Sitting in a massive, high altitude snowy bowl, Passo Tonale really is like a winter wonderland. This is no destination for someone afraid of heights - the village is in a natural amphitheatre high up in a mountain range, surrounded by snow dusted peaks. For those wanting to escape the bustle of everyday life - Passo Tonale is a great choice.
The skiing is pretty much all above the tree line, and is best for beginners and intermediates. You'll find 100 km of skiable piste on both sides of the valley, on mainly north and south-facing pistes, often drenched in long hours of sunshine. The Presena glacier and the resort's high altitude make for very reliable snow. The wide, open sunny slopes make the perfect spot for learning, and intermediates will handle the whole mountain, as well as being able to develop their off-piste in some gentle terrain. The consistent development of facilities means quick lifts and generally few queues.
Passo Tonale is not really an expert's resort, with few challenging runs. However the resort's slopes are also connected with Ponte di Legno in Alta Vallecamonica and Temu, which have some more challenging slopes and some tree-lined runs. The glacier offers some scary blacks as well. There is a fantastic 7 km run through woods to Ponte di Legno, past local farms.
The village itself is a mix of the modern and the traditional, and as it is above the tree line it doesn't have the alpine charm of some resorts. Becoming very popular with families, it has a fun, relaxed, family-orientated vibe. There are some lively bars, but après-ski is generally low key and focused on chilled out drinks and good food. Ponte di Legno is a more traditional, beautiful alpine village that is nice to visit, but less accessible from the slopes. Most of the runs at Passo Tonale run down into the resort! There are also some lovely picturesque villages around the area to visit, with charming centres and quaint churches. This is a good value, friendly resort for those looking for a complete escape, families, beginners and intermediates looking for a relaxed, chilled out destination.