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History and development of the winter sports region Alpe di Siusi

Learn more about how the Alpe di Siusi, Europe's largest mountain plateau, became an increasingly popular destination for passionate winter sports fans and mountain lovers

With the completion of the Brenner Railway all the way to Bolzano in 1867, more and more vacationers started coming to South Tyrol. In the summer, the visitors included nobility and the wealthy, in the wintertime, avid winter sportsmen predominated. They came by train and then continued their journey into the mountains by horse-drawn coach or on foot. The Alpe di Siusi soon acquired a reputation as an excellent ski area. After 1920, enterprising farmers converted Alpine refuges into ski lodges; later, these became simple inns. In 1935, an aerial tram was built from Gardena to the Alpe di Siusi. In 1938, the first lift, a sled lift, began operation. At the same time, the street to Compatsch was completed. After World War II, efforts focused on keeping pace with the rapidly growing tourism industry. Everywhere, tow lifts and chair lifts popped up, and simply ski lodges were transformed into comfortable hotels. The first ski school was founded in the early 1960s.

In the following decades, the Alpe di Siusi developed into a resort area with a magnetic attraction for winter sportsmen from far and wide. As a result, traffic problems started becoming noticeable. Since 2004, a high-volume aerial tram has connected Siusi with the Alpe di Siusi, thus alleviating the situation.

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