The Christmas season in Merano/Meran is particularly festive, with the surrounding villages – and even some castles – hosting attractive Christmas markets. The cold season too is well suited for cosy strolls and promenades.
The ski areas of Merano and environs
- Meran 2000: 40 kilometres of pistes (mostly of medium difficulty), 7 lifts, 3 moving carpets in the ski kindergarten, cross-country ski trail, 25 km ski touring network, Alpin Bob (South Tyrol’s longest mountain rollercoaster), Lucki’s play world and various eateries
- Pfelders: 10 kilometres of pistes with snowmaking facilities, 4 lifts, 2 cross-country ski trails, well-equipped snowpark, natural ice-skating rink, 3.5 km toboggan run and several eateries
- Schnalstal glacier: 16 pistes totalling 38 kilometres, 12 modern lift systems, 350-metre long snowpark, two well-equipped ski hire shops and depots, ski and snowboard school, high-altitude cross-country ski trails, Tiroli play world and refreshments available at the Ötzi Bivouac and the Teufelsegg hut
- Schwemmalm: 9 pistes of varying degrees of difficulty totalling 25 kilometres, 5 lifts, ski touring area, 25 km cross-country ski trail, snowpark, 2 ski schools, 2 ski hire shops and ski kindergarten, Schwemmy snow world and refreshments available at the Schwemmalm mountain restaurant
- Vigiljoch: unspoilt and quiet, with 3 pistes totalling 5 km of slopes, 4 lifts, 2.2 km toboggan run, winter walks and snowshoe excursions, car-free but good transport connections, 2 ski schools and several eateries