The ancient peaks of Italy’s Dolomites are dramatic silver-grey canvases for the elements, reflecting the ever-changing hues of the skies. Come winter, fresh powder dusts the UNESCO World Heritage-listed mountain range and the area becomes a sprawling playground for snow-lovers. Encompassing 12 diverse ski resorts and over 745 miles of pistes, the Dolomiti Superski area enables visitors to combine picturesque skiing with the rich cultural heritage of South Tyrol, Trentino and Veneto.
The Alpine border territory maintains a genuinely unique identity, in addition to presenting deliciously distinctive cuisine. Whether you’re looking to relax after a day on the mountain or seeking an exciting new adventure, we’ve rounded up the best Dolomites ski resorts for every traveller.
The self-styled ‘Queen of the Dolomites’, Cortina d’Ampezzo is encircled by an extravagant citadel — towering shards of rock that turn apricot, gold, pink and lilac at dawn and sunset. Simply riding the Cortina Skyline lift is an adventure. It whisks riders over dense forest to the spectacular Cinque Torri area and Falzarego Pass, a former First World War battle zone. Next, head up to the peak of Mount Lagazuoi for the scenic five-mile-long Armentarola red piste, which ends with a magical horse-drawn tow (for a small extra cost).
Keep going, and you can ski over approximately 31 miles across the Dolomiti Superski area, through eight villages and four distinct ski areas. Beyond the slopes, Cortina also has a range of other activities on offer, from snow kiting and cross-country skiing to fat-biking and ice climbing.
Alta Badia comprises six picturesque villages clustered at the base of the Sella massif in the heart of the Dolomiti Superski region. The valley has earned a reputation as the culinary epicentre of the Alps, a pathway forged by the acclaimed chef Norbert Niederkofler — who earned three Michelin stars (as well as a Michelin Green Star for sustainability) for St Hubertus restaurant at the Rosa Alpina Hotel. Alta Badia's culinary reputation is upheld by the likes of Andrea Irsara at the Gourmet Hotel Gran Ander, Simon Tirel at Hotel Diana and Michael Niederkofler’s Ütia Crëp de Munt.
Food-lovers don’t even have to wait until sundown for the gourmet fun to start, with decadent lunches on offer at the many cosy mountain huts that pepper Alta Badia’s ski slopes. Some of these, including Club Moritzino, receive daily seafood deliveries (try the squid ink taglioni with clams and scallop carpaccio). Visit during the annual ‘Taste for Skiing’ event to try special dishes created by Michelin-starred chefs.
Europe’s largest high alpine pasture, Alpe di Siusi (also known as Seiser Alm) is a place of Arcadian beauty. Ringed by the
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Of the key Alpine ski destinations, Italy offers the best value for money. Here, an espresso can cost €1.50 (£1.30) a shot, and a piste-side plate of pasta €10-15 (£9-13), items that are often 70-100% dearer in the A-list ski areas of France. And a peak-week, February half-term holiday in a three-star hotel can come in less than €1,745 (£1,500) per person half board, including flights and transfers. And that’s not taking some back-of-beyond resort as a point of comparison, either: all these prices are available in or around Canazei in Val di Fassa, part of the vast Dolomiti Superski area. On its doorstep, more than 300 miles of perfectly groomed pistes spin off the central Sella Ronda circuit; explore the area’s outer limits and that total hits 745 miles.
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