The Dolomiti Superski is one of the biggest ski areas in the world, but with great size, comes great difficulty in finding specific information.To help you get the great Italian ski holiday you want and deserve, here’s the first part in a new series designed to help you deconstruct the Dolomites.
For parts one & two, check out:
Part Three: Val di Fassa
For starters, there’s a lot of it. Val di Fassa’s resorts all sit comfortably on the Sella Ronda circuit – part of the Dolomiti Superski, Europe’s largest ski area. The sheer size of the region means you can’t fail to find something to suit you. For example:
- Canazei is perfect for beginners, who can find their ski legs on the village slope before taking the Belvedere gondola to the wide, sweeping runs at Pecol.
- Canazei and Campitello both have direct access to the famous Sella Ronda. This route encircles the Sella Massif and is the perfect way to explore the wider Dolomiti Superski region.
- Also from Canazei, you can reach the Marmolada Glacier, AKA the Queen of the Dolomites. The glacier sits at over 3,300m altitude, so has a great snow record and an equally great range of black and red runs, perfect for thrill seekers. For advanced skiers, check out nearby Arabba, too – its north-facing slopes provide some of the most challenging skiing in the Dolomites.
- Rack up some distance on a Ski Away-day to the Hidden Valley. Here you’ll be able to capture views of a stunning frozen waterfall and cross the iconic Cinque Torri and Lagazuoi Mountain. With your Area lift pass, you’ll get 1 free day to experience this uniquely stunning setting.
Canazei is the perfect choice for families and the bustling feel and lively apres make it a great choice for groups too. The Belvedere ski area above the resort is rich in red runs, and you’ve got easy access to neighbouring Arabba in the form of the Sella Ronda circuit.
Great skiing with a quieter feel to the resort. Access into the Sella Ronda ski area is easy – head up the Col Rodella cable car and you’re in the thick of it. The skiing is slightly mellower than Canazei with lots of wavy blues topped off with plenty of decent reds. The nightlife is pretty chilled and shops and restaurants are a little limited. A skiers resort.
Pozza di Fassa
The laidback sibling, with comparatively relaxed skiing and chilled-out apres. The local ski area is the smallest of the three, with just a handful of blues and reds – although the scenic tree-lined red from Buffaure is definitely not to be missed. To make up for its relative distance from the Sella Ronda proper, Pozza is the only Val di Fassa village to offer night-skiing. Give it a try on Wednesday and Friday evenings.
Val di Fassa has an amazing range of restaurants across the different villages. From award-winning haute cuisine to traditional family-run eateries and pizzerias, there’s something for everyone. The prices are generally very good too. For a comprehensive guide to restaurants in Val di Fassa, check out the resort info on our website.
Val di Fassa boasts a great selection of apres bars in its villages that attract visitors from other parts of the Sella Ronda and the world. The region’s proximity to Austria comes to light in Canazei, where you’ll find loads of Austrian-style bars with excellent atmosphere. Check out the resort information on our website for more info.
Who’s It For?
Val di Fassa is for everyone, really. The ski area is massive and diverse and the apres can be as laidback or as lively as you like it. What’s more, there’s plenty to get up to besides hitting the piste including ice skating, bowling and cross-country skiing, making it ideal for families, mixed-ability groups or troupes of seasoned skiers alike.
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