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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. They 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 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 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 the 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 Sella Ronda 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 Colfosco, Corvara and San Cassiano, and the wooded slopes of Canazei.

  • from£698pp
  • Area: 63km
  • Altitude: up to 3342m
Skiing in the sunshine in Arabba,

Of the resorts that make up the celebrated Sella Ronda 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£499pp
  • Area: 140km
  • Altitude: up to 2939m
Cortina d'Ampezzo, resort centre

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 Sella Ronda circuit, it’s not called the 'Queen of the Dolomites' for nothing.

  • from£679pp
  • Area: 130km
  • Altitude: up to 2750m
Corvara

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 Sella Ronda circuit, they have easy access to the main slopes including connections to Arabba, Selva, Val di Fassa and the exhilarating Marmolada glacier.

  • from£749pp
  • Area: 116km
  • Altitude: up to 2275m
View of the the resort in Kronplatz

Kronplatz is part of the famous South Tyrol and the Dolomiti Superski area and is known for its modern lifts, guaranteed snow and breathtaking 360º views of the Dolomite Mountains. 

  • from£599pp
  • Area: 130km
  • Altitude: up to 3342m
La Villa, top of Piz La Ila Gondola

La Villa, in the Trentino-Alto Adige region of Italy, is situated at the foot of the Sassongher Mountain linking with the Dolomites’ famous Sella Ronda ski circuit. Located between Corvara and San Cassiano, it is one of the main ski villages in the region of Alta Badia - a UNESCO world heritage site.

  • from£499pp
  • Area: 175km
  • Altitude: up to 3342m
Selva

Set in the Südtirol’s charming Gardena valley, Selva is a gateway to the famous Sella Ronda 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£779pp
  • Area: 175km
  • Altitude: up to 3342m
Ortisei, village 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 Sella Ronda tour.

  • from£839pp
  • Area: 130km
  • Altitude: up to 2950m
The resort centre 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£769pp
  • Area: 170km
  • Altitude: up to 3342m
Valley view, Val di Fassa

The Val di Fassa sits within the Dolomiti Superski areadirectly on the famous Sella Ronda circuit, and enjoys some spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. 

Skiing levels

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Mountain facts

Ski areas
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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.

What You say
  • Cortina is a lovely resort with stunning scenery. The scenery surpasses other Dolomite resorts we've been to, including Selva, Canazei, Corvara & Kronplatz.

    Cortina, Basil Ramsay, Jan 2018
  • Will visit the Dolomites again absolutely loved it.

    Selva, Colin Atkinson, Feb 2018
  • Excellent resort & great skiing.

    Kronplatz, Sheila Mitchell, Mar 2018