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Alta Badia in the Dolomites – welcome to foodie heaven
Issue 1 / 05 April 2018

Alta Badia in the Dolomites – welcome to foodie heaven

Enjoy the incomparable atmosphere & exquisite cuisine of Alta Badia in the Dolomites

Jackie Slaughter

Come to the delightful village of Alta Badia, where mountain huts and gourmet mountain restaurants are perched against the captivating landscapes of the Dolomites, framed by an intense blue sky and enhanced by brilliant sunshine. With 300 days of sunshine per year and a harmonious blend of Italian “Dolce Vita” and typical South Tyrol ambiance, Alta Badia is a fabulously desirable summer and winter destination.

Where is Alta Badia exactly and how do we get there?

Alta Badia is located in the centre of the Dolomites, 36 km south of Brunico and 170 km north of Venice and comprises the villages of Badia, La Villa, San Cassiano, Corvara, and Colfosco. The nearest major international airport is Venice, with smaller airports at Treviso and Innsbruck offering flights within Europe and from the UK.

What is there to do in winter?

In winter, skiing and snowboarding are the main activities, and Alta Badia is suitable for both experts and beginners alike. The resort is part of the Dolomiti Superski, one of the largest ski circuits with 1,200 km of slopes across twelve ski regions accessed with a single ski pass. Alta Badia itself has over 130 km of piste trails serviced by 53 lifts. The resort's efficient lift system provides direct access to the famous Sella Ronda and Alta Badia's signature advanced slope, the World Cup run, the Gran Risa in La Villa. Most of the terrain in Alta Badia is gentle and perfect for beginners and intermediates, with ski kindergartens available for children. However, the surroundings are spectacular and more challenging terrain is close by in neighbouring resorts or in the off piste.

What is there to do in summer?

During the warm summer months, activities still very much have an outdoor focus, with glorious hikes through lush green meadows, alpine pastures, high plateaux and nature reserves under clear blue skies. You might also enjoy cycling and climbing or a round of golf. Of course, a summer holiday in the Dolomites of Alta Badia isn’t only for sports enthusiasts. Those who prefer it a bit less hectic, or who simply want to spend quality time with the family, can relax beside one of the swimming pools, in the animal parks and children’s playgrounds or in one of the beautiful nature reserves.

Where should we eat?

There are fine restaurants in abundance in Alta Badia, such as the renowned Restaurant St. Hubertus, recently awarded its third Michelin star. St. Hubertus is open during the summer and winter seasons for dinner only, and with just 11 tables (including a chef’s table open to the kitchen), reservation in advance is essential. You might also like to try Michelin-starred La Stüa de Michil, where you will find a careful blend of the traditional and innovative, with beautifully presented, refined Italian cuisine. A tasting menu, complete with wine pairings, is a popular choice.  In addition, there are numerous mountain huts or refugi serving excellent dishes prepared according to traditional recipes, including the Col Pradat, Ütia de Bioch, Pre ’de Costa and Scotoni among others.

Where should we stay?

Completed in 2016, Casa Feroze is a beautifully designed chalet combining modern design with an authentic alpine ambiance. The property is located right in the centre of Colfosco, just 40 metres from the piste and a short stroll from the restaurants and shops, giving easy access to both the slopes and the bustling resort centre. Situated directly on the Sella Ronda, a 42 mile ski circuit around the Sella Massif, the chalet is ideal for keen skiers with the Colfosco Bowl, Pralongia Plateau and Corvara a ski lift away.

Located in San Cassiano, Chalet Zeno is a contemporary mountain-style home combining authenticity with modern comforts to create an inviting and elegant ambiance where guests can relax in style. Chalet Zeno is built on the first floor of five star Hotel Rosa Alpina and guests staying in the chalet have access to all of the hotel’s facilities including the restaurants and wellness area which has an indoor pool, sauna, gym and yoga studio.

For further information on Alta Badia take a look at our Ultimate Guide.

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