The 5 most difficult ski slopes in Italy

The classification of the difficulty of a ski slope is very complicated and is often influenced by many factors such as snow conditions and the maximum/average slope. Black slopes are always experienced with a certain emotion, some are within everyone’s reach, but other slopes are suitable for real experts. Tackling a black slope certainly requires technique and preparation, as well as a certain caution. There is no objective evaluation on the most difficult slopes, because in addition to the track, the conditions of each slope depend a lot, but we have drawn up our own ranking of the most difficult ski slopes in Italy.

Find out which are the 5 most Difficult Ski Slopes in Italy:

Franco Berthod, La Thuile

The Franco Berthod track at La Thuile is definitely on our list. It is a very difficult ski slope, it is definitely the one with the highest maximum slope, up to 73%. The slope is also often icy, making the descent even more difficult, since it is mostly in the shade in a forest facing north. In this case it is the “snow factor” that makes the slope one of the most difficult in Italy. This slope also hosts the women’s World Cup races, in recent years it has hosted a downhill and a super giant. The slope offers many variations that can make it more affordable, you can for example cut the first “esse” and the main wall, but the complete slope is the one that follows the World Cup track and ends in slope 2. The slope is characterized by 800 meters of altitude difference from 2,310 meters to 1,510 meters of cross-country skiing.

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Franco Berthod, La Thuile

Herrnegg – Kronplatz

The Herrnegg at Plan de Corones was designed with the collaboration of Bernhard Russi, famous downhill champion. The result is a slope that starts at Plan de Corones and arrives in Reischach: 5 kilometres long with an altitude difference of almost 1000 metres and a gradient that reaches a 70% gradient in some points. Herrnegg is part of the “black five” circuit, five black slopes next to each other. In our opinion, the final wall of the Hernegg is the most demanding section, but you can try out all five to remove any doubt. We are sure that everyone will have a different opinion! The other four of the most difficult slopes of the ski area are: Sylvester, a piston parallel to Herrneg with 5km and 1,300 meters of altitude difference; the short but challenging Erta wall; Piculin with a gradient of over 70% and Pre de Peres.

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Herrnegg - Kronplatz

Thoeni – Chiesa Valmalenco

The Thoeni slope of Chiesa Valmalenco is certainly one of the most famous in the Skiarea Valmalenco Bernina Ski Resort, named after the mythical Gustav Thoeni. Marked by a yellow sign that indicates it as a track suitable only for expert skiers, we recommend to ski it only after having checked the snow conditions. The steepest wall is the final one, which reaches almost 70% slope and is always icy because of its orientation. It is undoubtedly a demanding slope, with a high gradient and technically difficult as it is often icy due to its low exposure to the sun.

Beautiful but difficult, if you consider yourself an expert skier, what are you waiting for to try it?

Spinale Direttissima – Madonna di Campiglio

The Pista Spinale Direttissima has a difference in altitude of about 600 meters with a length of almost two and a half kilometers and is taken from the arrival of the Spinale Cableway, on Mount Spinale at 2100 meters above sea level. The Direttissima, with a maximum gradient of over 70%, is a black slope of other times. Thanks to continuous slope changes, it gives no respite to the legs, to the point that it almost seems to “land” at Madonna di Campiglio. The Spinale Direttissima is a lot of fun for the slope changes and the bumps that will make you want to try it again!

Spinale Direttissima - Madonna di Campiglio

Gran Risa, La Villa / Alta Badia

Here, it is not so much the gradient, a maximum of 60%, as the period in which it is covered, that is the master. It is one of the slopes of the World Cup circuit and, for the occasion, it is completely frozen but, fortunately, a few hours after the race, the cats of Alta Badia break all the ice even though, it happens that, during the night, it freezes again making the situation very complicated. To make the Gran Risa “you need legs” because you start from the 2,077 meters of Piz la Ila and go 650 meters of altitude difference for 1,200 meters in length, you reach the village of La Villa through a thick coniferous forest between “esse”, walls, curves and false plains. Absolutely to try to immerse yourself in the World Cup if you are in the Dolomites.

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Gran Risa, La Villa / Alta Badia


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