Kronplatz is a very cool ski area, one that many have never heard of, part of
Dolomiti Super Ski Region in north eastern
Italy. Kronplatz – the German name, or Plan De Corones in Italian, is a conical
peak with skiing on all sides. Think of it as a big crown of a ski mountain with
a large summit plateau area. You will immediately be impressed with the number
of gondolas, 21 in fact - many of them new. We have never seen such a high
concentration of lifts and gondolas to one summit at 2,275-meters, 7,463-feet.
Skiing in the Italian Alps is not as high elevation as the Swiss or French
Alps, but you get plenty of vertical as you ski all the way to the valleys.
Kronplatz runs are super long, as much as 4,350-vertical feet with consistent
pitch down to the towns below.
With swift lifts and long uninterrupted runs, we skied 42,000 vertical on
beautiful manmade snow in 22 runs our first ski day at Kronplatz. Kronplatz
pitch is like Sun Valley, but the trails here are super wide - widest I have
skied anywhere. Apparently it gets busy here – as many as 25,000 skiers in a
day, and with so many lift converging at the summit I can imagine. But we skied
Kronplatz on a Monday in late March, often finding huge trails to ourselves and
10 passenger gondolas for the two of us.
You can start your Kronplatz ski day at Brunico, Perca, Sorafurcia, even San
Vigilio or Picolin. This part of Italy was once Austria and it feels more German
than Italian – the language, influence and signage is more like the Austrian
alps in this South Tirol, yet bilingual with Italian names also represented.
Italy had a reputation a few decades ago of having aged lifts, but that is no
longer the case as they showcase 10 passenger gondolas, The new Olang at
Kronplatz has heated leather seats and Wifi for your ride, plus two stages for
unloading and uploading.
Lunch at Kronplatz at the mountain top at “Corones” by the big bell tower
upstairs in the cozy chalet was delicious. There is also an outdoor deck and
umbrella bar pumping out 80s music. At day’s end we stopped for a frosty beer
on the sun deck of a
beautiful mountainside hut, Ütia Col dl' Ancona, on our long ski back to Picolin.
We highly recommend a day skiing Kronplatz during an Italian ski trip to the
Dolomites. While the scenery at Kronplatz is different that the jagged Dolomite
peaks you ski by in the Sellaronda, Val Gardena and Cortina, it is beautiful as
you look out at the surrounding Alps and the beautiful valleys below. The
ability to ski all side of Kronplatz and the superb snowmaking is amazing too.
See Ski Photos of Skiing Kronplatz / Plan