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Our trip was part- funded by Crystal Ski. Package for two adults and two children including flights to Verona, transfers to Hotel Grand Paradiso, ski equipment, tuition and ski passes is about ¤ 4,000, travelling in March.
Dining in Passo Tonale is mainly casual and cheerful, with a few evening options in the village. On the slopes there is a good selection of self- service restaurants, including the nicely appointed Malga Valbiolo, at the intersection of a long meandering blue and a couple of manageable reds. At the bottom of the mountain Serodine is a family- run lunchtime institution where organised chaos and great- value pizza prevail.
With live bands and two- for- one beer offers between about 4pm and 6pm, La Baracca is a good central spot for some lively après ski.
In the village La Botte is a cosy bar, with reasonably priced food and very friendly staff. It’s also a base for some of the Crystal events.
A drink at the Sky Bar at the top of the Presena glacier is a must – so high it’s almost otherworldly.
Ski gear is expensive, but you need it. We bought all our gear from a huge selection on the Decathlon website. Delivery is free over ¤ 50, and the quality was excellent for our needs.