Ponte di Legno – The pearl of the Camonica valley!

Ponte di Legno, Val di Cane' - Photo © pozzigia
Ponte di Legno, Val di Cane’ – Photo © pozzigia

Ponte di Legno is a lovely little town which has known how to maintain the charming qualities of the past, while perfectly integrating the needs of modern tourism. It is one of the oldest winter resorts in all of the Alps: a happy oasis, which prefers understatement to mundanity. It is situated in the middle of the wilderness of the Stelvio and Adamello Natural Parks.

Called the “Pearl of the Camonica valley” it is framed by two of the largest mountains of the Alps: on one side there is the Mts. Adamello/Presanella and on the other the Ortles/Cevedale.

Tonale is the skiable area of Ponte, where one can practice summer skiing with the certainty of finding good snow on the crevice-free, Presena glacier. During World War I this area was the scene of terrible battles.

The slopes
Ponte di Legno

Tonale offers slopes of various degrees of difficulty, all of which run through the woods and are equipped with artificial snow machines and three ski-lifts. The extremely technical and demanding Corno d’Aola slope runs for 7,3 Km with a gradient of 650 meters and ends in a very narrow trail among the woods. It is the most sought-after run and in the past was the theater of national and international races.

The most technically demanding slopes of the Tonale is the Direttissima, which runs from the Paradiso Pass, curving through hills and mounds under the cable-way and continuing on down for 2700 meters with a 710-meter gradient; the 4500 meters long Alpino slope which has a 725-meter gradient; and the 5 km long Valbiolo-Tonale Occidentale slope, which has a 620-meter gradient.

One can also ski on the Presena glacier.

The trails, which range between 2600 and 3100 meters in length, are wide but extremely bumpy.

Presena Glacier

The Presena slopes are open for skiing also in summertime, see the opening schedule… >>>

Break-points

The Faita alpine shelter, situated along the road of the Negritella ski-lift which runs up to the sunniest slopes, is the ultimate skiers’ meeting place. Its sunny terrace is the place to see and be seen. It has a romantic, rustic restaurant where the Valtellina and Trentino specialties can be tasted: “strangolapreti” (spinach gnocchi), “polenta taragna” (buck wheat and corn polenta with the local magnuca cheese) and “pizzoccheri” (buck wheat noodles with cheese and potatoes). On the Ponte di Legno slopes (the most difficult in the area) the Valbione restaurant/alpine shelter is the most skilled skiers’ destination.

Summertime
Ponte di Legno

In summertime Ponte di Legno is a well-frequented holiday destination. Hiking, mountain climbing, golfing, Nordic walking, rafting are among the favorite activities.

The cable cars are open all summer, see their opening schedule… >>>
Text in part Courtesy of APT Provincia di Brescia, Brescia Official Tourist Board www.bresciaholiday.com/

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