Located in the Fassa Valley and on the Sella Ronda circuit, which takes in Alta Badia and Val Gardena regions. Canazei is a very attractive, lively roadside village set below well forested slopes.
The Fassa Valley's skiing truly does have something for everyone with a wide choice of friendly, intimate ski areas for all standards. All have excellent snowmaking cover and most have modern lifts. For example the Catinaccio ski area above Vigo di Fassa had a new quad chair with bubble cover installed on the Pian Pecei-Pra Martin. It does not always follow that the larger ski areas have access to the tougher skiing, as one of the smaller sections above Alba has a third of its 15 km graded black and one of the region's toughest runs, the 3 km long Pista Ciampac with a 658m vertical. All of the ski areas are linked by free ski bus (also free for non skiers). From Canazei it is possible to reach the ski areas of Belvedere-Pordoi Pass, Ciampac and Fedaia-Marmolada, from Campitello the ski area of Col Rodella-Sella Pass, from Vigo and Pozza di Fassa the ski areas Catinaccio, Buffaure / Aloch famous for the night skiing and Carezza, finally Moena offers the ski area Tre Valli with its famous tour. Canazei is the only major resort in the Fassa Valley truly located on the Sella Ronda circuit with access to Corvara, Colfosco and Arabba all very straight forward, even more so in recent years thanks to the replacement of old surface tows with modern fast chair-lifts plus the installation of comprehensive snow making. Off piste routes are popular in the area, but you would be wise to go with a ski school class or employ a mountain guide for safety. The most famous off piste runs include Laste/Lusia, Sass Pordoi/Val Lasties, over at the Marmolada glacier and at Passo S. Pellegrino/Col Margherita. Night skiing is available on the Pista Aloch ski stadium above Pozza di Fassa. It is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 20.30 - 23.00 hours and has a 2.7 km length. The Fassa Valley and all surrounding ski areas are part of the giant Dolomiti Super-ski ticket remains the world's largest fully interchangeable lift pass covering around 1200 km of trails and some 500 lifts above more than 50 villages. There is a local Fassa Valley only ski ticket which has a slightly lower cost.
Val di Fassa makes an especially big effort for families - trying to offer everything a family could need, including childcare, play facilities and special low price package deals. The friendly villages and small individual ski areas with gentle slopes are also good for kids. Each area has its own children's ski area (many with special snow parks on sunny slopes) and/or nursery. In Alba there's the new "Mini Club Tananai", in Canazei a new home for "Kinderland", in the Fraine resort at Pera there' the "Park Bimbo Neve" and at Vigo di Fassa the "Kinder Park Ciampedie". Moena has "Babylandia". All take children from age 3 or 4 , except Tananai, which can take children from age one. Ask bout the Ski Special for Kids program which offers week long holidays at selected hotels with free accommodation, meals and skipass for children aged under eight and 50% off for children aged 8 to 12 at certain hotels. Fiabilandia, a new babypark in Moena open summer and winter, offers to its little guests a lot of games, baby dance, mini-club, snowtubing and other recreational facilities.
A highlight of Canazei for most visitors is the hospitality of the local Ladin people and the exquisite food and wine Two popular choices are Pizzeria Italia, El Pael or the Kaiserstube. A new area to eat is Wine & Dine at Hotel Croce Bianca, where visitors can enjoy a buffalo steak and good choice of wine.
Canazei is pretty lively with plenty of bars serving fairly priced food and drink. The Esso Bar is cool, small and intimate with a mix of locals and international guests. Husky Pub in Canazei and the Speckheller are also both highlights. Other popular spots include the Montanara Bar, the Stua dei Ladins and the new apres - ski Paradis. Evening alternatives include tubing, indoor ice-skating and a swimming pool complex with Turkish baths.
Snowboarders are welcome in the whole region and will enjoy the morn uplift provided to whisk them up the slopes. In terms of terrain parks there's a half pipe, boardercross and snowboard terrain park at Canazei, Belvedere; a second boardercross ski area at Col Rodella / Campitello and a new snowboard park at San Pellegrino. Thanks to the Dolomiti Superski ticket it is possible to reach more terrain parks in Alta Badia and Val Gardena.