Val di Fassa: skiing, trekking and good food in the Dolomites
The Val di Fassa valley is a favourite destination if you are looking for challenging ski runs and hikes among mountains unique for their beauty. The valley offers you the opportunity to practice countless winter and summer sports and the chance to take part to important events. This is the cradle of the Ladin culture, where ancient traditions have been carried on for centuries. The tourists arriving in this unique land rich of legends and stories will find a warm hospitality, spas, wellness centers and an excellent cuisine.
The valley stretches for about 20 km from Moena to Canazei and offers some of the most beautiful landscapes of the Dolomites: the Catinaccio Group with the Torri del Vajolet and the Roda di Vael, the Sella Group, the Sassolungo Group and the Marmolada Massif, that at the sunset take a reddish colour giving life to the phenomenon known as Enrosadira. The valley has also some of the most famous passes: Costalunga, Fedaia, San Pellegrino, Pordoi and Sella. In winter this resort is the land of Alpine skiing, with 9 different ski areas chosen by national champions for their training. Every day you can go from one valley to the other: Belvedere-Pordoi, Ciampac, Fedaia-Marmolada, Col Rodella-Passo Sella, Buffaure, Catinaccio-Ciampedie and Costalunga Pass in the Val di Fassa and Carezza ski resort, and Alpe di Lusia-San Pellegrino-Falcade in the Tre Valli ski resort. A long ski season awaits you: here in fact you can ski from December to April on 220 km slopes that will satisfy and fascinate everyone. Here you find panoramic slopes, cross-country skiing trails on the route of the Marcialonga and a wide choice of ski mountaineering routes. Moreover, two of the most famous ski mountaineering international competitions take place in Val di Fassa: the Sellaronda Skimarathon and the Pizolada delle Dolomiti.
A winter holiday in Val di Fassa means also snowshoeing, ice skating, paragliding, snow tubing and sledding, and the snow invites kids to play: younger guests will in fact find here a wonderland with many kindergartens and well equipped playgrounds. In the evenings you won't resist the temptation of nighttime skiing, of a dinner in a mountain refuge or of a party in a pub. Winter here means also relaxation and wellness in the Eghes Wellness Center of Canazei and in the Terme di Dolomia in Pozza di Fassa.
The summer is spent walking on the paths of the valley floor, hiking on nature and culture trails to discover the Ladin traditions, whereas more expert trekkers can try the trails going up to the mountains. If you want to reach the peaks without effort you can use the panorama pass, giving you unlimited access to the lift facilities, open also in summer. You could try famous climbing routes on the Catinaccio, the Sassolungo and the Marmolada, or vie ferrate of various levels. The most interesting ones are those winding through the trenches of the peaks of Costabella and Monzoni on the San Pellegrino Pass, or the Trek of the Legends and the four stages of the Via Alpina, one of the five international routes connecting eight European countries.
The Val di Fassa valley is the ideal destination to practice many sports: mountain biking on about ten trails of different levels, horseback riding, tennis, swimming, golf and climbing. Moreover, here take place important sport events like the Val di Fassa Bike, the Transaval foot race, the Dolomites Skyrace and the Rampilonga mountain bike race. There are also concerts and cultural events like Sounds of the Dolomites, the "Te anter I Tobiè" and the "Gran festa d'Istà".
If you want to end your holiday with style discover the legends of the valley and the Ladin cuisine, like the cajoncie (ravioli) and the fortaes (fried desserts), served during the wine and food week "A tavola con la fata delle Dolomiti", taking place in March in Moena. Moena is famous also for its Puzzone, a cheese you can try in the La Strada dei formaggi wine and food route.
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