Italy is beautiful not only in summer, when the sun gilds the skin, and the water is delightedly warm. It’s worth a visit even in winter when it pulls tourists with its pistes. One of the very attractive places, giving a lot of fun is Alta Badia ski resort, located in the province of Bolzano in northern Italy. It offers some of the best pistes in the Dolomites. It belongs to the region, where you can use the ski pass Dolomitisuperski and attracts visitors with an extremely large amount of sunny days, great views, and wide and sunlit pistes. It ensures a very good ski conditions throughout the whole season - from late November to mid-April.
The region is inhabited by Ladin minority, and its culture is really worth getting to know. Ladin people are very proud of their distinctive language, they have their own radio, TV and newspaper issued in dolomitan Ladin.
Alta Badia ski resort
Alta Badia is a resort nestled to the foot of the Sella massif, close to the town of Corvara. Each year, its amazing location attracts thousands of skiers willing to check their skills. There’re over 130 kilometers of diverse ski runs operated by 52 ski lifts (8 gondolas, 30 chair lifts and 13 trapezes). There’s an advanced system of artificial snow on the height of 1400 to 2778 masl, so the conditions to ski are the best on all pistes.
Alta Badia has 95 pistes in total, and the longest one is Lagazuoi, measuring 7,2 km (the level difference is 1130m). Trail enables you to get to Passo Falzarego, also called the Dolomites Way (La Strada delle Dolomiti). Equally beautiful pistes belong to Armentarola/San Cassiano, as well as to the Vallon-Corvara (total length of 4,3 km). Here, we can find 70 km of blue, 52 km of red, and 8 km of black pistes. Well organized lifts, with the capacity of 76,700 persons/hour, enable you to quickly get to all ski spots.
The resort, along with Val di Fassa, Val Gardena and Arabba/Marmolada constitute a giant Sellaronda skiing carousel. It’s a complex of ski runs and lifts around the mighty mountain massif Sella. Passing the carousel would take a day, and it can be done clockwise (following orange arrows) or counterclockwise (following green arrows
It’s best to go skiing not later than at 10:00 AM, otherwise you may not make it to the last lift which sets off at 3:30 PM. However, if it won’t go your way you can always call a taxi, those are pretty expensive though. Before you set off to conquer the pistes, you should also check the weather forecast and dress up appropriately – eventually you’ll spend the whole day skiing.
Prices of skipasses in Alta Badia in the season 2013/2014
In Alta Badia resort predominate easy and intermediate pistes, thanks to what it’s a best place to practice your skills or to learn skiing. You can also try carving, which is a technique in which the ski shifts to the one side or the other on its edges. Beginners, or families with children can take the opportunity and go to Kroplantz station, 20 kilometers from Alta Badia. There’re special ski runs for children and even a kindergarten.
As it was mentioned before, Alta Badia ski runs are connected with other ski runs, and together they constitute a giant carousel. If we would like to spend the whole day among the beautiful landscapes of Dolomites, we can buy appropriate skipass. A day pass costs from € 42,00 (in the period 30.11-21.12) to € 52,00 in the high season (22.12-6.01 and 02.02-15.03) Youths will pay from € 29,00 to € 36,00, while seniors from € 38,00 to € 47,00. The prices of day passes only to Alta Badia resort oscillate around € 23,00 for children and seniors and up to € 27,00 for adults.
You cannot though think that it’s a place only for skiing enthusiasts, and others will be bored. Nothing like that – the area can be admired during long hikes on snowshoes, as well as during a trip on sleigh. In the summer tourists can play golf, ride bikes and horses or go hiking.
Attracrions of Italian pistes
Apart from the beauty, another virtue of Alta Badia is its location, in the very heart of the Dolomites. Tourists, who choose it will have an access to the attractions of other resorts and other possibilities to spend their time. In the biggest town of the region, Corvara, there’s an ice rink, while in cameral Pedraces – a charming lake, on which you can also ice skate in winter. Guests can try local specials – Ladin cuisine is pretty interesting. In the past it was despised by other Italians, today however, in the era of healthy, ecological food it gains a lot of respect.
In Ladin taverns (Herrengröstel) we can try bread soup, barley soup, dumplings in broth as well as fried dumplings with spinach or cheese. The menu also includes cheese noodles and tutres, a round pastry with poppy seeds, sour cabbage or spinach. For the dessert we can order a strudel, a pastry with candied fruits or apple pie. Simple, nutritious and very delicious will give us power to get crazy on the pistes.