The Dolomites Ski Area, Italy, Val di Fassa (Canazei & Campitello)
The Cristallo is well located in the heart of lovely Canazei with views of the surrounding mountains. The local bars, restaurants and shops are nearby and the ski bus stop to the Belvedere lift is just outside. For cross-country skiers the loop is just behind the hotel and Canazei's wonderful swimming pool complex is also nearby. The hotel is in traditional Alpine style with much use of local wood and guests can expect an excellent standard of cuisine and service. The new wellness centre offers indoor pool, steam room, sauna and whirlpool.
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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.
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 more information on travel and transport visit our Val di Fassa (Canazei & Campitello) page
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8-15 yrs ††
|Dolomiti Superski Area Pass||6||SP||£194||£135||£174|
|Local Area Pass||6||SP||£165||£115||£149|
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††born after 30/11/02 |†born before 30/11/53 | Free: born after 30/11/2010
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|Ski||5||2 hrs 45 mins per day||£135||£142|
|Snowboard||4||2 hrs 45 mins per day||£135||£135|
Tuition starts on Mon except beginners who receive extra tuition on Sun
Ski School times: Mon-Wed & Fri 10am-12.50pm, Thu 10am-4pm
Snowboard School times: 10am-12.45pm daily
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Local tourist tax payable directly to hotel.