Tonale-Pass - Vermiglio
Hiking and skiing on the Tonale Pass-Vermiglio
Here you can ski the whole year round, basking in the sun at an altitude of 3000 m. We are on the Tonale Pass, favorite destination of skiers and snowboarders, who can have fun on 100 km of perfectly snow covered slopes. The feathers in its cap are the many activities for snowboarders and the Paradiso black trail. On the other hand, summer is the perfect season for hiking.
The Tonale Pass, in the municipality of Vermiglio, connects the Province of Trentino to the Region of Lombardia and divides the Val di Sole valley to Valle Camonica valley. It is a sunny plain where you can ski from the end of autumn to late spring, or even in summer on the glacier. Expert skiers shouldn't miss a descent on the Paradiso black trail, that made the history of Alpine skiing, and on the ski cross slope, one of the longest in the Alps.
The ski area is used as training ground by champions of Alpine and cross-country skiing, but it offers also slopes for beginners. The two snowboard parks are a true delight for all snowboarders, who can take part to Power days, a funny free style event taking place at the end of the ski season. Moreover, the pass is connected to the Ponte di Legno-Temù ski area in Lombardia. Many are the après ski activities for young people and the shows enlivening your holiday on the Tonale Pass: shops, bars, pizzerias. The tourist offer is completed by cross-country skiing trails, a kindergarten, rental shops, ski schools and dog sledding tours. Here if you want you can also attend classes for mushers in the Scuola Italiana Sleddog Progres.
On the Tonale Pass there is also a training center for jobs related to the mountain environment, and in summer you can, in addition to skiing, go for hikes and mountain bike tours, using the lift facilities if you want: breathtaking are the ascents to the lakes of the Presena glacier bed, to the Presanella Group, to the Paradiso Pass, and to the peaks of the Albiolo Mountain, battlefield of the First World War. You could also visit the ossuary dedicated to the fallen of the First World War, erected in 1924, and the hospice of the church of San Bartolomeo.
Vermiglio, on the road to the Tonale Pass
Vermiglio, the westernmost of the municipalities of the Val di Sole valley, rises on the road taking from Ossana to the Tonale Pass. This picturesque Alpine hamlet has become quite renowned in the years as a tourist destination thanks to the growing popularity of the Tonale Pass. Vermiglio features a well-equipped leisure center which in winter turns into a cross-country center with 20 km trails and snowshoeing routes.
In summer the surroundings offer some beautiful hiking trails along which you can admire the peaks of the mountain groups Adamello - Presanella, Ortles - Cevedale and Brenta Dolomites. There is also an easy trail suitable for the whole family winding around the three artificial lakes of San Leonardo, the perfect place to stop to rest and admire the landscape or for some pleasant sunbathing.
Along the road taking to the Tonale Pass rises also Forte Strino, a fort of the First World War. And if you love history you should pay a visit to the war museum Museo della Guerra Bianca.