Tom Ransome-Jones

Tom Ransome-Jones

Sunshine Skiing in the South Tyrol: Val di Fassa

gmw-blk-non-cmykThe 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:

Sunshine Skiing in the South Tyrol: Corvara & Colfosco

Sunshine Skiing in the South Tyrol: Kronplatz

Part Three: Val di Fassa

The Skiing

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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’s perfect for beginners, who can get their 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.
  • Mile Munchers can 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. Check in with your rep for more details.

The Villages

Canazei

Home to our Crystal Childcare, Canazei is the perfect choice for families, and the bustling feel and lively après 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.

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The home run into Canazei.

Campitello

Great skiing with a quieter feel to the resort. Access into the Sella Ronda ski 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 après. 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.

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Getting some altitude in the Dolomites.

Eating Out

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.

Après

Val di Fassa boasts a great selection of après bars in its villages that attract visitors from other parts of the Sella Ronda and the world. The regions proximity to Austria shows itself in-particular in Canazei, where you’ll find loads of unpretentious Austrian-style bars with excellent atmosphere. Check out the resort information on our website for more info.

Who’s It For?

Val di Fassa’s for everyone, really. The ski area is massive and diverse, the après can be as laidback or as lively as you like it, and Crystal Childcare is available in Canazei. What’s more, there’s plenty to get up to besides hitting the piste, including ice skating, bowling and cross-country skiing making it as perfect a prospect for families as it is for mixed-ability groups or troupes of seasoned skiers.

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