Part of the vast Dolomiti Superski ski area, the largest ski area in the world.
Canazei is a village of just under 2,000 inhabitants in the Ladin-speaking part of the Dolomites in Italy. Narrow streets, rustic buildings and traditional architecture gives this quaint town an effervescent character. It is one of the main winter centres in the Val di Fassa (Fassatal for the German-speaking part of the South Tyrol) and occupies a strategic position in the popular Sella Ronda ski circuit. Canazei is often mentioned in conjunction with the neighbouring village of Campitello, which has its own connection into the vast Sella Ronda area with a lift from the resort heading up near the Sella Pass.
Resort Altitude: 1,465m
Resort Skiing: 2,630m
Total Ski Area: 220km
Blue Runs: 35km
Red Runs: 58km
Black Runs: 14km
Cross Country: 28km
Part of the Dolomiti Superski area and known for its expansive terrain and beautiful views, Canazei offers 127km of slopes elevated between 1,465m and 2,630m. Expect long, wide and well-groomed slopes perfect to learn on or carve down. The area is one of the main access points to other resorts in the Dolomiti ski area such as Campitello, Alba and Pozza di Fassa.
With the ski area divided by each side of the valley, skiing in Canazei caters for all abilities. Beginners can find gentle blue slopes towards the bottom of the valley and progressive runs towards the top. Intermediate skiers will enjoy the vast variety of red runs that the resort has to offer. Skiing is also available in the surrounding areas of Campitello and Alba. The Sella Ronda circuit is also extremely popular with skiers.
Canazei has its own terrain park and halfpipe, as well as tree-lined runs, perfect for cutting through for some off-piste fun. For more favourable conditions head over to San Cassiano which is a couple of chairlifts and runs away and offers board cross, a more extensive park and long, quiet runs perfect for carving.
The Canazei Ski School offers group or private programs for skiing and snowboarding with meeting points easily accessed in the town centre. Lessons cater for all abilities so whether you're a beginner or want to hone your carving skills, the instructors are able to cater for you.
The Canazei Ski School offers a Kinderland club for children aged 4 to 12 where they offer group lessons, supervised lunch and a fun park with all sorts of entertainment for the younger members of your group.
Rich culinary traditions in the region mean that locals are extremely enthusiastic about their food. There are also a lot of pizzerias for those that enjoy authentic Italian pizza. Stua di Ladins is one of the best restaurants in the resort, serving traditional food and Italian wine. The surrounding resorts are also home to some spectacular restaurants for a special lunch or dinner.
Surprisingly this small town is vibrant after the runs close and into the evening. The Rose Garden, Paradis and Osteria at the bottom of the slopes are popular for après ski drinks. The International Bar is a more quiet location to enjoy a drink or an ice cream from its own ice cream parlour.
For those that don't ski, there are a range of walks available, with access to the top of the mountain by gondola. There is also a public wellness centre with a pool, saunas and Turkish baths. The surrounding resorts and villages are wrth exploring as well, with bueatiful scenery and chic Italian shops.