The “Ganischger’s ¾ board Plus+” leaves no wish unfulfilled

With the “Ganischger’s ¾ Board Plus+” you have free choice for your culinary well-being not only in our Hotel. According to your desires and your rhythm, without stress, you can enjoy the best from our kitchens at the Gardoné, Ganischgeralm and Platzl Mountain Lounge. Nothing can stop you from enjoying the most varied holiday experience “As you like it”

„Live what you love and only as you like it“

In the heart of the Dolomites, in the quaint Eggental, surrounded by Catinaccio / Rosengarten and Latemar, once upon a time, lived the „Ganis“, known far and wide for their warm hospitality.

The „Ganis“ created a comfortable kingdom in one of the most beautiful places, surrounded by meadows and peace, where they had the chance to cuddle their guests and to surprise them every day. And, because the Ganis were a lively and popular company, fun-loving and never bored, they found several “secret places” where to take their guests to offer them great music and plenty of entertainment.

People came from miles around to spend funny and relaxing moments with the „Ganis“

One day a stranger arrived in Eggental. He had already travelled half the world, but until then, he never found what he was looking for: the perfect combination between variety and peace, luxury and nature, pleasure and simplicity. Restless he walked on the shores of Carezza Lake, where, suddenly a fairy appeared from the turquoise waves of the lake. Shaking her head, she looked at him and talked to him in a crystal clear voice:

„Live what you love, create your space,

for your dreams, enjoy every moment,

with all the senses, only as you like it …

The stranger was first taken aback, but then he realized that this was the key to his goal. And suddenly he felt arrived and ready to fully enjoy his life.

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Historical ski Obereggen on the Ponzen: lots of skill and fun. And the goal is the Olympics 2026

Every year on Shrove Tuesday, some friends meet in Obereggen to make the ski area unsafe on the axes of wine barrels - "Ponzen" in South Tyrolean dialect. With: Markus and Andreas of the Ganischgerhof.

Martin Zelger, deprives his audience of any illusions. Involve women? Speak in dialect? Be short? “Of course, I cannot satisfy these unsustainable requests,” he says at the official press conference of the club for the conservation of historical skiing, which is popularly called “Ponzen” here in Val d’Ega. Martin is the spokesman for the “Ponzen”, whose main task is to speak with his cheerful people in the snow, who is sitting in front of him on two beer tables, having fun and vigorously applauding. And with Martin’s speech on the state of the nation, it quickly becomes clear that everything is far from serious here.

For all those who are not native speakers of South Tyrol: a barrel is called Ponze and its boards represented the world for the winter sports fans of the time – because they were a great way to glide on the snow. Because at some point in Obereggen there were no more races to preserve the tradition, some brave people decided to meet on Shrove Tuesday every year to go skiing for a day with their Ponzen.

This is Historical ski Obereggen!

Andreas Pichler is one of the few who attended all the appointments, which reached its 20th year this year. Wake on his “Ponzen – bridal”, which, when parallel to each other, form a heart and intertwined wedding rings. The wedding date is engraved behind the attack, but covered in snow. “Too long,” she said as his Ponzen friends laughed. But Andreas is pretty damn fast and wins the speed race at a breathtaking pace and with a loud roar: a carriage ride from the Empircher Laner Alm to the Absam Stüberl. It becomes clear to everyone that the carnival event is a lot of fun, but skiing in leather pants, wool socks and mountain boots is a big mess. “The axes have no edges, we move the weight with the help of the stick”, explains Markus Pichler that like Andreas, has been present since the first edition. Markus shows his ski pole, which is as big as a fence pole and has already been heavily sanded by the snow. “Anyone who observes a skier on the “Ponzen” will understand that there is a need for a lot of skill, balance and strength. And some on the slopes, who generally use with the ultra-modern skis, have difficulty keeping up during the Historical ski Obereggen!

The skiing on the “Ponzen” causes a sensation. So much so that even a television team from RAI Alto Adige is accompanying the 20th anniversary. “Later on, we would like to ski a little more elegantly – in the style of a ski instructor,” Martin says to the camera, raising his shot a little. Especially since the program includes some “punctures” – or to put it plainly: some pit stops at the bar. Then, they fervently sing their secret national anthem or the song of the mountain wanderers, accompanied by mountain musicians, a blue sky and a magnificent panorama.

Or they are preparing “for a particularly long stage”, as stated by the Ponzen cashier, Otti, when there is no possibility of a “puncture” between two lifts on the way to the Zischgalm. Otti manages the so-called “Lost Fund” and therefore accompanies one of the most important functions of the Ponzen association. Although the skiers on the Ponzen who are on the track this day, actually they have no problem finding mountain huts managers or skiers who can offer a ride.

That’s why Martin, the Ponzen spokesman, believes that his function with the huge cowbell he carries is equally indispensable. “My bell is the most important tool ever,” he says. We need the “Zomleitn”, which should encourage the departure and counting – even if today, the 14 men have failed to count beyond 7. However, these trifles are not noteworthy for the association of the “Ponzen”. The goals are ambitious. In 2026, when the Winter Olympics are held in the Dolomites, they want to fight for medals and they created FIP specifically for this: the Italian Ponze Federation. And if the extremely unlikely event that didn’t work with the Olympics, it wouldn’t have been so tragic in the end. Not least because Martin in an interview with RAI Südtirol states: “We are already married to the girls we once wanted to amaze with our Ponzen”. And what is an Olympic medal in comparison?

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