Italy, The Dolomites Ski Area
The Val di Fassa sits within the Dolomiti Superski area, directly on the famous Sella Ronda circuit, and enjoys some spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Stretching 9km from Canazei to Pozza there are a number of small villages in between, Canazei and Campitello make fantastic home bases for your trip to the Dolomiti Superski area.
Besides the obvious attractions of the enormous ski area offering more than 1,200km of pistes, renowned as an intermediate skiers heaven, Val di Fassa is also famous for Italian hospitality. Delicious restaurants serving local, home-cooked cuisine, you can expect a lively après ski scene and plenty of traditional culture and history.
Non-skiers can look forward to valley walks and cross-country trails. Canazei’s centre has shops, terrace cafes, and a unique indoor water park and spa centre.
Ski and board rentals
Renting your equipment through Inghams makes sense, for everything will be sorted out beforehand and is ready for your arrival in resort.
You can rent your equipment (blue, red and black grade equipment for hire) and the collection point is the RightFeeling rental store which is situated near the base of the Belvedere Gondola in Canazei.
We run a very popular ‘Learn to Ski’ pack for complete beginners which includes 6 days of tuition for adults.
If you are looking to book your children in to ski school, then they can receive daily tuition with the excellent Marmolada ski school, and lessons will be arranged for you by Inghams for an exclusive price.
There is a PRE-BOOKABLE Ski Kindergarten for children ages 4-11 and a Junior Club for teenagers 12-17 with tuition included.
Val di Fassa for beginners
If you’re brand new to skiing and snowboarding, we recommend you book your first lessons with Inghams, and make the most of our ‘Learn to Ski’ pack- a hugely popular choice with our guests.
The Marmolada ski school gathers in a variety of places- complete beginners may be asked to assemble behind the ski school office opposite the Belvedere Gondola but as you gain confidence you will soon be heading up to the bowl above Canazei at the top of the gondola where there is a selection of blue and red runs.
Val di Fassa for intermediates
The Dolomiti Superski area is an absolute heaven for the intermediate skier! The sheer size of the resort with over 1,000km worth of pistes will give you something different to do every day of the week.
Canazei is located directly on the Sella Ronda circuit- a 26km circuit that can be skied in either direction (clockwise or anticlockwise) around the stunning Sella massif, one of the most famous mountains in the dolomites.
Intermediate skiers will enjoy the challenge of skiing the whole circuit in one day whilst expert skiers have been known to ski both directions on the same day! The Sella Ronda can also be used as a link to all the nearby resorts such as Selva, Arabba, La Villa and Corvara.
As well as as the skiing, the Sella Ronda is perfect for enjoying the fantastic Dolomites scenery with views of the famous pink rocks that set this mountain range apart from the rest of the Alps.
Also reachable from Val di Fassa is the Marmolada glacier which offers snow-sure high altitude skiing with amazing views.
Val di Fassa for advanced
Off-piste skiing in Canazei is difficult to come by, but advanced skiers can try heli-skiing if they dare. Arabba, which is just a couple of runs away from Canazei offers some of the most challenging runs in the Dolomites with some steep blacks. Or you may like to head over to Selva for the men’s and women’s World Cup downhill run.
One of the big draws to this area is the famous Hidden Valley day trip which is organised by your Inghams Rep. The Hidden Valley is an off piste run right in the heart of the Dolomites with scenic peaks all around you and frozen waterfalls by the side of the piste. Where the run flattens out you find horses to help pull you along until you find the next lift that will take you into the San Cassiano ski area. Return to Val di Fassa by bus.
Freestyle and terrain parks
Sitting directly above Canazei (at the top of the Belvedere Gondola) is a terrain park that will appeal to snowboarders and adventurous skiers alike. If you’re searching for a variety of freestyle and terrain parks, the whole area has an excellent variation and you shouldn’t be afraid to explore further afield.
Childcare and kindergarten
If you have little ones that you want to introduce to snow, or simply need minding for an afternoon, then the Marmolada Ski School Kinderland is a fun and occupying place to leave the kids for a day. Most of the nannies and skiing instructors speak English and they currently accept children ages 3 and above.
Inghams also offer an exclusive PRE-BOOKABLE Ski Kindergarten for children ages 4-11 and a Junior Club for teenagers 12-17 with tuition included.
There is a convenient ski bus that runs between Canazei and Pozza and connects the main Belvedere gondola to the rest of the valley. Buses run frequently and every Inghams hotel in Canazei and Pozza has easy access.
Ask your resort rep upon your arrival in resort for an up to date time table because the ski bus service varies throughout the season.
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Val di Fassa restaurants, food and drink
One of the main attractions of Canazei and the Dolomiti ski area is the exquisite cuisine that is on offer in the area. Being Italy, Val di Fassa of course has a wonderful selection of pizzas, pasta and much more besides.
But one of the really fascinating things about this area is the mix of Italian and Austrian influence on the cuisine, and this is very noticeable as you ski around the Sella Ronda because you’ll ski in and out of two different Italian regions. So one mountain restaurant will serve pasta for lunch, and another will have goulash!
To confuse things further, the local culture and language is called ‘Ladin’ and there are many local restaurants where you can sample the typical cuisine.
If you’re looking for something a little more along the lines of fine dining while you ski, then head over to La Alta Badia area of the Sella Ronda (around La Villa, Badia etc.) where the mountain and village restaurants have gourmet ski food that is not to be missed during your stay.
The mountain restaurants are a must, with Baita Checco (above Vigo di Fassa) hailed as being ‘the best cooking in Val di Fassa’, and Baita Cuz on Pozza serving up some seriously lovely Ladin cuisine.
Val di Fassa après, bars, clubs and nightlife
Nightlife and ski culture in Canazei consists of celebrating a good day of skiing in the warm Italian mountain sun with a large glass of wine. Enoteca Valentini is the home to over 800 different kinds of wines and is owned and managed by a wine expert himself.
The Montanara pub in Canazei is great for après ski drinks and for a beer in the evening. The Speckkeller in Canazei often has music and the Kaiserstube is lively too. The Ta Mongo bar in Pozza has a great atmosphere in the evening.
On (or just off) the slopes there is Baita Cuz for some afternoon snow and sun basking, the Husky Pub in Canazei for some classic Alpine après. Into the night there is Paradis club, which is best described as a pub-disco-logcabin. Either way, lots of fun to be had!
Val di Fassa shopping
All along the main street in Canazei (Via Roma) you will find a lively gaggle of shops and boutiques selling sporting goods, souvenirs, clothes and shoes, sweet treats, health foods and delicatessens with local food, as well as pharmacies and interior decorations.
If you are searching for a chemist, you will find the Farmacia Ladina on Strada Statale delle Dolomiti.
Val di Fassa spas and relaxation
Some of our Inghams partner hotels in Canazei and Pozza in Val di Fassa have some outstanding spa facilities on site. Some places have small indoor swimming pools, whereas others offer saunas, whirlpools, steam baths and Turkish baths. See individual hotels descriptions for full details.
If you’re looking for a real treat (you are going on holiday, after all!) then there is the Dolomia Spa thermal spa that resides in the Hotel Antico Bagno in Pozza. In Canazei there is the Dolaondes Aquatic Centre with Eghes Spa. Try one of the spas wonderful thermal treatments including mud therapy, balneotherapy and relaxing therapeutic massages.
Val di Fassa arts, culture and events
There are three museums in the Val di Fassa area that are worth a visit if you are interested in culture and history. The Museo Ladin de Fascia takes an intimate look at the ingenuous culture of the Ladin people- who lived and worked in the perilous mountain regions for hundreds of years. Museum of the Great War pays a humble tribute to the tenacious battles of the Great War when the Italian partisans fought the Austro-Hungarian Empire to keep control of their territory.
There are also lots of sporting events happening throughout the season in Val di Fassa including the Sella Ronda ski marathon, and the Marcialonga cross-country skiing competition in January. If an ice hockey match is on during your stay you should definitely wander along to watch- especially is there is a local derby when it gets really exciting!
For a real adventure, why not ascend an icy frozen waterfall? Armed with crampons and ice axes, this exciting excursion isn’t just reserved for the climbing enthusiasts. Anyone, from complete beginners can take part with a beginner’s course.
The excursion is organised by the Val di Fassa tourism board, so talk to your Inghams rep in resort if you are interested in this exciting activity.
Reminder: check that your insurance policy before booking this excursion to check that you are covered.
Heli-skiing on the Marmolada Glacier
Heli-skiing is a great activity for those more daring skiers and snowboarders out there who just can’t get enough of back country riding! Exploring with a trained guide, the heli-skiing excursion is an unforgettable experience for those powder hounds out there who can’t wait to carve the first lines through the snow.
Talk with your Inghams rep upon your arrival in resort, or discuss heli-skiing with our friendly reservations staff while making your booking.
Reminder: check that your insurance policy before booking this excursion to check that you are covered.
Canazei Sports Centre
Canazei sports centre sits between Canazei and Campitello di Fassa and has basketball, a spa and wellness suite, indoor golf as well as an enormous climbing and bouldering wall. Pay for your admission locally, this makes a great alternative to a day of skiing.
Dolaondes Water Park
Canazei has a fantastic swimming pool/ leisure centre complex- Dolaondes Water Park, which features a semi-Olympian pool, a fun water slide, a salt water outdoor pool, water vortexes and a relaxing area. There are dedicated areas exclusively for adults and children, so everyone is catered for! There is also a wellness centre in the Eghes Wellness Spa in part of the complex.
Pay locally for the Dolaondes water park.
The Alba di Canazei Slide Park offers the exciting and exhilarating snow tubing for those who are looking for a little fun off the piste. This activity is suitable for children, teenagers and adults of all ages. The slide park is open at night with flood lit slopes and its own lift.
If you can walk, you can snowshoe! One of the nicest things about snowshoeing is the way you can fully appreciate the beauty of the mountains at a slower pace. All across Canazei and Pozza in the Val di Fassa you can find numerous winter walking trails, hikes and guided excursions. You can hire your snowshoes locally or as part of an excursion.
There is an indoor ice skating rink, the ‘Gianmario Scola’ indoor ice stadium at Alba di Canazei that is open all year around. You can rent your skates here locally, and makes a fun and alternative activity after a day of skiing.
The slopes above Pozza di Fassa stay open at night on Wednesdays and Fridays during the peak season thanks to a powerful lighting system over the pistes. You can buy your night lift pass locally at the bottom of the slopes.
Pre-bookable Lift Passes, Ski Hire & Tuition
Ski Preview 2017/18
|Senior 65yrs+*||Adult 16-64yrs||Youth 8-15yrs††|
|Area Lift Pass |
(entire Dolomites inc.
|Local Area Pass |
(inc Val di Fassa area.
Advisable for beginners)
LLS (16-22 Dec), L (17 Mar - end of season), M (6 Jan-2 Feb), MH (23-29 Dec), H (30Dec - 5 Jan & 3 Feb-16 Mar). †born after 28/11/09 when parents pre-book same pass. ††born after 28/11/01 *born before 28/11/52.
|Adult||Skis/boots||£50/£40||£78/ n/a||£90/ n/a|
|Adult||Skis/boots||£51/£26||£71/ £35||£89/ n/a|
Equipment Hire (6 days) – Please see here for description of hire categories.
*When ski/board are pre-booked.
|Tuition||Ski & Snowboard tuition available to pre-book - 3 half days from £109|
Prices and supplements are correct at time of publishing but may vary up or down; correct prices will be advised at the time of booking.
Resort Code: ITCN
Languages spoken: Italian/English
Time difference: GMT+1
Flights depart Saturdays
Transfer 2¾hrs by coach
Flight supplements may apply.
Private transfers and Self drive are available.
Car hire available: Yes
Evening resort bus service: No
Parking available: No
Resort Ski bus available: Yes
Ski bus info: Free