Trafoi Ski Resort
Furkelhütte rifugio at the top of the main chairlift, Trafoi ski resort Italy (Photo -©Manuela Angerer)
Trafoi village is surrounded by high peaks draped in glaciers
Hotel Madatsch is one of several excellent lodging options in Trafoi
Trafoi village & beginner ski slopes
Trafoi is a fairy tale location in fresh snow & sun
Trafoi ski resort's access lift has seen better days!
Views across to the Ortler peak & surrounding glaciers are sensational at Trafoi
Trafoi is close to Solda-Sulden ski resort
Limited bus connections make Trafoi feel more isolated than it actually is.
Spectacular surrounds at Trafoi - a worthy Powderhounds secret stash

Trafoi Ski Resort

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     Trafoi Ski Trail Map
  • Trafoi Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,540m – 2,550m (1,010m)
  • Average Snow Fall
  • Lifts (4)
    2 Chairs
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Mid December to mid-April
    8:30am to 4:00pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 10km
    Longest run – 3.5km
    Advanced - 10%
    Intermediate - 50%
    Beginner - 40%
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 20/21
    Adult – €TBA
    Child – €TBA
    Child u/6yr - Free
     Ortler Ski Trail Map
  • Ortler Ski Resorts Map

Trafoi Ski Resort Italy

Trafoi all'Ortles (a.k.a. Furkel) is a quiet outpost with a small local ski hill deep in the Italian Alps near Solda-Sulden. Part of the diverse Ortler Ski Arena & on the road to the summer ski area of Passo Stelvio, it is surrounded by incredible scenery. Glaciers drape the amazing landscape, distracting one from the old rattling chairlift .... Ancient access chairlift aside, Trafoi has its place on any good powder hounds SSSL (Super Secret Stash List). With some of the region’s best hotels at its base, the ski area is uncrowded, affordable & has a nice skiable vertical - a good start for when the snow comes.

See the Trafoi ski trail map here.

Pros & Cons for Trafoi Ski Resort


  • Amazing valley location surrounded by glorious peaks & glaciers.
  • Long skiable vertical of 1000m.
  • Uncrowded most days – totally off the radar.
  • Lovely off-piste turns when it snows.
  • For a small village, it has an exceptional range of quality accommodation.
  • Close to large number of other quirky ski areas in the Val Venosta.


  • Limited on-piste trails.
  • The access chair is incredibly slow.
  • Difficult to get to by public transport & parking is awkward for day-trippers.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Its quiet here, incredibly quiet. The loudest thing you might here is an avalanche rumbling off the Ortler peak!

Where is Trafoi Italy?

The Trafoi ski area is located below Passo Stelvio in South Tyrol (Alto Adige) Italy. The resort is not accessible via the Stelvio Pass in winter, with all travel required from the east. The closest major town is Merano/Meran, 61km to the east, but the Val Venosta is replete with minor towns including Malles/Mals, Silandro/Schlanders & gorgeous Glurns/Glorenza. The town of Prato Allo Stelvio/Prad am Stilfserjoch is the closest village of note with useful services, 11km (55min drive) east of Trafoi. Solda-Sulden ski resort is 16km (24min) by road.

Gateway airports for Trafoi are a lottery. Nothing is quite convenient, but Innsbruck (INN) is the closest at 156km or 2¼hr drive via Reschen Pass. Munich (MUC) airport is the best option for international visitors. Train connections from Munich to Innsbruck are excellent and will add 2hr to any journey.

Public transport to the general region is OK via trains from Innsbruck or Verona to Bolzano, Merano & finally, Malles/Mals or Sponding. Trains from Merano to Malles take 1⅓hr (less to Sponding) with services every hour throughout the day & into the night. From either station the route 271 bus travels to Trafoi around three times per day, taking between 45min for the journey from Sponding. The convoluted journey of at least 3 trains & a bus may prove too much for most. Bus links between Trafoi & nearby Solda-Sulden are more regular.

Driving to Trafoi is relatively easy compared to many Alps ski resort journeys. We recommend renting a car (from Austria, preferably Innsbruck) to explore Trafoi, nearby Solda & the broader Val Venosta/Ortler region. Avoid renting cars in Italy as they are rarely winterised.

Trafoi Accommodation

Trafoi might not be on too many people’s ‘must stay locations in the Alps, but maybe it should. For a small town, Trafoi bats well above its average. Accommodation in the village, surrounded by the mountain splendour of the Ortler ridge, includes four fabulous hotels: the 4-star traditional Hotel Madatsch, ultra-modern Tannenheim Nature and Style Hotel, plus the highly rated Hotel Bella Vista & Stelvio Residence Hotel Apartments.

Search & book all Trafoi ski accommodation here.

Nearby Ski Resorts & Attractions

The Val Venosta (or Vinschgau) is a South Tyrolean, predominantly German speaking part of Italy which rises west of Merano (Meran) & Bolzano (Bozen). Val Venosta’s stunning combination of stunning glacier draped mountains, ice bound lakes, drowned bell towers, gorgeous ancient walled villages, castles, monasteries & ski resorts make it an all -round European ski safari location to be reckoned with. Nearby ski resorts are all part of the Ortler Ski Arena & include the family-friendly Belpiano (Schoeneben), smaller local ski hills like Watles, plus the glaciers of Solda-Sulden & Val Senales (Schnalstal) to name a few. See the Ortler Ski Arena resorts map here.

Once in the upper valley, Austrian ski resorts are a short drive away via the easy Passo di Resia (Reschen Pass). Nauders & Serfaus Fiss Ladis lead to the Inn valley via Landeck Zams & the best resorts in Austria.

The gorgeous town of Glorenza (a.k.a. Glurns) in the centre of the valley is like a window into the past. A walk down its perfectly preserved 16th century cobbled streets revealing fortifications, tower gates & porticoed arcades. A stay here is why we ski Europe. No cookie cutter ski village – but a 16th century walled town, only 15min drive from the San Valentino gondola which connects to Belpiano. Throw in the amazing 12th century Marienburg Kloster in Burgusio (on the way to the nearby Watles ski area) & the 1200 years of human history at the St John’s Abbey in Müstair (10km/12min drive west just over the border in Switzerland) and Glurns starts to seems like a European ski & culture holiday hotspot. Trafoi is only 18km (20min) to the south of Glurns.

A symbol of the upper Val Venosta is the 14th century bell tower of Curon that juts remarkably from the waters of Lago di Resia. In winter it is possible to walk (or skate) across the ice to see it firsthand. The lakes in the upper valley are well set up for ice skating, kite sating & ice hockey, particularly the Lago della Muta (Haidersee) just south of San Valentino.


The Powderhounds checked out Trafoi in 2020. We adored the isolated feel of this mountain enclave & it is on our SSSL watchlist. Click on the review link in the left column (or top of the page if on a mobile) to read our review!

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