130 km of pistes, 6 villages, UNESCO world heritage status and a gourmet food festival in the mountains. Read on for why Alta Badia in Italy should be your next ski holiday destination.
Beginners can cruise the 70 km of easy blues with plenty of space to learn, practice turns and gain confidence.
Alta Badia has 8 km of black/difficult runs. The Gran Risa Piste where the annual World Cup Race takes place. This run ends in the village of La Villa, Alta Badia.
Over 80 km of signposted paths are ideal for Nordic walking and snowshoeing. Guided hikes introduce local wildlife like fox, roe deer and rabbit.
Ski between all the Alta Badia villages with the Alta Badia ski pass. We stayed in San Cassiano which has a gondola up to the main central ski area nearby.
There are ski schools in all the villages offering skiing, snowboarding and cross-country lessons. I recommend La Villa in San Cassiano and La Villa for equipment rentals.
The area has a good record of snow due to its high altitude. Being south-facing there’s a good amount of sunshine and shelter from chilly northerly winds.