The Sexten Dolomites rise impressively towards the sky in the eastern part of South Tyrol. Against the backdrop of the Drei Zinnen and Sextner Sonnenuhr peaks, skiers can enjoy making some...
- The vertical drop from summit to base is 1,069 m. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of Ski Resorts in Italy is 916 m. The highest point of the track is 2,200 m above sea level.
- Sextner Dolomiten Skiberg Helm is among the 5 best rated Ski Resorts in Italy.
- It is among the 15 most family-friendly ski Resorts in Italy.
- Season starts on 25 Nov and ends on 8 Apr (134 days). Average season duration in Italy is 120 days.
- Average snow depth during the season (25 Nov to 8 Apr) is 67 cm at summit elevation and 25 cm at base elevation. Snow coverage is usually best during March, offering an average snow depth of 110 cm at summit elevation and 45 cm at the base.
- Sextner Dolomiten Skiberg Helm features 90 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski Resorts in Italy is 89 sunny days. January is the sunniest month with an average of 25 sunny days.
- Offering 93 km of slopes and terrain, Sextner Dolomiten Skiberg Helm is among the 5 largest Ski Resorts in South Tyrol.
The Ski Resort
In the 2014/2015 season, the waiting was over: The Helm and Rotwand were finally connected. Now skiers in the Sexten Dolomites can look forward to over 70 kilometres of runs across the ski area, extending all the way over into Veneto. Against the impressive backdrop of the Sexten Dolomites with its famous Sonnenuhr and Drei Zinnen peaks, advanced skiers will find a whole host of runs to enjoy. The best way to explore the whole ski area is by doing the “Runde Giro dell Cime”, which takes in 34 kilometres of runs and some 10,000 vertical metres.
It is possible to access the ski area from multiple points. The most northern points are Vierschach and Helm mountain. Short blue-marked runs close to the valley here are perfectly suited for people making their first turns on skis. After gaining a little confidence, you can head up the mountain with the Vierschach-Helm gondola lift. While the Mittelstation lift and Übungslift provide access to short trails on Helm mountain, skiers can also take the lengthy over-4.5 km intermediate valley run (no. 13). At around 2,200 m, the mountain station of the gondola lift and Helm chairlift is the starting point for several red-marked runs. The Kamelbuckel (no. 16) provides freestyle fans with access to the Drei Zinnen Snowpark, offering up lines for both beginners and advanced skiers. You can also access Helm from Sexten, with the Sexten-Helm cable car connecting winter sports fans to the trail network. However, beginners should note that only the difficult Kristlerhang (no. 11a) leads back down into the valley from here.
The Stiergarten has served as a connection between Helm and Rotwand since 2014. This area is fed by two gondolas (Stiergarten and Drei Zinnen) and provides two long red-marked groomers, perfect for making some gentle turns as you soak up the unparalleled views of the Sexten Dolomites. You can head to the Rotwand via the Signaue, where skiers can immediately get underway thanks to the car park located there, or alternatively from Moos. Experts can look forward to tackling one of the steepest runs in all of Italy, the “Holzriese” (no. 3a/b) with a gradient of 71%. Young visitors will no doubt be interested in the herd of reindeers that inhabits the mountain, the only one of its kind in all of Italy, as well as the Rudi-Rentier-Weg (no. 10a), which helps youngsters learn the ten FIS rules in a playful way.
To the south, the Kreuzberg Pass connects to the Rotwand. Two surface lifts enable skiers to take the UNESCO ski route (no. 1), which delicately sweeps through the heritage site. If you want to continue on into the Val Comelico area, you have to take the ski bus. At the most southerly end of the ski area, visitors can look forward to six trails of all difficulties in the area around the Col d’la Tenda chairlift. The longest run, Campo (no. 50), winds some 4.5 km down gentle slopes, through a forest and back down into the valley.
In addition to the runs on Helm, Rotwand and the other local mountains, skiers can enjoy the family ski area Haunold in Innichen as well as the lifts in Waldheim, Toblach / Rienz and Prags as part of the shared ski pass for the entire Sexten Dolomites region. And if over 90 kilometres of runs are still not enough, we recommend investing in the Dolomiti Superski ski pass, which is also valid here. The Ski Pustertal Express is a convenient rail service which takes skiers to the neighbouring Kronplatz ski area and its over 100 kilometres of trails.
Snow Safety & Snowmaking
On Mountain Dining
In Vierschach, the Punka service centre is a great place for food and drink. With a cafeteria, restaurant and pizzeria, it’s a good stop for both a meal or a quick snack. Alternatively, on Helm mountain, you can soak up impressive panoramic views over a lunch in the Helm restaurant at an altitude of over 2000 m. The restaurant offers self-service options as well as à la carte. One of the most authentic and cosy lodges in the ski area is located on the Signaue: Henn Stoll. On the Rotwand, guests of the Rotwandwiesenhütte can take in views of the Drei Zinnen in a cosy and informal atmosphere, while the Rudihütte offers the opportunity to try various Tyrolean specialities. If you're after Italian cuisine, look no further than the Col d’la Tenda in Val Comelico.
Experts shouldn’t pass up the opportunity to try their hand at the Holzriese run, with a gradient of over 70%. The Stiergarten and Drei-Zinnen runs are great for carving and offer breath-taking views over the Sexten Dolomites.
Most Difficult Runs
Three sled runs also provide white-knuckle action away from your skis. The longest sled run is some 5 km in length and starts on the Rotwand, while the Signaue and Haunold runs both measure over 2 km. A winter hike through the valley is a somewhat quieter way to enjoy this eye-catching landscape. Routes through Höhlenstein Valley and Fischleintal Valley are particularly popular with visitors. The latter offers a unique panorama of the Sextner Sonnenuhr. If you’d prefer to pull on some skates, there are ice rinks in Sexten, Toblach and Niederdorf. Thanks to the indoor climbing walls in Sexten and Toblach as well as the Acquafun leisure centre in Innichen, there is even plenty to do here when the weather is poor.
Après-Ski and Nightlife
The first port of call for après-ski is the bar in Punka service centre. Party-goers can dance late into the night to the grooves of DJs and live bands here. The Igloo Bar in Sexten is also a great spot for a few drinks and a boogie, as is Pub Lindwurm in Innichen. The latter features a choice of 13 different beers to try.
Dining and Restaurants
In the Tilia restaurant in Toblach, star chef Chris Oberhammer serves up all manner of culinary delights. This is down-to-earth cooking at its very best. However, please note that a reservation is recommended as the restaurant only has five tables.
Infrastructure & Rental
Ski Rental Shops
By car: If you drive into Hochpustertal from the Italian side, take the Brennerautobahn (A22) until the Brixen/Vahrn exit. From there, it is another 60 kilometres to Hochpustertal. Alternatively, if you are travelling from Austria, first head for Lienz in Osttirol before driving onto the B100, which leads into Hochpustertal via Sillian. Rail travellers should first make for Franzensfeste, where international trains also stop.
By train: Local trains then continue on to Innichen. This train also stops in Niederdorf, Toblach and Vierschach / Helm. In addition, trains also depart from Lienz towards Innichen.
By plane: Bolzano airport is around 100 kilometres away. It is also possible to fly to Innsbruck (130 km away) or Treviso (170 km away).