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Alta Badia

Alta Badia Ski Resort Guide

Alta Badia, Italy

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length130km
Highest Lift2,750m
Resort Height1,324m
 Nearest AirportsBolzano and Treviso
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Alta Badia

Comprising six villages, lift linked together, Alta Badia is a key part of the Sella Ronda circuit. Largest and livliest of the six is Corvara, at a good altitude with great intermediate skiing. The village centre is quite compact with plenty of bars and restaurants. Neighbouring Colfosco is a pleasant village made up of large hotels with some shops. Doorstep skiing from most and a good base for sorties along the Sella Ronda and in to the Val Gardena. Just off the Sella Ronda circuit but well placed to reach it on the alta Badia and Dolomiti Superski passes. La Villa is at a good altitude, good intermediate skiing including a World Cup descent. San Cassiano offers excellent intermediate skiing below Piz Sorega. Plenty to entertain more advanced skiers on the Sella Ronda and the valleys radiating off it (all on the Dolomiti Superski pass). A small village in Alta Badia Region and on the Dolomiti Superski Pass. Newly lift-linked by two new chairs to the Sella Ronda circuit, creating a new red descent.

Summary

The Italian ski resort of Alta Badia is in the Italian Dolomites at an altitude of 1,324m, with 130km of marked runs.

Alta Badia is part of the Dolomiti Superski area with access to 1,420km of downhill skiing, with 668 marked pistes, served by a total of 488 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Alta Badia itself (130km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Dolomiti Superski ski resorts of Alpe di Siusi/Seiser Alm, Alta Pusteria, Arabba, Bruneck-Kronplatz, Civetta, Cortina d`Ampezzo, Marmolada, Obereggen, Predazzo, San Martino di Castrozza, San Vito di Cadore, Val Gardena, Val di Fassa, Val di Fiemme and Valle Isarco.

Alta Badia comprises the villages of Colfosco and Corvara.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Alta Badia?

The next notable snow forecast is 10cm, expected on 5 December.

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Ski Area Stats

Alta Badia Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 5 8km
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
3052km
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
68
Downhill
Total Length
130km
Cross Country
Total Length
35km
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
52

Dolomiti Superski Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
72
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
274
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
306
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
16
Downhill
Total Length
1,420km
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
488

Altitudes

Alta Badia Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,750m
Lowest Piste1,350m
Resort Altitude (Alta Badia)1,324m
Max Vertical1,426m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Alta Badia
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

Alta Badia Overview

Alta Badia is a pretty Italian area that includes the villages of Corvara, Colfosco, La Villa, San Cassiano, Badia and La Val make up the Alta Badia ski area in the Dolomite region of Italy's South Tyrol. Franz Kostner, a famous mountain guide, was the pioneer of modern tourism in Val Badia. At the end of the 19th century Franz and his brother Ojop climbed many famous peaks including some in the Himalayas. On his return to Val Badia he saw all the possibilities for tourism in the area and started by founding the Automobile Company - before then Val Badia was only accessible on foot or by horse-drawn coach. In 1908 along with his wife Ottilie, Franz Kostner opened the first hotel in Corvara, the Posta Zirm which today has one of the most popular night spots in the village - the Taverna Posta.

Alta Badia is linked to the Sella Ronda - one of the most famous ski tours in the Dolomites - which has famous skiing valleys radiating off it like spokes from a wheel with almost all of them lift-linked. The Sella Ronda runs around the Sella Massif - a vast, vaguely square shaped mountain of rock that juts out of the earth with jagged sides. Its spectacular to look at but difficult to cut a piste through so there are gentle trails leading around the gently sloping base, the circuit of which is some 25km (16 miles) long and possible to complete in a day.

The Dolomites take their name from the French aristocrat and geologist Déodate Guy Silvane Tancrède de Grandet, Lord of Dolomieu. He was born in 1750 in an age when science, exploration and discover were highly fashionable. Dolomieu explored the mountains of Italy, Tyrol and Graubünden but whilst in the South Tyrol he discovered a type of mineral consisting of calcium magnesium carbonate, the main component of the renowned 'pale mountains' which were eventually named after him.

The First World War was devastating for Val Badia and the other Ladin valleys. For 4 long years, the Dolomites were the scene of bloody conflicts and battles which ended in the deaths of thousands of soldiers on both fronts. It was above all a war of position where surviving the adverse climatic and living conditions were added to the continuous struggle. The routes and scars of those battles, which had their most hard-fought fronts in the Col di Lana, Tofane and Marmolada, are still recognisable in the Dolomites.

At the nearby Marmolada there is a museum to the history of World War 1 in this area and a model of the ice town which was built in the glacier by the elite Austrian mountain troops, the Kaiserjager. The ice town was an 8 mile labyrinth of tunnels and trenches carved in ice and rock by the troops and lived in by many soldiers between 1916-17. This incredible feat of engineering is slowly melting as it becomes visible, but other remnants of the era are now the targets of souvenir hunters - items include sardine tins, weapons, used rounds and boots - all over 80 years old.

The Dolomites are an impressive example of an area where 3 languages and cultures meet - the German speaking areas of the Tyrol, the Italian-speaking provinces of Trentino and Belluno, and the Rhaeto-Romanic or Ladin areas in the Val Gardena, Badia and Fassa Valleys. Once considered a dialect, Ladin has only recently been recognised as a language.

In Val Badia and Val Gardena, the 2 Ladin valleys in the Province of Bolzano, the Ladins are recognised as the third ethnic group and consequently their language and culture are protected. Ladin is now taught in schools, is used in public administration, and there are radio and TV programmes in Ladin. There is even a Ladin newspaper Usc di Ladins which is published weekly. This new awareness of the Ladins is confirmation that, for these mountain people, their intention and desire to keep their history, language and culture alive is deeply rooted.

 Notable Ski Runs

The most difficult run is the 'Gran Risa'.

Skiing

Beginners will soon build their confidence on the village runs in Corvara, Colfosco and La Villa as well as the smaller areas at San Cassiano and Badia, soon progressing to the higher, easy slopes of the La Brancia area. Intermediate skiers are in an ideal area and the most difficult decision of the day will be choosing which direction to ski in. San Cassiano, Arabba and Selva all have great intermediate areas. Advanced skiers will find plenty to challenge them in Arabba or Marmolada although the whole area offers plenty of scope.

Adding together the Sella Ronda's own pistes with those of the linked valleys yields a total of about 500km (313 miles) of skiing.

Corvara Ski School was founded 60 years ago by the first nationally certified ski instructors in Italy. It was one of the first ski schools in the South Tyrol and the first in the Badia Valley. The Ski School has a large team of certified instructors and offer the latest techniques and a modern hire service. For children they have the Ski kinderland.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding

There is a snowboard park by the Ciampai slope and snowboard lessons are available at the ski school. There's also a Boardercross Course by the La Para lift in San Cassiano.

Location and Map

Where is Alta Badia?

This ski resort is in the Italian Dolomites in Corvara, South Tyrol.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Alta Badia is Bolzano, 120 minutes drive away.

Treviso, Venice, Verona, Trieste and Innsbruck Airport airports are all within three hours drive.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 52 ski lifts are able to uplift 78,100 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 110km of ski runs,.

Season Dates

When is Alta Badia open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is late November (May open last weekend of November or first weekend of December depending on how year falls), and usual closing is Early April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Alta Badia, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Alta Badia Tourist Office for the latest.

Talking about Alta Badia

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Aprés Ski

The large village of Corvara has lively apres ski which centres around the bars and discos in the village. The 'Taverna Posta' is a well known and popular nightlife spot. The other villages are quieter but each with a few bars and restauirants, plus easy links to Corvara.

The most famous apres - ski bar is the Murin by Hotel La Perla (****) in Corvara

Alta Badia