Glacier and Lazaun Cable Car open from 27th June
The bizarre alpine Val Senales Valley is an insider tip in summer. If you want to enjoy authentic nature, experience historical farms and rustic alpine pastures and relax, then this is the place for you.After summer skiing on the glacier has been discontinued for several years for environmental reasons. From June to August the Hochjochferner (Glacier) is treated as gently and sensitively as a patient. On particularly delicate places there are snow depots and large areas of the glacier are covered with special foils. In this way, the Val Senales Glacier Cableways guarantee perfect slope conditions from September to May and make an active contribution to the protection of nature.In midsummer, however, the glacier is now a popular destination for excursions. Nowhere else is it easier to conquer a real three-thousander. The glacier cable car overcomes more than a thousand metres in altitude in six minutes and takes guests from Maso Corto up to 3,212 metres. From there it's just under 40 metres to the mighty summit cross on Grawand peak (3,251 m), from where you can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view - from the Dolomites to the Brenta Group high above Lake Garda, from the Ortler Group to the giants of the Engadine.
The in 2017 newly built cable car on the left side of the valley leads to the high plateau Lazaun (2,430m). There you find the cross-country skiing track (approximately 5km), the toboggan run and two red ski runs. The Lazaunhütte mountain hut offers a giant sunny terrace.
The sunny Finail ski runs are about one kilometer long and classified as blue runs. Therefore they are also suitable for beginners. Tip: unfasten skis at the mountain station, hike up to the level, and then enjoy the view to the south.
The Gletschersee ski run is an easy, blue slope and brings from the glacier to the glacial lakes. From there you can continue on the valley descent to Maso Corto/Kurzras, reach again the glacier with the chairlifts or reach the glacier opposite slopes by Hintereis chairlift.
The Glocken slopes in Maso Corto/Kurzras village are 350 meters long and due to the low slope inclination ideal for beginners. Next to them there are located both the Tiroli's Kinderland and the Val Senales Funpark.
On the wide Grawand glacier slopes you find a light and two medium-difficult ski-runs. Ideal to start your ski day on a length of 850 meters. At the end of the Grawand slopes it is a must to stop for a bite to eat at the Ötzi Biwak with its generous sun terraces.
The „Hasen-Abfahrt“, which means rabbit descent and takes its name from the Hasen-Kofel locality (rabbit hill), branches off from the „Transhumanz“ slope and leads skiers through a larch forest and along the hotels to the valley station of the Lazaun cable car. The Hasen-Abfahrt ski run is 920 metres long, 6 metres wide on average, with a maximum gradient of 29.7% and an altitude difference of 127 metres.
The starting point of the sun-drenched slopes is located at 3,115 meters above sea level. The medium-heavy red slopes bring skiers to the Bella Vista mountain hut and lead into the valley descent to Maso Corto/Kurzras.
In the newly designed Kinderland, kids can enjoy their first experiences on skis. Equipped with an Indian “teepee” tent, two magic carpets, and a ski carousel, the playground in the snow provides an ideal area for kids to romp around on.
On the high plateau at around 2,450 meters a.s.l. is located the Lazaun mountain hut. From there two red ski-runs with a medium level of difficulty start and bring skiers directly in the village center of Maso Corto/Kurzras.
The new black-labeled run is a training track for slalom and giant slalom specialists, offering the international elite in Alpine skiing the possibility to complete challenging workouts at the Senales Valley glacier skiing area in early autumn. But watch out: with a drop of 200 meters and an inclination of almost 60%, the Leo Gurschler ski slope is for experts only! It is in fact named after the local pioneer and visionary Leo Gurschler, who built the only glacier skiing area in South Tyrol, here in Senales Valley, 40 years ago.
The two Teufelsegg slopes offer black, challenging ski-runs with spectacular views. At theirs end the Teufelsegg mountain hut invites to a culinary break.
The valley descent starts at the glacial lakes and consists of two black, challenging slopes. Passing the Teufelsegg mountain hut, skiers reach the valley station of the glacier cable car at Maso Corto/Kurzras.
Sledging is a tradition in South Tyrol and is still very popular with young and old. The sledging trail, roughly 3 km long, in Lazaun in front of the Schnalstal Glacier guarantees plenty of fun. It is located on the right side of the Val Senales/Schnalstal valley and runs from the mountain hut Lazaunhütte past the hotels of Maso Corto/Kurzras. A difference in altitude of 430 m must be overcome. The easiest way to ascend is by the cable car. And no genuine sledging party is complete without calling in at the rustic Lazaunhütte.