Tonale is recognized as being one of the best venues available for school ski trips, with a snow-sure ski season running from late November to the end of April. Tonale is set between Lombardia (upper Valle Camonical) and Trentino (upper Val di Sole), and with an easy transfer time of 1.5 hours from Verona Airport for school ski trips by air, or a straight and easy run across the continent for those that are traveling by coach, the resort lasts to attract record numbers of school parties every year.
Tonale has its own glacier, called Presna, which is set in middle of the national Stelvio and Adamello Park. Presna's high altitude and wide ski runs provide schools with a proven success formula.
With 100km of ski runs, 30 lifts (including a brand new 6 man lift for 2013) and all on snow-sure high altitude slopes, Tonale provides those schools traveling for their ski trips the guarantee of quality snow.
The neighbouring Pontedilegno resort town, which is linked by cablecar and further ski runs, also provides an additional ski arena for schools to enjoy their ski trips. A cableway will get you from Pontedilegno to Passo Tonale in about 15 minutes where a whio new network of runs can be accessed – but this time the runs are treelined and more predominately technical.
Passo Tonale has been the birthplace for generations of skiers. It is easy and great for beginners – there are no trees and plenty of open, blue sky and wide runs. A North side cableway takes you to the Presna Glacier at 3,000 meters above sea level with challenging tracks and slopes. This is where the ski season for school ski trips continues until late Spring with no need for snow cannons!
Your school ski trips can also take advantage of one of Europe's longest ski runs. From the 3,000 meters of the Presna Glacier to the 1,250 meters of Pontedilegno Town skiers can snake down 11 kilometers of ski runs; this may well provide schools with the challenge of the week.
School groups do not only ski on the moutains – they also get hungry! Many of our groups purposefully take their time, have a break and eat something while enjoying the surrounding landscape. This is all possible in the mountain huts scattered along the ski runs where you can eat our pre-prepared lunch packs, or alternatively some of our groups return back to their slope side hotels and enjoy a hot lunch before venturing out again a short while later .
Pupils receive expert instruction from Fantaski ski schools – 'Pontedilegno-Tonale' and 'Tonale-Presena'. The typical 4 hours a day / 24 hours a week instruction in such a dramatic and challenging environment provides accelerated learning for any ability level. The southern facing slopes in Tonale offers a perfect mix of ski runs that provide differentiated learning where every child is encouraged to achieve their best potential, while the Presna glacier provides a real spectrum of opportunity which will suit all levels of pupils' ski ability.
Paradoxically the first snow lovers that arrive on the scene after a snowfall are the snowboarders. There are two snowparks for anowboard lovers at Passo Tonale, plus a third one that is prepared every year at the end of the winter season on Presna glacier.
A good après-ski program include some of the rarer activities on snow too. A walk in snowshoes will enthrall your pupils, but any group that feels the need for speed can try their hand at dog-sledging. A sledge hauled by the husky dogs of the Armen Khatchiklan's Sledging School in Passso Tonale competes for top memory at the end of the week.