Winter Riding & Skiing at the Post Hotel

Daily rides out on well schooled Haflingers into stunning Alpine scenery throughout the winter for experienced riders. Lessons on warmbloods from the hotel's own stud in dressage, jumping and carriage driving on two-span carriages. Highly qualified riding instructors for beginners to advanced riders. Excellent skiing at Kronplatz, part of the huge Dolomiti Superski area (Alta Badia / Cortina / Val Gardena). Indoor pool, spa and sauna area with extensive massage and beauty treatments. Romantic winter carriage rides. Ride & Spa. Ski & Ride. Ski-Joring. Fantastic food and great bar. A wonderful venue for the perfect winter holiday.

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Riding

The Post Tolderhof boasts the largest riding stables in South Tyrol. 25 Warmblood and Haflinger horses from their own stud. Facilities include a large sunny indoor riding hall and a sand school. Numerous different rides out are available into the stunning Alpine landscape; one or two hour or half-day and full day rides available. Highly qualified riding instructors for novice to advanced riders. Jumping, dressage and carriage driving instruction on two-span carriages with a former European champion. Sleigh rides available. The modern stables are situated on the edge of the charming village of Olang, right next door to the hotel's Tolderhof apartments.

The Riding Spa

Offered exclusively at the Post in Italy this treatment is specially designed for horse riders: they have developed spa treatments in conjunction with experts from 'Art of Care' and at the University of Deggendorf. The treatments aid recuperation and regeneration after a long day in the saddle. This means that you are fit and rearing to go by the very next morning; fully restored for your next horse-riding adventure! Examples of treatments inlcude hay baths, horse brush exfoliation scrubs as well as the trademark 'Rider's Massage' to ease and soothe those muscles used in horse riding! Bliss!!

Ski safari The hotel's ski and hiking guide will introduce you to a different skiing area every week. In the minibus, you can go to places such as Cortina d’Ampezzo, Cinque Torri, Lagazuoi or the world-famous Sella Group on the “Sella Ronda“. (Small contribution required).

Ski rental Our sports partner “rent and go“ enables you to test the latest ski designs. You can pick up your skis right beside the lift in the morning and return them in the evening. Children receive helmets free of charge. As a guest of the Post, you are entitled to a price reduction. Ask at reception.

Ski school Alone or in small groups with others of the same ability and with lots of fun. For those who can already ski, there are advanced classes and race courses. See hotel reception on arrival to book.

Skiing for Kids A special teaching programme for children from 3 years has been developed in cooperation with the ski instructors’ school of South Tyrol. „Cronido“ is the name of the programme conceived especially for this age group.

Skibus New ecofriendly buses and even more customer-friendly timetables help give cars a rest. Every 20 minutes the ski bus takes you to the bottom station 2 km away (7 mins).

Ski Joring
Have a go at this winter sport whereby you ski behind a horse, like waterski-ing on the snow! This is actually not a new sport at all, but had its origins in Sweden 2500 BC as a simple means of winter transport by peasants. It was also presented as a demonstration sport in the 1928 Olympics in St. Moritz.
You should be at least 16 years old, a good parallel ski-er, but no riding experience is necessary. You should not deviate more than 1.5m to the side of the horse. During the one hour session, you will learn how to harness and control the horse whilst walking, trotting and cantering.

Skiing
A free shuttle bus takes you from the door of the hotel to the main lift of the Kronplatz ski area in just 7 minutes. The ski area of Kronplatz is 2275m high, and one of the most modern resorts in the country. Over 100km of perfectly groomed pistes available for beginners, intermediates and advanced skiers and snowboarders. The Kronplatz ski area connects with the vast Dolomiti Super Ski area. Excellent snow record: ski season runs from end of November to mid April. Special offers for early season. Check out the Ski Club of Great Britain 'resort info' page on Kronplatz: http://www.skiclub.co.uk

New this season: free Winter Activity programme. Guided Snow shoe trail every Monday and Friday and a guided ski day around the Dolomites every Wednesday from mid January. Special gourmet dinner every Tuesday.

Kronplatz (Plan de Corones)

For dedicated skiers, Plan de Corones has some of the best and most varied facilities to be found. The Dolomiti Superski’s flagship ski resort, Kronplatz, is amongst the most high-tech ski resorts in the world, boasting artificial snow machines (never more than five years old) and over 100 kilometres of slopes to satisfy even the most demanding of skiers. The “ski mountain” can be reached from three villages, and complimentary ski bus services operate between the resort’s 14 villages to the lifts. The new “Piculin” lift and skibus also offers a direct connection to Alta Badia.

Alta Badia

The Alta Badia region - home to the annual ice sculpture festival and the Men’s World Cup Giant Slalom race – lies in the heart of the Dolomite mountains. Surrounded by wild gorges and deep alpine lakes, Alta Badia is rich in natural beauty. Glimpse into the area’s working past at the unique Valley of Mills, and explore Alta Badia’s culture and history with a visit to the Museum Ladin Ciastel de Tor. The region also offers an abundance of restaurants, and is best known for its first class cuisine

See www.kronplatz.com and www.dolomitisuperski.com for further details. 3 good ski hire shops in the village. There is a good ski school providing private and group lessons for Alpine and cross-country skiing and snowboarding: www.skischule-olang.it.

Cross-country-skiing can be made at about 300 m from Hotel (20k of tracks). Further tracks available at Antholz (free shuttle bus to the Biathlon center where all equipment can be hired). http://www.antholz.com/de/winteraktiv/skiverleih-skibus.php

Cross-country skiing

Within a radius of 30 km you will find numerous cross-country ski tracks in beautiful locations. Every day there is a complimentary bus service from Olang to Antholzertal, the venue of an annual international biathlon race. Additional perfect ski tracks await you in the Gsiesertal valley and on the Prato Piazza in Prags. A practice trail is located 300 m from the Posthotel

The hotel is open throughout the year for riding holidays. For more details see our main Post Hotel page.

Bruneck Christmas Market for crafts and tradition

This lovely romantic town is just a short hop on the local bus and well worth a visit during advent. Discover traditional handicrafts and seductive delicacies ensconced between the four main gates of the medieval town walls. Find it beside the Moat (Via Bastioni/Am Graben) and new Town Hall Square (Nuovo Piazza Municipio/Neuer Rathausplatz). Open thoughout December and over the festive period.

Press Articles

The Times Online.
The Independent Newspaper, Traveller section.

Guest book:

'We had a lovely time. The hotel was first class. I loved the riding facilities, and the chats I had with Angelica were very interesting on a dressage level. The less experienced riders were helped tacking up their horses and all the staff were very friendly and helpful. The horses were very well schooled and well behaved. All the people that I met there had either been there before or were planning on coming back again and my family and I are seriously considering going back next year for a longer period. The food and hotel facilities were excellent. We had a great time and would recommend this holiday to all our horsey friends whether they have children or not. It was the first time that I booked such a holiday by internet and I must admit that I was a little worried but I can safely say that it was a very positive experience for us'. (Trudie and family, from Issoire, France)

'We all thoroughly enjoyed our break at the Post. The hotel and accommodation was excellent. The room was very nice, spacious and comfortable. The service at the hotel was very good and the staff very friendly. The food was delicious. The girls had some good little horses to ride on and they really enjoyed their lessons in the mornings. They had a combination of Angelica and Marion who both spoke excellent English. The tuition was very good and the girls felt calm and comfortable. I had my 3 jumping lessons on one of the warmbloods - a lively gelding called Herceg. Angelica taught me for all the lessons and I really enjoyed them. I really felt that I had made progress on my jumping and felt very much more confident in my abilities when I left though my only regret was that I couldn't do any more!! We all three managed 3 hacks. We did do one 2 hour hack together but it really was too much for the children and they were much more comfortable on just the one hour hack. Overall we had a really fun break and we all thoroughly enjoyed the riding and the location. Finally the transfers to and from the airport were excellent. Looking forward to perhaps booking again for next year. ' (Mrs. Clarke and daughters, Wimbledon)

South Tyrol and the ski area:

Situated in the Italian Alps between Verona and Innsbruck, South Tyrol is home to the dramatic Dolomite mountains, and offers over 300 days of sunshine a year. Present day South Tyrol or 'Alto Adige' coincides with the Italian province of Bolzano-Bozen, which was created in 1927. Until 1918 this was part of the Austrian County of Tyrol, which was given back to Italy after World War I. This explains its dual place names and mix of German and Italian cuisine, culture and architecture.

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Season dates: beginning of December to end of March

Babysitting is available at extra charge (paid locally). Internet access in lobby.

Getting there - guideline only

The nearest airports are Innsbruck (124km, approx 1hr 30mins transfer) in Austria, Treviso and Marco Polo Venice (182km, approx 2hr 40mins transfer) in Italy, and Munich (280km, approx 3hr transfer) in Germany.
Airport Transfers by car from Innsbruck in Austria can be arranged for £160 per car (up to 8) each way. Contact hotel reception when booking.

Verona/Valerio Catullo ( VRN) with BA from London Gatwick daily connection. Inexpensive coach transfer with Terravision.

Coach transfers fromTreviso or Marco Polo Venezia airport in Italy are also possible and can be booked online when you book the budget airlines (qualify for a price reduction). They operate on Saturdays and Sundays only and are organized in partnership with Terravision Transfers to Brunico via Dobbiaco. See timetable and book direct online http://www.terravision.eu/dolomite_transfers.html http://www.terravision.eu/dolomite_transfers.html (c.29 euros return) The hotel will happily pick you up from the bus at Dobbiaco.

The nearest train station is: Olang (2hrs 30mins from Innsbruck). IC- and EC-trains stop in Franzensfeste. There you need to change and take the train into the Pustertal valley to Olang. The hotel will be happy to pick you up at the train station.

Austrian train timetable. Train travel: For everything you need to know about any train journey visit Seat Sixty-One.

Innsbruck: EasyJet is increasing the number of flights to Innsbruck this winter from 8 Gatwick flights last season, to up to 14 flights a week from Gatwick, as well as an additional flight each from Bristol and Liverpool, with each airport now operating three direct flights a week. BA are also operating a weekly Saturday flight from London City airport.
Easyjet from London Gatwick (daily), Bristol and Liverpool (3x weekly), London City Airport (Sats)
Flythomascook London Gatwick and Manchester.
Austrian Airlines London Heathrow.
British Airways London Gatwick.

Treviso:
Ryanair London Stansted, Liverpool, Dublin and Shannon.
Easyjet London Gatwick, Bristol and East Midlands.
Lufthansa London Heathrow, Birmingham.

Lowcostseats - internet travel agent for charter flights offering good deals.
Jetnav - an independent website searching schedule services, budget airlines and some charters.
Dohop - searches charter and schedule services.
Travelocity - internet travel agents for schedule services.

Self-drive: Car rental can be booked easily and inexpensively online with Holiday Autos.

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Riding ability

Beginners to advanced riders welcome. Lessons are given throughout the winter in the light sand school. Trekking in the snow is for intermediate and advanced riders. Haflinger ponies are used for the treks; they are well behaved, sure-footed and are familiar with the terrain.
Winter riding is offered subject to weather and snow/ground conditions.

What to bring

Your normal jodhpurs or trousers which can be worn over thick tights with thermals underneath, a warm anorak/coat, gloves, scarf and warm boots and jumper/fleece/long-sleeved t-shirt layers which can be added and removed as required. Although rarely insisted upon outside the UK, you should always wear your hat whilst mounted. Ski balaclava can be worn beneath when required. Although hard hats are available in all our riding establishments, you are advised to bring your own.

Weather

Current weather forecasts for the next five days for Innsbruck can be found here.
General weather patterns for Italy can be found here.

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