3 Peaks Dolomites Ski Resort

3 Peaks Dolomites (Drei Zinnen) named after the nearby Tre Cime di Lavaredo
3 Peaks Dolomites ski resort main town is beautiful Sesto(Sexten).
Long piste runs from Monte Elmo go up to 7km down to Versciaco.
3 Peaks excellent base at Versciaco: train station, shops, lifts restaurants & bars.
Sking early morning groomers at 3 Peaks Dolomites is fast and fun.
Extensive lift development to limk Monte Elmo to Croda Rossa at 3 Peaks.
3 Peaks Dolomites ski resort has superb intermediate piste skiing.
Beautiful accommodation options are available in the Sesto valley.
Super grooming on all advanced pistes at 3 Peaks.
Monte Elmo cable car base in Sesto services 740m of vertical.
Lack of crowds mean the powder is on piste during storms at 3 Peaks.
Base facilities at Versciaco are called 'Punka', they are anything but.
Ski Italy's steepest groomed piste on the Croda Rossa at 3 Peaks.
Excellent pasta at some of 3 Peaks restaurants.
Helm restaurant on Monte Elmo has glorious views across the valley.
Family friendly lifts, terrain and lessons at Waldheim, 3 Peaks ski resort.
Ski 3 Peaks Dolomites.
The snow train runs to 3 Peaks between Brunico and Sillian every 30 minutes.
3 Peaks Dolomites skiing
6 modern gondolas comfortably connect the main 3 Peaks ski resort.

3 Peaks Dolomites Ski Resort

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3 Peaks Dolomites

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    3 Peaks Dolomites Trail Map
  • 3 Peaks Dolomites Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,132m – 2,200m (1,068m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    Unknown
  • Lifts (34)
    6 Gondolas / cable cars
    7 Chairs
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Late Nov to early April
    8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 110km
    Longest run – 7 km
    Advanced - 13%
    Intermediate - 46%
    Beginner - 41%
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 19/20
    3 Peaks only
    Adult - €45.50 to 57
    Child - €32 to 40
    Child u/8yr - Free

    Dolomiti SuperSki
    Adult - €50 to 62
    Child - €35 to 43
    Child u/8yr - Free

3 Peaks Dolomites Ski Resort Italy

Three Peaks Dolomites ski resort (a.k.a. Drei Zinnen, f.k.a. Sesto Dolomites) is beautifully situated near Tre Cime di Lavaredo in the northern part of the Dolomiti. Surrounded by Monte Elmo to the north plus spectacular Croda Rossa & other true Dolomites peaks to the south, the main ski area is centred on the fantastic town of Sesto (a.k.a Sexten). As well as allegedly having the steepest black run in Italy, 3 Peaks is now fully linked with modern ski lifts all the way around the valley. From the flanks of the Croda Rossa, up & over Monte Elmo then down to Versciaco, modern gondolas & chairs move skiers with ease. At Versciaco a walkway links directly to a train station with services every 30min direct to Kronplatz ski resort & the rest of the Europe.

So aside from massive confusion as to what to call the resort & whether to pronounce names in Italian or German, 3 Peaks-Drei Zinnen-Sesto Dolomites is a great ski destination. (FYI German is the more accepted language in the valley, but part of the resort, Val Comelico, is in the province of Belluno so Italian is the way to go there - make sense?)

Pros & Cons for Drei Zinnen Dolomites Ski Resort

Pros

  • Wonderful access by train direct to the lifts at Versciaco;
  • Modern and comfortable lift infrastructure;
  • Great intermediate piste trails;
  • Excellent children's & beginner areas in traditional settings;
  • Delightfully authentic town (Sesto - Sexten) at the resort base;
  • Slopes uncrowded except for weekends;
  • Several high quality on-mountain bars & restaurants;
  • Exceptional base facilities at Punka.
  • Gorgeous cross-country skiing areas.

Cons

  • On mountain rifugios are relatively disappointing comparative to other Dolomites locations;
  • Limited off-piste terrain;
  • Very little for expert skiers & snowboarders;
  • Local ski buses from town to lifts can be very crowded.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Quiet après scene (but some lovely bars).
  • High ratio of lifts to pistes (needs more trails!).
  • Base areas are spread over a wide distance.

Three Peaks Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

It can be said of skiing 3 Peaks - Drei Zinnen that the early bird catches the worm. Deserted slopes on a powder morning greeted the Powderhounds. The lift infrastructure is probably over the top for the amount of terrain, but you won’t hear any complaints from the comfort of your 'carriage'.

See the 3 Peaks ski trail map here.

Three Peaks has numerous long, quality pistes. The trails from Monte Elmo to Versciaco on one side (up to 7km long) and into Sesto on the other side are all excellent. The steepest groomed piste in Italy IS here as well & whilst it IS steep it IS at best underwhelming.

Lift infrastructure is unbelievable when one considers the amount of piste runs & lack of people in the resort. A series of new gondolas has finally fully interlinked the ski resort around Sesto - Sexten. Plans to lift & piste connect Val Comelico to Sexten are well underway & will dramatically increase the skiing whilst simultaneously reduce the reliance on buses around the Kreuzbergpass. The plan to connect the resort via the 2538m Hochgruben to the Austrian town of Sillian will be an absolute game-changer.

There are delightful children's facilities & terrain throughout the resort at Versciaco & Waldheim near Sexten (Sesto), plus away from the valley at San Candido (Innichen) & Dobbiaco (Toblach).

See the 3 Peaks Skiing page for more information.

Snow & Weather

The location of the 3 Peaks-Drei Zinnen in the northern Dolomites & close to the Austrian Alps places the resort in the best of both worlds. The area gets snow from storms that benefit the Dolomites, plus gets additional 'overflow' from storms that hit the Alps but don't quite make it further south. With the exception of Marmolada, the resort gets more snow than most of the Dolomites ski resorts .

The low elevation base at Three Peaks is not helpful, exposing the resort in 'warmer' winters. However, snow making capacity is impressive & the piste trails will always be in great condition during the season, just maybe not the off-piste!

Where is 3 Peaks - Drei Zinnen, Italy?

3 Peaks Dolomites ski resort is in the northern Dolomites of Italy, close to the Austrian border. It is 170km north of Venice & 144km south east of Innsbruck. 3 Peaks & its main town of Sesto (a.k.a. Sexten) is easily accessible via public train & bus, however private transfers direct from the nearest airports of Innsbruck, Venice & Munich is the quicker option.

Search & book all airport transfers to Sesto & Drei Zinnen here.

Once in country, the train is the best (& recommended) transport method to the ski resort from Innsbruck, Munich and other Dolomites locations like Bolzano & Brunico. The train station at Versciaco links directly to the ski lifts.

Search & book train tickets from Munich & Innsbruck to Versciaco or Innichen via Fortezza here.

See our Travel to 3 Peaks page for more information.

Three Peaks Dolomites Accommodation

3 Peaks - 3 Zinnen ski resort is spread across several valleys with numerous outlying & disconnected lifts & trails. Disregarding the outliers, the main centre for the ski resort is the village of Sesto - Sexten with its satellite hamlets of Moos & Bad Moos. On the other side of Helm, Versciaco – Vierschach serves as a convenient (& quiet) alternate base near the lifts & train station. Over the Passo Monte Croce, Padola & its small ski area is over 15km away as the crow flies & also provides a range of traditional Italian lodgings.

High altitude accommodation is limited within the ski resort, but the new Rotwandwiesen Chalets at 1900m elevation will change all that. Another non-village lodging option located in a spectacular setting is the Hotel Dolomitenhof. Stopping & drinking in the views is an everyday ritual here.

Sesto - Sexten has a thriving small town centre, shops, services, bars, historic church & grounds plus numerous accommodation options. Whilst the town centre is a away from the cable car base, a short walk or free bus ride will see you there in no time. The best central accommodation is the Zur Post Hotel & Apartments. Further out toward the Helm cable car, the Hotel Waldheim provides the perfect traditional lodgings with ski-in convenience to the back of the hotel!

In the hamlet of Bad Moos, the area’s best pool & spa hotel, Sport & Kurhotel Bad Moos, is located at the base of the Croda Rossa gondola. Between Bad Moos & the Waldheim ski lifts, the Hotel Lanterna Verde provides wonderful rooms & restaurant.

There are a number of top-quality options at Versciaco – Vierschach, but the new JOAS Natur Hotel is a standout. Ski to the door!

Search & book all 3 Peaks- Drei Zinnen Accommodation here.

In the near future when fully lift connected to the main ski area, the village of Padola at the base of the Val Comelico ski area will be a wonderfully "Italian" village location from which to ski 3 Peaks. Padola has a good variety of hotels, guesthouses & apartments. Between Padola & Sexten at Kreuzbergpass (Passo Monte Croce) the Hotel Kreuzberg Monte Croce provides an isolated haven high in the ski area, directly opposite a ski lift & trails connecting to both ends of the resort.

Search & book all Padola - Val Comelico Accommodation here.

Alternatively, one can easily stay at nearby Brunico or Kronplatz ski resort & take the train to ski Three Peaks as an easy day trip.

Search & book all Brunico – Brunick accommodation here.

Activities

The Sesto-Sexten valley & the surrounding ski resort has a huge range of non-ski winter activities. A vast network of winter walking trails exists along the valleys or up to scenic points & mountain huts. The cross-country trails all the way to Dobbiaco are world class. Sledding trails off Croda Rossa & at San Candido are fun for everyone. A train trip & visit to wonderful Brunico - Bruneck with its old town & castle is a great day out. You can even check Italy's only reindeer herd & feed them on the Croda Rossa.

In Sesto-Sexten a walk up to the church & through cemetery is an intriguing insight into history. Note the frescoes in the portico as you enter the church grounds - death visits everyone regardless of their status!

Review

The Powderhounds reviewed 3 Peaks Dolomites in 2017 & 2019. We are looking forward to returning in 2021 when hopefully their ambitious new ski lift program is fully realised. Click on the review link in the left column to read our sparkling repartee!

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Tours in or near 3 Peaks-3 Zinnen

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

CLASSIC Dolomites Ski Safari
HOSTED SKI SAFARI | DOLOMITES
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
The very best skiing in the Dolomites linking 6 ski resorts & spending 4 nights in mountain rifugi under the guidance of your dedicated host. Ski the best groomed trails in the Dolomites on this classic ski safari. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group together for a custom tour.
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USD 1,665
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SPECIAL Dolomites Ski Safari
HOSTED SKI SAFARI | DOLOMITES
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
A special ski adventure set amongst the awe inspiring landscape of the Dolomites. Linking 9 ski resorts via groomed slopes by ski, taxi, helicopter & snowmobile, spend 5 nights in mountain rifugi under the guidance of your dedicated host. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group together for a custom tour.
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USD 2,716
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VENTURE Dolomites Ski Safari
HOSTED SKI SAFARI | DOLOMITES
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
The Venture is for fast paced skiers who like to clock up vertical & do the most exciting ski slopes. Ski the best groomed runs in the Dolomites & spend 5 night in mountain rifugi. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group together for a custom tour.
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USD 2,439
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Skiare SILVER Packages
MIXED GROUP GUIDED INSTRUCTIONAL PACKAGES
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Beginner to Expert
Make the most of your Dolomites ski holiday with a MIXED GROUP guide / instructor who will show you many of the great sights & ski areas whilst helping you to improve your skiing. Whilst this example package is based on 7 nights, packages are fully CUSTOMISABLE from 3 days plus and can start from any day of the week.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share in a 3-star hotel room during medium season (Dec 1 - 23, Jan 6 - Feb 2, Mar 10 - 24).
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USD 2,619
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Skiare GOLD Packages
PRIVATE GUIDED INSTRUCTIONAL PACKAGES
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Beginner to Expert
Make the most of your Dolomites ski holiday with a private guide / instructor who will show you many of the great sights & ski areas whilst helping you to improve your skiing. Whilst this example package is based on 7 nights, packages are fully CUSTOMISABLE from 3 days plus and can start from any day of the week.
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USD 3,588
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Dolomites Powder Skiing Star Safari
GUIDED POWDER SKI SAFARI | DOLOMITES
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Skiing
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
This is the ultimate guided Dolomites powder ski safari incorporating lifts & touring to access the best the area has to offer. Experience a night in a classic mountain hut & ski up to 2,000 m vert descents. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
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USD 2,098
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