Budget-friendly Passo Tonale is a good all-round resort with stunning scenery and excellent skiing for beginners...
Most ski resorts only offer a couple of lifts that take beginners to runs suitable for their level of skiing or snowboarding.
Resort height: 1,883m
In Passo Tonale, however, there is a fantastic nursery area where beginners can choose from a total of six lifts starting at village level.
And that means there is no risk of them getting bored of doing the same runs, even before they progress on to the higher slopes.
Intermediates are also fairly well catered for; there are some lovely long cruisers accessible from Passo Tonale, most of which come with delightful views included.
There are also a few blacks for more advanced skiers and boarders, who may nevertheless prefer exploring the off-piste routes that can be taken down from the top of the Presena glacier.
On the downside, more expert skiers and boarders may find the ski area a bit limiting, despite a bus service that offers access to the ski areas around other, nearby resorts.
However, visitors of all abilities will appreciate that queuing is almost unheard of in this resort.
One option from the UK is to fly into Verona, which is between two and a half and three hours' drive away...
Alternatively, you can take a train to Edolo station, which is just 30 minutes away from the resort by road.
Passo Tonale has fantastic facilities for beginners and a good ski school, making it a great place to learn to ski or snowboard...
While there are some runs for experts, however, anyone who has reached an advanced level would probably be better off in another resort.
With numerous bars and restaurants, Passo Tonale offers après-ski fun as well as activities for non-skiers...
From relaxing wine bars to pumping nightclubs, Passo Tonale has it all. Bar Heaven is a good choice for a few post-ski beers, while La Botte has a wide choice of wines and Miramonti or Antares are ideal for those seeking late-night kicks. When hunger strikes, you can choose between pizzas at La Torretta and traditional, local cuisine at La Barraca..
There is a good range of activities for non-skiers available in Passo Tonale, including swimming, ice skating, beauty treatments and skidoo trips. You can also spend a pleasant afternoon browsing in the resort shops, which sell everything from ski gear to local produce.
Cost of living 8/10
Looking for an economic ski destination? Passo Tonale could be the perfect choice. There is a variety of budget accommodation available, and you can feed a family of four for under £25 in some of the local restaurants.
Attractiveness of the resort 7/10
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009, the Dolomites are arguably the most beautiful mountain range in Europe and make an interesting alternative to the Alps. They also provide a spectacular backdrop for resorts such as Passo Tonale, which is a compact village made up of mostly wooden buildings.