More than just skiing

As an alternative or supplement to skiing, San Martino di Castrozza, Passo Rolle, Primiero and Vanoi offer from 7th January until 29th March 2020 a rich weekly programme: guided walks, snowshoes excursions, tasting of typical local products, historic and artistic tours, fascinating explorations and outdoor adventures. An unusual and exciting way to experience the atmosphere of mountain villages and the environment of the Paneveggio Pale di San Martino Nature Park in the quiet of the winter season.

WITH THE COMPANY OF THE MOUNTAIN GUIDES

SNOWSHOES EXCURSION

Even people who are not that keen on sport have discovered the pleasure of excursions in the winter woods on snowshoes. Snowshoes were first invented in Canada a long ago and were used by the indigenous natives to go hunting, by nomadic tribes for travelling in the Arctic regions, and by mountain dwellers in the Alps to collect firewood in the woods or transport hay down to the valley.

The old wooden “craspe” or “ciaspole”, as they are called in Italian, with string bindings, have now been replaced by modern, lightweight versions in metal or plastic that are done up like standard ski boots. Learning how to use them is really easy, so even children will fall in love with this sport which allows you not only to partake in pleasant strolls, but also to perform jumps, dives and somersaults in powdery snow.

Every day, the Alpine guides organise excursions to the most beautiful areas: the Colbricon Lakes on the trail of prehistoric hunters, the plateau of the Pala mountain range in a fascinating atmosphere created by the “sea of snow”, the Piani della Cavallazza which is the kingdom of the chamois, the magical Val Venegia, and hiking trail of the “Cristo Pensante” on Mount Castellaz.

Cost:
€ 30 all day, € 20 half day, € 15 excursions at sunset or in the evenings, including snowshoe hire and poles, plus the services of an Alpine guide. Any charges for using ski lifts are borne by the participants.

Info and booking:
Ufficio Guide Alpine San Martino di Castrozza (c/o Scuola Sci Dolomiti)
open every day from 5pm to 7pm, tel. +39 0439 768795.


SNOW SAFETY COURSE

San Martino di Castrozza
A short course held by the Alpine guides to learn the basic notions of snow cover and avalanche rescue techniques. You will learn how to safely tackle winter activities in the mountains - snowshoeing, ski mountaineering and freeriding.

When: every Monday, from 2pm to 6pm.
Cost: € 40.00
Info and bookings: Alpine Guides tel. +39 328 8743739 - +39 0439 768795.

DINNER WITH THE EAGLES

An easy excursion on snowshoes in the company of the famous “Eagles of San Martino and Primiero” which ends with dinner at the Malga Ces restaurant. Return by snowmobile.

When: every Friday
Cost: € 35,00 (drinks excluded)
Info and bookings: Malga Ces +39 0439 68223 (before 2pm on the actual day)

EMOTIONS UNDER THE STARS

WINTER NORDIC WALKING

Passo Cereda
Exiting tour in the woods using the nordic walking technique: walk with snowshoes and headlamp, surrounded only by the silence of a snow-covered forest.  
When: every day previous reservation (minimum 5 people), meeting point Cereda Pass.
Cost: adult € 20,00, discount for children
Information: only on reservation tel. 0039 347 5797512 - info@dolomeo.it

APERITIF BY SNOWMOBILE

Sunset snowmobile ride through the woods of the Alpe Tognola or Colverde, the bracing air, and the moon lighting up the winter landscape reflected on the snow are all the ingredients you need to enjoy an aperitif under a magnificent starry sky.

Colverde cable car
When: every Tuesday, meeting point at the departure of the Colverde cable car at 5.30pm
Cost: adults € 14.00, children 4-8 years old € 8.00
Info: only on reservation Tel. +39 347 5797512 - info@dolomeo.it

Tognola cable car 
When: every Thursday, meeting point at the Campo Base Après Ski - Tognola cable car at 5.30pm
Cost: adults € 14.00, children 4-8 years old € 8.00, children 3-0 years old free
Info: only on reservation Tel. +39 0439 68026 - +39 349 0038400 - infopoint@tognola.it

DINNER BY SNOWMOBILE

San Martino di Castrozza
An unforgettable experience that starts with the ride up on a snowmobile along the illuminated ski slope, an aperitif at 2,000 metres based on local products and craft beer, plus dinner in a “rifugio” (mountain refuge) accompanied by a DJ set. Round off the evening with a night-time ride down in the cable car!

When: every Wednesday and Saturday, meeting point at the departureof the Colverde cable car at 6.30pm
Cost: from € 55.00, discount for children
Info: only on reservation Tel. +39 347 5797512 - info@dolomeo.it

Sagron Mis
Ride with a snowmobile through the woods. Typical dinner in a mountain hut in Val Delle Moneghe. Return with snowshoes or sleigh. 
When: every Friday and Saturday (only on reservation), meeting point at 6.30pm in Chalet Giasenei
Cost: adults € 50.00, discount for children
Information: only on reservation at tel. 329 1731869 - info@chaletgiasenei.com

TO THE DISCOVERY OF CAORIA VILLAGE

Short stroll trough the village to discover habits and customs, material and immaterial culture of this small community. Visit to the exposition “La voce delle cose”, a collection of ethnographical objects collected in the Vanoi Valley.

When: every Thursday afternoon, meeting point in Caoria at the “Casa del Sentiero Etnografico”.
Cost: adult € 5.00, children under 8 years old free
Information: only on reservation (until 12pm at the same day) at Ecomuseo del Vanoi, Tel. 0039  0439 719106, ApT S.Mart tel. 0039 0439 719041

ALL-ROUND NATURE

VILLA WELSPERG, THE "HOUSE" IN THE PARK

Val Canali
Don’t miss the new layout at Villa Welsperg in the magnificent Val Canali. A path of discovery and reflection through the valleys which wind through this immense protected area, to learn about the rich biodiversity within them, and their environments and landscapes.

A “magical route” for children packed with mini challenges to overcome (the “Via della Lepre, the “Via Ferrata”...), plus exciting encounters with some of the Park’s inhabitants: the stag, the mother lynx, the baby marmots in their burrow...
When: from Monday to Friday (times 9.30am - 12.30pm and 2pm - 5pm).

Openings: from Monday to Friday, 9.30am-12.30pm and 2pm-5pm 
Cost:
ticket adults € 3.00, children 8-14 yars old € 1.00, free for children up to 8 years of age.
Guided tours: every Thursday at 2.30pm (until 21st March 2019), guided tour of the Visitors Centre, short stroll around Villa Welsperg and a cup of herbal tea offered by the Park organisation (€ 3.00 including entry ticket to the Villa). Only by reservation, tel. 0039 0439.765973.


SAN MARTINO DI CASTROZZA THROUGH HISTORY AND NATURE

A stroll around the town lasting about an hour and a half to learn about its historical roots and the wonderful naturalistic features of this renowned location in the Dolomites. Stories about English eighteenth-century travellers and the Alpine pioneers are interspersed with information about the surrounding naturalistic setting, protected by the Parco Naturale Paneveggio - Pale di San Martino.
Stopover at Maso Col for a cup of tea made from medicinal mountain herbs produced by the Erborì company.

When: every Wednesday until  20th March 2019, meet in the church square at 10.15 am.
Cost: adults € 3.00, free for children up to 8 years of age.
Info: only with booking at the ApT Tourist Information Office of San Martino, tel. .+39 0439 768867.


IN THE FOREST OF THE VIOLINS

Short, easy walk lasting about an hour and a half in the “Foresta dei Violini” (Forest of the Violins) in Paneveggio, with a tour of the wildlife area dedicated to the stag. Discover the immense forest of red fir trees, with ancient trees reaching 40 metres in height and the challenging bridge suspended over the Gorge of Travignolo. You can also visit the “Terra-Foresta” (Land-Forest) Centre before setting off on the excursion.

When: every Wednesday and Friday until 15th March 2019, meeting point at the Visitors Centre at 10.30am or at 2.30pm.
Cost: adults € 4.00, children 6-14 years old € 2.00
Info: only with booking Ente Parco Naturale Paneveggio – Pale di San Martino tel. +39 0462 576283 - +39 0439 765977.


VANOI AND THE GREAT WAR

An afternoon in Caoria in the Vanoi Valley to learn about the history, events and the marks left on the land one hundred years after the First World War, with a guided tour of the Museo della Grande Guerra (Museum of the Great War) on the Lagorai mountain range, the military cemetery and the defence line of Pralongo.

When: every Tuesday from 2.30pm to 5.30pm, meeting point at Canal San Bovo at the “Casa dell’Ecomuseo”. Transfer to Caoria by your own car.
Cost: adults € 5.00, free for children up to 8 years of age.
Info: only on reservation, before 2pm of the same day at the ApT Tourist Information Office tel. +39 0439 719041 or the Vanoi Ecomuseum tel. +39 0439 719106.


SUGGESTIONS FOR FAMILIES

ON THE SNOW WITH AVALANCHE DOGS

A morning spent in the company of the dog-handling team of the Alpine School of the Guardia di Finanza (Italian law enforcement agency) for an exciting avalanche rescue drill.

When: every Thursday, meet at Passo Rolle at the Caserma Colbricon barracks at 10am.
Cost:
free
Info:
only with booking at the ApT Tourist Information Office of San Martino, tel. +39 0439 768867.



TROIKA RIDE

IN SAN MARTINO DI CASTROZZA
The tracks left on the snow-covered roads, the driver, the horse: a romantic ride in a troika, the large sled drawn by horses through the snow-covered woods of the Natural Park, on the outskirts of San Martino di Castrozza.
When: every day, departing from Via Laghetto near the camp site. Until 10.03.2019
Info and bookings: Clario Brandstetter tel. + 39 347 9667648


DISCOVER THE FARMING WORLD BY CARRIAGE
Primiero

In a typical carriage drawn by powerful Noriker horses, you will find out about the Valle di Primiero and the local farming activities. You will learn first-hand about the work of the cattle farmers by visiting one of the dairy farms located in the countryside of Tonadico.
When: Saturday and Sunday.
Info and bookings: Walter Zagonel, tel. +39 349 1765712


IN VAL CANALI

Horse-drawn carriage ride to learn about Val Canali.
When: every Saturday morning from 10.15 am (also possibloe durign week days, minimum 5 people)
Cost: € 10.00, children 5-12 years old € 8.00
Info and bookings:
Castelpietra Camping Parco Vacanze tel. +39 0439.62426



WALKING WITH LLAMAS

Vanoi Valley
Sweet and friendly, llamas are also used for Pet Teraphy. They are waiting for you for a relaxing and pleasant walk on snowy paths in the untouched nature of Vanoi Valley. A curious four-legged friend, that you won’t easily forget.

When: only on reservation
Info: Tel. +39 335 6565395 - info@chaletneldoch.com

HAPPY SNOW

San Martino di Castrozza - Prà delle Nasse Ski Lift
Acrobatic ski-snowboard show followed by a mini torchlight procession with the ski instructors, open to children as well. At the end hot chocolate for everyone!

When: every Friday afternoon at the Prà delle Nasse ski lift.
Info: Torchlight procession only on reservation at the Scuola Italiana di Sci San Martino di Castrozza (ski school) tel. +39 0439 68182.

FAMILY SHOW

Comic entertainment for families for a fun-filled afternoon!

When: every Monday at 5pm at the Sala Congressi.
Cost: free

KIDS ENTERTAINMENT

INFLATABLES, BOB SLEIGHS AND SLEDGES

Sledges and bob sleighs on the snow have always been popular with children of all ages!
There are fun, well-equipped areas, reserved for bob sleighs, sledges and inflatables, on which to slide down specially designed slopes!

SAN MARTINO DI CASTROZZA:

  • NassePark at the Pra’ delle Nasse ski lifts.
    When: open every day from 9am to 5pm. Info tel. +39 347 6490518
  • Alpe Tognola at the Baby-Tognola ski lift.
    When: open every day from 9.30am to 3.30pm. Info tel. +39 348 6781669
  • Malga Civertaghe on a natural trail
    When: open every day. Info tel. +39 340 8711861

PASSO ROLLE:

  • New fun-filled bob sleigh and sledge track over 400 m long, can be reached by the Cimon chairlift. Sledges can be hired at the two ski rental shops on the pass and tickets for the chairlift can be bought at the ski pass kiosk in front of the hotel Venezia. Ride up on the chairlift and zoom back down on the specially designed track!
    When:  open every day from 8.30am to 4pm. Info tel. +39  0439 68505

PRIMIERO:

  • Neveland near the sports centre in Trasnacqua - "Ai Fossi".
    When: open every day from 10am to 1pm and 4pm to 7pm. Info tel. +39 0439 64707.


PASSO CEREDA:

  • Cereda Natural Park at Passo Cereda (near the ski slopes).
    When: for days and opening hours, call tel. +39 3471329549


NURSERY SCHOOL ON SNOW

Children from three years of age upwards can have fun on the snow or inside one of the special covered areas dedicated to them. Accompanied by a team of entertainers, they will enter an enchanted world of toys, laughter and fun.

TANA DELLO SCOIATTOLO at the Pra’ delle Nasse ski lifts.
When: every day from 9am to 1pm and from 2pm to 4pm.
Cost: 1 hour €10.00, discount from the second hour.
Lunch available on request in the company of the entertainers € 8.00.
Info: tel.+39 0439 68369 from 9am to 5pm - info@nassepark.it

ALPE DELLE MARMOTTE at Alpe Tognola.
When: every day from 9.30am to 3.30pm.
Lunch available on request in the company of the entertainers.
Info and costs: tel. +39 348 6781669, kinderheim@tognola.it

ICE-SKATING

San Martino di Castrozza
Near the sport center.
Information: Debora +39 347 8923056

Primiero, Transacqua 
In the sport center “Ai Fossi”.
Information: +39 0439 64707

LOCAL AREA PLUS GOOD FOOD AND DRINK

#HAPPYCHEESE

A mountain-style aperitif starring on the ski slopes and in the town centre with tempting delicacies and finger food to try made from Primiero cheese, washed down with the local craft beer BioNoc’ and the renowned Trentino wines, including the famous TRENTODOC sparkling wines.

When: 30th January, 9th, 14th, 28th February and 5th, 13th March.

Two classic appointments and for special ones:

  • 9th February, "Taste the Sunset" and Ski Show: a magic appetizer during the sunset under the Pale of San Martino and a funny show on the snow with ski instructors.
  • 14th February, HappyCheese in Love with Taste the Sunset for every lovers.
  • 28th February, an event dedicated to families.
  • 5th March, celebrating Carnival with a tasy appetizer in square waiting for the traditional torchlight procession and the final bonfire.

Info and cost on: www.tastetrentino.it/happycheese

GUIDED TOUR OF THE DAIRY

Mezzano
Cheese making and milk processing are considered a vocation in the Primiero and Vanoi valleys. The “Caseificio di Primiero” (Primiero Dairy) is the place where expertise and the history of the “malghe” (mountain hut) come together under one roof. You will be accompanied on a path of discovery to learn the secrets of the cheese makers whose skilled hands produce cheeses, such as Toséla, Trentingrana and Bòtiro di Malga.

When: every Friday, meeting point at the Caseificio at 10.15am
Cost: free activity
Information: only with booking at the ApT Tourist Information Office of San Martino, tel. +39 0439 62407.

BEERS ALL ROUND

Mezzano
Guided tour of the award-winning BioNoc’ craft brewery in Mezzano. You will be accompanied by Fabio who will introduce you to the secrets of brewing techniques. You will have the opportunity to taste the famous beers produced exclusively in Primiero.

When: every Tuesday and Saturday at 5pm.
Information:
with booking only, tel. +39 329 6086570 - info@birrificiobionoc.com

WINTER EMOTIONS

Primiero
Evening guided excursion to Petina and dinner in the mountain hut, a perfect occasion to spend time in nature and to taste good food.

When: every Saturday, meeting point in Siror
Cost: adults € 30.00 guided excursion and dinner. Discount for children.
Information: only on reservation, tel. 347 7262561 - dolomitiexpeditions@gmail.com

CULTURAL MEETINGS

San Martino di Castrozza
Alternative afternoon, between history and culture. At the end small buffet with local products.
When: every Thursday at 5.30pm in "Casa della Montagna"

TASTY WORKSHOP

Nothing better than bringing home a piece of Trentino. With these tasty workshops you can learn all the tricks to prepare delicious local dishes.

LET’S COOK SPÄTZLE!
San Martino di Castrozza

With the nice and young Chef Gianmario you will learn to cook the famous and loved spätzle with a live demonstration and a final tasting.
When: every Tuesday in La Stua – Sass Maor at 5pm
Information and cost: free (maximum 20 people) Tel. +39 0439 68340


LET’S BAKE STRUDEL!
San Martino di Castrozza
This is the perfect occasion to learn and discover all the secret about Strudel, chef Gianmario will show you how to cook it, and then, of course, you are going to try it!
When: every Thursday in La Stua – Sass Maor at 5 pm
Information and cost: free (maximum 20 people) Tel. +39 0439 68340

ADVENTURES ON THE SNOW

PISTENBULLY TOUR

San Martino di Castrozza
If you want to find out how the ski slopes of the Alpe Tognola resort are prepared every night, don’t miss out on this “snow cat” fact-finding adventure!

When: every day at 4.30pm, duration approx. 1 hour.
Cost: €55.00 per person, minimum two people.
Information: with booking only, tel. +39 0439 68026 - +39 349 0038400 - infopoint@tognola.it

PARAGLIDING

Punta Ces, Alpe Tognola
Fly over the ski runs, and near the most beautiful mountains, the Dolomites!! Finish your day on the ski returning home with the parachute and the ski on your feet. If you don’t ski, no worries, a little run-up and you will fly free as an eagle!

When:
every day, only on reservation
Information: Tel. +39 340 5208359 - primierodolomitifly@gmail.com

ICE CLIMBING

Ice traction cleats on your feet and ice axes, try the emotion of climbing on an icefall, in the company of an alpine guide.

When: every day, only on reservation
Information: Alpine Guides office, open every day from 5pm to 7pm. Tel. +39 0439 768795 - info@aquilesanmartino.com
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