The enormous panorama of the Dolomites always in front of you... yes, right in front of you. No matter if you are standing on your room terrace or if you are enjoying the breakfast buffet in the panorama restaurant. In the afternoon, when you return from a sunny hike and are looking forward to relax in one of the eight saunas and many relaxation rooms in the Monte Silva Spa...the Dolomites are watching you and you are watching them.
7 reasons for the Tratterhof
A winter's dream deluxe
7 good reasons
The morning sun makes the snow crystals sparkle, perfectly groomed slopes await you early for a quiet morning ski: there are seven good reasons why winter at the Tratterhof is so varied, active and relaxing at the same time.
To be awakened by the mountain sun in the east, which slowly rises behind the Dolomites of the Val Pusteria - that has something very magic about it. Enjoy a hearty breakfast, then take the free Tratterhof ski shuttle to the Gitschberg cable car within 3 minutes. No waiting for the public ski bus, but feeling the first rays of sunshine on your grinning cheeks in front of the reception and then boarding the continuous and free Tratterhof shuttle.
Everything for winter sports
As I said, only 3 minutes from the hotel. Then, having arrived at the Gitschberg valley station, in a few minutes up to the local mountain with a rounded top, down again over the perfectly prepared slopes, along which rustic ski huts invite you to stop for a break... any wishes left? Yes? The modern ski rentals directly at the valley stations of the mountain cable cars and the ski schools Gitschberg and Jochtal with their courses for young and old beckon with offers that are especially popular with families or couples.
For non-skiers as well
For non-skiers a trip with the cable cars and with the connecting cable car between Gitschberg and Jochtal across the idyllic Altfasstal valley is always worth a trip. Also here again constantly present: the unique Dolomite panorama. Gitschberg Jochtal is not for nothing the alpine pasture region of South Tyrol, because also in winter most of the huts can be reached on comfortable winter hikes or hikes with snowshoes, directly on or off the ski slopes.
Easy to moderate winter and snowshoe hiking trails can bring the sun at high altitudes closer with or without cable car support. From the top station of the Gitschberg cable car tobogganing is fun for young and old. On the almost 7 km long Brimi Winter Run it already happens that the daring kids overtake their parents.
Here we present you seven good reasons to spend your winter holiday at the Mountain Sky Hotel Tratterhof in Meransen/Maranza.
1. Skiing with panoramic guarantee
The skiing area Gitschberg Jochtal with its 55 km offers everything that pleasure skiers desire - and much more: Because the view of the mountain world of Peitlerkofel, Geislergruppe as well as Lang- and Plattkofel cannot be topped. 2 ski mountains and 2 villages, which are connected with each other, offer slopes of the finest quality. Also brand new is the new red slope, which makes the descent to Meransen even more exciting. The cable car over the Altfasstal valley offers a fantastic view of the Eisack valley with the bishop's town of Brixen/Bressanone.
Arrival without skis? It pays off, because the ski rentals in Meransen let you test the latest models. Top models of the season can be reserved here at fair prices. Of course you can also fine-tune your own skis. The experts in the ski rental shops are competent and fast. So guests do not lose any time and are quickly on the slopes.
The ski schools in Gitschberg Jochtal make it possible to learn the right technique and due to their versatile course offer, newcomers, as well as those changing and those returning to the sport, get their money's worth. No matter if with skis or snowboard.
And the best: With the combined ski pass Gitschberg Jochtal - Brixen all lifts and slopes in the skiing area Gitschberg Jochtal and Plose are open to you. No matter which lift you use, whether the one on the Gitschberg, the Jochtal, Plose, or the village lifts in Meransen and Vals - all can be used with one card.
The Dolomiti Superski ski pass, which also includes the Gitschberg Jochtal lifts, also allows you to enjoy skiing in nearby ski areas such as Kronplatz and Val Gardena.
Children between 3-8 years receive a free ski pass if an adult accompanying person purchases a ski pass at the same time for the full price for the same period. One child per accompanying person is entitled to the free ski pass. (Exceptions to this offer: the 8-day optional subscription in the season, DTL, seasonal ski passes, half-day tickets, 3h tickets and points tickets)
From mid of December until just before Christmas Eve the Tratterhof usually has 7=5 or 6=5 or 5=4 or 4=3 offers. Stay tuned on our website's offers and usually our offers in this period comprehend the free ski pass as well.
2. Alpine huts - comfortable and tasteful
Being active in the fresh winter air makes you hungry. The rustic, but modern ski huts and restaurants of the ski and alpine pasture region Gitschberg Jochtal surprise with varied South Tyrolean cuisine and a great feel-good ambience.
While sitting in a deck chair on the sun terrace, you can forget that the ski slopes are calling. But why shouldn't lazing around on holiday be the first priority.
Right next to the mountain station Gitschberg at 2.050 m there is the Nesselhütte, only a few metres above the Gitschhütte. Both of them score with modern infrastructure and an amazing view of the Dolomites of Eisacktal and Pustertal. Moreover, you can enjoy traditional delicacies, which taste especially good in the winter sun with mulled wine.
The mountain restaurant Jochtal is just as rustic. The restaurant, located directly at the exit point of the Jochtal cable car, as well as the Nockalm, Ochsenalm, Linderalm and Anratterhütte are all along the piste at lofty heights. The Lucknerhütte in Vals as well as the Kurzkofelhütte and Zingerlehütte are best reached on foot from the centre of Vals.
In Meransen, the Bacherhütte, Kiener Alm and Pichler Hütte are ideal stops along the slopes, while the Großberghütte is the starting and finishing point of easy winter hikes with the family in winter.
Another good tip to stop for a bite to eat is the Restaurant Pizzeria Bar zur Mühle in Vals and the Bar Igloo S'Pfandl in Meransen.
3. Skitour by floodlight
An extraordinary experience is ski touring by floodlight. You can hardly imagine it until you have tried it yourself, but every Tuesday the so-called Dance of the Vampires takes place in the mountain restaurant Jochtal. Disco fever at 2.000 m with party guests arriving either by cable car or on ski touring skis or snowshoes. The cable car runs from 20.00-23.30 hrs and the descent to the valley can be done on skis or by cable car. Depending on how fit the party evening leaves the guests.
Like ants with torches, the good-humoured guests pilgrimage up the mountain or line the slope with their headlamps like fireflies under the floodlights or...like hungry vampires under the moon.
4. Without skis but...winter hiking and snowshoeing
With the mountain cable cars of Gitschberg and Jochtal you float comfortably up to get even a little closer to the sun. Enchanting winter hikes await you there. Here you can enjoy the magnificent view and the idyllic winter landscape to the full also without skis.
For the rustic huts of the Rodenecker and Lüsner Alm you take your own car and start at the Zumis car park. After only a short time the high peaks of the Pfunderer Mountains/Montagne di Fundres on the left and the Dolomites on the right greet you and line the way to the Oberhauserhütte, Ronerhütte, Rastnerhütte and Starkenfeldhütte as well as the Kreuzwiesenalm. Before you start the way back to the car park or hike up to the peak of the Astjochspitze, stop here and play it safe with dumpling tris or Kaiserschmarrn with lots of cranberry jam.
Tip: A perfect winter hike begins directly at the Hotel Tratterhof (1,500 m) and leads via the Moseralm (1,938 m) to the Großberghütte in the car-free Altfasstal valley (1,6400 m). The fantastic mountain panorama accompanies you throughout, the stress of everyday life is quickly forgotten.
Our guests receive further panoramic routes and tour suggestions directly on site from our hiking guides, who not only accompany but also inspire. Solo hikers receive the necessary map material just as free of charge. Every Monday there is also a regular hiking table as part of the aperitif.
5. Toboganning in the sun
"On the toboggan, ready, down!" is the motto for the two toboggan runs in the region: the Brimi Winter Run leads from the Gitschberg top station down to the village of Meransen/Maranza. On almost 7 km from the Nesselhütte to the valley station there is a fast but safe tobogganing kick with a wonderful view of the valley. The second run is located in Vals near the Kurzkofelhütte.
Whereas in the past, the hay mowed in summer was brought down to the valley on a toboggan, nowadays tobogganing is no longer a tedious job, but pure winter fun for family and winter friends.
6. Maranza...an insider tip
Perhaps because no major sporting events have yet reached the holiday region, Gitschberg Jochtal and Meransen still enjoy the flair of an insider tip. For this reason many locals mingle here with the many guests from home and abroad. Because they know what they are doing: the scenic highlights such as the panoramic platform on the Gitschberg, the unique alpine hut village Fane Alm or the endless hiking routes on the Rodenecker and Lüsner Alm, the longest high alpine pasture in Europe and the Alftasstal valley directly behind the Mountain Sky Hotel Tratterhof, have always been part of their leisure and weekend programmes. These tips are only reluctantly passed on to too many. And that's the way it should stay. Especially in winter, this guarantees a stress-free discovery, which you can experience with the curious eyes of a child.
7. The Tratterhof and its strategic position
The Belvita- und Wanderhotel Tratterhof is situated directly on the mountain, at eye level with the most beautiful peaks of the Dolomites. The Tratterhof is the highest hotel in the holiday region and offers a distant view over two large valleys in South Tyrol: the Val Pusteria with the medieval town of Brunico and the Valle Isarco with the bishop's town of Bressanone. These two places are popular destinations for culture and shopping lovers, not only during the Christmas markets.
The hotel's location offers absolute peace and quiet and relaxation in those moments when it counts: during wellness in the 3,500 m2 Monte Silva Spa or at night, when only the starry sky shines through the large windows of the suites and chalets and lulls guests into restful dreams.
The hotel is located directly at the entrance to the car-free Altfasstal/Valle di Altafossa valley. This alone is reason enough to spend your holiday here and not elsewhere.
The varied activity programme, which is included in the price, is used extensively by guests: hiking guides and fitness trainers are available to give advice and practical help. For guests who simply want to "live for the day" without a programme, the surrounding nature is the best fitness centre, which is also always within easy reach: right outside the hotel door you can go hiking and inhale the best mountain air. For indoor fitness, the Monte Silva Skyroom, equipped with the latest fitness machines from Technogym, is probably the best "playground" to let off steam.
The beauty farm with its wellness baths, massages and the in-house Monte Silva Cura natural cosmetics line has a friendly team of experienced people who "pep up" guests in terms of beauty and well-being.
In the evening, culinary theme evenings, cheese tasting and music provide many reasons not to give in too early to the charm of the feel-good suites, but to stay up a little longer.
All this and much more is the Tratterhof in winter.