<p>Ideal for skiers and non-skiers alike, Alta Badia has a range of mountain activities to enjoy during your stay.</p>
Photo: Alta Badia Brand/Freddy Planinscheck

Top 5 Winter Activities in Alta Badia

Ideal for skiers and non-skiers alike, Alta Badia has a range of mountain activities to enjoy during your stay.

Resort Guides
Published at: 11 Jan 2022
Last updated at: 15 Feb 2023

Alta Badia, in the heart of the Dolomites, is much more than a ski destination. In fact, the entire region is a positive playground for winter activities, both sporting and recreational. Discover 5 of the best...

Serena Norton
Serena Norton
Snowshoeing in Alta BadiaPhoto: Alta Badia Brand/Visual Working

1. Discover the dramatic Dolomites on a guided winter hike

With snow-white ridges, spectacular winter landscapes, unspoilt nature and magnificent views of the Dolomites, there is no better place to set off on a winter hike than Alta Badia. With 80 km of well-groomed signposted trails ranging in difficulty, discover quaint hamlets and impressive panoramas. During the winter season, Alta Badia organises a number of hikes which are accompanied by an expert local guide. From observing the wonder of the Armentara meadows and experiencing the Ladin culture to full moon snowshoe excursions and torchlit hikes with stargazing, discover the Dolomites in all its glory.

View of San CassianoPhoto: Alta Badia Brand/Freddy Planinscheck

2. Race down the slopes on a toboggan

Full of fun for family ski holidays, Alta Badia is home to several dedicated toboggan runs. From Piz Sorega at 2,003m, whizz down the 3 km Tru liösa Foram toboggan run to San Cassiano at 1,537m, experiencing mountain meadows and forests en-route. With its beautiful panoramic views, another popular run is the Rit-Biei natural toboggan run. Reached on foot from the centre of La Val, the run takes you from the Rit lake via some thrilling bends to the hamlet of Biei. The route is on the easier side and suitable for families.

STAY: Cesa del Louf - Perfect for tobogganing, guests staying at this chalet have the use of a private handheld lift on a private ski track.

SassolungoPhoto: Alta Badia Brand/Paola Finali

3. Test your skills on the ice

Ice skating has a long tradition in Alta Badia, with locals and tourists enjoying skating and ice skating on the frozen Sompunt Lake since the end of the 50s. At Corvara’s ice stadium, skate late into the evening at the “Ice Dance Disco”. The stadium has a bar serving drinks and snacks and it is possible to rent skates from here too. Prices are EUR 10 for adults and EUR 7 for children (skate rental included).

STAY: Villa al Sole 401 - Located in Corvara in the heart of Alta Badia, Villa al Sole 401 has an ideal location for Corvara's ice stadium.

View of La Villa in the DolomitesPhoto: Alta Badia Brand/Freddy Planinscheck

4. Enjoy a horse and carriage excursion through the enchanting landscape.

Wrapped in a warm blanket, discover Alta Badia on a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snowy landscape. Popular routes take you from La Villa via Corvara or Pedraces and back again where you will experience unspoiled forests and meadows. Shorter tours are also possible. If you still haven’t had your equestrian fix, then Badia’s equestrian centre offers riding lessons for all levels.

STAY: Chalet Mi Amur - Hop on a horse-drawn carriage at this spacious chalet in La Villa. The free ski bus also stops 30 metres from the chalet.

Church in Alta BadiaPhoto: Alta Badia Brand/Freddy Planinscheck

5. Discover the cultural side of Alta Badia

Alta Badia is blessed with many historical and cultural attractions including churches, museums and geological sites. For a snapshot of the development of the Ladin Dolomite valleys, the Ladin Ciastel de Tor museum displays significant moments in past and present day life. Also worth visiting is the Ladin Ursus ladincus museum which houses the fossilised remains of the prehistoric bear of the Conturines caves.

Other sights in Alta Badia which are worth seeing include the frozen waterfalls at the Scotoni in San Cassiano, the Galleria d’Ert Acuarei and the Open Air Museum of Mt. Lagazuoi. In winter it is possible to do the Great War Ski Tour, an 80 km long trip which takes you on a journey along the military front of World War 1, following historical sites and winding around the bases of the most famous peaks. Using the ski bus, lifts and slopes, you can complete the tour in one day.