Gitschberg Jochtal Ski Resort

Gitschberg Jochtal ski resort.
Families will have fun at Gitschberg Jochtal ski resort.
Gitschberg Jochtal ski resort, Eisacktal Dolomites Italy
Skiing down from Gitsch
Gitschberg Jochtal's main town of Rio di Pusteria is a short bus ride from Bressanone, Italy.
Gitschberg Jochtal snowboarding
Gitschberg Jochtal ski resort Italy
Gitschberg Jochtal skiing
Gitschberg Jochtal ski resort Italy
Gitschberg Jochtal ski resort Italy
Gitschberg Jochtal ski resort mountain hut
Gitschberg Jochtal ski resort Dolomiti Superski Italy
Novice learn-to ski area at Valles in Gitschberg Jochtal
Beautiful Bressanone (Brixen) is close to Gitschberg Jochtal ski resort
Bressanone's main shopping street
The Christmas night markets at Bressanone
Bressanone at Christmas time
Bressanone bars are excellent
Gitschberg Jochtal ski resort
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Gitschberg Jochtal Ski Resort

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  • Vertical (m)
    1,300m – 2,510m (1,210m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    Unknown
  • Lifts (15)
    7 Gondolas/cable car
    3 Chairs
  • Opening Times & Dates
    Mid December to early April
    8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 55km
    Longest run – 8 km
    Advanced - 19%
    Intermediate - 50%
    Beginner - 31%
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 19/20
    Adult - €40 to 49
    Child - €31 to 36
    Child u/8yr – Free
    2 day+ pass is valid in Plose
    Dolomiti Superski Pass is valid

Gitschberg Jochtal Ski Resort Italy

Located close to the wonderful city of Bressanone (a.k.a. Brixen) in the Dolomites, Gitschberg Jochtal ski resort (a.k.a. Eisacktal Dolomites) may have a strange name, but it features surprisingly good lifts, snow making, piste trails & facilities on what is an excellent family skiing destination. If only it snowed more!

Pros & Cons for Gitschberg Jochtal Ski Resort

Pros

  • Ultra-modern & comfortable lift system;
  • No lift queues;
  • Great range of piste trails for all levels (including advanced on-piste);
  • Long village return trails;
  • Extensive snow making system;
  • Ski-in ski-out accommodation available;
  • Good value lift pass price linked with Plose;
  • Excellent selection of restaurants on the mountain;
  • Good après ski particularly in the upper mountain;
  • Variety of non-ski activities, particularly winter walking trails linking restaurants & connecting with gondolas;
  • Great family ski destination.

Cons

  • Limited quality off-piste terrain;
  • Natural snowfalls have decreased over the last few years;
  • One cannot ski between the Gitschberg & Jochtal sides, a long gondola transfer is required.
  • Valles village deep in shadow for much of winter.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Whilst part of the Dolomiti Superski, it is not in the true Dolomites & lacks the expected grandeur (but the mountains & views are still great);
  • Quiet villages after dark.

Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

It never ceases to surprise the Powderhounds how seemingly small unknown ski resorts in Europe have such unbelievably good lifts & facilities. Gitschberg Jochtal is one such place. The lift system comprises seven modern gondolas, making it exceedingly family friendly. The effort & expense to link the Gitschberg & Jochtal areas is nothing short of extraordinary. Loading onto the gondolas is easy for all involved allowing the resort to safely transport novice skiers (& pedestrians) around the entire resort.

See the Gitschberg Jochtal ski trail map here.

In good snow or no natural snow, there is some excellent piste skiing at Gitschberg Jochtal. The snow making system is sensational and allows for nearly 100% trail coverage. The full 1200m skiable vertical can be ridden from the top of Gitsch to the village at Maranza over a breathtaking 8km. A range of interesting beginner & intermediate trails are arrayed across the resorts making up about 80% of the 55km of trails. We can even attest to some of the black runs here being as black as anywhere in the world! Try pistes 5 & 6 off the backside of Jöchl without turning – bet cant do it! Off-piste terrain is relatively limited, but then again, the snow was relatively limited early in the season we visited.

Where is Gitschberg Jochtal Italy?

Gitschberg Jochtal ski resort is on the edge of the northern Dolomites in South Tyrol. By road, the ski area is about 92km south of Innsbruck & 20km north of Bressanone. The closest major town is Rio di Pusteria (a.k.a. Mühlbach), which is connected by road & public cable car to the resort villages of Maranza (a.k.a. Meransen) & Valles (a.k.a. Vals). Rio di Pusteria has a railway station along the line connecting Fortezza in the west to Lienz, Austria in the east). The train station location requires all passengers travelling on the InnsbruckBolzano line to alight at Fortezza for a change of train. Sadly, the trains rarely link in a timely fashion.

Gateway airports for international travellers are Munich (MUN), Milan (MXP) & Venice (VCE), with Innsbruck (INN) & Verona (VRN) providing options for European & UK flight origins.

The most efficient mode of travel to Gitschberg Jochtal, particularly if in a group of 3 or more people, is by private transfer from a major train station or city like Bressanone, Bolzano or Brunico. Search & book all private transfers to the villages of Valles, Maranza, Rio di Pusteria here.

The Powderhounds have successfully completed day trips to Gitschberg Jochtal from Bressanone utilising public transport – in this case taking the bus from the centre of Bressanone to Rio di Pusteria. A ride in a public cable car (free) up to Maranza is then followed by a refreshing walk to the lifts (or wait for a local bus, but we don’t wait!)

Gitschberg Jochtal Accommodation

The Gitschberg Jochtal accommodation is split between the mountain & valley. Mountain accommodation is in the villages of Valles (Vals) & Maranza (Meransen). Valley accommodation is at Rio di Pusteria (Mühlbach), near the train & bus station. Rio di Pusteria is connected to Maranza by a public cable car which once one gets over the novelty value, is a right royal pain in the bum due to its limited capacity!

Valles is high in the ski resort but in a deep valley that sees very little sun in mid-winter but is located directly near the lifts. Maranza is located on the sunny side of the hill and has glorious views across the valley to the main Dolomites peaks.

Search & book all Gitschberg Jochtal accommodation here.

Anyone wanting to spend time in an interesting local city should look at the delightful Bressanone-Brixen. Accommodation in the historic old town is wonderful, bars & restaurants are excellent & Gitschberg Jochtal is only a bus ride away.

Search & book Bressanone accommodation here.

Nearby Ski Resorts

The ski resorts of Kronplatz, Plose & 3 Peaks can be seen from Gitschberg Jochtal. Toward the Brenner Pass & Austria, Monte Cavallo ski resort is above beautiful Vipiteno. Kronplatz, 3 Peaks Dolomites & Monte Cavallo are easily accessible by train, Plose less so!

Review

The Powderhounds will attempt to review Gitschberg Jochtal again in 2020. We are looking forward to seeing it in some nice snow.

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Tours in or near Gitschberg Jochtal

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 2,197
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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 2,692
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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 2,417
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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 2,543
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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.
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 3,484
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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 2,079
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