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Alleghe

Words don’t do justice to how lovely this little lakeside village is, surrounded by mammoth Dolomite peaks. But trust us, it’s spectacular - and with Veneto’s biggest ski area and the Dolomiti Superski to explore, it’s a feast for your skis as well as your eyes.

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At a glance: • Dolomites ski area • Historic village • Lakeside location

Great for: • Pretty resort • Couples • Families

Words don’t do justice to how lovely this little lakeside village is, surrounded by mammoth Dolomite peaks. But trust us, it’s spectacular - and with Veneto’s biggest ski area and the Dolomiti Superski to explore, it’s a feast for your skis as well as your eyes.

Alleghe Resort

Without shadow a doubt, Alleghe’s one of the prettiest ski villages there is. You’ll want to cross to the other side of the eponymous lake to fully appreciate it – in summer, this is where fishing boats bob as walkers and cyclists circle the deep green waters. In winter, the whole thing ices over into a still, frosty white.

Alleghe, with its gothic church spire, wooden barns and colourful Tyrolean houses, is huddled together on the water’s edge. It’s backed by steep, thickly-forested hills and looks up to the northwest face of mighty Monte Civetta – known by climbers as the “wall of walls” for its eye-stingingly sheer vertical drop. Peaking at 3220m, Civetta’s one of many craggy limestone giants in the area; this is the Dolomites, with UNESCO-listed, millennia old mountains every way you turn.

The tiny village dates back to at least the 12th century and the area is a land of legends - locals will tell you a dragon once lived in one of the mountain lakes, causing havoc whenever it spread its wings and soared overhead.

On the edge of the village, a gondola takes you up to Pian di Pezzè, where Veneto’s biggest ski area stretches before you. Linking the valleys of Cordevole, Fiorentina and Zoldo, the Civetta area has 80km of the most scenic pistes you might ever ski – sweeping past Dolomite rock face, wiggling through trees and looking over that ever glorious lake. This and many other ski areas belong to the Dolomiti Superski area, which covers hundreds more pistes including the legendary Sella Ronda with one ski pass.

Stats & FAQ

Location: Dolomites, Italy

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Open: November - April

Downhill: 80km

View our detailed Alleghe snow forecast or snow report and see all live webcams, piste maps, road and travel maps and lift pass prices. For a picture of historic snow conditions see the snow depths month by month with our Alleghe snow history.

Nearest Airport & Transfer Time:
Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE)144km, 2 hours
Treviso Airport (TSF)134km, 2 hours
Verona Villafranca Airport (VRN)215km, 3 hours
Bergamo Orio al Serio International Airport (BGY)299km, 4 hours
Milan Linate Airport (LIN)333km, 4 hours
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  • 25 runs

  • 19 runs

  • 4 runs

Top Altitude:2100m
Bottom Altitude:1000m
Resort Altitude:980m
Longest run:7km
Slope Orientation:
Vertical Drop:1100m
Skiable Vertical:
Night Skiing:Yes
Glacier:No

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Downhill Runs:80km
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Lift Pass Price: €241 (adult 6 day)
Nearby resorts: Arabba, Corvara, Canazei, Cortina

Skiing/BoardingSkiing in Alleghe

Beginners can use the practice slopes at the sunny Piani di Pezzè area, where a special kids zone includes a diddy snow park to help build confidence on the slopes. Ski School Civetta Alleghe and Ski School Coldai provide group and private lessons to guide you through your first stops and slides.

When the pizza turns are perfected, the runs from Col dei Baldi are good for progression. This part of the ski area looks over to the Marmolada and Sella massif, offering exhilarating views before you ski down the steady blue towards Palafavera, or tackle the steeper #14.

For intermediates, there are dozens of red pistes all over the ski area, including the wide, cruisey #39 into Zoldo (which is floodlit in the evenings) and a route back to the village that has steep sections (and can get icy towards the end of the day, so down load if you don’t want to contend with the scraping!).

Gran Zuita from Col Fioret is the longest run in the area, clocking up 7km as it links red and blue runs from the wide open Fernazza into the woods and with awesome views over the lake and wall. Another route worth skiing is the Great War 1915-18 Ski Tour, where you’ll pass historic sites in the area. If you’re happy heading further afield, the Sella Ronda and Lagazuoi are incredible routes to tick off the Dolomite bucket list.

Experts have the steep Civetta and the Fopp run in Zoldo (which features in the Women’s World Cup). But where this area really shines is off piste – get a guide to take you on the Pian dei Sech gully, which has a steep, narrow start then broadens into a plateau, running alongside dolomite rockface. Another popular route is the Fertazza gully alongside the black rock of Mt. Fertazza – loved for its awesome views over the lake. The Bela Mont area also has a number of routes down, some trickier than others.

In the freestyle department, there’s the Central Park at Piani di Pezzè as well as a boardercross and Big Air Bag.

Alleghe Apres Ski

After a day spent skiing amongst the Dolomites, nothing beats good food and wine. For après, Coldai Pub in the village centre has live music and a DJ on some evenings. Another good spot is the Enoteca wine bar, for local vino and cheeses as you look over the lake, while the Bierstube serves beers homemade with the water of Mount Civetta. Baita Scoiattolo is worth a visit too, for aperol spritz and snacks.

There are some seriously good restaurants around Alleghe. Feast on pizza on the mountain at Fontanabona, or opt for pasta and polenta with a view at Restaurant La Ciasela. In the village, Pizzeria Rudatis serves more of the Italian favourites and Restaurant Europa sul lago regularly appears in the Michelin guide for its excellent local cuisine.

When it comes to other activities, the “A. De Toni” ice arena by the lake is where the local ice hockey team play and hosts public skating sessions. For more icy pursuits, you can head a few kilometres out to the Serrai di Sottoguda and climb the canyon’s frozen waterfalls.

Best time to go

Best time to ski Alleghe

When is the best time to ski Alleghe?

Thanks to the fact that some 285 snow cannons cover 98% of the ski area, the Civetta area usually sees some of the best snow conditions in the Dolomites – sometimes opening in November with the lifts running through to the middle of April. If you like an extra layer of excitement during your visit, look out for Kamikazen which brings whacky Japanese inspired antics to the area in February or the Baite Aperte food and freeride event (usually in March). As the season draws to a close, the Splash Party has been known to bring thousands of visitors to the village to watch brave competitors skid across a pool of water on skis, snowboards, tea trays…

Peak Dates

You’ll struggle to find a prettier place to spend the festive season – Christmas in Alleghe is all about enjoying a traditional setting, amazing local cuisine and good ski conditions, thanks to the thorough snowmaking system here.

Toast the New Year in Alleghe with an Aperol Spritz as the sun sets over the peaks of the Dolomites. Feast on hearty Italian suppers and local vinos and wake up to the new year in a spectacular lakeside setting.

For a proper escape from the daily grind, spend Half Term in Alleghe. The family offerings are excellent if you’re travelling with children and there are some brilliant beer and wine bars for adults – not to mention truly romantic lakeside locations for those skiing with their Valentine’s…

Look out for end of season events like the Splash Party around Easter in Alleghe (where people attempt to skid across a pool of water on their skis or snowboards). The Dolomites are usually fabulously sunny at this time of year, so expect incredible views over the craggy limestone peaks.

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Families in Alleghe

Whether you all spend the week enjoying the Civetta slopes, head out to explore a different Dolomite ski area each day or save some time for enjoying the gorgeous village sans skis, this part of the world is brilliant for group holidays.

We love the mix of runs for different abilities, from the easy-going blues for beginners to the daring powder descent for experts – if some of you are learning or improving, book a private instructor who’ll teach you together, or share the cost of a guide if you want to head off piste. The Great War tour and Sella Ronda are easily reachable for a group expedition if you all ski at intermediate level or above.

Proper Italian food and wine are the focus of evenings here, with most restaurants serving a mix of meat, pizza and pasta dishes to keep everyone happy.

GroupsGroup Holidays Alleghe

As is the norm in Italian ski resorts, families are welcomed with open arms in Alleghe. There’s a big area for children at Piani di Pezzè with a mini snowpark where youngsters can learn under the eye of the Civetta Alleghe and Coldai ski schools. With more pizza restaurants than you can shake a ski sock at, even the fussiest eaters should find something they’ll gladly gobble down.

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