In addition to the beauty of the beaches, Lake Garda can fascinate us with its mountain scenery. While many visitors take walks and go trekking in all seasons, in winter the most intense emotion can be experienced by skiing among the mountain rocks and the blue of the lake.
Where? Let’s discover which locations offer snowboarding or skiing with a view of Garda. Just a few kilometers from Lake Garda, there are plenty of ski slopes…
Skiing on Mount Baldo overlooking Lake Garda
The scenery of Garda is majestic from the mountain overlooking the lake and is part of its panorama. The southernmost part is the one that allows you to enjoy the spectacle between sky and water, with ski slopes reachable by the Malcesine – Monte Baldo cable car.
From this area, you can also reach the Brentonico plateau, San Valentino-La Polsa slopes – a course that includes about 45 kilometers of ski slopes altogether.
The panorama can include Garda, the Dolomites, and even the Apennines, with a breathtaking scenery from this part of the Alpine arc. From the rotating cable car with 360-degree cabins, you can already look down on the lake and its panoramas. We remind you that the Monte Baldo cable car system can start from Malcesine (2800 meters in length) or from the San Michele station (1500 meters in length).
In the northern area of Baldo, the Brentonico plateau runs right through the Adige valleys and Garda, allowing you to practice skiing, but also snowshoeing on the most beautiful slopes in the area. In addition, in this area, you can practice sledding, bobsledding, snowboarding, and the Polsa slopes are perfect for beginners, perhaps children.
The entire Monte Baldo mountain range is about 30 km long, and the highest peak (over 2000 meters) divides Garda from the Adige Valley. For this reason, the panorama from Baldo is shocking and involves many skiing enthusiasts on the slopes of the Monte Baldo-Garda ski area (about 11 kilometers), including Pozza della Stella, Pra Alpesina, La Colma, Falco, and Paperino.
Panorama of Garda from the Brentonico plateau
A panoramic view of Garda, always in the heart of Monte Baldo, is truly interesting from Pra Alpesina, on the slopes reachable from the Polsa and San Valentino plateau locations, via a ski bus.
The Pra Alpesina slope is about 1500 meters long and has a vertical drop of 400 meters, a real black slope! It is also used for regional and national competitions and is near a medium-difficulty red slope, always reachable via the Prà chairlift. There is also a slope called Pozza della Stella, connected to the Colma ski lift, for less experienced skiers.
The S. Valentino-La Polsa slopes, located at about 1200-1500 meters, on the Trentino side, also allow you to ski with a view of Garda. There are 24 slopes, 9 lifts, and a variety of paths for both expert skiers and beginners.
Skiing with a view of the lake from Andalo
Here, you arrive on the mountains of Trentino, in the resorts of Andalo, Paganella, and towards the Brenta Dolomites. Magical and unspoiled places where you can ski with a view of Lake Garda. The exact point? The Paganella peak!
You arrive near the La Roda refuge, and from there the slopes start on different sides, with an incomparable backdrop: the panorama stands out on eastern and Brenta Dolomites, Adige Valley, Austrian Alps, and to the south Garda up to Sirmione. When the sky is clear, you can even see the Apennines. An incredible natural spectacle that you can enjoy in every season, but in the skiing season, it is truly exciting.
You reach the top by the Albi de Mez-Paganella chairlift, and it is advisable to inquire about schedules and transportation methods.
The Paganella ski area is very extensive, includes about 50 kilometers of slopes and a drop of over 1000 meters, with blue, red slopes, 1 black slope, and a snow park. You will find 14 ski lifts, treadmills, cable cars, and chairlifts – to transport thousands of people per day!
For those who love ski mountaineering and refuges
The excursion with an attached panorama is on Monte Altissimo in Nago, where you arrive passing through two refuges, the Graziano and the Rifugio Damiano Chiesa. Here, from about 2000 meters high, you can admire an unforgettable scenery of Lake Garda. The ski mountaineering route is not complex but is recommended for those who love fatigue and gradually want to climb towards a fairytale scenario.
You can also start on an itinerary from Mount Baldo in the Spino section, continuing towards Bocca di Navene, Bocca del Creer, and Monte Altissimo.
By practicing ski mountaineering on the snow, you can go on paths outside the ski lift facilities, but you need to use special equipment, suitable skis for “peeling” (skating thanks to strips of fabric under the ski, the ancient seal skins!), In order to go both downhill and uphill safely.