On a sunny mountain plateau high above the South Tyrol town of Merano, is the ski area of Merano 2000. It’s small by alpine standards, with only 40km of piste, but considers itself a family resort, and does it well, with a children’s area, and good wide-open pistes for progressing onto, enough for cruisy intermediates, plus a famously mild climate. Mountain huts have large sunny terraces – great to keep the kids happy with a hot chocolate.
Visitors stay in the local villages of Avelengo and Verano, or in Merano town itself – the gondola base station is a short shuttle-bus ride away. Staying in the attractive, historical city of Merano makes for a different sort of ski trip, and is a good base from which to explore the area.
Merano 2000 is one of the 15 South Tyrol resorts that have joined together under the Ortler Superski liftpass, and lies right in the middle of the region. As well as the food, drink and budget benefits of staying in a proper-sized town, the area serves tourists well, so there are a lot of active wintery things to do off the slopes, like paragliding, sledging, horse-drawn sleigh rides and ice climbing – good for groups who like variety.