Alpine Ski holidays
Right at the heart of the "UNESCO world natural heritage" Dolomites are located the ski resorts of the Alta Pusteria Valley which is composed of the five towns of Dobbiaco/Toblach, Sesto/Sexten, San Candido/Innichen, Villabassa/Niederdorf and Braies/Prags.
Skiing at the biggest ski resort "Monte Elmo/Helm" (in direct view from the Berghotel Schopfenhof at short distance by car) starts alternatively by lift at Versciaco/Vierschach (part of the town of San Candido/Innichen) or by cable car from Sesto/Sexten and is in both cases very comfortable. There will await 21 km of most accurately prepared slopes with lots of space and with entertaining trajectories so that it is also a popular choice among snow boarding aficionados.
The ski resort of "Baranci/Haunold" (right opposite the Berghotel Schopfenhof on the other hill at very short distance by car) is most renowned for three top features: first it is a ski resort where families will be at ease, second their ski instructing schools have a long history of teaching skiing with great attention to pedagogically sound concepts and an entertaining instructing approach which is mostly true for the ski kindergarten for the very young ones and last but not least third the ski resort has a lot on offer of most entertaining and diverse ways to spend a full day in the snow between skiing and other winter sports activities.
The ski resort "Rienza/Rienz" at Dobbiaco/ Toblach (at approximately 15 minutes by car from the Berghotel Schopfenhof) is home to the very young ski talents. This area is an ideal spot where parents know that their kids are in best and safest hands fort he fact that tranquillity and a laid-back and no-hurry and no-racing atmosphere reigns there. At this area it is where typically kids get first in touch with skiing in order to then when well prepared and ready join their parents on the more challenging slopes of the other ski resorts nearby. And as long as they are still being instructed how to safely make their ways down the slopes, their mums and dads can take time for themselves off from their kids and enjoy a nice cup of hot chocolate or so in one of the cozy stube (i.e. hut interiors) near the slopes.
The Alta Val Pusteria being spoilt with ski resorts no-end becomes clear when a trip by car or bus lasting little more than 20 minutes gets you alternatively on the world famous downhill slopes of Cortina which hosted the Winter Olympics in the Sixties or on the ski resort of "Plan de Corones/Kronplatz" where slopes of approximately 90 km in total will await you for most passionating downhill racing.