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Luis on Tour: Toblach - Dobbiaco

on 2012-10-20

In the new episode of our column "Luis on Tour" it's all about South Tyrol and especially the ski jumping hills at Toblach/Dobbiaco.

Luis on tour: A ski jumping hill fan on the road

By Ski Jumping Hill Archive author and photographer Luis Holuch

In this episode of his column “Luis on tour”, Ski Jumping Hill Archive-author and –photograph, Luis Holuch talks about his visit of the hills in the small South Tyrolean town Toblach (Dobbiaco), which is next to the Austrian border. This episode is connected with the episode Seefeld-Innsbruck. The mass of words is not caused by the importance of the hills, but by guiding instructions.
It would be nice to have some feedback! Have fun at reading!!

Trampolini Sulzenhof (K67, K37 and K22) in Toblach/Dobbiaco

We continue our journey from Bergisel at Innsbruck. We are very disappointed one more time, because the Austrian traffic service tells us, that there is still a traffic jam of 8 kilometres at Brenner. But that’s live. Until the villages before Brenner, the traffic goes normal fast. The first difficult situation is at Gschnitztalbrücke near Steinach am Brenner. On the said bridge is a building site, which reduces the highway on a narrow two-lane road. The weather became duller, so the temperature in our car goes a little down. The near we drive to Brenner, the more the highway A13 rises up and we reach Brennersee. Only a few metres and we crossed the border between Austria and South Tyrol (Italy).

Province of South Tyrol:

South Tyrol is the northernmost province of Italy and with the region of Trentino Alto Adige is (roughly the equivalent to our states). The state capital is Bolzano with about 104,000 inhabitants. The term "country" has existed since 1972, shortly after reaching South Tyrol autonomy. In South Tyrol there is a rarity, namely three official languages: German, Italian and Ladin. Ladin is a Romance language council, kind of a dialect, which is spoken by 4.3% of the population. This group lives in the Dolomites of South Tyrol. The official names of the region are: “Autonome Provinz Bozen – Südtirol“ (German), “Provinicia Autonoma Bolzano – Alto Adige“ (Italian) and “Provinzia Autonoma de Balsan/Bulsan – Südtirol“. Overall, South Tyrol has 507,657 inhabitants spread over 7,400 square kilometers. This results in a population density of 69 people / km.

The most important political office is the so-called “Landeshauptmann”; he is the chairman of the Government. This office has held since 1989 by Alois "Luis" Provincial Government of the South Tyrolean People's Party. South Tyrol is bounded in north by Brenner and in south by Weinstraße and Trient. The west is the large Vinschgau and east is Pustertal, the biggest valley of South Tyrol. The largest rivers are the Adige, Rienz and Eisack. The highest mountain is called Ortler and is 3905 metres above sea level.

The main autoroute is the A22, the Brenner motorway, which leads up to Modena. In addition, there are numerous state highways as the SS49, the Pustertalerstraße (Via Pusteria). The province has produced numerous celebrities, such as Reinhold Messner and Hans Kammerlander (both mountaineers and extreme alpinists), Markus Lanz (ZDF host), Christof Innerhofer (skier), Konrad Beikircher (comedian, writer and musician) and Luis Trenker (actor, 1892-1990).

At Brenner Pass is still fairly liquid traffic and still, as it goes into the tunnel. When we went out there, the sunlight shines very intensive, so we put on our sunglasses. The road bends to the right and even the traffic jam is seen at the toll Vipiteno Sterzing. There, all travellers drag a toll ticket as the roads belong to the state and they are it does not free provided.

The ticket is then pushes the exit, the one chooses in a switch and there he learns the amount you must pay to use. We need about another 20 miles to our exit, I know since I was born, as we go almost every year in the Dolomites. Soon we will have to exit "Brixen - Bressanone / Val Pusteria - Dolomites" achieved. From there you can see the town of Brixen very good, as the local mountain, the Plose (2500m above sea level), which is also a 42 km large ski area.

Shortly after a left turn is already the tollbooth. We give our ticket to the staff and look at the display. We must pay € 3.20, which is calculated from the exit number, which you have passed. I submit my father the money because he has to go on because finally the barrier is only a few seconds at the top after the tollbooth. By now the traffic is very smooth and we are progressing very well. The area offers a once nothing spectacular until the first capital of the Pusteria Muhlbach-Rio di Pusteria. Pusteria road runs parallel to the Rienz. About 10 kilometers from Mühlbach is the place Kiens, right on the street. He is virtually the gateway to the Kronplatz.

Kronplatz/Plan de Corones:

The Kronplatz/Plan de Corones is the No. 1 South Tyrol's ski mountain. With its 116 km of slopes, divided on 32 lifts, it offers ski fun for everyone. It does not matter, if you are a beginner, who starts practicing in the valley villages or an expert, who wants to have fun on the BLACK FIVE – you will surely find your perfect ski day. Especially the five slopes down to valley to Bruneck-Reischach/Brunico-Riscone, Olang / Valdaora, Geiselsberg / Sorafurcia, St. Vigil / San Vigilio di Marebbe, Pikkolein / Piculino and the new departure for Percha / Perca are recommending. By rebuilding the train station in Percha and integrating the valley station of the cabin car “Ried – Gipfelbahn”, it is possible to drive through Val Pusteria by train in 45 minutes. So, you reach all the important ski areas of the valley by the train. More information is available at

Our goal is Taisten/Tesido at the entrance of Gsieser Valley. It lies on the east side of the Kronplatz and is about 45 kilometers away from Brixen. The village itself is situated at about 1100 meters and is dubbed as the sun village. Together with the larger place Welsberg it forms the municipality Welsberg-Taisten/Monguelfo-Tesido.

So we pass the exit to St. Vigil in Enneberg-Gadertal/San Vigilio di Marebbe-Val Gardena and even to the road rises and makes a wide berth around the town of Brunico. This section has happened quickly and the road now leads through a tunnel. Get out of the, the Kronplatz is no longer visible, only the foothills, where at this time is still the new runway Ried is built. The passing of the northeast side of the Kronplatz takes a lot of time and so we are absolutely thrilled when we see the first parts of Olang. This is the valley town on the east side and for us an indication that there will not be too far.

From the entrance here it is again about 7 kilometres until we reach the exit Casies. By a roundabout we come to Welsberg. We then turn left just before the Total petrol station turn left and it starts a radical pitch. It appears a blue sign with the distances are at all locations Casies. Tesido: 2 km. So it should not be far. Of course we take the first exit and go one kilometre into the place, and my father has a direct course for the ski lift Guggenberg standing on the edge of the village on a mountain. The Stoffnerhof, our goal, is to be on a mountain pasture in Taisten. I remain sceptical, as I sit up front, I start to take the initiative and seek out the travel documents.

After a brief orientation, we go back to the Casies road and look out for this village. And indeed, this appears to just 3 kilometers away. We turn left and continue on a road that leads through the woods first. We turn once more from left to drive up to the mountain. The terrain is slightly hilly, but very spacious and well manageable. Following a tip, it is flat and we see a large stone with the inscription "Stoffnerhof". So, here we are right!


The Stoffnerhof lies above the meadows of Taisten and offers excellent views of the Kronplatz and is a so-called "Holiday Bauernof" operation. There are a total holiday apartments that are rented. The farm is leaded by Famile Bachmann, who lives, beside the grandma Maria, on the ground floor; grandma Maria lives on the first floor. Familie Bachmann consist (except the grandma) of mother Bernadette, father Paul and the three children Daniela, Fabian and Johannes. The family is very attentive to the well-being of guests and concerned milk and jam (from own production) and rolls to the food supply. The atmosphere is very informal and relaxed. Also cooking Tyrolean specialties can be learned. We have eaten in the summer once in the evening to Bachmann and the Easter holiday in 2012 to one more time. It’s very recommending! More information at

After we got our room and shown moved in, we drove quickly to buy something for the next few days. On the third day the weather is very cloudy and so we decide to go on to San Candido near the border. The course calls me on the scene, because it's all about Dobbiaco. If we drive there, I would have visited the first of the two ski jumping facilities in our area.

My father suggested to visit the venue on the way back and I agree. San Candido, we got into a big shower, a walk as we go. We take refuge in a café and eat there tiramisu. When the rain subsides a little, we run across the city to the station where we parked our car. Kladdernass we arrive there and take off our jackets that we had not used, no rain would come up, because it's still so are around 18 degrees Celsius.

The ski jumps of Toblach:

The way from San Candido is only about 4 kilometres, which are passed quickly. The day before, I had addressed Paul, as he took a break from his work, if he knew the where hills are. He told me, that they are placed in Val San Silvestro. I believed that, and tried to explain that to my father, but without the cards it was difficult, especially since our navigation system shows only the main roads, but not the smaller roads.

We find the valley relatively quickly, as we go down the principle of the Touristinformation straight. The entrance to the valley is actually quite woody and therefore I see only dimly the jumps. We go to the village and we are already at the side of the hills. I go out alone this time, because the area is impassable and, due to the previous chill, quite humid. Therefore, I hasten this time also, because I do not want that the others have to wait too long and would like to rid myself of my wet clothes.

I sprint up the largest ski jump, which is a very beautiful wood construction. You can see just how the pictures a little overgrown. On the steps that lead down to the start I'm still very safe, even when I am faced with the jump-off on the hill. Then it's pretty much parallel to the slope and also more steeply to the small hills. I pass relatively sure the judges tower, but then it is critical for the first time, mainly because no railing to see and only a small trail leads to K37.

Once there I slide down the makeshift stage and have already concerns, as I sit at the bar, which is the year there. Luckily, I'll sit on it and get this time down safely. Then I hop across country to marginally smaller K22 to the last part, however, leads a regular walk with railings. This suggests that this jump is widely used. This can be substantiated and the back of the judges’ tower aligned with the far more windows, as well as at the clubhouse of the SC Toblach, which stands at the outrun.

Very nice was also still the circular walk around the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, which one, is when you're in the area, a MUST made!
That's it for this time!

Luis Holuch

Ski Jumps:

ITA Toblach


Kronplatz / Plan de Corones



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