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Skiing in Italy – introducing the Dolomites

So the question to answer is, ‘why go skiing in Italy?’

Well, the Dolomiti Superski ski area offers some of Europe’s best skiing, over 1200 kilometers of piste, 300 days of sunshine and practically guaranteed snow. Do I have your attention?

How about if I told you that the mountains literally change colour as evening descends and that some of the highest peaks rise above 3000m. Need even more persuasion?

What if I told you that skiing in the Dolomites usually works out cheaper than the other established options of France, Switzerland and Austria.

‘Enough,’ I hear you shout, ‘tell us more!’

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Digging a little deeper, it’s not hard to see why the Dolomiti Superski is such a popular ski holiday destination. The slopes offer an excellent range of beginner slopes and competition level pistes for those seeking a real challenge – the Dolomites play host to an annual World Cup event held in the Val Gardena called the Saslong race.

To give you a real feel for what the Dolomites have to offer, here’s a brief breakdown of three top Dolomiti Superski resorts to consider. (Remember, wherever you go in the Dolomiti Superski area, one lift pass will give you access to over 1,200 kilometres of piste!)

1) Selva

Selva is one of the best and most popular resorts in the South Tyrol area of the Italian Dolomites – and with good reason. A ski holiday here will see you spoilt for choice with easy access to the extensive ski area, with cross country trails and with the slopes catering for every standard of skier. With the famous Sella Ronda – a 40 kilometre circular tour – at the heart of the experience, you won’t possibly manage to fit everything in with just one trip!

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Despite being in Italy, Selva (and the other South Tyrol resorts) doesn’t feel Italian, with the food and accommodation (as well as the language you’re likely to hear) having a distinct Austrian feel. The atmosphere here really does buzz.

For more information visit our Selva resort page.

2) Canazei (Val di Fassa)

We think it’s one of the most beautiful places to ski in Europe (supported by the fact that this valley and in fact most of the Dolomites were classed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2009). Snowboarders are also drawn to this village with easy access to the Sella Ronda as well as the snowboard park above Canazei in the Belvedere area.


Being further south than Selva, Canazei definitely offers the true Italian experience in the Dolomites (eg: the food and language). With the longest run clocking in at 9 kilometres, almost 90% snow making coverage and almost two dozen restaurants to choose from, Canazei offers something for everyone.

For more information about Canazei visit our Val di Fassa resort page.

3) Pozza (Val di Fassa)

Based in the region of Trentino, Pozza di Fassa is a small village with a lot to offer. Pozza is one of the most well connected areas of the Dolomites (something it shares with the other major villages and towns of Val di Fassa; Canazei and Campitello) with almost instant access to the wide-open slopes beneath the Sella Brunech. It’s also very easy to reach the ski area known as the Rosengarten by taking a short trip on the road train (a five minute trip on a small tourist like train that winds up the road to Pera), which makes a great day out for intermediate skiers wanting a change of scenery.


For more information on Pozza visit our  Val di Fassa resort page.

If you’ve been to the Dolomiti Superski area before you’ll know just how good the skiing can be. But this ski and snowboard paradise offers so much more. Why not tell us your experiences, your favourite places and best-kept secrets (everyone’s got one!)

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