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The resort of Schnals (Italian Senales) is in North Italy in the region of South Tyrol near the border with Austria and is about 10 km from Meran. The Schnalstal is a tributary valley of lower Vinschgau and has become world-famous because the “Ice Man” - affectionately known as Ötzi - was discovered there.
Schnalstal – the tributary valley of the lower Vinschgau is about 10 km from Meran. The road into this unique high-alpine valley is good; the journey takes you past idyllic mountain villages with pretty farmhouses and on to Kurzras (2,011 m) at the end of the valley.
The average annual temperature is 11.85 degrees Celsius. These moderate temperatures make the Schnalstal an ideal starting point for outdoor activities. The warmest months are July and August; the coldest December and January. The Webcam at the mountain station of the Schnals glacier railway has information about current weather conditions but also annual weather events.
The Schnalstal is located in the Texel Group Nature Park and is one of the most fascinating valleys in the Alps. Within just a few kilometers the landscape changes from Mediterranean-type vineyards and orchards at 500 m to 3,200 m glacier regions.
Hikers and mountain climbers can enjoy over 300 km of well-marked hiking trails of varying levels of difficulty right up to the three-thousand meter mountains in the Ötztal Alps. Climbing here in the Alps with such impressive distant views is quite unforgettable.
In this the only glacier area of South Tyrol there are 35 km of well-groomed ski slopes – from wide carving pistes to challenging downhill runs. The Schnalstal is the insider’s choice for skiers and snowboarders. Enjoy your winter sports in the clear mountain air of South Tyrol and be enchanted by the magic of the mountains!
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