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Summer News from the Three Peaks Mountains

Thrills and spills in the majestic Three Peaks mountains

The cable cars in the holiday region Three Peaks/3 Zinnen in the Dolomites take you up to the five most popular mountains: Monte Elmo, Orto del Toro, Croda Rossa, Monte Baranci and Comelico (Col d la Tenda), all of which offer hikers, bikers and families plenty of exciting attractions. This summer there’s lots that’s new: „Olperl Nature Park”, a circular hike for the whole family; two brand new single trails for enduro bikers, the sunset hike on the Monte Elmo and the practical (mulit-)day „3 Zinnen Mountain Card“.


The mountains for excursions

BARANCI – The family adventure mountain
The perfect destination for families at the foot of the imposing Monte Baranci. Flowering meadows and lush green pastures provide a wonderful playground for young and old. There’s lots to enjoy up here: the "Zwergenparcours” ropes course; the barefoot lakes; a tubing course; and the Fun Bob summer toboggan run.

STIERGARTEN – The mountain of alpine pastures
Normally the great views come only at the end of a tour, but Orto del Toro gives you an early reward with a view of the Sesto sundial and the Three Peaks. The mountain is a wonderful starting point for lots of hikes and bike tours to the Sesto mountain pastures and over the Carnic Alpine ridgeway.

MONTE ELMO – the mountain with views
There’s nowhere else in the area which offers you such a far-ranging view as Monte Elmo! And the visitor experience is enhanced by Olperl´s Mountain World, the Kinderalm, and a variety of walking and hiking trails from which you can marvel at the sunrise or sunset.

CRODA ROSSA – the Dolomite experience
The Dolomites are almost close enough to touch from Croda Rossa. This is a location where there were military emplacements in the First World War, and you can immerse yourself in history here, scale the most famous via ferratas in the Alps and visit the smallest and only reindeer herd in the Alps.

COMELICO – the mountain for sportslover
The Dolomiti del Comelico in neighbouring Belluno are the perfect place for those looking for lots of sporting activities. Here there’s an excellent range of beautiful hikes and two challenging single trails. And plenty of exertion is guaranteed!


Olperl Nature Park — New in summer 2017

The entertaining alpine circuit for the entire family
Our perfect summer highlight: The entrance to the new nature park is right next to the Helm-Bahnen mountain station and invites visitors to meet Olperl’s best friends – in the realm of the animals’ mountain world. The circular trail is 1.2 km long and is suitable for buggies. As you walk, you’ll come across 10 special and very exciting places - with fantastic views of the Sesto Dolomites. Olperl, the hoaxster with luminous eyes as big as saucers, keeps you company along the trail.

BAREFOOT in Olperl’s footprints
The highest barefoot trail in the Dolomites at 2,150 m above sea level is the healthy and enjoyable way to explore Olperl’s Nature Park. Soft moss, fragrant larch trees, stone slabs and shingle stimulate the foot reflex zones, before you immerse your feet in the cool spring water – so refreshing.

The family-adventure-mountain - Baranci
Baranci is the popular mountain for family excursions. The 4-seater chair lift is situated 3 minutes from San Candido village centre and takes you quickly up to an altitude of 1,500 m. Flowering meadows and lush green pastures provide a wonderful playground for young and old: There are waiting highlights like the children’s highlight adventure trail, a tubing run and the fun bob. The mountain station is the starting point for many easy and medium hikes through spruce forests and up to the Baranci summit with stunning views of the Three Peaks.

Reindeers at the Croda Rossa mountain
Reindeer? In the Alps? Who’d have thought it? But our herd of reindeer have actually made the long journey from Finland to Croda Rossa and the third generation are now living here! You can be there when the only reindeer herd in the Alps is being fed and pick up lots of interesting and curious facts about the peculiarities of this particular deer species. The friendly four-legged friends are looking forward to your visit!


On the bike

Cycling for pleasure in the valley
From San Candido to Lienz: enjoy the landscape by bike
The most popular cycle path in South Tyrol, the cross-border Drau Cycle Path from San Candido to Lienz follows a well-marked trail and is suitable for all kinds of bikes. With a length of 44 km and an elevation loss of 500 m over the descent, the route is easily manageable by all lovers of the outdoors. When you reach Lienz, the capital of East Tyrol, you’ll find it’s a lovely place to take a stroll. And the easy way to get back is to let the train take the strain!
Because it’s easy to get to by train, starting the tour in Versciaco is recommended and there’s also a large free car park there. The PUNKA Service Center is located right next to the railway station and by the cycle path. It’s a bike hire and shop with the latest bike models, as well as services with bar.

Val Pusteria cycle path
There’s a clearly laid out bicycle network with no appreciable gradients throughout Val Pusteria. The total length from Mühlbach to Lienz in East Tyrol is 105 km, and this can be covered in stages over several days. Read more!

Mountainbike
Sporting challenge and a fantastic outdoor experience
Mountain and enduro bikers will relish the challenge posed by the holiday region Three Peaks/3 Zinnen in the Dolomites. With the new “3 Zinnen Mountain Card”, transporting bikes on the cable cars is free of charge and the card can be used with no limitations (except Monte Baranci). Five mountains each with a different character can be explored by bike. In addition to the famous Stoneman Trail, the Giro Bike Tour, the Giro Enduro Singletrail Tour and the Dolomiti Superbike course, enthusiastic enduro bikers can also enjoy two brand new single trails: the "Standschützen" on Croda Rossa and the "Erla" on Stiergarten.

The 46 km long Giro Bike Tour enables bikers to explore the unique natural landscape of the Dolomites - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - by mountain bike. The tour takes bikers over five mountains with almost 3,500 metres of cumulative elevation gain (360 metres by bike) and they can be sure of magnificent views and unspoilt natural surroundings. If so desired, an experienced bike guide can accompany the tour.

Enduro bikers should not miss out on the Giro Enduro Singletrail Tour: making use of five cable cars, around 4,500 metres of cumulative elevation gain (1,000 metres by bike) are achieved over trails of varying degrees of difficulty on five mountains. Being accompanied by a professional biker is also recommended for this tour! Read more!


Hiking

Hiking in the Dolomites – UNESCO World Heritage Site
Our cable cars take you up to the perfect places to start numerous hikes of varying degrees of difficulty. Trails lead you through soothing forests, lush meadows and across idyllic mountain pastures to distinctive mountain peaks and magnificent views of the Dolomites. The tricky part is: you have to decide on which panoramic view you want to choose! Here you’ll find our suggested hikes.

3 Zinnen Mountain Card
Experience everything with a single ticket
With the (multi-)day „3 Zinnen Mountain Card" you can enjoy unlimited use of all the lifts in the Three Peaks Dolomites and experience five mountains according to your own preferences. The card is also really useful for bikers as bike transportation on the cable cars is included in the price.

Enjoy the mountains for a whole week
There’s absolutely no chance of boredom in the holiday region Three Peaks/3 Zinnen in the Dolomites. There’s a varied weekly programme to pack your holiday with even more thrills and spills.

Monday > Monte Elmo
AN INSIGHT INTO THE HEART OF THE CABLE CARS
29.05. – 09.10.2017 / 10.00 am
How does a cable car work? How is artificial snow actually produced? And what does a snow groomer look like from the inside? You can get answers to these and many other questions every Monday at the Technical Day on Monte Elmo.

Monday > Croda Rossa
REINDEER FEEDING
24.07. – 28.08.2017 / 14.00 pm
Be there when the only reindeer herd in the Alps is being fed and pick up lots of interesting and curious facts about this unique deer species. The friendly four-legged friends are looking forward to your visit!

Tuesday > Monte Elmo
SUNRISE EXPERIENCE
11.07. – 12.09.2017
Start the day on the summit of the mountain: early in the morning the Sesto Monte Elmo cable cars will take you up to this unforgettable natural spectacle. You can then enjoy a hearty breakfast at the Monte Elmo restaurant. (Registration by 5 pm the day before)

Tuesday > Baranci
FUNBOB BY NIGHT
04.07. – 05.09.2017
All clear for the night owls! The summer toboggan run is open every Tuesday evening (7 pm - 10 pm)! In the Rifugio Gigante Baranci you can enjoy a Tyrolean evening with live music and savour typical South Tyrolean cuisine.

Wednesday > Monte Elmo
DUMPLING COOKING CLASS
21.06. – 13.09.2017
Would you like to know how South Tyrol’s national dish is made? Rita will teach you! From 10 am followed by tasting at the Monte Elmo restaurant. (Registration by 5 pm the day before)

Thursday > Croda Rossa
REINDEER FEEDING
15.06. – 14.09.2017 / 14.00 pm
Christian, one of our employees, will explain how our reindeer came from Finland to Croda Rossa. He’ll also tell you about other unusual features of these cute animals. You can help feed the animals their favourite meal...

Thursday > Monte Elmo
SUNDOWN HIKE
06.07. – 14.09.2017
There’s no more beautiful way to bring a wonderful day to an end than enjoying the sunset at 2,150m above sea level! After a fortifying dumpling soup at Monte Elmo restaurant we hike to Olperl’s mountain lakes to catch the last rays of the sun and marvel at the colourful spectacle in the sky. And after yet another surprise we take the gondola lift down into the valley. (Registration by 5 pm the day before)

Friday > Baranci
GIANT’S HAUNOLD KIDS PARTY
07.07. – 08.09.2017 / 10.00 am –16.00 pm
Every Friday children can let off steam at the Gigante Baranci’s large mountain play area where there’s a wide-ranging entertainment programme with various guests and exciting games.

Have fun!