|resort altitude:||from 1235m|
|ski area:||Dolomiti Superski|
|height at summit:||2930m|
Sitting in an area which spans mountains and valleys, stretching up to the Austrian border, the resorts of the Dolimites offer fabulous holiday opportunites. Pretty Italian villages abound with different flavours and styles, steeped in tradition, and surrounded by spectacular views from every angle.
The Italian Dolomites ski area offers more than 1,200km of guaranteed sunny pistes ranging between 1,500 and 3,200 metres of elevation. Dolomiti doesnt receive an abundance of fresh powder, but there are thousands of snowmaking machines across the resorts. And what it doesnt have in the snow stakes it makes up for with beauty. It is so beautiful that it has recently been classified as a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site.
The 12 main ski resorts across the Dolomites ski region are: the exclusive and expensive Cortina dAmpezzo; Kronplatz; Alta Badia; the very popular Val Gardena / Alpe di Siusi; Val di Fassa / Carezza; Arabba / Marmolada; Alta Pusteria; Valle di Fiemme / Obereggen; San Martino di Castrozza / Passo Rolle; Valle Isarco; Trevalli-Moena; and Civetta.
The best way to experience this area is with the Dolomiti Superski Pass which accesses all the ski slopes and the 20 Snowparks that are spread across the Dolomites Superski network.
The Dolomites is famous for two day tours. The Sella Ronda is a 36km loop that goes across four of the ski valleys (Alta Badia, Val Gardena, Val di Fassa and Livinallongo), whilst the Great War Ski Tour (Giro della Grande Guerra) packs in historical landmarks, lots of ski slopes, and even a horse drawn ski lift. See the Dolomites lifts and terrain page for more information.
The Dolomiti Superski area is a massive network of connected slopes which has been revolutionised in recent years by large investment in the lift system and snowmaking. The Dolomiti Superski lift pass covers 460 lifts and around 1100km of pistes, covering areas such as Selva, Arabba and Alta Badia.
Winter activities include:
Summer activities include:
|Eating out:||pretty villages such as Selva, San Cassiano, Arabba, Canizei and Campitello all offer local specialities - Austrian and Italian influence. Upmarket or budget, all kinds of eateries can be found in this enormous area.|
|Apres ski:||the different villages have different different things to offer but generally friendly bars ranging from lively to cosy.|
|Non skiers:||winter walks, snow shoeing, lots of pedestrain gondolas allow non skiers to reach various mountain restaurants. Ortisei is administrative centre of the region and is a lively market town with hot-spring swimming pool and shopping. Innsbruck, Cortina and Bolzano driving distances away.|