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Winter in the Dolomites: Winter hiking and skiing – Hirben

A magic Winterwonderland

When snow lies all around, it is like living in a magical, fairytale world where peace reigns supreme. At Villabassa, you can enjoy the beautiful landscape and a great variety of activities in a real winter wonderland.


in the Dolomites

For many these are boards that mean the world, the symbol for the long awaited winter holiday in the Dolomites: skis! Recently taken out of the cellar or the attic, dusted off, cleaned and waxed, and ready to go. If you don't have any skis to bring with you, you can choose your favourite ones at one of the local ski rental stores. Which ski area is first? You have three to choose from …

Ski Service

Our service for skiers

  • A ski cellar with ski boot drier, waxing bench and ski waxing service (upon request)
  • Exclusive ski pass service in the hotel: no long lines to buy your ski pass at the valley station
  • Depot at the Niederdorf train station
  • Shuttle 2 times a week to the Cortina ski area
  • Holiday pass: use all public transport in all of South Tyrol for free!
  • Ski Pustertal Express: it leaves every 30 minutes from Niederdorf to the Three Peaks ski area, Cortina ski area and of course to the Kronplatz ski mountain. A new skiing dimension, without the stress of taking off your ski boots and without a tiresome drive with your car. With the Ski Pustertal Express, simply get on, enjoy the ride and look forward to the next skiing area.

Ski areas: all good things come in three

Three Peaks Dolomites ski area
If you had to use only one word to describe the award winning, excellent Three Peaks Dolomites ski area... then we would not know which to use. The ski area is so much more and could never be expressed with just one word: 115 kilometres of slopes, divided among 5 connected ski mountains (Helm, Stiergarten, Rotwand, Kreuzberg, Dolomiti del Comelico), 31 lifts, incomparable slope variety, the best slope preparation and guaranteed snow.

  • Giro delle Cime
    1 Ski tour. New lifts. difference in altitude of 5,600 m. 34 km long. 2 provinces. An endless amount of scenic experiences.
  • Freefall ride
    Slope: 72%. One of the steepest slopes in the Alps. Not only for skiers, but also for snow groomers, as they are lowered with a rope winch. Are you first in line to go down it? If your nerves are made of steel.
  • Family fun
    Something big for our little guests: on Haunold, also known as the family mountain, children’s dreams come true. Various small ski lifts invite you to try out your skis for the first time. The only reindeer herd in Italy, the imposing family of giant snowmen and ski huts with children menus round off the family offer at Three Peaks Dolomites.
Skiing - Ski area 3 Zinnen

Cortina d‘Ampezzo ski area
1956 was a very special year for the ski area in Cortina, it was a year for the Olympic Games. The ski area, which includes the Faloria-Cristallo-Mietres, Tofana, Lagazuoi, 5 Torri, Misurina, San Vito di Cadore and Auronzo areas, has still maintained the magic of this period. Around 120 kilometres of slopes await beginners, families and experts.

    Are you a hooligan on the slopes? Not today, take it slow today because skiing should also be enjoyable. Therefore, they have come up with something special at the Faloria Cristallo Mietres ski area.
  • Tofana Express
    The chairlift in the Tofana ski area leads to the challenging black slopes, including the “Canalone”, the “Schuss” as well as “Skitour Olympia”.
  • Ski tour on the Dolomite front
    Starting from the 5 Torri ski area, you can reach the ski tour with the best views of all: leading around the Col di Lana, you can see the impressive Marmolata, the Sella mountains, Civetta, Pelmo and Tofana.

The Kronplatz ski area
It is truly the number 1 ski mountain in South Tyrol: the Kronplatz! With 119 kilometres of slope and 32 extremely modern lifts, it has much to offer. It can be reached with a short train ride to Percha, where, after climbing out of your train compartment, you can almost climb right into the gondola.

  • Black Five
    Sylvester, Herrnegg, pre da Peres, Erta and Piculin are nothing for weak nerves. To be even clearer, they are only for nerves made of steel, as these five black slopes are not intended for beginners.
  • Sellaronda
    Four Dolomite passes and one time around the Sella group on skis. Interested? Of course, take the “Piculin” gondola lift up to the Kronplatz, and go back down later using the Piculin (black) slope. Or use public transport that leaves every 20 minutes.
  • Snowpark
    Rail Line, Fun Line, Family Line – the snow park at the Kronplatz has everything that makes the hearts of snow boarders and freestylers (and everyone who wants to become one) beat faster.

Cross-country skiing

in Pusteria Valley

Did you know that cross-country skiing uses about 600 muscles? Then it is no surprise that cross-country skiing is considered one of the healthiest sports. If we are honest, it doesn’t really feel like a sport. Especially when you are truly in the flow, in the swing of things and the impressive winter scenery surrounding you makes you forget everything else …

Country Ski Holidays
Since 2018, Hirben hotel Val Pusteria has been a member of “Cross-Country Ski Holidays”. This sounds good, but what does that mean for you? Advantages. Many advantages. Cross-country skiing fans and everyone who wants to become one can enjoy expert advise, the right equipment and many extras for your cross-country skiing in Pusteria Valley.

We have been distinguished with the “Nordic Fit” category by “Cross-Country Ski Holidays”, which means that as a cross-country skier, all special equipment and services are provided free of charge.
*The equipment and services are regularly tested with the Quality Management System “Q-MTS”. “Q-MTS” is certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2008 by TÜV Austria cert GmbH and was developed specifically for tourism packages.

Cross-country skiing service

Our service for cross-country skiers

  • Our cross-country skiing expert Fabian is always available
  • Cross-country skiing tours (including technique training) with Fabian
  • Expert advise and useful tips about cross-country skiing and equipment
  • Cross-country skiing tickets are available at the reception
  • “Hirben” cross-country trail directly from the hotel
  • Lanz Active ski rental directly at the train station in Toblach (+39 340 697 2873)
  • Free cross-country skiing maps, up-to-date information and bus schedules
  • Cross-country ski racks outside
  • Lockable ski room with heated shoe dryer
  • Xenofit products, water bottle belt and much more available for use
  • Wash service and dry room: information available at our reception
  • Wash corner with special washing equipment in the garage

Where to? Over there!
You really only need to take a few steps from our front door and you will be in the middle of the largest cross-country skiing carousel in Europe: the Dolomiti NordicSki cross-country skiing paradise – a network with a total of 1,300 km of cross-country ski trails in Dolomites. By the way: you can use all cross-country ski trails in Hochpustertal in the Sextner Dolomites with only one cross-country ski pass, which is available at the reception!

  • Pustertaler Marathon cross-country ski trail | it connects Niederdorf with neighbouring towns
  • Hirben cross-country ski trail | it starts directly from our front door
  • Olympia circular cross-country ski trail
  • Hochpustertaler Sonnenloipe 
  • The high-altitude cross-country ski trail to Plätzwiese | including a panoramic view of the Three Peaks
  • … do you want more tips? You will receive insider tips from Fabian on site*
    (*where is the surprise if will already tell you everything now?)
Cross-country skiing in Alta Pusteria
Cross-country holiday at the Hirben

Winter biking:

Crazy, crazier, Fat E-Bike

You can hardly wait for the first snow to fall. And then you long again for the first bike tours in summer. A real dilemma, as both don't seem to be possible. Mission Impossible and a case for Tom Cruise? Somewhere else, perhaps, but not here at Hirben. The solution to the problem (and also for all of those that lie in your path) is: a Fat E-Bike!

Fat-Bike winter service

Our service for winter bikers

  • locked bicycle cellar with area for washing and repair set
  • Rental of Fat E-Bikes & helmets for an extra fee
  • GPS device rental
  • guided Fat Bike tours, from easy to challenging *
  • Tours to download to your cellphone
  • GPS data to download to your GPS device
  • Tours to download to the Komoot APP

Supersize on two wheels
Coarse gravel, rubble, mud and snow are your adversaries when cycling. But not for a Fat E-Bike – because it is overcoming extreme terrain that makes riding them such a great pleasure. The extra-wide tyres can do what a normal MTB can only dream of: driving through the middle of the terrain, easily mastering steep passages and conquering impassable sections. The tyres remain firmly gripped on the ground, a grip that does what it promises. Although the Fat Bike does look a bit clumsy, in its heart it is a light-weight. Sure a few pads here and there are part of the equipment, but that doesn't make it tip the scales.

Winter hiking paradise

in Pusteria Valley

“Because you were only really there if you walked it on foot.” You can look at it from all the angles you want, but Johann Wolfgang von Goethe didn't really get it that wrong. The best way to discover a unique landscape like this one is to do it quietly on foot. Step by step you can discover the wonder of nature behind every bend in Pusteria Valley on your winter hike. and the Dolomite mountain panorama will always accompany you.

Enjoying winter paradise …
… and the deep snow-covered scenarios of the 3 Peaks Dolomites holiday area, with an extensive hiking network, where some of the hiking trails are groomed. For those who prefer their snow pristine, you can also stomp through it knee-deep – here there is adventure for everyone! The best tips? We have them here, and will share them with you after your arrival. ;-)

P.S. Okay, there is another tip – a wellness tip as it were. Come in from the snow and go to the Sauna at the Hirben spa hotel Dolomites. Warm up your feet. Release tension. Enjoy deep relaxation from head to toe.

Winter hiking
Winter hiking with Fabian

Enjoy the winter:

off the slopes!

Winter holidays in the Dolomites do not only mean skiing, cross-country skiing and winter hiking. During your winter holidays in Niederdorf you can also go ice skating, race through the snow while seated, be chauffeured through wild and romantic forests and observe the magic mountain world from the air. Have we sparked your interest? Good!

  • Ice skating: in Niederdorf, Toblach and Sexten
  • Tobogganing: on the Haunold, Rotwand mountains, in Innerfeldtal at the Dreischusterhütte
  • Balloon ride: at the Dolomite Balloon festival every year in January
  • Horse-drawn sleigh ride: cosily covered up in Niederdorf, Toblach and Sexten
  • Tennis: you can play on one of the two clay courts in the heated aerodrome
Sledding in Alta Pusteria
Reindeer - Croda Rossa