Alta Badia is popular in both summer and winter. If you love skiing, spend a week at the Alta Badia ski area in the Dolomiti Superski circuit.
In summer, 400 km of trails are open for hikers to discover countless nature walks and hikes. Plus, there are tons of other outdoor activities! This is an area worth experiencing and exploring all year round. Even though the tourist season, in the summer, runs from mid-June to the end of September.
The Borest gondola makes it easy to get between Corvara and Colfosco without a car: just walk a short distance, ride the gondola through the woods, and you don't have to worry about finding a parking spot. From Colfosco station, it's just a short walk to the Plans - Frara lifts, which go up to the Gardena pass.
The La Fraina and Bamby chairlifts on the Piz Sorega and Piz La Ila plateau connect the villages of La Villa and San Cassiano. You only have to walk a few steps in nature.
Alta Badia's main towns are Corvara, Badia (which includes the hamlet of La Villa), San Cassiano, Colfosco and La Val, a bucolic and picturesque village.
Val Badia also includes other areas like Longiarù, on the slopes of the Puez natural park; Odle; San Lorenzo di Sebato, where the valley joins the Val Pusteria; San Vigilio di Marebbe and San Martino in Badia are all great places to remember. These are all access points to the Fanes-Senes-Braies, Puez-Odle natural parks, and Plan de Corones.
The landscape in this alpine valley - nestled between some imposing Dolomite massifs (the Sella, the Sassongher, the Sasso di Santa Croce) - looks like a postcard: well-kept meadows surround the viles, the villages made up of very old farmsteads, located at the foot of the mountains.
The territory ranges from about 1300 to 3000 meters (and more) in altitude, from the valley floor to the highest peaks.
From the top of Sella Pass, you can enjoy an exceptional panorama of the Dolomites. From here, the view of the surrounding mountains is truly impressive. It almost seems to touch the Sellach Towers with a finger, which rises right in front of it. The view of the Sassolungo and Sassopiatto groups is also unforgettable. Furthermore, you can also admire the Marmolada.
Val Badia's tourist offerings are comprehensive. In summer, there are lots of great excursions you can take on well-maintained and signposted paths of varying difficulty levels. Families can enjoy beautiful, easy walks and attractions designed specifically for children.
In addition to being popular with hikers, the area is also a hit with cyclists and motorbike enthusiasts, thanks to the great e-bike trails and famous cycling events that attract participants from all over, like the Maratona dles Dolomites.
There are also Via Ferratas (like the famous Tridentina on the Pisciadù, in the Sella group), mountaineering routes, and adrenaline sports. There are also refuges with fascinating histories, like the one next to the Sanctuary of Santa Croce.
Plus, the tourist consortium organises interesting activities to help you discover the most authentic Alta Badia and experience the local culture.
Alta Badia is a popular skiing destination. The first chairlift in Italy was inaugurated here in 1946. Every year, the ski area hosts the Alpine Ski World Cup. It's one of the most popular areas in the Dolomiti Superski because of its awesome facilities and great views.
Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are great ways to enjoy the scenery and silence of a winter landscape.
The Gardena Pass is the starting point for many summer hikes. Easy walks start from the top of the pass, like the one that goes down to Colfosco on a path between the huts. There are also more challenging excursions, such as the one that gets you to the top of Gran Cir.
On the side of Passo Gardena descending towards Val Badia is the start of the Tridentina, one of the most famous Via Ferratas in the Dolomites. It climbs the Sella up to the Pisciadù Hut.
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