We love exploring the destinations we visit and sharing our insights with you – our members. These destination guides will give you plenty of inspiration about what you should – and could – be enjoying, whether it will be the first or the tenth time you’ve visited. From exciting activities, tips about where to head for luxury shopping and even things that you may find a little bit quirky, you’ll find something new and inspiring to try. Explore Alta Badia.
Live like a local
The Dolomites are a walker’s paradise for anyone who likes to take their time and admire striking scenery as they go. Walks here should never be rushed—it’s just too beautiful. Summertime strolls amongst the grassy meadows and dainty alpine flowers of Armentarola and Störes are a delightful way to relax with family in tow. But if you’re feeling energetic and yearning for more of a challenge, there are longer walks in Fanes-Senes-Braies natural park.
If you’re interested in finding out more about the region, there are two museums. Museum Ladin Ciastel de Tor, set within a 13th century castle, tells the story of the Dolomites’ Ladin people. And, if you like geology, there’s a museum dedicated to the prehistoric cave bear. You can also take a guided tour of the original cave, which has been well preserved.Find out more
If you’ve done some of the obvious Christmas market city destinations in Europe and fancy trying somewhere off the beaten track and quieter, the small and traditional village of San Cassiano might suit. The market here is inspired by local Ladin culture and little wooden huts house artisan craft stalls, whilst stands sell delicious ‘street’ food all in a magical, winter-wonderland setting. One of the most fun traditions in the Alta Badia region is the Vintage Ski Party held at the end of the season in April. Participants dress up with skis and fashions from the 1950s to the 90s, and there’s a unique buzz throughout the valley that spills out onto the slopes.Find out more
Alta Badia’s ski season runs from the end of November to mid April, and it’s part of the Dolomiti Superski region, the largest ski area in the Alps. From the village of San Cassiano there’s a modern gondola which takes you to the ski circuit between Corvara and La Villa, where you can access the Sella Ronda circuit and well-groomed red runs. Experienced skiers can ride the black runs of Gran Risa in La Villa and Vallon-Boè in Corvara. If you want a guide for the day, the Ski School Dolomites can oblige, whilst snowboarders should head to the snow parks on the plateau between Col Alto, Piz La Ila and Piz Sorega. There’s also cross country skiing, heli-skiing, sledging, snow-shoeing and ice climbing, if you’re up for the thrill.
During summer, horse-riding is a wonderful way to discover the region and the equestrian centre is the place to go for assistance on how to start your adventure. Or feel the thrill of rock-climbing on one of the special routes.Find out more
With the kids
In the summer, kids will enjoy the rolling hills and fresh mountain air where there’s so much to do: walks, cycling, learning to horse-ride at the equestrian centre, or for rainy days, there’s the indoor climbing centre, which is suitable for older children. In winter, Alta Badia is a great place for little ones to learn to ski, and many ski schools offer lessons for children from three years and upwards. Teenagers looking for their next challenge can learn to snowboard. If you have toddlers, drop them off at one of the ski kindergartens where they can spend a day enjoying snowy fun outdoors and indoor activities, whilst you head for a child-free day on the slopes. And to make some great family memories, go ice-skating on Sompunt Lake that freezes in winter.Find out more
Shopping in the region is low key, and across Alta Badia’s villages you will find elegant Italian fashions, art galleries, craft shops, ski equipment shops and some good delis, perfect for picking up tasty, local cheeses and jams. Or try the weekly farmer’s market held in San Cassiano.Find out more
Food and drink
Hungry? There are hearty dishes to try in the Dolomites region that harken back to days spent working in the mountains and working up an appetite. Local specialties include tris di canederli, three dumplings with ham served on a thin layer of broth, or try the fried slices of polenta with a sprinkling of Parmesan—simple but satisfying. On the other hand, for Michelin star dining head to Restaurant St. Hubertus at Rosa Alpina in San Cassiano. There are some good local wines too, including the white Nosiola wine. If you really want something to warm you up in the wintertime, don’t hesitate to try the Bombardino, a hot cocktail laced with advocaat and brandy, topped with whipped cream. It’s definitely one to kick off the après-ski!Find out more
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