The Watles Ski Area is located on the sunny side of the mountain of the same name in Upper Venosta Valley above the village of Burgusio/Burgeis (Malles/Mals community) not far from the Swiss and Austrian borders, with 13km to Switzerland (Münstertal Valley) and only 23km to Austria (Reschen Pass – Nauders).
All in all the Watles offers 20 km of slopes. However, Watles Ski Area is not just a good place for skiers; it now caters for almost every kind of winter sport.
There is a four km long Natural Toboggan Run, a Training Slope, a permanent Skicross Slope, a Freeride Park with wooden elements, a Snowpark for the bigger and one for the smaller fun riders, a little slope for beginners, a playground for small children called Bubo Park and a separately route for those who love Ski Hiking. It offers wide slopes and with the near Nordic Centre in Slingia it is a top sport for who loves Nordic ski sport. It offers also FIS standard cross-country trails. Culinary highlights and snacks partly self-made are offered at the valley station, in the Plantapatsch Ski Hut at the mountain station and in the Höfer Alpine Hut some meters after the start of the downhill run.
Location – Region
Watles is in Venosta Valley, the latter extending over 80km from Reschen Pass to Merano/Meran, and running from West to East. To the South, the valley is bounded by the huge Ortler Alps, including the highest mountain in the region, the Ortler (3905m). You get a brilliant view of this mountain from Watles, too. To the North, on the other hand, the valley is bound by the main chain of the Alps and their Ötztal Valley peaks; amongst them there is the impressive Weißkugel (3738m).
Climate and Flora
In Venosta Valley there are many altitudes and vegetation zones, from the deep-lying regions around Merano and Naturno/Naturns, which are almost Mediterranean, all the way up to high-lying mountain villages such as Solda/Sulden (1900), Trafoi, Melago/Melag and Roia/Rojen and higher still, into the Alpine zones, up to 3905m above sea level. Its West-East orientation and high mountains ensure a dry climate. Venosta Valley is the South Tyrolean region with the least rain and the most sunshine.
As a result, Venosta Valley is a favourite destination for visitors from all over. For hikers, climbers, mountain bikers and cyclists, there are endless opportunities for fun, from Spring to Autumn. Water sports enthusiasts have the Reschensee and Haidersee lakes to enjoy. They can chose between kite surfing, sailing, kayaking, snow surfing, iceboating and skating.
In Winter, during a ski or snowshoe hiking tour you can experience the peaks in the main valley and along the peaceful lateral valleys of Martell, Langtaufers, Rojen and Matsch.
Cross-country skiers and biathletes like coming here too. In the Martelltal Valley, they hold regular big international Cross-country skiing and Biathlon competitions. In Slingia/Schlinig and Vallelunga/Langtaufers, too, they have a few kilometres of cross-country trails.
Venosta Valley, South Tyrol/Italy
- Land area: ca 1441km² (of which ca 135 km² is settled)
- Ca 35000 inhabitants
- One of the sunniest valleys in the Alpine region
- With vineyards, apple orchards and high Alps
- Venosta Valley is home to the Ortler mountain (3.905m), South Tyrol’s highest peak
- Ancient cultural region with Romanesque churches and monasteries, medieval castles and village centres
- The Stilfserjoch National Park, one of the largest nature conservation areas in the Alps
- Hiking along ancient irrigation channels and Alpine mountain paths
- Fascinatingly varied mountain bike tours
- Reliably snowy winter sports: six ski areas (Solda is the largest); 90 km cross-country runs
- Winter hikes along idyllic villages or through lonely valleys
- from Bolzano/Bozen 111km
- from Munich Airport 245km
- from Verona Airport 270km
- from Zürich Airport 270km
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