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San Martino di Castrozza

San Martino di Castrozza Ski Resort Guide

San Martino di Castrozza, Italy

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Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length48km
Highest Lift2,740m
Resort Height1,450m
 Nearest AirportsBolzano and Treviso
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San Martino di Castrozza

One of Italy's best known ski resorts, San Martino boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in Europe, offering a back drop of forested hills backed by 3000m of pink Dolomitic rock. The ski area is a free five minute bus link from the village centre.


The Italian ski resort of San Martino di Castrozza is in the Italian Dolomites at an altitude of 1,450m, with 48km of marked runs.

San Martino di Castrozza is part of the Dolomiti Superski area with access to 1,420km of downhill skiing, with 668 marked pistes, served by a total of 488 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in San Martino di Castrozza itself (48km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Dolomiti Superski ski resorts of Alpe di Siusi/Seiser Alm, Alta Badia, Alta Pusteria, Arabba, Bruneck-Kronplatz, Civetta, Cortina d`Ampezzo, Marmolada, Obereggen, Predazzo, San Vito di Cadore, Val Gardena, Val di Fassa, Val di Fiemme and Valle Isarco.

With ski lifts as high as 2,740m, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in San Martino di Castrozza?

The next notable snow forecast is 138cm, expected on 4 October.

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Ski Area Stats

San Martino di Castrozza Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 2 3km
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
 5 5km
Total Length
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

Dolomiti Superski Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Total Length
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


San Martino di Castrozza Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,740m
Lowest Piste1,470m
Resort Altitude (San Martino di Castrozza)1,450m
Max Vertical1,290m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for San Martino di Castrozza
Expert Skiers

San Martino di Castrozza Overview

One of Italy's best known ski resorts and a classic in the history of winter sports, San Martino boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in Europe, offering a back drop of pink Dolomitic rock where the rock spires reach their highest and most spectacular profiles. The locals call the various shades of pink and purple created by the sunlight on their 'Pale di San Martino' terrain as 'enrosadira'. San Martino lies on a wide highland of pastures surrounded by thick conifer woods, on the southern slopes of the Alps, in the area of the Dolomites that is the easternmost part of Italy's Trentino region.

The resort's rather long-winded official title is currently 'San Martino di Castrozza e Primero ' which takes in the valley town of Primero beneath the resort. San Martino's area also extends to include the nearby high-altitude lifts of Passo Rolle which begin by the roadside at 1994 metres (6482 feet) giving great late season skiing.

San Martino remains a very Italian resort, popular with Venetians - the Adriatic resort only 110km (67 miles) to the south, few modern international guide books do justice to its stature as one of Italy's five largest ski resorts and its importance in the history of skiing, bring one of the country's earliest destination centres, establishing winter sports holidays in the 1930s.

Its 'new era' started in the middle of the nineteenth century with the first English and German travellers who founded international tourism in mountain areas with the discovery of the Dolomites. These early 'tourists' names included Francis Fox Tuckett, John Ball, Theodor von Wundt, Amelia Edwards and Elisabeth Tuckett. In order to accomplish these historic climbs and explorations, the travellers sought the help and collaboration of local hunters and shepherds who, with the passing years, become qualified professional mountain guides, the legendary Aquile di San Martino (the eagles of San Martino). Consequently San Martino became an early major centre in international tourism with the construction of elegant hotels, amongst which are some of the oldest in Trentino.

During the First World War the town was burnt down by retreating Austrian troops (leaving little more than the church tower, which dates back to the twelfth century, of the original village) but it rose again in the inter war years by which time it was a part of Italy.

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in San Martino di Castrozza is 3km long and the most difficult run is the 'Direttissima'.


San Martino's long standing lift infrastructure has recently seen dramatic improvements with two new quads and two gondola, one a 15 seater, replacing old single seater chairs and drag lifts. Snow making installations which began in the late '80s now cover two thirds of the 65km (40 miles) of runs.

There are three ski areas locally, all of which are included on the Dolomiti Superski Pass, the world's largest lift pass system. Closest to the village, although not the largest , a new six seater gondola runs up to meet the Rosetta cable car base station. The new gondola begins from far closer to the village edge and serves blue and red trails from its top at the Rifugio Col Verde. The spectacular cable car continues up to Rosetta, the resort's highest point at 2609m (8560 feet) although there are no market pistes down through the treacherous chutes at the top.

The highest and largest single lift served terrain is at Tognola, a wide sunny hillside above the tree line, accessed primarily by the new gondola from Fratazza, a bus journey out of town. Another option is to take the triple chair from the outskirts of the village beyond the ice rink - runs are cut back down through the forests and are largely covered by snow cannons. The third option is to take the ski bus up and over to Passo Rolle. A traditional 'end of season' mecca because of it's high altitude base, all but one of the six lifts are chairs, and all have snow making. Beginners have gentle meadows at the edge of the village on which to make their first turns.

Because San Martino is at a high altitude for a traditional resort, and because these meadows have snow making, conditions are normally good at village level. Otherwise the choice of gondolas to high altitude areas also with easy runs make San Martino a good choice to get started.

Ski instructors have been teaching on the snows of San Martino di Castrozza since 1932 and today there are 100 instructors united in one school who offer a professional, serious and friendly service to those who want to learn or improve. Lessons in German and english are offered, as well as Italian and the school offers lessons with the use of a video camera. Every week guests can participate in ski races and ski tours . There is a also a timed slalom course. Most of the terrain is easy or intermediate level and there's a great variety to enjoy.

Experts have only a few black trails and will need to head off-piste with a guide or make use of the Dolomiti Superski Pass to explore neighbouring areas if they are to get the most of San Martino. However the steepest run in the resort, down below the new gondola from Tognola extends for over three kilometres with extremely variable and in some stretches really thrilling terrain, and all the while you have fantastic scenery in front of you. A little more technical in some places halfway down, the Paradiso route on Passo Rolle also has to be tried.

The Pale di San Martino and the Lagorai range of mountains offer infinite possibilities for ski touring at every level; from the easy off-piste routes to the real and proper trekking in the vast mountainscape with limitless solitude. There are numerous support centres around the area (refuges, malgas and camps) which provide the essential food and rest stops.

The Eagles of San Martino, the legendary group of guides , recommend several itineraries. A traverse of the Pale plateau from the Rosetta cable car station to the Val Canali, a lunar landscape for an itinerary of medium difficulty. An ascent to the Colbricon Piccolo from Punta Ces is involved and a commitment is needed to reach the summit, but frequent sightings of the chamois make it a unique experience. For experts only an ascent to Cima Mulaz from Baita Segantini an exhilarating descent along the Val Venegia and then up until 2906 metres to the Cima Mulaz.

Cross country skiers have 30 kilometres of well maintained and clearly sign-posted slopes for the classic technique and skating. These include the San Martino cross country centre (8 km in total) at the edge of the village and the Passo Rolle loop (5 km) - a charming route within the Nature Park whose continual ups and downs require medium effort which is repaid by the view you can enjoy from these high mountain pastures.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.


Although there isn't at present a terrain park or created terrain features like a half pipe for 'boarders, there are several aspects of the resort that make it favourable for snowboarding. Firstly the investment in new lifts including several quad chairs and two modern gondola means that the majority of the resorts uplift is not a drag, so ascending is easy. Secondly the natural terrain is more varied than most with plenty to entertain most carvers.

The most popular slope for 'boarding is the Scandola della Tognola - it's perfect for learning and improving technique. For the wilder freerider there are vast off-trail areas to discover with interesting itineraries in the woods on the lower levels or surfing in wide open spaces over 2000 metres.

Thanks to the variety of the slopes and the different directions in which they face there is no problem in finding fresh, powdery snow, humps, natural jumps, small gullies and cliffs at any time throughout the winter.

At the New San Martino Ski School friendly and professional ski instructors are there to help you learn and improve your techniques as well as being ready to advise you and give suggestions. You can also buy or hire various types of boards in the resort as well as finding the best brands in technical equipment.

Location and Map

Where is San Martino di Castrozza?

This ski resort is in the Italian Dolomites.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to San Martino di Castrozza is Bolzano, 84 minutes drive away.

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


Ski Lift Capacity

The 28 ski lifts are able to uplift 18,500 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 6km of ski runs,.

Season Dates

When is San Martino di Castrozza open?

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

Usual opening is Late April, and usual closing is Late Nov.

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 San Martino di Castrozza, 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 San Martino di Castrozza Tourist Office for the latest.

Aprés Ski

San Martino has a reputation for having relatively sophisticated nightlife and is sometime described as a 'small Cortina'. Most facilities are hotel based but the English Pub is lively past midnight and there are two discotheques - Comone and Tabia.

Other evening activities include trips on a horse drawn sleigh, bowling, billiards, cinema, evenings with music, cabaret, amusement arcades and folklore and entertainment evenings.

San Martino di Castrozza