Passo Tonale Resort Reviews
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Visitor reviews for Passo Tonale Ski Resort
March 22, 2015
Ifat from Israel
Visited site 28/2-7/3. Enjoyed it very much.
Safety: kids learned to ski and we felt 100% safe having slopes and lifts quite empty. Very easy and many blue slopes.
Snow was great. We had lots of it, but except one day when the sky was clear. When in fog can ski between trees.
Lifts are quite good the minute you learn how to "get up"; most of them have a bubble.
Lessons: the Italian guides are better, by far, than others we have met.
The site is quite small for good skiers. My advise is to pay an extra 30 Euro, in advance, to include Madonna di Campiglio site which is 1 hour away in the free ski bus.
To summarise, I recommend this resort. Have been to many ski resorts and for beginners this is maybe the best one. My husband claims this site is a bit small, but I don't mind.
Passo Tonale Ratings
Overall: 3.9. Based on 21 votes and 42 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Passo Tonale.
Public Transport: 3.2
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Passo Tonale, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Passo Tonale, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.6
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 3.7
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Passo Tonale.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.7
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Passo Tonale, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Passo Tonale is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Passo Tonale relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.6
(1) There are no snow groomers at Passo Tonale, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Passo Tonale are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Passo Tonale is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 3.4
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Passo Tonale, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.4
(1) Passo Tonale usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.2
(1) The staff at Passo Tonale are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Passo Tonale are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.3
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.4
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.1
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Passo Tonale has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Passo Tonale, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 3.8
(1) Not even a kicker at Passo Tonale, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Passo Tonale, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Passo Tonale has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 3.9
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 3.0
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 3.4
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 4.2
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 4.0
(1) Overall, Passo Tonale is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.2
(1) Overall, Passo Tonale is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
March 26, 2014
Steve Martin from United Kingdom
22 Feb 2014. Back for our 5th visit to Hotel Dolomiti. Another great holiday. Never seen as much snow. Food and service fantastic and Stefano and all staff welcomed us and remembered us from last time (Feb 2008). Piste team did a great job coping with all the snow and providing ideal conditions for first visit after ACL surgery. Improvements, in resort, making ski lifts even closer to Dolomiti (less than 50m). Ski school great for intermediate improver lessons. A new activity, Snow(Go)karting (behind Miramonti) enjoyed by eldest son. Already looking to go back at Christmas.
February 23, 2014
Edward from Israel
I spent last week in Passo Tonale. Most of the slopes in poor condition. Some blue slopes are groomed, probably on behalf of ski schools, but red and black just neglected most of the week. During my 1 week stay black and red slopes were groomed just twice. All this made skiing hard labor instead of pleasure. My advise: stay away from this site.
February 24, 2013
graham stowell from United Kingdom
Half-term week with a school party. We enjoyed good weather and the resort suited a mixed ability group well. Ponte di Legno runs are really good fun for the better skiers and very quiet for the time of year. Even the beginners got to the bottom of the glacier taking the easy ski road down. Spectacular views. Not too many snowboarders compared to other resorts. Good variety of runs and ski in/out a big plus.
February 02, 2013
Andy from United Kingdom
We had a very good week, in mid-January, in Passo Tonale staying at Cielo Blu, with good snow. We were able to ski back to across the road from the hotel. The main area at Tonale is probably best for beginners, but the runs at either end, especially Contrabbandieri (36) and the long Alpina (20), are good red runs. Across the valley, the long descent from the top of the glacier down to Ponte di Legno is a classic, through very varied scenery and terrain and with a vertical drop of over 1700 m. The middle part is black but not too difficult. Ponte di Legno is mainly good reds and blacks through the trees and was very quiet. We went there most days. The blacks were also not too difficult. Our favourite run was down from the highest point on Angleo (15) followed by Corno d'Aola (14) . We had an area pass and went to Madonna, where it snowed most of the day - lovely skiing. The black Schumacher (25) is apparently 70%, but it is only very steep on the bottom section that you can see from the bottom of the Spinale Express.
With an area pass covering Madonna and Marilleva, as well as the skiing at Ponte di Legno and down from the glacier, I would say that Passo Tonale is a good resort for good intermediates looking for varied skiing. At Tonale, we would have liked some better interconnections between the pistes, to enable us to more easily traverse across the pistes going to and from Ponte di Legno. On the last day, we did manage to traverse across high up, partly off piste, and thus avoided finding our way across the beginner pistes and through fencing.
February 21, 2012
Mr Funktastic from United Kingdom
We have been to Tonale twice now and stayed in the Ademello, other hotels in the resort may be good but Ademello is great! Snow is always well groomed, lifts are quick and quiet runs are nice and open. The park is good for all abilities and there are enough harder runs to keep us boarders happy! Going again in 2013 and will be stopping at the Ademello again.
February 20, 2012
K Hurst from Ireland
Went to Passo Tonale in 2004 2005 2006 & in 2008 a party of 52 of us had a ball Stayed in Paradiso Hotel. Travelled with Inghams. Would recommend Tonale for mixed group. Sorry Inghams is not operating from Ireland any more. Will go back some time.
January 22, 2012
Carol Eckersley from United Kingdom
Just got back from Passo Tonale yesterday 21st Jan 2012. Had a fantastic ski holiday. Neilson reps were great! Hotel Orchidea was second to none. Lovely room, spotlessly clean, superb food. Ski hire easy and efficient. Good snow. What a wonderful package and to come home with nothing to complain about. 10/10 for everything!
January 06, 2012
D from United Kingdom
Been three times to Tonale, I love it
I would class myslf as an advanced boarder, and I love the mix of riding parks, piste and free riding.
It's a good mix between pure alpine style mountain with no trees, but if you want you can get the looooooooooooong blue run to Ponte di Legno for tree lined runs.
I do think that if Tonale didn't have Ponte it wouldn't be as good.
They could open a few more areas by cutting some off-piste areas as these seem only to be accessible from the glacier, but then you end up with a 10 minute hike when you finish, if they took this into consideration the resort would be perfect.
Food is good, there is a fantastic pizza bar in the Mirimonte hotel that serves pizza quicker then Mcdonalds can make a burger, and sometime the reps have two for one offers at the welcome meeting, if you're in a group these can be vital for keeping to your budget, but in all honesty it's not expensive.
Happy Hour in the bar at the bottom of the main lift (the one nearest the ticket office) is good fun at 4:30 - 5:30 and gets quite busy.
Beer at this time is quite expensive with the euro being so shite, but if you nip to "de Spar" you can pic up a crate of beer for about 12 euro's, brilliant for the hotel room.
If you're hiring snowboard equipment from the travel company - would recommend that you don't. Get it from "6 punt 9" you'll get this years Burton boards and binding, with safety equipment for the same price as a budget board from the travel agents.
The pros and cons are:
Nice open slopes
Good connectivity with Ponte di Legno & Temu
3 Hour transfer
December 30, 2011
B Charles from United Kingdom
Visited Tonale in 2011. Stopped in the Hotel Paradiso.
Absolutely terrible! Poor restaurant service and dirty old men walking round the swimming pool.