Resort Kronplatz, belonging to the Italian ski region Dolomiti Superski, can be characterized by three adjectives: cozy, family, modern. You need to come here for at least a week: take enough time to walk, take a walk around Brunico, splash around in the thermal center in Riscon and one day reach the nearby Alta Badia valley to “roll” the famous Sella Ronda.
Kronplatz is located in the north of Italy in the province of Alto Adige, it is also South Tyrol. You need to get used to the local double names (in Italian and German) right away: they are everywhere. Despite the fact that the province passed from Austria to Italy almost a hundred years ago, after the First World War, some of its inhabitants still do not speak Italian, and the structure of life resembles the German order-ordnung rather than the Italian radiant dolcevite.
You can get to Kronplatz in different ways. Traditionally, package tours of Russian tour operators include flights to Verona and transfer. Usually this is the most convenient option, but Kronplatz compares favorably with many other ski resorts in that it can be reached by train – from the same Verona (230 km) or Innsbruck (105 km), making one transfer to Fortezza / Franzensfeste.
Actually, Kronplatz – or Plan de Corones in Italian – is a mountain with a height of 2275 m. It is the basis of the local ski area, which in total is 116 km. At the very top of the mountain is a plateau, in the middle of which the Concordia bell rises triumphantly, established in 2003 in honor of the 25th anniversary of the resort. The Latin inscription reads: “God gives peace to people.”
The inhabitants of 15 neighboring villages claim for these 116 km, but thanks to the modern system of lifts they do not stand in long lines, coexist peacefully, as it should be. On the day lifts transport an average of 10 thousand people. In low season – less; ride in Kronplatz from December to April.
It is possible to climb the plateau from four sides – from Riscone, from San Vigilio, from Valdaora (although the lift is not in the village itself, but nearby) and from Perka on the new Ried booth with heated seats. About Perk, in general, is a separate conversation: this is the second example in the history of Italy of building a lift near the railway station. Ried, opened in 2011, was a great help to places like Kiensa or San Lorenzo, whose guests have become much more comfortable to get to the Kronplatz ski area.
Actually, the main trump card in the Kronplatz deck – Brunico – also stands on this railway line. Among Russians, it is in great demand, which is not surprising: it is a charming, little toy town with good hotels, a cafe, a nightclub Puka Naka and a castle towering above it, which houses the museum of the famous climber Reinhard Messner.