Skiers have been flocking to the snow-blanketed ski resort of Obereggen for over 50 years now. One absolute highlight to look forward to is – the Latemar Sixpack! As the name implies, this refers to a set of six downhill runs on the Latemar massif. And they’re runs with a lot to offer too, including a thorough workout of the stomach muscles! Stamina and skill aside, however, the Latemar Sixpack calls for one thing above all else: an appetite for adrenalin-fuelled excitement.
The crowning glory is the “Torre di Pisa” run. As impressive as the rock formation from which it takes 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 because of its incomparable views: From here your gaze can sweep over peaks ranging from the Pala group to the Adamello massif!
No need to take your skis off, as the fast-paced Latemar Sixpack 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 “Muro Variant” slope with a 58% gradient – and 100% adrenalin.
Having warmed up, your next test is the technically demanding Maierl piste, for many years also a venue for the European Cup. Slalom experts and downhill enthusiasts can look forward to zooming down to the valley on 1.6 km of perfectly groomed snow, with an average width of 53 metres and a maximum gradient of 55%!
Predazzo, the third ski area covered by the Latemar Ski Center, is of course well represented in the Latemar Sixpack. In the 1970s, this red piste hosted races of the Five Nations Cup which saw the participation of the best skiers from Austria, France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy – hence its name.
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 of this sixpack: the Agnello slope is around 2.6 km in length, featuring a range of variants that run through one of the world’s highest art parks, RespirArt.
The fun starts on the popular Oberholz run which, with a drop of 600 metres and plenty of variations, calls you to try (at least) one descent of a piste that is an absolute must. Running in part through the forest and with a range of gradients, its width means the piste never feels full, even on busy days. It offers plenty of excitement and even a few challenges, all rewarded with fantastic views over the Eggental valley, the Alps and the city of Bolzano/Bozen.