The Latemar Sixpack
The six best ski runs under the Latemar massif
The Obereggen ski area is celebrating its fiftieth birthday this year – and flexing its muscles for the occasion. The “Latemar Sixpack” is the name given to six extra-special runs up at the Latemar Ski Center, which – as the name suggests – will give the tummy muscles of all skiing enthusiasts a thorough workout. As well as stamina and skill, however, the “Latemar Sixpack” also demands an appetite for adrenaline!
The fun starts on the popular Oberholz piste which, with a drop of 600 metres and plenty of variations, cries out for (at least) one descent. Running in part through the forest and with a range of gradients, this wide piste never feels full, even on busy days. It offers plenty of excitement and even some challenges, all rewarded with fantastic views over the Val d’Ega, the Alps and the city of Bozen.
Having warmed up, your next test is the technically demanding Maierl piste, for many years also a venue for the European Cup. A good 1.6 km of perfectly groomed snow awaits slalom experts and downhill enthusiasts: with an average width of 53 metres and a maximum gradient of 55%, it is ideal for zooming down to the valley.
3. Pala di Santa
No need to remove your skis as the fast-paced tour continues in Pampeago. The “Pala di Santa” piste starts on a sunny plateau at an altitude of 2,400 metres and offers two attractive variants: the easier panoramic piste with its magnificent views, and the black “Il Muro di Santa” slope, offering a 58% gradient and 100% adrenaline.
The ascent on the chairlift from the Pampeago valley station is a chance to get your breath back as you prepare for the most artistic descent provided by this sixpack: the Agnello slope is around 2.6 km in length, with its variants running through one of the world’s highest art parks, the RespirArt.
5. Cinque Nazioni
Predazzo, the third ski area covered by the Latemar Ski Center, is of course also represented in the “Latemar Sixpack”, with the chairlift from Pampeago giving rapid access to the “Five Nations” slope. A red piste, in the 1970s it formed part of the Five Nations Cup event for the best skiers from Austria, France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy – hence the name.
6. Torre di Pisa
The crowning glory is the “Torre di Pisa” run. As impressive as the rock formation that gives it its name, this slope is very popular with both expert and amateur skiers – not just because of the varied 1.5 km piste with its perfect snow and 59% gradient, but also thanks to the incomparable views that range from the Pala Group to the Adamello peak.