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Alta Badia skiing Italy

Alta Badia Family Ski Vacation Guide - Dolomites Italy

Cortina l Alta Badia l Arabba Marmolada l Kronplatz l Plose l Gitschberg Jochtal l Val Gardena

Alta Badia is the heart of the interconnected Dolomite Super Ski Region with some of the best family skiing, fun parks, swift lifts, and the best ski villages at the base – like Corvara, San Cassiano, Colfusco, and La Villa. While the entire Dolomite ski region is 1,200 kilometers and 450 ski lifts, the Alta Badia area is 130 kilometers of skiing served by 53 lifts. Alta Badia makes up a significant part of the popular Sellaronda tour that circles the great massif Sella, so the scenery here is extraordinary. Often you are skiing on high plateaus, between 1,500 and 2,100 meters elevation on average.

Alta Badia’s scenery is extraordinary as you ski around the legendary Dolomite sheer steep limestone peaks with miles of ski trails and loads of ski lifts in every direction. Alta Badia is also known for sunshine, and 40 on mountain huts serving lunch and drinks - with huge sun decks for relaxing in the afternoon. With pop music playing and an aperitif in hand – this is Italy after all... La Dolce Vita.

Alta Badia is a wonderful maze of lifts, terrain parks, trails, even a ski cross course and BMW race run. Colfusco is a pleasant ski area with a dozen gently pitched runs, sunny and protected with fantastic dolomite peaks in every direction. Edelweiss and Forcelles offer some fun ski runs that are not on the Sella Ronda route but well worth exploring. There is beautiful skiing at Col Alt, La Brancia and Pralongia, with a few trails each served by high capacity chairlifts on these upper mountain areas, and an occasional poma mixed in.

Alta Badia is highly scenic, with a great variety of ski trails from blue (easy) on the upper mountain plateaus, to red and black (most difficult) – the US equivalent of green (easy), blue (intermediate) and black (difficult). Because Alta Badia includes sections that are part of the Sellaronda, it does get busy with lift lines, however there are plenty of ski lifts and trails not part of the network where you can enjoy long runs without crowds. When you do the Sellaronda – skiing 42 kilometers round the Sella massif in one day using 14 lifts, the ski village of Corvara or Colfusco are very convenient starting points.

For 4-star lodging near the ski slope in San Cassiano, the Hotel Ciasa Salares is family friendly with a beautiful spa, excellent dining and great mountain views - family owned and operated for 5 generations. A family ski trip to Alta Badia should include skiing Val Gardena, Arabba, and Marmolada, and Val Di Fassa – which are all connected by lift in the Dolomite Super Ski Region.

Alta Badia Ski Stats:
130 kilometers of ski trails, 90 kilometers of snowmaking
53 ski lifts among many separate ski areas: Sorega, Bloch, La Brancia, La Villa, Col Alt, Pralongia, Corvara, Colfusco, Edelweiss, Forcelles,
40 on mountain chalets and restaurants
See Photos of Skiing Alta Badia

Cortina l Alta Badia l Arabba Marmolada l Kronplatz l Plose l Gitschberg Jochtal l Val Gardena

All Stories by Heather Burke
All Photography by Greg Burke
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