Resort guide – Kronplatz

The Dolomites are amazing, and Kronplatz is up there with the best places to go.

Lead photo: Mattia Bonavida

The Dolomites must be one of the best places to ride your bike on the planet. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2009, the mountains are simply stunning. More importantly they’re also home to an extensive network of well-built trails, with somethign to suit riders of all abilities. Kronplatz, in the South Tyrol region at the heart of the range, is a great jumping off point to to explore the region.

Why Go?

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Back in the day, Kronplatz was thought of as not much more than a pleasantly picturesque connection road. Fortunately things have changed a lot since then – with the area undergoing some seriously impressive mountain bike-friendly developments.

Several kilometres of trails have been built in the last few years, transforming the place into one of Europe’s most interesting biking regions. Freeride, enduro, and downhill opportunities; this place has more than enough variety to keep even the fussiest bike rider happy.

The Kronplatz region is home to over 60km of tracks, mostly in the intermediate to expert bracket, and is renowned for the way it can throw up one amazing view after another in a seemingly never-ending run of amazing views. The area is so confident of its jaw-dropping scenery that it hosts the Master Photo Tour event every year, inviting ten professionals from around the world to shoot the incredible surroundings and share some tricks of the trade with visitors at an Instameet.

“…one amazing view after another in a seemingly never-ending run of amazing views.”

While the bike parks in Kronplatz are well worth a visit, there are two enduro routes that are particular highlights. The first takes you through the Fanes – Senes – Braies Natural Park, starting in the picturesque village of San Vigilio di Marebbe and climbing up to a series of mountain huts. It’s a 55km loop with almost 2,000 metres of vertical and climbs that are as steep as 21%, so not for the faint-hearted. But if you’ve got a day to spare and strong legs, the views and the descents make it more than worth the effort.

The second route also starts in San Vigilio, but heads towards Armentara climbing over the Col de Locia and snaking through the spa town of San Cassiano. Again it’s a tricky route – 60 kilometres over a mixture of fire roads and single track that will take a day at least.

Where To Stay?

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Hotel Reipertingerhof’s motto is “Everything for the bike.” With the option of being accompanied, when riding, by local bike guide Valentin, all your biker needs and wants are fulfilled here. Valentin’s motto is “Nothing half for the calf,” so fans of energetic, pedal-pushing, experiences will be in their element here. Tours are carefully selected according to ability, and conditions.

Another option is the Hotel Innerhofer. The hotel offers top bike competence, 50 recommended tours including the hotel-own bike shuttle, as well as biking technique and training camps. Agnes is one of the hotel’s two managers and responsible for all biking matters. No matter how big or small your complaint, she’ll deal with it. She regularly accompanies guests on tours, and is supported by the hotel’s excellent bike team.

Where To Eat?

One of the most popular, and well-reviewed, eating spots in the region is Oberegger Alm. Situated in Valdaora, which you can easily ride to from the summit of Kronplatz, Oberegger Alm serves a mixture of Italian, German, and Austrian cuisine. It offers visitors an amazing view of the valley, and could be the ideal lunch spot if you’re riding in these parts.

Where To Drink?

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One of the coolest and most fun bars in this part of the world is the Busstop Pub. Located in San Vigilio di Marebbe, the quirkily-designed Busstop Pub offers a highly entertaining mix of live music and DJ sets. If you’re looking for some late night party vibes, after a day on the bike, be sure to check this place out. Oh, and you can’t miss it – the outside of it is the front of an old bus.

What The Locals Say?

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Local mountain bike guides Corinne and Michaelangel Promberger said: “Finally, one more suggestion! If you don’t want to stop with your feet on the ground, you can try the thrill of flying and observe this amazing territory from above by doing paragliding. In this case we suggest you to contact Chris, Leo and Robby of Tandemflights Kronplatz.”

For more information on Kronplatz, visit the website. 

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