Val di Fassa Ski Area

Val di Fassa ski areas offer 122km of piste skiing mostly between 1,320m and 2,485m, with another 100km nearby in Tre Valli and access to Dolomiti Superski - the world’s largest ski circuit with over 1,200km of pistes, of which 800km are connected.

Val di Fassa is a relatively complex arrangement with five distinct ski areas above seven Fassa valley villages, partly connected by 59 ski lifts and occasionally by bus, and further lift connections at one end to the neighbouring Tre Valli (Alpe Lusia and Passo San Pelligrino) ski area and to Dolomiti Superski (Sud Tirol) at the other.

Val di Fassa ski areas offer a vertical elevation of over 1000m rising from 1320m at the Pozza di Fassa base area, to 2485m at Col Rodella in the Campitello area, and off-piste opportunities from the top of the Sass Pordoi cable car at 2950m. Artificial snow-making covers 95% of pistes when needed.

Five Val di Fassa ski areas comprise 84km red and 27km blue, but only 11km of black runs. Val di Fassa skiing is best for intermediates and beginners and while there's not much challenging on-piste skiing for advanced skiers, there's plenty of skiing off-piste and good ski guiding available locally.

Val di Fassa ski areas and villages are surrounded by spectacular Dolomites mountains including Sella Massif (3152m), Marmolada (3342m), Rosengarten (2981m) and the beautiful Pale of San Martino (2996m) and situated along a 20km stretch of road from Moena (the 'gateway' to Val di Fassa) to Canazei and Alba.

The most convenient places to stay are Canazei (1460m), Campitello (1440m), Possa di Fassa (1320m), Vigo di Fassa (1390m) and Moena (1200m), Canazei and Campitello being the most popular. It's easy to travel the length of the valley in under 30 minutes by car or taxi, but not by bus, and your access to the ski area and the way you enjoy it depends whereabouts in the valley you are staying.

Canazei and Campitello - Belvedere and Col Rodella

Although the local Belvedere ski area above Canazei is just 22km of mainly intermediate pistes between 1460m - 2423m, it is also connected by lift system to the Col Rodella ski area (17km) at Campitello and by a 1km shuttle bus to Alba giving access to another 32km Fassa Valley piste skiing.  But the main draw is the direct link to the Sella Ronda and the vastness of the Dolomiti Superski region offering 1,200 km of piste, of which 800 km are connected.

From Canazei, a gondola takes skiers to Pecol and the wide open area beneath Belvedere (2423m) served by half a dozen more six ski lifts including the Pecol Col di Rossi cable car and a series of chairlifts leading to the Saas Pordoi cable car, the highest lift of the Val di Fassa region at 2950m.  At the top of Sass Pordoi there are splendid views and an off-piste ski route called the Val Mezdi from 2950m down to Passo Pordoi 2239m, and although there are no pisted descents, if you can't ski off-piste it's worth riding the cable car up and down to appreciate the unfolding views.

From Campitello - just 3km from Canazei - a cable car whisks skiers up the mountain to Col Rodella (2485m) and another 17km of intermediate skiing between Col Rodella and Passo Sella, served by 5 chair lifts and 2 surface lifts. Skiing here is directly under the gaze of the magnificent 'Sasso Lungo' in Alto Adige, acknowledged as one of the most beautiful peaks in the Dolomites. To get from Campitello to Sella Ronda and the greater area beyond, skiers should ski over to the Pian Frataces - Gherdecia gondola then connect onwards to Passo Pordoi.

The Val di Fassa gateway to Sella Ronda is the chairlift from Passo Pordoi to the nearby ski resort of Arabba and access to Sella Ronda and Dolomiti Superski.

Sella Ronda and Dolomiti Superski

The Sella Ronda or Four Passes Tour is an iconic 42km lift connected ski tour around the stunningly beautiful Sella Ronda Massif, which draws huge numbers of skiers every season.

Entry points from the Val di Fassa are at Canazei and Campitello. En route the journey will take in Selva Val Gardena, Corvara and Arabba before returning to your chosen departure point.

Skiers can choose to go clockwise (orange route) or anti-clockwise (green route), with the orange route being the more challenging of the two. Skiers should allow 5-6 hours for this excursion. It is sound advice to make an early start to beat the crowds, especially at the end of the day.

Note that the Val di Fassa ski lift pass is not valid for Sella Ronda. To ski the Sella Ronda and beyond you need to buy the Dolomiti Superski pass, valid for 800 km of lift connected skiing, and another 400 km that isn't lift connected, all skiable on one lift pass!

Pozza di Fassa - Buffaure and Ciampac

Buffaure-Ciampac ski area is easily reached either by gondola from the village of Pozzo di Fassa (1320m) to Buffaure (2020m) or from the village of Alba (1500m), higher up the valley (near Canezai), where a cable car  leads to Ciampac (2100m). The Buffaure-Ciampac ski area (32km) between 1390m-2428m is served by a total of 11 ski lifts with a capacity of 16,000 riders per hour. The ski slopes here are mostly intermediate red runs (25km) but there's also plenty of opportunity to ski off-piste on northwest facing slopes beneath Sella Brunech (2428m).

From the top of the Pozza-Buffaure gondola you can ski and ride a series of red runs and chairlifts between Buffaure and Ciampac, then ski the black run down to Alba and return to ski area by cable car. Ski the return journey from Ciampac back to Buffaure where you can ski the 6km long red run snaking down the Valle San Nicolo, with a typical outcrop of spiky red dolomite on the left side of the descent. On the final part of the descent, the steep Aloch run, illuminated for night skiing comes into view.

Vigo di Fassa - Ciampede and Carezza

From Vigo di Fassa (1390m), a cable car heads up the mountain to Ciampedie at 2,000m, the jumping off point for another 16km of mostly red (10 km) and blue (5km) pistes including a 4km long blue run down to Pera, a tiny village just outside Pozza di Fasso (1320m). Ciampede ski area includes 6 ski lifts with a capacity of 8,650 riders per hour, and because there is no link with bigger areas, queues are rarely an issue. Most of the pistes are in a compression in the lee of the Rosengarten chain of mountains, and as with most of the Val di Fassa, the surroundings are inspirational.

A regular bus service runs 9km from Vigo di Fassa to the Carezza ski area (35km) at the top of the Costalunga Pass, on the border between Trentino and the predominately German speaking province of Sud Tirol. Carezza ski area is mostly gentle blue and easy red runs between 1752 m - 2337m, but also includes a designated freeride zone for skiing off-piste to the left of the Monte Coronelle chairlift.  Carezza's 11 ski lifts have a lift capacity of 14,000 riders per hour and because Carezza ski area is not connected to any other, it seldom suffers from lift queues. For night-time fun the 'Christomanus' run (1.2km) is illuminated.

Moena - Alpe Lusia Bellamonte and Passo San Pellegrino

Although strictly speaking not part of Val di Fassa, the neighbouring Tre Valli ski area (100km) and lifts system is clearly marked on the Val di Fassa ski map and offers 100km more piste skiing nearby.

The nearest ski area to Moena (1200m) is the small Alpe Lusia Bellamonte ski area (26km) with 5 ski lifts carrying up to 10,700 riders per hour.  Access to the ski area is by gondola from Ronchi (2-3km from Moena) to Le Cune (2380m). It's mostly easy beginner skiing at the top of the lift system either side of Le Cune and between Lasté and Bellamonte, with intermediate red runs from Le Cune down to middle station at Valbona (1820m) and a single black run from Valbona down to the base station at Ronchi. It is possible, in good conditions, to ski on a track back from Ronchi to Moena.

There is a good ski bus service from Moena to the Ronchi and beyond to Passo San Pellegrino (15km south of Moena) where there's 74km intermediate and beginner skiing on slopes at Passo San Pellegrino (1918m) and on Col Margherita (2513m) served by a dozen ski lifts carrying up to 24,840 riders per hours. Alpe Lusia ski lifts are not covered by the Fassa Valley ski lift pass so if you wish to ski both Val di Fassa and Passo San Pellegrino (Tre Valli), it is necessary to buy the Dolomiti Superski lift pass.

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