Our Manager Director, Craig Burton, takes a trip to the stunning Italian Dolomites. He visits some of the most beautiful ski resorts within the Alta Badia region of Sud Tirol – a UNESCO world heritage site. Here he shares his experience.
Which ski resorts did you visit?
I visited the sought-after villages of Corvara, Colfosco, La Villa, and San Cassiano sitting in some of the most breath-taking mountain scenery in the world. Not that I could see much when I first arrived on Tuesday. The snow was falling when we arrived in La Villa after a speedy 90-minute taxi transfer from Innsbruck. In fact, snow had dominated the weather in the week leading up to my arrival, and over 1.5m of snow had fallen in recent days. Nearby Arabba was still cut off from the outside world after 2m of snow had fallen over the weekend. Since Christmas Eve this region is reported to have received an incredible 600cm of snow.
What are the Dolomites like?
The Dolomiti Superski area claims to be the largest in the world with over 1220km of piste and something for everyone, though in my opinion suiting best the intermediate skier wanting to clock up lots of mileage. Nowhere does cruising blue run quite as well as the Dolomites. In addition, the scenery is breath-taking. I can confidently say these are the most beautiful mountains in the Alps (best enjoyed from the numerous mountain huts!) Alta Badia tourist board offers a Gourmet Ski Safari where you can try a different mountain restaurant every day. In Alta Badia, you can taste appetizers created by Michelin-starred chefs in fourteen huts along the slopes. Every chef will be assigned one of the 14 participating huts in Alta Badia.
Sadly for me, this was a whistle-stop tour. I had just one day to ski, eat and drink as much as I could, clocking up miles of velvet-like groomers before stopping for lunch at the Pralongia Hut in Corvara. I can confidently say that I will be back.
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