The Dolomites Ski Area

World-class skiing in Europe's most striking mountain range

For those who have never seen these extraordinarily beautiful mountains before – prepare to be utterly enchanted. The Dolomites may be part of the Alps, but these towering, rugged, largely limestone monoliths that dominate the upper reaches of Trentino, Südtirol, Belluno and Veneto have the appearance of a completely different mountain range.

The extraordinary thing about them is that much of the rocky terrain that soars skywards, sometimes almost vertically (don’t worry, you normally ski round their bases, not down their sheer walls!) was, eons ago, under the sea: hence the limestone. And thanks to the reddish-purple rock of large feldspar crystals embedded in them, reflected sunlight at both first light and dusk produces a variety of shades of pink and flaming red. In Ladin – the Latin-Romansch language still very much used in some Dolomite valleys  - the word for this magical effect is enrosadira.

Fundamentally the great ski resorts of the Dolomites – served by a vast array of lifts dominated by the Dolomiti Superski lift company – provide delightful skiing, plenty of sunshine and food that combines the best of Italian, South Tyrolean and Ladin cultures. There’s steep skiing if you want it (Arabba has plenty - as does Selva Gardena and Cortina), but by and large the runs are ideal for intermediates and families. If you’ve not done it before and like the idea of getting some ski miles under your belt, you’ll be keen to try the celebrated Sellaronda circular tour. You can start anywhere on the circuit and ski it in either direction. At the centre are the gigantic, craggy peaks of the Gruppo Sella. The 25 mile tour (16 miles of actual skiing) can be achieved fairly easily in a day. The tour negotiates four mountain passes: Pordoi, Sella, Gardena and Campolongo as you cruise through the picturesque towns and villages of Corvara & ColfoscoSan Cassiano, and the wooded slopes of Canazei. And make sure you experience the La Longia, also known as the James Bond ski run in nearby St Christina which runs down to Ortisei.

Ski resorts in the the Dolomites

  • from£589pp
  • Area: 63km
  • Altitude: up to 3342m
Skiing in the sunshine in Arabba

Of the resorts that make up the celebrated Sellaronda circuit, Arabba has some of the most interesting runs and is a real skiers’ holiday base. It boasts excellent, challenging pistes, and the stunning slopes of the mighty Marmolada glacier are within easy reach.

  • from£489pp
  • Area: 140km
  • Altitude: up to 2939m
Resort centre by night

There’s only one! The Olympic resort of Cortina D’Ampezzo is one of the most filmed, photographed, skied and visited resorts in the Italian Alps. Located east of the Sellaronda circuit, it’s not called the 'Queen of the Dolomites' for nothing.

  • from£779pp
  • Area: 1200km
  • Altitude: up to 2750m
© Freddy Planinschek

Corvara and Colfosco are delightful villages nestled in the Alta Badia region of the Dolomites and have been enjoyed by British skiers for many years. Ideally located on the Sellaronda circuit, they have easy access to the main slopes including connections to Arabba, Selva, Val di Fassa and the exhilarating Marmolada glacier.

  • from£549pp
  • Area: 119km
  • Altitude: up to 2275m
Sunny Kronplatz valley view

Kronplatz, also known as Plan de Corones, is part of the famous South Tyrol and the Dolomiti Superski area and is known for its modern lifts, guaranteed snow and breath-taking 360º views of the Dolomite Mountains. 

  • from£799pp
  • Area: 175km
  • Altitude: up to 3342m
Resorts surrounded by dramatic mountain ranges, Selva sits directly below the Sella-Massif

Set in the Südtirol’s charming Gardena valley, Selva is a gateway to the famous Sellaronda skiing circuit, where you can ski around the gigantic limestone monoliths of the Gruppo Sella. The Sellaronda: is a delightful and not particularly challenging tour which can be easily achieved in a day by intermediate skiers.

  • from£979pp
  • Area: 175km
  • Altitude: up to 3342m
Ortisei village all lit up at night

Ortisei (AKA St Ulrich), the  truly picturesque old community and cultural centre of Val Gardena, can all too easily be overlooked by skiers based in Selva – especially those  intent on ticking off as many resorts as they can on the celebrated Sellaronda tour.

  • from£1170pp
  • Area: 130km
  • Altitude: up to 2950m
The wonderful resort of San Cassiano

San Cassiano is a delightful village on the magnificent Dolomiti Superski area, well positioned between La Villa and Cortina, and close to Armentarola, with its famous horse-drawn ski-lift!

  • from£636pp
  • Area: 120km
  • Altitude: up to 3342m
Tree-Lined Valley

The Val di Fassa sits within the Dolomiti Superski area, directly on the famous Sellaronda circuit, and enjoys spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. 

Skiing levels
Cross country
Mountain facts
Area 1220 km
Length of blue runs 366 Km
Length of red runs 732 Km
Length of black runs 122 Km
Whole Area Pass Lifts465
Cable Cars24
Snowpark Info

20 Snowparks

  • Curling
  • Ice skating
  • Indoor tennis courts
  • Artificial climbing wall
  • Nordic walking
  • Snowshoe walking
  • Heli-skiing
  • Paragliding
  • Wine tasting
  • Day trips to the Hidden Valley
  • Tobogganing
  • Bowling
  • Sleigh rides
  • Snow-kiting
  • Indoor pool
  • Via ferrata

Please see resort specific information for Arabba, Cortina, Corvara & Colfosco, Selva, Ortisei and Val di Fassa.

Flights To Innsbruck


  • Gatwick
  • Manchester
  • Heathrow
  • Edinburgh
  • Bristol
  • Birmingham

Transfer 2-3hrs

Supplements apply on some flights.

Skiing levels

Cross Country

Mountain facts

Ski areas
What We Say
  • The Hidden Valley is a must for all visitors to the area with a descent through all the jaw-dropping scenery of the Fanes national park. A horse and cart await at the bottom to pull skiers back to the lifts.

  • Glorious valley views and excellent gnocchi can be enjoyed from Col Druscie's restaurant terrace above Cortina.

  • Santa Croce church above Badia is a famous refuge and pilgramage site - certainly not your usual mountain stop off.

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