Skiing in Val di Fassa
Val di Fassa Ski Resorts Snowboarding & Skiing Holidays in Val di Fassa, Italian Dolomites
Ski holidays in Val di Fassa - this stunning alpine region is in the Ladin speaking part of the Eastern Dolomites and comprises 7 traditional villages, full of charm and character including the resorts of Canazei, Pozza and Moena.
The local ski area of Val di Fassa / Carezza has a total of 59 lifts and 120km of slopes of which 70km are red, 36km blue / green and 12km black. Further down the main valley brings you to the Tre Valli ski area that connects Moena and San Pellegrino providing 100km of slopes and 26 lifts.
As a year-round destination, Val di Fassa offers outdoor adventures in the summer and snow sports during the winter months. With towering peaks, snow and ice, this stunning Dolomiti valley is the ideal place to relax, have fun and enjoy the mix of cultures and traditions of Italy and Austria.
|Val di Fassa Ski Facts|
|No. of Resorts||7|
|Altitude (m)||1454 to 3303|
|Highest mountain||Marmolada - 3,343m|
|Ski season||Nov - May|
Skiing Around Val di Fassa
The ski area enjoys exceptionally good snowfall from late November to the end of April, with an average of nearly 7m of powder every year.
The real surprise is that skiing in Val di Fassa gives direct access to the largest ski system in the world - Dolomiti Superski - with more than 1220km of slopes accessible directly from the village of Canazei, although not all 1220km are lift-linked.
The world famous Sella Ronda - a 24km circular tour of the Gruppo Sella taking in the four Ladin valleys of Val di Fassa, Val Gardena, Val Badia and Arabba, is on your doorstep and suitable for all levels of skier and boarder. With great food and stunning scenery, ski holidays in Val di Fassa or hiking & biking in the summer are ideal for family holidays.
The extent and variety of the beginner terrain across the Val di Fassa ski resorts is superb. There are 24kms of green and blue pistes spread around the 7 ski area of Val di Fassa and making the step to early intermediate opens up endless red pistes.
The wealth of terrain means that intermediates will find plenty of suitable local trails but for even more fun and terrain, the 40km Sella Ronda circuit is on your doorstep. Around the Val di Fassa, some of the more popular red pistes can be found at Belvedere, Col Rodella, Pordoi and the Sella Pass.
Expert skiers will find plenty of challenging off-piste terrain around Val di Fassa. The popular ""wild" tracks are the exhilerating trails through the Val Lasties and Val Mezdi. Starting from Belvedere (the ski area above Canazei), head towards and through the Podrio Pass then take the cable car up to Sass Pordoi at 2,950m. From here, its a long and challenging ride down through Val Lasties and Val Mezdi which should only be attempted in good weather and snow conditions and with a guide.
For more challenging terrain, head to Arabba Marmolada which takes around 40 minutes on ski. The Arraba ski area is accessed by a long intermediate run from the top of Canazei heading down through the Passo Pordoi.
Featured Ski Chalet Rentals
Val di Fassa Ski Holiday Rentals
The valley towns and mountain ski resorts in Val di Fassa are a mix of the old and the new blending rustic chocolate-box chalets in the alpine pastures with new ski-in, ski-out residences and apartments in the mountain resorts. Many of the ski chalets are traditional picture postcard with garages, open log fires and fantastic views of the Dolomites
Wherever you choose to stay in Val di Fassa, the scenery is spectacular and you are never far from the ski lifts and local apres-ski bars and restaurants. The other major benefit of renting a holiday home is that they provide the freedom, flexibility and space to do what you want, when you want - ideal for familes, groups and friends.
Featured Val di Fassa Ski Resorts
Offering a warm and very friendly stay, the Val di Fassa ski resorts provide nothing less than the highest quality in service and fantastic accommodation for you to enjoy on your ski holiday.
Best Things To See & Do
Val di Fassa offers so much variety in terms of what do see and do for all ages. From day trips to one of the nearby lakes to visting one of the other valleys and areas such as Alta Badia, Cortina and Val Gardena.
From cultural events to places of natural beauty, Val di Fassa and the surrounding valleys are a treasure chest of surprises and waiting to be explored. With towering Dolomiti peaks, countless lakes and not to mention the Ladin culture and heritage, the choice is as wide as gets. However there are a few things that you shouldn’t miss during your stay such as...
Spa & Wellness
Try out the new Dolaondes, Aquapark Vidor in Canazei which is now part of the state of the art spa and wellness centre spanning 2,400sqm. The treatments follow the ancient philosophy of bioclimatology used in Roman Baths and include hamman, hydromassage, frigidarium, tepidarium and Finnish sauna to name a few!
Pozza has just opened a new thermal center called QC Terme Dolomiti. This amazing spa is spread over 4,000sqm on 3 floors and includes swimming pools and sensory pools fed from the sulphurous Aloch thermal spring - the only one in Trentino.
Skiing on the Marmolada is not to be missed - from Arabba it takes around 40 mins skiing to the base cable car and then a further 2 cable cars to get to the top. The best known run is the Bellunese from Punta Rocca at 3300m down to Malga Ciapela, a vertical drop of 1800m and 12km long - truly amazing and stunning scenery all the way.
Also on the Marmolada, you can ski the Great War Tour. Between 1915 and 1918, Austrian and Italian troops fought on and around the Marmolada. They dug ice caves for shelter which can still be visited today.
In addition to the Sellaronda, Val di Fassa provides easy access to other ski tours which are less crowded and take you on an adventure through places of natural beauty.
The Panorama Tour that connects Belvedere ski area with Ciampac and Buffaure is a perfect example. This ski tour starts at Canazei and makes its way to Pozza passing through pretty the pretty and charming villages of Rodella, Ciampedie, Buffaure, Lusia and San Pellegrino.
From Canazei, it takes around 1 hour 15 minutes to ski to the bottom of the Marmolada glacier where you'll find the beautiful Sottaguda gorge. This canyon is around 2km long and stretches from Malga Ciapela where you take the cable car up to the top of the Marmolada and the tiny village of Sottoguda. During the winter, the countless waterfalls such as Franzei, freeze making it one of the most popular ice climbing areas in the Dolomites.
For wintertime, Val di Fassa/Carezza skipass offers the chance to ski in the valley, whilst the Dolomiti Superski includes the Sellaronda circuit and the four Ladin valleys.
For summer time, we recommend buying Panoramapass, a summer-edition of the skipass that includes the lifts open in summer in Val di Fassa. This gives you unlimited rides (for the days purchased) on the listed mountain lifts and discounted public transport which is far cheaper than buying your tickets from the lift station.
Our view on Val di Fassa ski holidays
Offering a warm and very friendly stay, the ski resorts in Val di Fassa are excellent value and provide nothing less than the highest quality in service. They are steeped in history and tradition and very welcoming to all guests. Blessed with stunning mountains, excellent cuisine and the largest ski area in the world on their doorstep, the resorts of Val di Fassa are waiting to be explored.