Wooden huts groaning under the burden of heavy snow. Crackling fires, snow flurries, Christmas tree decorations. Fun on the piste, woollen scarves and white woodland. Where would we be without these winter and Christmas clichés?
Thick blankets and strong mulled wine warm limbs and spirits. For there's no dimly lit 'Stube' or open fire that will keep winter sports fans from getting out into the fresh mountain snow. After a long winter's walk and an action-packed day's skiing it's time to take a rest and get warm, turning faces towards the winter sun to get a chic winter tan.
The DolceVita Hotel ALPIANA RESORT in Völlan sees a lot of snowfall in winter and it's not just the mountains in nearby Ulten-Deutschnonsberg that are enshrouded in a thick white blanket; snow falls as far down as the Etsch river valley and sprinkles the roofs of Lana and the spa town of Meran with a light dusting of sugar. In Meraner Land winter is as it should be.
Whooosh! And a skier leaves a spray of powder snow in his wake before another one does the same. There are 5 ski resorts near Alpiana Resort, each with its character. For gentle skiing there's the small, family-friendly Vigiljoch, then there's well-known Meran 2000 with its 40 kilometres of piste and selection of huts and pastures, or the lively Schwemmalm ski resort in Ultental valley. Snow is guaranteed until the end of March in all ski resorts, which all offer home cooking and cosy chalets, sun and mountain views.
A view of woodland braving the weight of snow, a glance up to the mountains with their various white winter mantles. The magic of a South Tyrolean winter can be better grasped once away from the pistes. Nature lovers can go walking in winter too, whether on snow shoes or in waterproof hiking boots. Reading animal tracks, pouring hot tea from a thermos flask, catching sight of your own breath in the crisp, clear air, discovering tiny crystals in the snow.
Lana is the native village of the Olympic luge medal holder, Armin Zöggeler. While in other parts sledging may be a 'nice change from a day on the slopes', here it is a serious business. The well prepared piste at Vigiljoch sees even the kids expertly handling the bends in order not to lose their momentum. After 2 kilometres they arrive at the finish with red noses and waving their caps, shouting “More!” even before they come to a stop.
The ice rink in the wild 'Gaulschlucht' gorge in Lana manages to create a marriage of natural opposites by combining outdoor ice skating with urban enjoyment, music and ice dancing!
Still not had enough of winter clichés? Then a horse and cart ride will be the icing on the snow-dusted cake.