Gitschberg Jochtal

Part of Italy’s Dolomite Ski Region is Gitschberg Jochtal on the southern side Valle Isarco. There are two skiing peaks- Gistchberg and Jochtal – both panoramic with views of over 500 peaks including the jagged Dolomites, with skiing on a dozen trails with good pitch and snow making.

It takes six lifts to reach the summit of Gitschberg at 2,510-meters (8,234’) from the Italian town of Rio Pusteria in the more German part of the South Tyrol in Italy. Several gondolas, four and six passenger chairs access a trail or two each. There is great character to the half-dozen trails at Gitschberg and skiing above tree-line on the summit is extraordinary on a clear day – wide open with wonderful views toward Plose and Kronplatz and the valleys below.

From Gitschberg to Jochtal, you take a long connector gondola to the resort town of Balls, or Valles, to the skiing at Jochtal – all part of the same ski area. Here is a big beginner area, and a long gondola up to about 10 more trails from the top of Jochtal and Hinterberg at 2,100-meters. You can easily ski both Gitschberg and Jochtal in a day, we did and returned to the slopes of Gitschberg for several runs, skiing to a fantastic mid-mountain hutte called Pischler Hutte where we had the best ski lunch in Italy yet – rich steaming Goulash soup, followed by their house macaroni, penne pasta with a tomato cream sauce perfectly complimented by parmesan and local ham. Sounds so simply – and the best things in life generally are.

Maranza is a long rather flat ski back to end your day, get in a tuck if you can tuck in your belly after all the wonderful Italian Tyrol food. Gitschberg Jochtal are part of the Dolomite Super Ski Region, which include skiing on 1200 kilometers in 12 unique ski regions, including nearby Plose.

For ski lodging when you are skiing Gitschberg Jochtal in the Dolomites, you can lodge at the luxurious private San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge – The White Deer Lodge in Mantana, or go to nearby Val Gardena for more skiing, and fantastic five star hotels like Hotel Adler, in the authentic town of Ortisei.

Skiing Gitschberg Jochtal makes for a fun day during an Italian ski trip to the Dolomites. While the scenery at Gitschberg Jochtal is different that the jagged Dolomite peaks you ski by in the Sellaronda, Val Gardena and Cortina, it is beautiful as you look out at the surrounding Alps and the beautiful valleys below.

Gitschberg Jochtal Ski Stats
92 Kilometers of trails
Summit elevation 2,510-meters
28 lifts, 2 Terrain Parks, 52 kilometers of rodeling (toboggan) and Nordic skiing
28 on mountain restaurants and huts
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