Val Senales Ski Resort
Val Senales Ski Resort.
Val Senales Ski Resort.
Val Senales Ski Resort.
Val Senales Ski Resort.
Ski Val Senales resort and  Schnalstal Glacier.
Ski Val Senales resort and Schnalstal Glacier.
Schalstal Glacier at Val Senales ski resort.
Schalstal Glacier at Val Senales ski resort.
Ski Val Senales.
Ski Val Senales.
Val Senales Bella Vista Hut is one of several ski in ski out lodging options.
Val Senales Bella Vista Hut is one of several ski in ski out lodging options.
Val Senales (Schnalstal) ski resort.
Val Senales (Schnalstal) ski resort.
Berghotel Grawand at Val Senales - Europe
Berghotel Grawand at Val Senales - Europe's highest hotel.
Schnalstal Glacier at Val Senales ski resort.
Schnalstal Glacier at Val Senales ski resort.
Ski Val Senales.
Ski Val Senales.
Village of Kurzas (a.k.a. Maso Corto) at the base of Val Senales ski resort.
Village of Kurzas (a.k.a. Maso Corto) at the base of Val Senales ski resort.
Val Senales ski in convenience at Kurzas (also known as Maso Corto).
Val Senales ski in convenience at Kurzas (also known as Maso Corto).
Ski Val Senales.
Ski Val Senales.

Val Senales Ski Resort

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Val Senales Maps & Stats

    Val Senales Ski Trail Map
  • Val Senales Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    2,011m - 3,212m (1,201m)
  • Average Snow Fall
  • Lifts (12)
    2 Gondolas / cable cars
    5 Chairs
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Late September to early May
    9:00am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 42km
    Longest run - 8km
    Advanced - 35%
    Intermediate - 45%
    Beginner - 20%
  • Ski Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 23/24
    Adult - €47 to 59
    Child - from €5 to 37

Val Senales Ski Resort Italy

The Val Senales ski resort includes the Hochjochferner glacier & has the second longest ski season in Italy, behind fabulous Cervinia. Opening in September each year, the ski area (like many in the dual-language region) is known by a variety of names. It is variously called Val Senales, Schnalstal Gletscher (Glacier), Alpin Arena Schnals, or Alpin Arena Senales. Choose whatever rolls of your tongue easier!

A high altitude resort close to where the famous Oetzi the Ice Man was found (now housed in a museum in Bolzano) & home to Europe's highest hotel, there are plenty of reasons for skiing Val Senales. Not the least of which is exploring the incredible Val Venosta all the way from Merano to the Austrian border (see 'Attractions' section below).

Skiing & Snowboarding, Lifts & Terrain

Val Senales ski resort has a season extending from mid-September to early May by virtue of the glacier. The signature ski run on the mountain is the exceptional 8km long Smugglers Run which includes a full top to bottom on a lactic acid building 1,201m of vertical. Unlike many European glacier ski resorts, a third of the 42km of piste trails are rated advanced, providing experienced skiers with some fun skiing.

Check out the ski trail map for Val Senales below.

Val Senales - Schnalstal Ski Trail Map
Val Senales Ski Trail Map

In the early season from mid-September to November, the skiing is limited to the upper glacier with its skiable vertical limited to around 210m. The terrain can be wholly taken up by ski race teams training for the upcoming season so be wary of any early season visits.

The main access cable car to the top of the mountain has been replaced and is spinning in time for Christmas 2023.

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Where is Val Senales Italy?

Val Senales ski resort is in the upper Schnalstal of north-eastern Italy, above the village of Maso Corto (a.k.a. Kurzras) which is 26km by road north of the closest major town, Naturno (Naturns). Hard on the Austrian border, the resort is 72km by road north-west of Bolzano & in the German speaking, South Tyrol - Alto Adige region.

The closest international gateway airports include Innsbruck (INN), Munich (MUC), Venice (VCE) & at a stretch, Milan (MXP). Direct private transfers are the quickest mode of travel to Val Senales & Kurzras but come at a cost if in a small group. The larger the group the better the deal!

Search & book here for a private transfer direct to Val Senales.

Trains via Bolzano can be utilised for travel to the region via Merano. From Merano train station, the route 261 bus (buy tickets from the driver) will get you the rest of the way to Maso Corto & Val Senales via Naturno, but only around 3 services run per day. A better bet is to take the regular regional trains from Merano to Naturno station & catch one of the 13 daily services on the route 261 bus route to Maso Corto. Depending on the time of day, from Bolzano to Naturno by train takes between 1½hr to 2hr. It is a big effort, but you are doing the world (and our ski seasons) a huge favour by taking public transport.POW (Protect Our Winters)!

Search & book here for train tickets to Bolzano, Merano & Naturno.

Val Senales Accommodation

As with many towns & locations in the region, for historical reasons, Kurzras has two names & is also known as Maso Corto. Similarly, Val Senales is also referred to as Schnalstal. Kurzras - Maso Corto sits high in the valley at 2,011m altitude, all but guaranteeing a snowy landscape all winter long. The local mountains rise spectacularly up to 1,700m metres above the valley.

The village, along with some excellent on mountain hotel & rifugio lodgings, provides the most convenient accommodation to the ski resort. For first tracks & a bird eye view of all the surrounding mountain splendour, try a night at the highest hotel in Europe at 3212m elevation, the Glacier Hotel Grawand. Access is via the cable car direct from Kurzras - Maso Corto.

Search & book here for all Val Senales ski accommodation.

A string of small villages & hamlets line the valley toward the larger town of Naturno, all providing additional lodging options. Alternatively, if one has a car, historic Glorenza, the spa town of Merano or even Bolzano can make convenient bases for day trips to the mountain.

Ski Rentals

Ski rentals are available in Maso Corto village via our local partners. Receive a discount when you search & book via our Val Senales Ski & Snowboard Rental page.

Nearby Ski Resorts & Attractions

The Val Venosta (or Vinschgau) is a South Tyrolean, predominantly German speaking part of Italy, which rises west of Merano (Meran) & Bolzano (Bozen). Val Venosta’s stunning combination of glacier-draped mountains, ice bound lakes, drowned bell towers, gorgeous ancient walled villages, castles, monasteries & ski resorts make it an all-round European ski safari location to be reckoned with.

Nearby ski resorts are all part of the Ortler Ski Arena & include the family-friendly Belpiano - Malga S.Valentino (Schoeneben-Haideralm) & Meran 2000, smaller local ski hills like Watles & Trafoi, plus the glaciers of Solda-Sulden to name a few.

See here for the Ortler Ski Arena resorts map.

Within a one-hour drive of Maso Corto, the gorgeous town of Glorenza (a.k.a. Glurns) in the centre of the valley is like a window into the past. A walk down its perfectly preserved 16th century cobbled streets reveal fortifications, tower gates & porticoed arcades. Throw in the amazing 12th century Marienburg Kloster & castle in Burgusio & the 1,200 years of human history at the St John’s Abbey in Müstair (10km/12min drive west just over the border in Switzerland) and Glurns starts to seem like a European ski & culture holiday hotspot.

Once in the upper valley, some brilliant Austrian ski resorts are a short drive away via the easy Passo di Resia (Reschen Pass). Nauders (awesome on a powder day) & Serfaus Fiss Ladis lead to the Inn valley via Landeck Zams & the best resorts in Austria.

A symbol of the upper Val Venosta is the 14th century bell tower of Curon that juts remarkably from the waters of Lago di Resia. In winter it is possible to walk (or skate) across the ice to see it firsthand. The frozen lakes are a mecca for ice sports including ice skating, ice hockey, ski kiting, ice kiting, ice sailing & general slipping & sliding!


The Powderhounds were close to reviewing Val Senales in February 2020, but a foul week of weather stymied our attempt. We will add more information on this resort after we visit, hopefully in the coming ski season. Stay tuned for our photos & insights. We did however get to visit Oetzi the Ice Man in Bolzano in early 2018. An incredible experience - definitely go check him out.

See how the region’s ski resorts compares to the rest of the Italian ski resorts on the Italy ski resort ratings page, or compare to the rest of Europe on the European ski resort ratings page.

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