A love of tradition, impressive peaks and a joy for all your senses
A valley steeped in tradition and where even the young can sing along to the Jodler tune. Alta Badia really is a fairytale destination and you can be part of it!
Tradition and modern functionality come together to create 5 village settings where your holiday of a lifetime will live on for ever.
Each village is distinctive in nature but shares the respect and folklore common to times gone by. There is a real sense of harmony and all you need to do is slip in easily and enjoy the experience to the full. It is a valley of legends and the local Ladin history and language are fascinating reminders of a valley folk emerging from poor roots to offer the most sensational of holiday packages. All you need to do is live the dream.
Unspoilt nature and unique mountains
For nature lovers, Alta Badia offers unspoilt sceneries: wide slopes of virgin snow, silent pine forests, deep blue sky, fresh air and breathtaking sunsets.
To help preserve the natural environment of our Dolomites, building uphill facilities is always done with minimal environmental impact. For the production of compact snow, when needed, we use only clean water, while respecting the hydrologic balance. The water is not consumed, but turned into snow and then returned to the nature in the form of natural water streams.
A population tied to its ancient cultures and traditions
The earliest population of the Val Badia valley can be dated to the Bronze Age as the artefacts found at Sotciastel in San Leonardo/Badia show. When the region was conquered by the Roman Empire, the population took up the “vulgar” Latin of the Roman conquerors, forming a Romance language that developed in parallel to Italian, French and Spanish; thus Ladin was born. A consciousness of their language plays an important role in the identity of the Ladins as it serves as a form of self assertion towards the outside, but also as a link between the five Ladin valley communities.
The Val Badia valley has for centuries been characterised by small, compact hamlets, which are spread out regularly along the valley sides used for agriculture. In a harsh climate with difficult terrain, for centuries the life of the inhabitants was based on a unique mix of community organisation and self sufficiency.
The ski area for connoisseurs
The ski area Alta Badia located between 1,300 and 2,778 metres above sea level, awaits you from the end of November to April with perfectly prepared slopes to suit every skill level.
Cheerful sunny days and clear blue skies, together with the magnificent Dolomite Mountains provide an enchanting setting. Friendly people and great food will contribute to make your holiday memorable.
The key figures:
- Direct connection to more than 500 km of slopes in the Dolomiti Superski area, 130 km of them in Alta Badia and a well-planned snowmaking system.
- The impressive landscapes of the Dolomites, UNESCO World Heritage site.
- An advantageous position for the Sellaronda ski excursion and the WW1 ski circuit.
- Welcoming mountain huts, delicious food and selected regional wines.
The villages of Alta Badia
Corvara, at 1,568 m above sea level, is nestled in the sunny valley at the foot of Mt. Sassongher. The village is considered the cradle of tourism in Alta Badia, in fact, since the second half of 18.century Corvara was a destination for Italian and foreign climbers. At the beginning of the 20thCentury, in Corvara they began to ski, on the Col Alto slope transported by a “sledge lift” which was than replaced in 1946 with the first chairlift in Italy, the chairlift Col Alto. Skiers appreciate particularly the direct connection to the ski tour Sellaronda.
Colfosco, at 1,645 m above sea level, is prominently framed by the Sella massif, featuring Val Mezdì and the Puez – Odle Natural Park, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site since 2009. The particular atmosphere of a high alpine village linked with avant-garde tourist facilities and the direct connection to the Sellaronda make Colfosco an attractive destination.
La Villa, at 1,433 m above sea level, is set in the centre of the Alta Badia valley, bordering on the two natural parks of Puez – Odle and Fanes – Senes – Braies. La Villa has in achieved international fame thanks to international sport events. Every year in December the world’s best skiers meet on the Gran Risa slope for the Ski World Cup Men’s Giant Slalom and in Summer thousands of bicycle lovers start in La Villa for the famous Maratona dles Dolomites.
Badia, at 1,324 m above sea level, is a testimonial of outstanding mountain architecture. The village is ideal for families with children and nature loving people, who can enjoy a relaxed holiday in an unspoilt environment. The skiing area at the bottom of Mt. Santa Croce (Sas dla Crusc) is connected with the Alta Badia ski carousel.
San Cassiano, at 1,537 m above sea level, is a romantic village at the foot of the mountains Conturines and La Varela that combines the typical features of a mountain village with first class accommodation. Two of the 3 gourmet restaurants in Alta Badia are at home in San Cassiano. For ski fans a descend from the famous Lagazuoi slope is not to be missed.
La Val, at 1,348 m above sea level, at the foot of Mt. Santa Croce in a setting of rare beauty, is the smallest and most peaceful village in Alta Badia. Surrounded by meadows and forests La Val offers the perfect setting for a relaxing holiday in contact with nature. It offers a good choice of accommodation including various farm holidays. La Val is connected to the Alta Badia ski area with a ski bus.