Bathing in an astonishing 300 days of sunshine a year, South Tyrol is a picturesque ski location. Set against the backdrop of the majestic Dolomite Mountains, the rugged beauty of the region belies its fractious past. South Tyrol’s has shifted between Austrian and Italian control for much of the last hundred years and this diverse history is reflected in its varied culture and cuisine.
Fine dining throughout South Tyrol
Home to a variety of Michelin-starred restaurants, South Tyrol, is full of stylish town centres and an abundance of fine food and wine. Alta Badia’s zest for fine food and wine has always been evident on the piste, with an abundance of tasty mountain restaurants littered across the heart of the Dolomites. An exciting initiative in the region, aptly named “A Taste For Skiing” aims to take the South Tyrolean’s fervour for food to the next level.
The initiative will use local and international gourmet chef’s expertise to create the recipes in 14 huts across Alta Badia all winter long. The chefs will dip their fingers into the traditional cuisine of their home region and their recipes will contain only the very best of Italian produce. The dishes will then be paired with a South Tyrolean wine to complete this exciting gastronomic experience.
Hotel La Perla, a four-star wooden chalet, offers some of the area’s finest high-end accommodation. Located in Corvara at the base of the Col Alto run, the Hotel La Perla is replete with fine examples of Italian craftsmanship: hand-woven rugs, frescos and chandeliers. It’s warm, woody restaurant glows with old-world charm. Other features include a veranda for reading, an outstanding wine cellar and a 600-year-old ‘Old House’ – now an entertainment venue.
The three-star Hotel Belvedere in Colfosco, a quiet and tranquil village at the foot of the Dolomites, is perfect for a short stay. The family-run hotel offers traditional rooms, all with TV and Wi-Fi. Choose a bottle of wine from the Belvedere’s famously extensive list and enjoy watching the shadows lengthen as the sun disappears over the peaks. Nestled at the base of several gentle intermediate runs, Colfosco is an ideal location to spend a relaxed weekend.
Skiing for all abilities
South Tyrol is home to around 30 ski areas, split across the Dolomiti Superski and Ortler Skiarena. The Dolomiti Super Ski circuit is one of the world’s largest ski circuit with over 1200 km of skipistes.
For a more thrilling South Tyrolean excursion, take the cable car up the Lagazuoi rock face between San Cassiano and Cortina. The journey up this sheer rock face is an adrenaline-pumping experience in itself as you scale the peaks once used by Sylvester Stallone in Cliffhanger. From the top you’ll ski down the famous Armentarola piste. With breath taking views of the plateau-shaped Sella Massif, frozen waterfalls, and unusual rock formations, the Armentarola piste is the perfect way to see the unique topography of South Tyrol. Adventurous skiers are rewarded at the bottom of the run by a charming horse-drawn rope pull back to the ski lift.