In the heart of Italy’s spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Dolomite mountains, Val di Fassa is a deep wooded valley, surrounded by the towering snow-capped peaks of the Sella Massif and the magnificent Marmolada glacier.
It is one of the most picturesque parts of the 1,220km Dolomiti Superski area, with a row of villages strung out along the valley floor, with ready access to the 7 local ski areas – Fedaia-Marmolada Glacier, Buffaure-Ciampac (Pozza, Alba di Canazei), Col Rodella-Belvedere (Campitello, Canazei, Sella Pass, Pordoi Pass), Vigo-Catinaccio (Ciampedie), Carezza, Alpe Lusia (Lusia, Bellamont) San Pellegrino (San Pellegrino Pass, Falcade) sharing 210 km of pistes, over 80 lifts and with 95% snowmaking cover.
Reached via several airports, including Innsbruck in Austria, Venice and Bolzano, which is just 40km away, Val di Fassa is a great choice for skiers and snowboarders looking to experience the best of the Dolomites – the skiing, the cuisine and the wonderful scenery.
Make the most of your holiday here with these top experiences…
The first time many skiers discover the Val di Fassa is as part of the 42km Sella Ronda, the ski circuit considered one of the most beautiful in the world.
But what makes the Fassa Valley really special is the possibility of skiing every day in a different area. Among the obvious highlights is the chance to ski the Marmolada glacier, the 3,343m ‘Queen of the Dolomites’.
You can also discover the natural beauty of Val di Fassa simply by walking along its winter trails, in silence and constant contact with unspoilt nature. Snowshoe guided excursions, in woods and along mountain trails, guided by local experts are aimed at offering a peaceful alternative to skiing, and are suitable for all abilities, even by beginners.
Views and cuisine
Visit one of the many mountain restaurants (Rifugios) and you can enjoy delicious regional dishes and scenic views. A particular highlight is the Col dei Rossi viewpoint, at 2,382m, offering unparalleled views of the Marmolada Glacier.
Great food can be found all over the Val di Fassa, from traditional mountain eateries to Michelin-starred restaurants in the valley.
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The Val di Fassa is one of the centres of Ladin culture, which is integral to this region. The Ladin Museum in San Giovanni di Fassa offers, many opportunities to get in touch with the Ladin cultural heritage and traditions. If you’re here in January, take part in the Ladin carnival that fills the streets of the valley’s villages with spectacular costumes and masks.
For a chance to unwind, visit the Aquatic Center ‘Dòlaondes’ and Wellness center ‘Eghes’ in Canazei, offering various facilities such as Turkish bath, sauna and hot whirlpools. Then there’s the Terme Dolomia, a natural thermal spa with sulphurous water, and QC Terme Dolomiti in Pozza di Fassa, a perfect combination of peace and harmony for the senses.
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