Alta Badia. There’s snow business quite like it. Between the mouth-watering cuisine, stunning sun terraces with stellar panoramic views, and a plethora of winter adventure activities to do, we didn’t want to tear ourselves away. We’ll definitely be back to Alta Badia next season. But just in case you’re still not convinced, we’ve got 10 reasons why ski holidays in Alta Badia rock.
Alta Badia is assured of good snow conditions because of its high altitude and blanket snow-making coverage of all the essential pistes. Part of the world’s largest ski network, Alta Badia offers 130 kilometers of slopes served by 53 ski lifts. With well groomed runs and an easy-to-use lift system, Alta Badia was one of Tim’s favorite places to ski this year. No doubt more ski holidays in Alta Badia will be on our winter travel schedule.
2. Slope Food
You’ve heard of street food, but Alta Badia takes it a step further with Slope Food. Scrumptious street food on the slopes made by 14 Michelin-starred chefs at 14 mountain huts all with unique Tyrolean flavors designed to satisfy the appetite of the hungriest of skiers (or snowshoers like me). Each Slope Food is €12 per tasting and comes with a carefully selected wine pairing included. You can also go on a Gourmet Ski Safari with your Slope Food Card, which allows you to taste Slope Food at 3 huts for €30 per person.
3. You can go on a Wine Ski Safari
If Slope Food isn’t reason enough to ski hut-to-hut, perhaps Alta Badia’s annual Wine Ski Safari is! Six mountain huts offer 30 different varieties of Alto Adige wines at each hut, all above 2000 meters. Each hut has its own spectacular views of the UNESCO World Heritage Dolomites mountains and its own vibe with live music. Kick off your skis and grab a glass and a sun lounger. I guarantee you’ve never gone wine tasting like this before!
4. Extreme skiing for those who like a challenge
This is skiing for the insane. Val Scura, or the Dark Valley, is where expert skiers can test their skills by climbing up the backside of the mountain and skiing down the 4.3 kilometer run with a vertical descent of 997 meters. The dizzying channel is so narrow, I imagine one wrong swoosh would send a skier bouncing down the mountain like a ball in a ping-pong machine. But the truly bad-ass skiers take on the Val Scura at least once each year.
5. Get your jump on at the Alta Badia Snowpark
Aerials and moguls, jumps and bumps. Alta Badia Snowpark between the slopes “La Frëina” and “Ciampai” has got them. There’s two sections: the upper section is for more experienced boarders and the lower section is for newbies looking for a little action. And the Alta Badia Snowpark is free to use!
6. It’s part of the Sella Ronda circuit
The Sella Ronda is the most well-known ski route in the Dolomites. It’s a loop that either runs clockwise or counter clockwise around the massif of Sella mountain. It’s 26 kilometers of trails can be accomplished in one day and is something to proudly check off your ski bucket list.
You don’t have to don skis to enjoy Alta Badia. If like me, you actually can’t ski (though next season I’m committing to taking snowboard lessons so I can hit the slopes with Tim), there is still plenty to do. There are more than 80 kilometers of signposted paths ideal for Nordic walking and snowshoeing. Every week there are guided snowshoe hikes and this is the perfect way to do some wildlife viewing of the rabbits, fox, and roe deer that call Alta Badia home.
There are also toboggan trails. Check out the 3.5 kilometer long toboggan run from Piz Sorega.
8. Spectacular 360° views
Declared a Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2009, there is no where more pristine and captivating for a ski holiday than Alta Badia. Each ski trail and mountain hut offers it own unique 360° panoramas of the mountains and valleys. That is if you can tear your eyes away from the majestic Marmolada, the highest mountain of the Dolomites towering at 10,968 feet (3343 meters).
Ain’t no party like an après-ski party and Utia Las Vegas at the Piz Sorega lives up to it’s name. With a live band playing the best of the ’70s and ’80s, it’s time to trade in your skis and poles for dancing on the table tops.
10. Gastronomic delights
I already mentioned the Michelin-starred Slope Food, but Alta Badia’s mountain huts offered up other mouth-watering Tyrolean cuisine. Ever had lobster at 2000 meters? I have (and it was delicious, by the way!). Alta Badia is also known for its Ladin cuisine – ancient recipes handed down through the families. Once considered a poor man’s cuisine because it was made from simple ingredients that could be produced on the farm, it’s now something very special visitors to Alta Badia should try. Arrange a visit to one of the Ladin farmhouses through the tourist office. We promise you won’t be disappointed!
Know Before You Go
- Alta Badia is easy to reach via Bolzano, Verona, Treviso, Venice, or Innsbruck airports and the South Tyrol train stations Brunico, Bressanone and Bolzano are connected to Alta Badia by a regular local bus service.
- We recommend staying at Hotel Antines in La Villa. Standard rooms range from €135 – €166 per person per night depending on the season. The hotel offers parking and you can reach the ski lifts on foot from the hotel.
- Alta Badia ski passes are €41 per day per adult and include 130 kilometers of slopes serviced by 53 lifts in the Corvara, Colfosco, San Cassiano, La Villa and Badia and at the Campolongo, Gardena and Falzarego passes.
Disclosure: Our trip to Alta Badia and our Wine Ski Safari were hosted by Alta Badia Tourism in order to bring you this story. As always, all opinions are entirely our own and were in no way influenced by copious amounts of Michelin-starred food, glasses of quality Alto Adige wine, or the best snow in all of Europe for skiing.