventure Friday. More information can be found Adventure Friday

    Sled rental and ticket prices 2019/2020

    Technical Information:
    Starting point: Watles mountain station
    Length of run: 4 km
    Altitude: 2,150 m
    Altitude differential: 400 m
    Level of difficulty: easy
    Lift access: yes
    Price: 1 ride € 2.00; daily ticket € 6.00 per sled
    Sled rentals at the Watles summit station
    Natural trail: yes
    Family-friendly: yes
  • Highlight_Langlauf_langlauf-schlinig
    Holistic movement amidst the unspoilt countryside of Upper Val Venosta (Vinschgau) Valley: cross-country skiers will find what is probably the sunniest cross-country trail in western South Tyrol at the Nordic Ski Centre in Slingia (Schlinig). The cross-country circuit trail in Watles is 15 kilometres in length and is suited to classic and skating techniques alike. The route leads from the village of Slingia to Schliniger Alm alpine pastures. The intermediate-level trail has an altitude differential of 150 metres.

    The Nordic Ski Centre not only has its own ski school, but also a waxing service and skis available to rent.

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