San Cassiano is an ideal base for your ski holiday and we are sure this is why a huge percentage of our guests return again and again!
Here are 12 reasons why the area appeals to so many…
1. The biggest ski carousel in the world
1200 km of slopes, 450 lift facilities, and 30 snowparks in 50 towns are covered by the Dolomiti Superski lift pass. There are 12 ski areas in Dolomiti Superski, considered by many as the biggest ski resort in the world.
2. Vast area of connected slopes
San Cassiano has a direct connection to over 500 km of linked slopes and the Sellaronda ski circuit. Just 2 lifts away is the World Cup slope “Gran Risa” and Val Gardena is also connected, as is the Marmolada glacier. The famous Lagazuoi slope (Hidden Valley) and the Cinque Torri area of Cortina are also easily accessible from San Cassiano and we highly recommend a trip.
3. Spectacular scenery
The Dolomites are listed as a UNESCO heritage site for exceptional natural beauty …with good reason. On the ski slopes, the breath-taking scenery you encounter may stop you in your tracks, and as the sun goes down the sharp mountain peaks that rise from gently sloping valley hillsides turn beautiful warm tones of orange and pink.
4. Unspoilt nature.
The ski area has developed over the years with consideration for the natural environment. Constant thought is given to keeping impact minimal and respecting natural balance.
5. Ideal location for mixed ability Groups
The slopes above San Cassiano are a haven for progressing techniques and there is a choice of blue or red runs back home. Those more advanced will appreciate the miles you can travel, the unusual circuits and routes you can follow (such as the Sella Ronda and WW1 ski tours), and will find plenty of challenges if they want them.
6. State-of-the-art lift system
The lift system is exceptionally efficient and modern and is constantly being updated and improved. The lifts are well maintained by helpful lift attendants and where there are queues, they are rarely long and usually fast moving.
7. Well groomed pistes
The slopes in Dolomiti Superski are beautifully looked after and bashed every night, this is especially helpful for recreational skiers and improvers. It also helps preserve better slope conditions into the spring
8. World class snow-making facilities
Over 80% of Dolomiti Superski’s pistes are covered by snow-making machines should the need arise. They scientifically produce the best quality artificial snow possible and only use local natural water sources to maintain ecology.
9. Snow fun
San Cassiano is home to one of Alta Badia’s best toboggan runs. Hire a traditional sledge and follow the Tru Liosa Foram track from Piz Sorega through 4.5 km of pine forest and ending behind Albergo Frohsinn. Above San Cassiano is one of Alta Badia’s biggest and best snowparks and you’ll be back at the top in no time with the high-speed chair Ciampai. For children (and less brave!) there are fun trails which include skiing through cute houses built from snow and secret runs through the trees created by ski schools.
10. The ski area for connoisseurs
San Cassiano is home to two of Alta Badia’s 3 gourmet restaurants. The area has a multitude of welcoming mountain huts serving delicious food and regional wines. Many visitors will find their fair pricing particularly refreshing!
Take a ski tour run by the tourist board tasting the areas wines, or taste dishes created by top chefs on the “Ski with taste (Sciare con Gusto)” menus that are offered by numerous mountain restaurants.
The Italians really know how to care for families. San Cassiano has great ski schools and slopes for improvers. There are several mountain restaurants that have playgrounds in the snow and family-friendly menus at sensible prices. Families with young children will particularly appreciate the area and restaurant at the top of the gondola, a lift which babies, toddlers and non-skiers can use too. Piz Sorega even has a bear cave to explore.
Reductions for Junior lift passes include youngsters up to 16 years old, and under 8’s are given a free pass if a parent buys one.
12. Unique culture and traditions
The friendliness and warmth of welcome from the local inhabitants are extraordinary. Val Badia was for centuries characterised by small agricultural hamlets spread out along the valley sides and has a unique culture and long traditions. The local population are known as Ladin and have their own language, impressively, they also speak fluent Italian and German, in addition, English is widely spoken too.