Val di Fassa Other Activities

Val di Fassa has a wide range of activities from which to choose, making it a good destination for non-skiers or for skiers who fancy a change of pace. These include excellent cross country skiing, marked winter walks, ice climbing, ice skating, hang gliding and much more.

Cross country skiing

There are over 50 km of marked cross country trails (including one illuminated circuit for night skiing at Pozza di Fassa) spread throughout the Val di Fassa. As with downhill skiing, there are trails suitable for all levels, and if you wish to learn to cross country ski or improve your skills, there are two ski schools (one in Canazei, the other in Pozza di Fassa). Every year on the last Sunday of January, the famous 'Marcia Longa' cross country ski race takes place in Val di Fassa and the neighbouring Val di Fiemme. The main 'Marcia Longa' is 70km long with 'Marcia Longa Light' at 45 km, and in 2010 there were 6,500 entrants for the races. Cross country ski schools include Scuola Sci di Fondo Fassa in Canazei (Tel: +39 0462 601409) and Scuola Sci Valojet in Pozza di Fassa (Tel: +39 0462 763309)

Winter walks and snowshoeing

There can be fewer experiences more enjoyable than getting away from it all on a walk through the stillness of a winter landscape. Val di Fassa has 28 walking itineraries ranging from 2km to 18km in length. Some are more difficult than others, but the tourist board publish a walking map to make your choices easier. Extending from the marked walks, snowshoers can follow longer itineraries into the forests of Val di Fassa. Most of the walks pass at least one restaurant or mountain refuge, so you may wish to plan your excursion around a tasty Val di Fassa lunch.

Wellness Centres

Many Val di Fassa hotels have 'Wellness' centres but there's also an excellent public facility in Canazei - the Eghes Wellness Centre - complete with a variety of baths and saunas as well as a heated swimming pool (entrance fee winter 2010 €26). For more information see www.canazei.org. The Terme Dolomia in the Hotel Antico Bagno in Pozza di Fassa specialises in therapeutic and beauty treatments www.termedolomia.it

Shopping

Each resort village of the Val di Fassa has a range of shopping including many chic clothes shops, sports shops stocked with top brands, specialist food and drink shops, art galleries, etc. The bigger resorts of Moena, Campitello and Canazei not surprisingly lead the way in the 'retail therapy' league.

More activities

There is ice skating on natural ice rinks at Campitello and Moena, plus indoors at the ice stadium in Alba di Canazei, which also hosts ice hockey matches. Also in Alba is the 'Slide Park' inner tubing slope, which is great fun for all ages. For a bit more adrenalin, visitors can try ice climbing up frozen waterfalls or take to the skies for a two person hang glider ride and see the Val di Fassa scenery from an entirely different perspective.

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