There are opportunities to ski during the day while you are in Bressanone. The local ski-area is the Plose. It is a half-hour (uphill) bus-ride from town. There is a free ski-bus to and from town. You need to return on the 1 o'clock bus to be in good time for the conference sessions. The skiing at the Plose is good for beginners and intermediates. There are plenty of snow-cannon so there is usually decent skiing even when there is little real snow (just hope it isn't warm). Conference discounts are available on lift passes and on ski-hire in the shop at the main Plose lift station.www.outsidetelevision.com.
The skiing in the Plose region includes one of the world's longest black descents (at 9km, the longest slope in the South Tyrol). Bressanone has the twin advantages of having it's own first rate ski area at Plose, and in being part of the vast confederation of ski resort on the Dolomiti Superski single lift ticket. The resort's location makes it a good base for excursion to famous ski areas like Val Gardena and the resorts of the Pustertal to make maximum use of the wonderful lift ticket, or indeed to explore near neighbours in Brixen's own Valle Isarco / Eisactal Valley. The Plose skiing is reached by a six-seat gondola lift from the village of St. Andra (S. Andrea), which itself at 961 metres is a 10 km (6 mile) drive up the mountain from the city. There are several other access points higher up and around the mountain.