Monte Cavallo-Rosskopf Ski Resort

Monte Cavallo - Rosskopf ski resort.
Beautiful Vipiteno / Sterzing at the base of Monte Cavallo ski resort.
Come in & check out Vipiteno.

Monte Cavallo-Rosskopf Ski Resort

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    Monte Cavallo Rosskopf Ski Trail Map
  • Monte Cavallo Rosskopf Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    948m – 2,176m (1,228 m)
  • Average Snow Fall
  • Lifts (4)
    2 Gondolas (1 x combi)
  • Ski Hours
    Early December to early April
    8:30am to 5:00pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 23km
    Longest run – 5km
    Advanced - 27%
    Intermediate - 43%
    Beginner - 30%
  • Lift Pass Prices (Day Ticket 18/19)
    Adult - €39.50 to 42
    Child - €28 to 29.50
    Child u/7yr - Free

Monte Cavallo - Rosskopf Ski Resort Italy

Monte Cavallo ski resort (a.k.a Rosskopf) is a fun ski area near the beautiful town of Vipiteno - Sterzing, Italy.

On the road between Innsbruck and the Dolomites, a stop in Vipiteno will not only reward you with a quality ski experience, but also an excellent night in the beautiful town centre. The Vipiteno old town has a delightful ambiance to go with its wonderful food, drink & accommodation.Without having actually skied here yet, the Powderhounds have declared it a crime against skiing to fail to stop overnight in Vipiteno.

Monte Cavallo has the longest floodlit sledding trail (sledging run!) in Italy, running for a total of 10km, putting it up there with the best just across the border in Austria.

Summary of Pros & Cons for Monte Cavallo - Rosskopf Ski Resort


  • Modern lifts;
  • Good variety of piste trails for all levels;
  • Interesting off-piste opportunities;
  • Longest floodlit sled run in Italy;
  • The gorgeous Vipiteno at its base;
  • Excellent transport links;
  • Delightful après ski in Vipiteno;
  • Great restaurant food and drink.


  • Low base area struggles for snow cover at either end of the season.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective)

  • Small ski resort that may or not hold one's interest for more than a couple of days.

Monte Cavallo Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

It might well be on the smaller end of the European ski resort scale, but from what we saw on our way through last season, there is something definitively appealing to Powderhounds about Monte Cavallo-Rosskopf. In many ways we feel Vipiteno-Sterzing & its Monte Cavallo-Rosskopf epitomises the best of skiing in Europe. The combination of wandering up to a gondola in the morning via a beautiful Vipiteno 'old town' (perhaps have an espresso doppio & a brioche on the way), skiing in a resort with a superb mix of Italian & Austria culture & then wandering back into town at the end of day, skis on shoulder, for a few perfect aperol spritz, negroni & vino just feels right to us.

It helps that the ski resort has a typically healthy European skiable vertical of over 1200m on its brand new valley piste trail & also has a brand new ‘chondola’ or ‘liftzilla’ (a combi gondola & chair) leading to the summit plus a range piste trails for all abilities. See the latest Monte Cavallo-Rosskopf ski trail map here.

Where is Monte Cavallo, Italy?

The Monte Cavallo ski resort & its base town of Vipiteno Sterzing is in the South Tyrol of north east Italy, only 20km from the Austrian border at Brenner Pass. Closest major cities are less than an hour drive away at Innsbruck, 58km to the north & Bolzano, 59km south.

Vipiteno has excellent transport links by road & rail. Very cheap bus links to Innsbruck are available too. Search for the best deals here.

Monte Cavallo Accommodation

The Monte Cavallo Rosskopf ski resort rises above the splendid town of Vipiteno. The gondola base station is within walking distance of the town centre. We recommend spending at least two nights in the fabulous old town.

Search & book all Vipiteno ski accommodation here.

Alternative places to stay include Innsbruck & Bolzano or any number of towns in between, including Bressanone. In reality, why would you? Half the reason to ski Monte Cavallo is to spend a night (or two) in Vipiteno-Sterzing.

Ski Rentals

Ski rentals are available in a prime location at the base of the gondola in Vipiteno. Search & book ski or snowboard rentals here.


The Powderhounds will review Monte Cavallo Rosskopf in 2019. More information is coming soon. Stay tuned for our photos & insights.

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