Set in the Italian Dolomites, Kronplatz may well be the best destination in Europe for those wanting an efficient lift system, comprised almost entirely of gondolas, serving cruising on piste terrain.
While many ski resort comprise a base, with lifts leading to different slopes in varying directions, the opposite is true of Kronplatz. Instead, almost all lifts rise to the same place, a flattened cone from which you can descend almost every side. Enjoy the massive 1300m of vertical descent down 116km of pistes, including runs of up to 10km. These runs tend to suit beginner and intermediate skiers best, with a far more limited range of options for skiers seeking challenging terrain or off piste options.
It's also notable as one of the best railway served stations in Europe, with the train pulling up within throwing distance of a gondola base. From the station you can reach a number of other nearby ski areas, abate on separate lift passes.
The village of San Vigilio is rather small and quiet, with some good options to eat in the evening but rather restrained apres to say the least.