La Dolce Vita in Alta Badia

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The skiing in Alta Badia offers some of the most picturesque scenery in Europe and over 130km of well groomed runs (not to mention a link to 500km of ski runs in the Dolomiti Superski area), with visitors arriving not only for the skiing, but also for the people, the relaxed attitude in resort, the scenery, the pink-tinged rugged peaks of the Dolomites, the sun …… oh, and the food.

Alta Badia has always been the ski region of choice for gastronomy buffs. After all, how many other areas can lay claim to three Michelin star chefs? It’s not just the fodder in the top restaurants that scores highly though – the quality of produce and the culinary offerings seems to have had a knock on effect elsewhere with offerings on the piste, and in resort in a league of their own.


La Dolce Vita in Alta Badia with A&K Villas
La Dolce Vita in Alta Badia with A&K Villas
La Dolce Vita in Alta Badia with A&K Villas


With limited black runs and not a mogul in sight, Alta Badia is perhaps not the place for hardcore skiers but a fabulous resort for beginners and intermediates, offering gentle, relaxing and confidence boosting ski conditions. With forty wide meandering and stunningly pretty blue runs, and a piste to mountain pit stop ratio which will appease even the most laid back of skiers, you’ll never be more than a few parallel turns away from a hot chocolate or bombardino (a local speciality of hot advocaat, whisky and cream).


La Dolce Vita in Alta Badia with A&K Villas

What’s more, the Italians approach to skiing is altogether different to their European counterparts. Forget the crazy queues for the first lifts and the over crowded pistes. Post lunch it’s always quieter, with many locals taking to the terraces, resulting in beautiful, picturesque, wide and wonderfully empty pistes for the rest of us. Perfect!

La Villa, San Cassiano, Pedraces, Colfosco and Corvara, make up the Alta Badia region and also form part of the Sella Ronda, a circular ski loop that runs around the massif of the Sella mountain range. Reasonable skiers you can complete this 26km circuit very comfortably in a day.

La Dolce Vita in Alta Badia with A&K Villas


For pure decadence, stay at the beautiful Rosa Alpina Hotel. Nestling at the foot of the Lagazuoi mountain in San Cassiano, it’s both elegant and informal, highly efficient and yet laid back. With an indoor pool and spa, a Michelin star restaurant and plenty of area to chill out in style after a days skiing, it’s the perfect place for some R&R after a day on the piste.


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