Dolomiti Superski, Italy

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Ski holidays in the Dolomiti Superski Area

With iconic craggy peaks, cruisey groomers and world-cup descents – not to mention the Sella Ronda and Marmolada glacier, the Dolomiti Superski is an area like no other. Encompassing a number of friendly villages with their unique mix of Austrian décor and Italian cuisine, the list of reasons to ski here goes on and on…

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Dolomiti Superski Area at a glance
Astounding scenery 1200km of pistes 12 ski areas

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Scenery Foodies Huge ski area Laid back Italian après

Dolomiti Superski Area

The Dolomiti Superski area, the ‘largest ski network in the world’ has an incredible 1200 km of groomed piste to explore over 12 different ski areas. Best of all, the whole thing is covered by one all-inclusive lift pass.

Unlike other famous ski areas (ie. the 3 Valleys), you can’t ski between all the resorts, so the usual practice is to use the local buses. There are some fantastic linked areas within the wider domain, in particular the world famous Sella Ronda.

Encompassing a bunch of Italian resorts, this mountain range is an expanse of such unspoilt natural beauty that in 2009, UNESCO declared it a World Heritage site, putting it alongside other earthly marvels like the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Barrier Reef.

These ancient peaks formed more than 250 million years ago, originating as sea coral in the Tetide sea and are quite distinct from the rest of the Alps. Just take a look at the Cinque Torri, a stunning outcrop of 5 towers (literally translated). The legendary Tre Cime, Sassolungo and Sella Massif are absolutely jaw-dropping at sunrise, when they glow a striking pink-red colour (the sights at sunset are pretty awesome too if you want to avoid the early start...). Take the retro gondola up to one of the highest peaks, Monte Cristallo to enjoy an amazing 360 panorama.

The 12 ski areas cover a range of resorts, each a unique platform to the panorama. The best known is chic Cortina, while lesser known Corvara is our favourite for appreciating the landscape. Val Gardena is famous for its charming villages and Ladin culture and over towards Val di Fassa you have some great Tyrolean architecture. Arabba is notable as the nearest to the snow sure Marmolada Glacier and the modern resort of Kronplatz is known for its superbly groomed, efficiently lift-linked terrain.

stats & faq

Where:South Tyrol, Italy
Ski Season: December - April
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • 360km 30%

  • 720km 60%

  • 120km 10%

No. lifts:450
Cross-country Runs:100km +
Highest Altitude:3343m
Lowest Altitude:1300m
Downhill Ski Runs:1200km
Slope Orientation:N, S, E, W
Beginner slopes:30%
Intermediate:60%
Advanced slopes:10%
Night Skiing:Yes
Glacier:Yes - Marmoldad Glacier
Dolomiti Superski Pass:210.00 Euros (Adult 6 day)
Ski areas: Val Gardena, Val di Fassa, Alta Badia, Arabba/Marmolada, Cortina, Kronplatz, Sella Ronda, Val di Fiemme, San Martino, Alta Pasteria, Civetta, Trevalli, Valle Isarco
Resorts: Cortina, Corvara, Selva, Ortisei, St Cristina, Kronplatz, Arabba, Canazei, Campitello, Pozza di Fassa

Dolomiti Superski Area

Easily the most famous skiing is the Sella Ronda – a spectacular route that connects the Val Gardena, Val di Fassa, Alta Badia and Marmolada/Arabba ski areas. Selva, Corvara and Arabba are 3 resorts with really easy access to the route, which covers four different passes, four valleys and three provinces. There are two routes to choose between: green and orange (we prefer the latter). If you’re an intermediate or above, it’s a must ski; set out before 10am so you have time for a few hot chocolate pit-stops along the way. Definitely ski this but don’t miss other worthwhile areas like the hidden valley from Lagazuoi.

Beginners have ski schools and nursery slopes in every resort, but Alta Badia has some particularly gentle slopes above Corvara, and Arabba has a good range of blues. You also have the spacious pistes over at Kronplatz with lots of blues at Plateau and Sonne, and more confident skiers will take well to the Concordia peak runs. With 90% red runs, Canazei is ideal for intermediates looking to roam.

From Arabba, experts can access the Marmolada Glacier for some superb snow sure skiing and more challenging slopes. Ski the tracks of champions down the steep Saslong in Val Gardena, the Gran Risa slalom down to La Villa, and Cortina’s black Olympia, which have all hosted international competitions. Off piste isn’t as extensive in this neck of the woods (due to the nature of snow and terrain in the area) but that said, a guide should be able to show you some incredible powder at Val Chedul, Val Mezdì or il Cristallo – for newbies, Passo San Pellegrino has the Col Margherita Freeride Park.

There will never be a rail, jib or pipe too far away, with 24 snowparks overall. Snowpark Seiser Alm in Alpe di Suisi is 1.5km long, Kronplatz has both an easy park and a Jib Park and the Cortina Superpark is pretty awesome too. Cross-country is plentiful with 8 ski areas to choose from and the Super Nordic Skipass to cover them.

Après ski

We like the mountain huts in Italy as they tend to put a lot of effort into presentation and service. The Bombardino is a popular tipple in this part of the world - made with a dash of brandy and eggnog and topped off with cream. The Italians love their vino so it’s also worth asking what the house red is! Everyone loves a good sun terrace so don’t forget the sun cream while you’re basking on a deckchair.

With several lively bars along the ‘Corso Italia’ street of Cortina you’ll see why it has some of the best après ski in the area - we like the cosy Café Sport. Selva and Ortisei are the liveliest of Val Gardena’s villages, contrasting slightly with St Cristina which is more suited to a quiet sherry with friends.

The Alta Badia area is all about finding a favourite bar and getting to know the locals over a Bombardino. Kronplatz is the place to find the karaoke bars like Bus Stop, where dancing on the table is a do not a don’t. Val di Fassa shouldn’t disappoint if it’s an imaginative cocktail you’re looking for and lots of venues have a happy hour. In Arabba, it is the hotels that are key to finding the local bars, try Peter’s.

For something a little more down-beat and harmonic to the Brit style, visit the local café’s and tearooms. The synchrony of Italian and Austrian culture means the restaurants are worth devoting an evening meal to - being in Italy you won’t struggle to find a decent pizza or pasta dish.

Across the Dolomite resorts there are 10 floodlit pistes for night skiing. You’ll never be too far from some tobogganing, walking-routes, curling, snowshoeing or even horse-riding (especially from St Cristina and between La Villa and Corvara).

When is best to ski?

For the colder months if there is a lull in snowfall, the Dolomite ski areas have invested a lot of resources into ensuring that almost all the slopes are in spraying-distance of a snow canon. The piste bashers also work tirelessly and in later months the first few runs of the day are crisp and compact. March through to April you get a lot more sun but the different facing slopes will mean at least a few will last well into the afternoon. Arabba gives the closest proximity to the Marmolada glacier - at 3343m the snow is never allowed to melt fully.

Peak dates

Spend a white Christmas in the Dolomites with a zip round the Sella Ronda, a mooch up the Marmolada Glacier and a wander round the festive markets. Browse the Dolomiti Superski Region Christmas ski holidays ‣

Celebrating New Year in the Dolomites is not likely to be disappointing - join in the hotel gala evenings, crack out a resolution at the world cup runs and finish the day with something bubbly. Browse the Dolomiti Superski Region New Year ski holidays ‣

While the rest of Britain heads off to clog up the slopes in other European resorts, take advantage of the Italians not having a half term week and squeeze in a bit more skiing this February half term in the Dolomites. Browse the Dolomiti Superski Region Half Term ski holidays ‣

Squeeze those Easter eggs in the suitcase, hop on a plane and visit the Dolomites at Easter. You’ll be debating between lounging on a sunny terrace and skiing on the higher slopes; either way you get the views. Browse the Dolomiti Superski Region Easter ski holidays ‣

Dolomiti Superski ski holidays
Chalet Hotel Parc Victoria
Chalet Hotel Parc Victoria
16 Dec 2016
Gatwick £420
Chalet Soldanella
Chalet Soldanella
16 Dec 2016
Birmingham £442
Hotel Portavescovo
Hotel Portavescovo
25 Mar 2017
Manchester £455
Hotel Bellavista
Hotel Bellavista
07 Jan 2017
Gatwick £499
Hotel Olympia
Hotel Olympia
07 Jan 2017
Gatwick £529
Sport Hotel Barisetti
Sport Hotel Barisetti
07 Jan 2017
Gatwick £549
Dolomiti Superski chalets
Chalet Hotel Parc Victoria
Chalet Hotel Parc Victoria
16 Dec 2016
Gatwick £420
Chalet Soldanella
Chalet Soldanella
16 Dec 2016
Birmingham £442
Dolomiti Superski hotels
Hotel Portavescovo
Hotel Portavescovo
25 Mar 2017
Manchester £455
Hotel Bellavista
Hotel Bellavista
07 Jan 2017
Gatwick £499
Hotel Olympia
Hotel Olympia
07 Jan 2017
Gatwick £529
Sport Hotel Barisetti
Sport Hotel Barisetti
07 Jan 2017
Gatwick £549
Sporthotel Teresa
Sporthotel Teresa
25 Mar 2017
Manchester £555
Hotel Brunella
Hotel Brunella
18 Mar 2017
Dover Ferry £579
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