RS st michael kastelruth panider sattel winter
RS st michael kastelruth panider sattel winter

Passo Pinei

The 1,437 m high Passo Pinei is a famous destination among sports enthusiasts both in summer and in winter.

The Passo Pinei – Panider Sattel in German – connects Ortisei in the Val Gardena valley with the village of Castelrotto in the area of the Alpe di Siusi and therefore with the Valle Isarco valley. A length of 12 km and 6 bends characterise the mountain pass road which is asphalted and well constructed.

At the Passo Pinei several walking paths start like the one which proceeds in 4 hours to Castelrotto – called Geotrail Bulla – or the 4 hour circular walk across the 2,130 m high Bullaccia (Puflatsch) to the beautiful Tschötsch Alm mountain hut on the Alpe di Siusi. The view from the mountain pass stretches until the Val Gardena valley and on the peaks of the Dolomites, a World Heritage site.

Also among cyclists the Passo Pinei is a popular destination, the route proceeds from Ortisei to the top of the pass and further to the 1,690 m high Passo Nigra (Nigerpass) beneath the Catinaccio. In winter you can find here the Passo Pinei cross-country ski track (300 m).

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