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Brixen / Plose

Brixen / Plose Ski Resort Guide

Brixen / Plose, Italy

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Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForIntermediates, Snowboarders and Apres-Ski.
Total Piste Length40km25 miles
Highest Lift2,600m8,530ft
Resort Height560m1,837ft
 Nearest AirportsBolzano and Innsbruck Airport
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Brixen / Plose

A small town offering a wide range of facilities - including indoor ice rink and numerous bars and restaurants. The skiing takes place in the Plose region above, which includes one of the world's longest black descents (at 9km, the longest slope in the South Tyrol). Top après ski spots include the Igloo at the base of the Plose lifts and there is a megadisco in Brixen.

Summary

The Italian ski resort of Brixen / Plose is in the Italian Dolomites at an altitude of 560m1,837ft, with 40km25 miles of marked runs.

Brixen / Plose is part of the Valle Isarco ski area with access to 15km9 miles of downhill skiing, with 58 marked pistes, served by a total of 4 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Brixen / Plose itself (40km25 miles of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Valle Isarco ski resorts of Gitschberg - Jochtal, Ladurns, Racines / Ratschings and Sterzing - Vipiteno.

With ski lifts as high as 2,600m8,530ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Brixen / Plose?

The next notable snow forecast is 10cm4in, expected on 26 October, with around 21cm8in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Ski Area Stats

Brixen / Plose Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 2 9km6 miles
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
1128km17 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
 8 8km5 miles
Downhill
Total Length
40km25 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
13km8 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
10

Valle Isarco Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Pistes
Number of runs
58
Downhill
Total Length
15km9 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
4

Altitudes

Brixen / Plose Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,600m8,530ft
Lowest Piste950m3,117ft
Resort Altitude (Brixen / Plose)560m1,837ft
Max Vertical2,040m6,693ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Brixen / Plose
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
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Apres-Ski

Brixen / Plose Overview

One of the most important towns in the mountainous centre of Europe for many centuries and the home of the Region's bishops for over a millennium, Brixen is located on the main route south in to Italy from the Austrian Tyrol through the famous Brenner Pass.

Brixen today is a small but beautiful city with an old centre of small and large arcades, a parish square with the famous White tower and the church of St Michael, a magnificent Baroque cathedral and a convent containing one of the largest alpine wall paintings, with precious frescoes from the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries. Build on to this historic importance still evident today the great winter sports opportunities, designer shopping, restaurants and the reputation of the Eisactal Valley surrounding the resort for its marvellous wines and you have the makings of a great ski vacation!

In common with nearly all resorts in the South Tirol, Brixen has two names, the German version (Brixen), and 'Bressanone', the Italian one. Which one is used tends to depend on which publication you are reading.

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Brixen / Plose is 9km6 miles long and the most difficult run is the 'Trametsch', which is 9km6 miles in length.

Skiing

Brixen has the twin advantages of having its own first rate ski area at Plose, and in being part of the vast confederation of ski resorts on the Dolomiti Superski single lift ticket. The resort's geographical position makes it a good base for excursions to famous ski areas like Val Gardena and the resort of the Pustertal, making maximum use of the wonderful lift ticket, or indeed to explore near neighbours in Brixen's own Valle Isarco / Eisactal Valley.

The Plose skiing is reached by a six-seater gondola lift from the village of St Andrä (S.Andrea), which itself at 961 Metres is a 10km (6 mile) drive up the mountain from the city. There are several other access points higher up and around the mountain. The gondola takes skiers up to a snow sure 2029m above which most of the skiing takes place over a 40km (25 mile) area, linked by a series of chairs. There are runs for all standards of skier but experts will especially enjoy the 6km (4 miles) long 'Trametsch' black (piste number 101) back down through the trees beneath the gondola to the village. As with about half of all the piste on Plose, it has snow making cover.

For beginners there's less choice but a wide blue, the Campo Scuola, does come back down to

the top station of the gondola from a triple chair which is accessed from there: it's a popular run for ski school. Most of the rest of the terrain is of medium difficulty and best suited to intermediates and progressing beginners.

There are many other ski areas in the vicinity, the next closest being on the Gitschberg where a further 10 lifts serve over 20km (13 miles) of trails and an 1100m vertical, accessed from the valley floor at Mühlbach - Rio di Pusteria. Cross country skiers have a huge choice of long and short, low and high altitude loops dotted all over the valley. A guide booklet is available from the tourist office.

Brixen / Plose offers good sking, particularly, for Intermediate skiers.

Snowboarding

There's a fun park and half pipe on Plose and, with virtually all of the terrain accessed by gondola or chair lifts, it's easy to get around. All the opportunities locally and in the greater area open to skiers are of course there for boarders too, including the possibility of exploring further with the one Dolomiti Superski ticket.

Plose Ski School, which is very politically incorrect in not carrying out the obligatory renaming of itself ( as in: Plose Ski and Snowboarding School) none the less offers specialised tuition and board rentals are available in Erwin Stricker's rental shop at the base of the gondola. Those 'boarders who have crossed over from skateboarding will be pleased to discover a rare skateboard-park-in-a-ski-resort in Brixen.

Location and Map

Where is Brixen / Plose?

This ski resort is in the Italian Dolomites in Brixen, South Tyrol.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Brixen / Plose is Bolzano, 58 minutes drive away.

Innsbruck Airport, Verona and Brescia airports are all within three hours drive.

Bolzano is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 10 ski lifts are able to uplift 15,300 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 3km2 miles of ski runs, with 15 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Brixen / Plose open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is early December, and usual closing is Mid April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Brixen / Plose, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Brixen / Plose Tourist Office for the latest.

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Aprés Ski

There's plenty to suit all kinds of après skiers in Brixen, from quiet, sophisticated evenings in high class restaurants and piano bars, to all action night spots, such as the Disco Max, which is open from 10pm until 3am. Happening bars include the Diesel and the Time Out pubs, both open from 6pm through until 2am.

When the lifts close at Plose it's worth stopping off at the Igloo at the base of the gondola in St Andrä (and also the end of the long black). This place is also open until 2, beating your average gondola base station café‚ by a long chalk and is a good choice for those who plan to sleep in their ski kit. You'll need a taxi back down however.

Brixen / Plose