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Tonale ski resort looking up the resort's signature Paradiso run.
Tonale ski resort looking up the resort's signature Paradiso run.
Tonale has perfect terrain for beginner skiers & snowboarders.
Tonale has perfect terrain for beginner skiers & snowboarders.
The Presena Glacier is part of the Tonale (Adamello) ski resort.
The Presena Glacier is part of the Tonale (Adamello) ski resort.
Access to Tonale is by road. Convenient car parks line the resort.
Access to Tonale is by road. Convenient car parks line the resort.
Tonale has sheltered skiing in the valley at Ponte di Legno.
Tonale has sheltered skiing in the valley at Ponte di Legno.
And high alpine terrain from Passo del Tonale.
And high alpine terrain from Passo del Tonale.
Tonale has modern lifts & resort facilities, including bars & restaurants.
Tonale has modern lifts & resort facilities, including bars & restaurants.
Tonale ski resort Paradiso gondola heading up to ............. paradiso!
Tonale ski resort Paradiso gondola heading up to ............. paradiso!
Ponte di Legno is a large base town in Tonale ski resort.
Ponte di Legno is a large base town in Tonale ski resort.
Temu is a small quiet village connected to Tonale ski Resort.
Temu is a small quiet village connected to Tonale ski Resort.
Village at Passo del Tonale sits in a high alpine pass at 1880m.
Village at Passo del Tonale sits in a high alpine pass at 1880m.
Gondolas connects Ponte di Legno to Passo del Tonale.
Gondolas connects Ponte di Legno to Passo del Tonale.
Tonale skiing.
Tonale skiing.
Tonale ski resort.
Tonale ski resort.
Tonale freeride terrain above Passo del Tonale.
Tonale freeride terrain above Passo del Tonale.
Skiwers at Passo del Tonale.
Skiwers at Passo del Tonale.
War memorial at Tonale.
War memorial at Tonale.
Apres ski at Tonale.
Apres ski at Tonale.
Ski in ski out accommodation at Passo del Tonale.
Ski in ski out accommodation at Passo del Tonale.
Pontedilegno Tonale ski resort.
Pontedilegno Tonale ski resort.

Tonale

Tonale Ski Resort Italy

Tonale ski resort extends from valley to glacier in Lombardy, Italy. Also known as Adamello Ski or Pontedilegno-Tonale, Tonale has 3 base areas, modern lifts, the Presena glacier & extensive piste trails for all abilities.

Tonale ski resort includes the village of Temù and the large town of Ponte di Legno in the valley, plus a purpose built resort base high on the range at Passo del Tonale.

Summary of Pros & Cons for Tonale Ski Resort

Pros

  • Snow sure ski destination with a long season;
  • Amazing beginner & lower intermediate terrain, lifts & facilities;
  • Extensive range of intermediate & advanced piste trails;
  • Features nearly 1900m vert, a glacier & longest run of 11km;
  • Modern & efficient lift infrastructure;
  • Interesting freeride terrain, particularly if adventurous;
  • Excellent value lift pass;
  • ’Ski in’ accommodation available;
  • Easy access by car;
  • Villages of Ponte di Legno & Temu are delightful.

Cons

  • Tonale village is windswept, cold & dated;
  • Public transport connections to the resort are not easy;
  • Return trail from Tonale to Ponte di Legno gets busy & dangerous near the end of the day.

Pro or Con Depending On Your Perspective

  • Close to Milan;
  • Popular with school groups.

Tonale Skiing & Snowboard Terrain

Tonale ski resort has a full gamut of ski terrain ranging from deep in the valley forests at Temu (1121m elevation) up to the alpine area at Passo del Tonale (1880m) and then another 1120m vertical up onto the glaciers.

At Passo del Tonale the lift infrastructure for beginner skiers & snowboarders is impressive. Seven chairlifts & numerous surface conveyors extend from the resort village which is at a snow sure elevation of 1880m.

On the opposite side of the road, gondolas extend to the top of the Presena Glacier and open up a load of high altitude freeride & piste terrain.

In poor weather, the lower slopes near Temù & Ponte di Legno are sheltered and accessible from Passo del Tonale by ski trail or gondola download.

Where is Tonale, Italy?

A contributor to Tonale ski resort's superb lift infrastructure & facilities is its proximity to Milan, only 160km away. The drive from central Milan is a mere 2.5hr via Bergamo & Edolo and doesn't involve high alpine passes if staying in Temù or Ponte di Legno.

The gateway international airport is Milan Malpensa. Visitors from within Europe or the UK could utilise either of the other two Milan airports, Milan Linate or even better the Milan Bergamo (a.k.a. Orio Al Serio) airport. Milan Bergamo is less than a 2hr drive to Tonale.
Europe airport & ski resort transfers
If interested in POW (Protect Our Winters), a combination of trains & public buses make the journey to Tonale, but it involves several connections. From the west the train journey from Milan is via Brescia to Edolo, then bus to Ponte di Legno. From the east, trains to Trento (Dolomites) link to the local train to Male ( near Madonna di Campiglio) where the route B646 bus to Tonale can be joined.

Tonale Accommodation

The Tonale ski resort comprises three major village areas: Tonale (Passo del Tonale), Ponte di Legno & Temù. The highest village in the resort is Tonale at an elevation of around 1880m. A wide range of hotel, apartment & guesthouse options line the road beyond the ski lifts, several offering ski-in ski-out convenience. Tonale village has all the necessary services assailable & provides direct access the best alpine terrain. It is however incredibly exposed to poor weather & has an almost tired feel to it.

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Next down from the Passo del Tonale to the west in the Val Camonica is the major town of Ponte di Legno. Literally translated to "Wooden Bridge", Ponte di Legno is central to the ski resort, but low in the valley at 1256m elevation. It has a delightful town centre with a wooden bridge! The ski lift base is a short walk or bus ride from the town centre, from where one can access the high alpjine via the gondola to Tonale or the best pistes toward Temù.

Further along the valley.Temù is the western end of the ski resort. The colourful traditional village is stacked on sunny stone terraces above the ski lift base at a tenuous 1155m elevation. Whilst some accommodations are a short walk from the lifts, the town is far enough away to warrant motorised transport. Temu is the quietest of all the villages.

If truly struggled for accommodation, the larger town of Edolo is 15km further west. Edolo has a train station linking it to Brescia & Milan. A regular bus links Edolo to Ponte di Legno.

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    Tonale Adamello Ski Trail Map
  • Tonale Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,121m – 3,000m (1,879m))
  • Average Snow Fall
    Unknown
  • Lifts (28)
    4 Gondolas
    19 Chairs
  • Ski Hours
    Late October to early May
    8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 100km
    Longest run – 11km
    Advanced - 15%
    Intermediate - 60%
    Beginner - 25%
  • Lift Pass Prices (Day Ticket 18/19)
    Adult - €37 to 44
    Child - €16 to 23
    Child u/8yr - Free