Val di Fassa Intermediate Skiing

Val di Fassa is especially well suited to intermediate skiers, with 84km of the 122km designated as red runs and more connected skiing nearby in Sella Ronda and elsewhere in Dolomiti Superski region.

Canazei and Campitello lead the way with a combined tally of 35kms, and of course both of these resorts also link to the 42km Sella Ronda tour, and the vast Dolomiti Superski region.

From Campitello, the Campitello-Col Rodela cable car deposits skiers and boarders at 2,485m, and directly from this high point there is a swathe of well groomed red runs served by seven chair and surface lifts, extending in one direction to the Sella Pass road, and to Pian Frataces in the other.

From Plan Frataces the lift system rises towards the pistes of Canazei. Take the Plan Frataces - Gherdecia chair to gain access to this area, which in turn connects to the Fodom lift out of the Val di Fassa over to Arabba. At this point it is important to know where you are and that you have the right lift pass, as the Val di Fassa lift pass isn't valid in Arabba, or anywhere out of the Val di Fassa.

Remaining within the boundaries of the Val di Fassa lift pass, there are eight ski lifts on the Canazei side serving the open red runs with the backdrop of the towering Marmolada. Canzaei is the most popular resort in Val di Fassa and these runs can get very busy, especially at the end of the day as day skiers from the Sella Ronda and Dolomiti Superski return home.

The other connected area is Ciampac - Buffaure (25 km), and not being otherwise connected to the Sella Ronda, it's less busy than Canazei - Campitello. Given the openness of the pistes and uninterrupted views of stunning Dolomites scenery, this should be a 'must do' on any visit to Val di Fassa. The Alba base area at Ciampac is connected by shuttle bus to the Canazei base area, a journey of about 1 kilometre.

Starting from Pozza di Fassa, the gondola quickly lifts skiers and boarders to Buffaure, which incidentally is one of the most scenic ski school meeting places anywhere in the mountains. At Buffaure there are three chairlifts in the immediate area, with six marked runs. However, given the open nature of the well groomed piste, there are several route options available. The top lift is Col de Valvacin and from here you can ski to the Orsa Maggiopre lift which will carry you up to the Alba/Ciampac side. Should you be tempted to ski down to Alba, which is a charming village, be aware that the run into Alba is a 3km black. Otherwise stay at Ciampac and enjoy the sking and the almost unbelievable views.

The other three, smaller areas with intermediate pistes are Carezza (12 km), Vigo di Fassa/Ciampedie (10 km) and Marmolada (5km).  Marmolada has just two runs on the slope of the Marmolada glacier and enjoyable for a short morning or afternoon, and the lift is not far from the village of Alba, by skibus.

Carezza, at the top of Costalunga Pass, is overlooked by the beauty of the Rosengarten chain of mountains. Although it is a small area, there is a high ratio of mountain restaurants, and smart skiers will plan a morning here, working up an appetite for lunch before taking the ski bus in the afternoon to another area in the Val di Fassa, such as Vigo, the next village towards the valley. The red runs of Vigo are clustered around the Ciampedie area, located on the opposite side of the Rosengarten from Carezza.

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