Skiing in the Dolomites
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Stunning scenery, superb ski touring
Ski Holidays in the Italian DolomitesVal Gardena, Alta Badia, Val di Fassa, Marmolada, Cortina....
Ski holidays in the Dolomites - situated in the north east of Italy and bordering Austria, the Dolomites are home to arguably the largest ski circus in the world, consisting of 1,220km of skiable terrain served by 450 lifts. They are named after the French mineralogist Déodat Gratet de Dolomieu who was the first to describe the rock. The Dolomites offer a delightful mix of cultures with the ski resorts and mountain villages varying from the cosmopolitan and glitzy, to the traditional and picturesque.
When is the Best Time to Visit
A trip to the Dolomites is great at any time of year with the long hot summers for hiking and mountain biking to the snowy winters. Spring is beautiful as you get the best of both worlds with the valleys hotting up and yet the peaks are still snow capped and with some glaicer skiing still a possibility on the Marmolada. In Autumn, the valleys are golden as the leaves change and the resorts are very quiet. We think this is the best time of year to drive around the Dolomites as the roads are quiet and the high passes open.
Skiing Around The Dolomites
The Dolomiti Superski ski pass provides access to 460 lifts and 1,220 km of pistes across 12 regions:
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Ladino is a language that developed during the Roman times and is a mix of Latin, Italian, French and Spanish. It is spoken in some areas of the Dolomites, Fruili and the Swiss canton of Grigioni. In the Dolomites, Ladino is regularly spoken in the provinces of Bolzano, Trento and Belluno and in terms of ski resorts, you will find it spoken throughout Alta Badia and Val Gardena where Ladino is a compulsory subject in the schools.
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Hiking Trails - Via Ferrata & Alta Vie
During the First World War, one of the front lines ran through the Dolomites which saw heavy fighting between the Italian and Austro-Hungarian forces. There are now open-air war museums at Cinque Torri (Five Towers) in Cortina d'Ampezzo and Mount Lagazuoi which many people visit during the summer and as part of the organised ski tours during the winter. In addition to traditional mountain hiking, the Dolomites have 2 special types of mountain paths:
Created from the troops navigating their way across the region during the war, Via Ferrata are "climbing paths" that have ropes, rope bridges and metal ladders nailed to cliff walls to help the climber and vary in terms of difficulty.
There are a number of long distance footpaths that run across the Dolomites, which are called "Alte vie" (i.e., high paths). Such long trails, which are numbered from 1 to 8, require at least a week to be walked from start to finish and during the walk, you can stay over night in the mountain huts called "Rifugi". The first Alta Vie and, perhaps, most famous is the Alta Via 1.
Our view on the Italian Dolomites
We think the ski resorts in the Italian Dolomites are some of the best kept secrets around. With a great mix of international chic resorts and authentic traditional villages, the Dolomites provide so much choice and variety.
If you are looking for extensive skiing, great food and wine and family friendly ski resorts, the Dolomites should definitely be tried at least once...
The Sella Ronda is one of the most famous skiing circuits, 24km of blue and red pistes that can be skied in either direction around the vast jagged Sella Massif mountain to which many of the Dolomiti ski resorts are connected. The Sella Ronda provides lift-linked access to the valleys of Alta Badia, Val di Fassa and the Val Gardena area, including Val Gardena - Selva where the FIS World Cup down hill is held every year.