Skiing in Alta Badia

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Italy is beautiful not only in summer, when the sun gilds the skin and the water is deliciously warm. It is also worth visiting them in winter, when they invite tourists to their slopes.

One of the exceptionally attractive places ideal for snow fun is the Alta Badia ski resort, located in the province of Bolzano in northern Italy. It offers some of the most beautiful ski slopes in the Dolomites. It belongs to the region covered by the Dolomitisuperski ski pass and tempts visitors with an exceptionally large number of sunny days, wonderful views and extensive and sunny slopes. It guarantees very good skiing conditions throughout the entire season - from the end of November to mid-April.

The Ladin minority lives in the region and its culture is worth getting to know. Ladinians are very proud of their linguistic identity, they have their own radio and television and a newspaper published in Ladin Dolomitan.

Alta Badia ski resort

Alta Badia is a resort nestled at the foot of the Sella massif, near the town of Corvara. Every year, its attractive location attracts thousands of tourists who want to test their skills on the slopes. There are 130 km of varied slopes served by 52 ski lifts (8 gondolas, 30 chairlifts and 13 T-bar lifts). At altitudes ranging from 1,400 to 2,778 m above sea level, the trails are covered with snow to provide skiers with the best possible conditions for winter sports.

There are 95 total routes, and the longest one is Lagazuoi, 7.2 km long (level difference 1,130 m). The trail allows entry to Passo Falzarego, also known as the Dolomice Road. The Armentarola/San Cassiano route and the Vallon-Corvara route, which is 4.3 km long, are also beautiful. There are 70 km of blue runs, 52 km of red runs and 8 km of black runs. Perfectly organized lifts with a capacity of 76,700 people per hour allow you to quickly get to the slopes.

The resort, together with Val di Fassa, Val Gardena and Arabba/Marmolada, form the huge Sella Ronda carousel. It is a complex of slopes and ski lifts surrounding the Sella mountain range. Experienced skiers can cross four passes throughout the day: Passo Pordoi, Passo Campolongo, Passo Gardena and Passo Sella. We can complete the carousel by moving clockwise or counterclockwise. In the first case, follow the orange signs, and in the second case, follow the green ones.

You should set off on the slopes no later than 10 a.m., otherwise you may miss the last lift, which starts at 3:30 p.m. If we get lost or when we get there it turns out that we are not as fit as we thought and we have completed the route after a long time, we can only use taxis. Unfortunately, they are not cheap. Before hitting the slopes, we should also check the weather and dress warmly - after all, we will spend the entire day on the route.

Ticket prices in Alta Badia in the 2013/2014 season

The Alta Badia resort is dominated by easy and moderately difficult slopes, making it a great place to practice skiing or learn to ride. You can also try carving, i.e. riding on the edges of skis. Beginners or families with children can take the opportunity to go to the Kroplantz station , less than 20 km away. There are specially prepared routes for children, and there are even kindergartens for children from 3 years old.

As mentioned above, the Alta Badia routes are connected with others, creating a huge carousel. If we want to take advantage of the opportunity to stay all day among the landscapes of the Dolomites, we can purchase an appropriate pass. A daily ticket for an adult costs from € 42.00 (in the period 30/11-21/12) to € 52.00 in the peak season, i.e. in the period 22/12-06/01 and 02/02-15/03. Youth will pay from €29.00 to €36.00, while seniors will pay from €38.00 to €47.00. Prices for 1-day ski passes for the Alta Badia resort itself range from €23.00 for children and seniors to €27.00 for adults. A detailed price list of ski passes for the Alta Badia Skipass and Dolomiti Superski Skipass resorts is available at the links above.

However, you cannot think that this is a place only for ski lovers and others will be bored. Nothing like this - you can admire the area during long snowshoe hikes, as well as during a sleigh trip. In summer, tourists can enjoy golf courses, visitors can also ride bikes, horses, and walk along mountain trails.

The charm of the Italian slopes

Apart from its beauty, the advantage of Alta Badia is its location in the heart of the Dolomites. Tourists who choose it will have excellent access to the attractions of other centers, as well as many opportunities to spend time. In the largest town in the region, Corvara, there is an indoor ice rink, and in the intimate Pedraces there is a charming lake on the surface of which you can skate in winter. Guests of the center can also taste local specialties - Ladin cuisine is only seemingly simple and homogeneous. In the past, despised by urban Italians, today, in the era of ecology and attaching great importance to healthy eating, it is gaining great respect.

In Ladin pubs (Herrengröstel) you can try bread soup, krupnik and dumplings in broth, as well as fried dumplings with spinach or cheese. The menu also includes cheese dumplings and tutres, i.e. round pancakes with poppy seeds, sauerkraut or spinach. For dessert, we can order strudel, pancakes with candied fruit or apple cakes. Simple, nutritious and very tasty, they will strengthen us before returning to the slopes.

Ski camper in the Dolomites

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The best campsite in the area is Alta Badia Caravan Park Sexten . This 5-star campsite has everything you could want from a year-round campsite. The campsite has a wonderful SPA center with swimming pools and saunas. There is an outdoor swimming pool and jacuzzi. While at the campsite, children can use the playroom with animations and a cinema for free. The campsite has two restaurants, heated restrooms and a ski room where you can store and dry your ski equipment. There is even a ski equipment rental on site and much more - you can even rent a sled here! We organize camping winter holidays here and a week on the slope in March. If you want to learn more, write to us: [email protected]


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