Skiing in Val di Fassa

Skiing in Val di Fassa

The 84 lift facilities at Val di Fassa are set over a wide area at the individual villages’ base stations, and comprise eight gondolas, 44 chairs, 26 surface drag lifts and six aerial cable cars. Of the 223kms of groomed runs, 81kms are blue, 123kms are red and 19kms are black, with night skiing possible over 1.2kms and glacier skiing available. The base stations average out at 1200m, with an altitude of 2638m, and snow cannons serving 200kms of pistes. The season starts here at the end of November, snow permitting, and goes on until the end of April. Scattered across the valley are four terrain parks, featuring a combination of half pipes, jumps, boxes, and rails. Hiking at lower altitudes and ice-skating are also offered.

The entire Val di Fassa complex of resorts is part of the massive Dolomiti Superski Area encompassing 12 other ski regions, with the Superski Lift Pass allowing skiing across the entire expanse of 558 pistes at above 2,500m. Shuttle buses and many of the individual pistes connect the areas, giving great skiing at levels from beginner through intermediate to advanced and expert as well as superb snowboarding. A longer ski holiday here gives the change to explore across the mountains and discover great runs whatever your level. For absolute beginners, Val di Fassa has seven ski schools with good, easy runs along with seven childrens’ parks.

The most popular ski areas in the valley, comprising Belvedere-Passo Pordoi and Col Rodella- Passo Sella, are connected by lifts, Ciampedie and Buffaure-Ciampac are individual areas, connected only by bus. Carezza is home to the best beginner slopes, with learning speed of the essence in order to progress from blues to the well-groomed red runs within the week. The best and quietest nursery slopes and ski-schools for absolute beginners are at Vigo or Pozza di Fassa.

Val di Fassa is a great place for intermediates, with 84kms of red runs, some, such as Canazei and Campitello, connected to Sella Ronda and the greater Dolomiti region. The cable car from Campitello to Col Rodela at 2,485m gives access to swathes of groomed red runs great for skiers and snowboarders.

For advanced and expert skiers, there’s not a lot to offer on-piste, with only 11kms of black runs, but off-piste offers better and more challenging opportunities via the connections with the Dolomiti on- and off-piste trails. Springtime is best for off-piste here, but first-time visitors should use an experienced guide well-versed in local conditions.

All through the season, snowboarders are well taken care of with four snow parks at Canazei, Col Rodella, Luisa and at the San Pellegrino pass, all kitted out with jumps, kickers, rails and boarders. This last is the best in the area, arranged for every level of competence and giving plenty of opportunity for improvement.