Alta Badia Ski Resort

Alta Badia ski resort.
Dramatic terrain in Alta Badia ski resort above Corvara.
Sassongher looms over Corvara & Colfosco in Alta Badia ski resort.
The early bird catches the perfect groomed trails at Alta Badia.
San Cassiano, one of five major Alta Badia villages.
The Alta Badia village of Colfosco has family friendly ski slopes.
Alta Badia rifugios serve the world's best calimeros!
Alta Badia is central to the famous, but sometimes busy, Sella Ronda.
Forested slopes near Armentarola in Alta Badia.
Alta Badia has huge numbers of mountain huts, both old & new.
On mountain dining in Alta Badia is sensational.
As is on mountain boozing! Apres ski bars area everywhere in Alta Badia.
Alta Badia skiing.
Passo Gardena is the boundary of Alta Badia & Val Gardena ski resorts.
Alta Badia skiing.
After a long lunch, some Alta Badia sun soaking is mandatory.
Then some fortifying fluids before the ski run down to Corvara.....
A spot of shopping perhaps in Alta Badia's main centre, Corvara.
And of course cocktails.........
Alta Badia ski resort.

Alta Badia Ski Resort

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Dolomites Ski Resorts

3 Peaks Dolomites
Arabba Marmolada
Civetta
Cortina d'Ampezzo
Dolomites
Gitschberg Jochtal
Kronplatz
Plose
Val di Fassa
Val Gardena

    Alta Badia Ski Trail Map
  • Alta Badia Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,324m – 2,550m (1,246m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    Unknown
  • Lifts (53)
    11 Gondolas / cable cars
    30 Chairs

    Dolomiti Superski
    450 lifts
  • Ski Hours
    Late Nov to early April
    8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 130km (Alta Badia only)
    Longest run – 7km
    Advanced - 7%
    Intermediate - 25%
    Beginner - 68%

    Dolomiti Superski
    1200km of trails
  • Lift Prices (Day Ticket 18/19)
    Alta Badia only
    Adult - €45 - 56
    Child - €31 - 39
    Child u/8yr - Free

    Dolomiti Superski Pass
    Adult - €49 to 61
    Child - €34 to 43
    Child u/8yr - Free

Alta Badia Ski Resort Italy

Nestled between the Sella massif and the looming Sassongher, Alta Badia ski resort provides the traditional Italian alpine experience in an exquisite setting. Offering classic Dolomites piste terrain and a veritable moving feast of bars, mountain huts and restaurants, Alta Badia is far more than just a ski or snowboard experience.

Alta Badia is fantastic thanks to fast and comfortable ski lift connections, sensational snow making, wide and well-groomed slopes, plus traditional Ladin, Mediterranean and South Tyrolean eating (and drinking) experiences that are hard to match. Beginners, intermediates & gourmands alike will enjoy all this region has to offer.

Summary of Pros & Cons for Alta Badia Ski Resort

Pros

  • Superb piste trails for beginners, intermediates & families;
  • Modern interconnected lift system;
  • Glorious scenery;
  • Huge number of high-quality mountain huts & rifugios;
  • Central access to all major Dolomites ski resorts;
  • Part of the Sella Ronda & Great War ski circuits;
  • The best mountain bars & restaurants in the Dolomites;
  • Exceptional snow making system covering all piste trails.

Cons

  • Limited advanced or challenging terrain;
  • Some lifts & piste trails overcrowded;
  • Some villages (La Villa) in near total shade for much of winter;
  • Natural snowfalls are less reliable than in the past.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Après ski is abundant, but aside from some notable exceptions, the nightlife tends to be a little quieter & more refined than in other Dolomites ski resorts.

Alta Badia Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

Alta Badia has over 130km of piste trails serviced by 53 lifts. The resort's efficient lift system provides direct access to the famous Sella Ronda and Alta Badia's signature advanced slope, the World Cup run, the Gran Risa. See the Alta Badia ski trail map here.

Much of the terrain in Alta Badia is gentle and perfect for beginners & intermediates, but the surroundings are quite spectacular and more challenging terrain is close by in surrounding resorts or off piste.

See the Alta Badia Skiing & Snowboarding page for more information.

Snow & Weather

The ski terrain at Alta Badia is predominantly above 1800m elevation so is guaranteed cold winter temperatures for premium snow conditions.  With the exception of the north facing runs into La Villa, most of the trails get some quality sunshine through the day too.

That said, the Dolomites have seen a general decline in snowfall over recent decades, so the Italians have been great innovators in snow making technology. To its credit, in a lean snow season, Alta Badia will have nearly all of its piste trails open & skiing beautifully. We have skied the resort in both snow feast (2017/18) & famine (2016/17). Both trips were equally enjoyable!

Where is Alta Badia, Italy?

Alta Badia ski resort is made up of the villages of Badia, La Villa, San Cassiano, Corvara, and Colfosco. It is located in the centre of the Dolomites, 36km south of Brunico (Bruneck), and 170km north of Venice.

Gateway international airports are Venice, Munich & Milan Malpensa. Airports at Verona, Treviso & Innsbruck (130km) are options for travelers from the UK or within Europe. Bus & private transfers are available from each airport.

Train travel to Alta Badia is possible from all the airports to Brunico railway station. A short bus ride is required into the heart of the Dolomites.

See the Travel to Alta Badia page for more information.

Alta Badia Accommodation

The choice of hotel, apartment, guesthouse and rifugio accommodation options at Alta Badia can be daunting. Several villages are within the resort and each have merits. From the Powderhounds perspective, Corvara, with its central location, sunny disposition and range of services and facilities is the best place to stay. The villages are summarised below.

Corvara – The heart of Alta Badia with its sunny disposition, major lifts allowing easy access to all points, all major shops and services, the best bars in the region, wide range of lodgings from the high end La Perla to a host of excellent guesthouse accommodations.

La Villa – over shadowed (literally) by Piz La Ila & the Gran Risa, much of the town is in shadow during winter – i.e. Hotel Christiana (ski in ski out). Some options above the road get more sun & direct access adjacent warm & sheltered intermediate & beginner slopes. For a combination of light & dark, the Hotel Gran Risa is in prime position at the end of the world cup slope in the centre of town.

San Cassiano – Probably the sunniest town in Alta Badia, it’s slightly off the beaten path location make it a real option for visitors. Some of Alta Badia’s most scenically beautiful and fun runs (number 11 & 12) leads back to the town. The gondola Piz Sorega gives direct access from San Cassiano to the myriad of lifts & beginner /intermediate trails on the plateau.

Badia – At the end of the line accessing the main slopes from Badia every day would be tedious, not to mention the return at the end of the day.

Colfosco – Darkened by shadow from the Sella massif for most of winter and with gentle slopes and a mind-numbingly painful set of lifts, it is best avoided. Enough said!

Search & book all Alta Badia ski accommodation here.

Alta Badia Rifugi, Bars, Restaurants & Nightlife

The ski resort & villages of Alta Badia are a revelation in the eating, drinking and be merry stakes. Whether it a calimero to get the heart started in the morning, a gourmet lunch, spritzers or gin & tonics in the afternoon, lively après or a dinner & ski after-dark combo you will be sated at Alta Badia.

For suggestions on the best places to gorge oneself & replenish lost calories from skiing, see our Alta Badia Food & Nightlife page.

Ski Rentals Lessons & Guiding

Ski rentals from Powderhounds partners are available in the Alta Badia villages of Corvara & San Cassiano. Search & book ski or snowboard rentals here.

A gargantuan number of ski instructors, ski schools & guides earn their keep in the Alta Badia ski resort & adjoining valleys. To narrow down the field, search & book a private lesson or resort guide with the best providers here.

Nearby Ski Resorts

Alta Badia is of course part of the Dolomiti Superski area and is directly lift and piste interlinked with the massive ski resorts of Val Gardena, Val di Fassa & Arabba Marmolada.

The huge and modern Kronplatz is 30km north toward Brunico, providing an easy day trip via local buses (the number 460). Cortina d'Ampezzo ski resort is a short taxi ride away up to the spectacular Lagazuoi. Quiet but delightful Civetta is accessible via ski bus from Marmolada's Malga Ciapela or Cortina's Fedare.

Tours in or near Alta Badia

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

CLASSIC Dolomites Ski Safari
HOSTED SKI SAFARI | DOLOMITES
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
The very best skiing in the Dolomites linking 6 ski resorts & spending 4 nights in mountain rifugi under the guidance of your dedicated host. Ski the best groomed trails in the Dolomites on this classic ski safari. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group together for a custom tour.
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USD 2,277
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SPECIAL Dolomites Ski Safari
HOSTED SKI SAFARI | DOLOMITES
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
A special ski adventure set amongst the awe inspiring landscape of the Dolomites. Linking 9 ski resorts via groomed slopes by ski, taxi, helicopter & snowmobile, spend 5 nights in mountain rifugi under the guidance of your dedicated host. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group together for a custom tour.
Price p/p From price based on fixed date tours, twin/double-share room.
Base/invoice currency is in EURO incl taxes.
USD 2,790
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Dolomites Freeride Ski Tour
HOSTED & GUIDED FREERIDE TOUR | DOLOMITES
2-10 Days | 1-9 Nights | 2-10 Ski Days
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Ski the best Freeride terrain in the Dolomites on a fully guided tour that can include legendary Cortina, Marmolada, the Sella massif, Tonale & the Brenta Dolomites. Customise your own tour for 1 to 7 people with dates, locations & duration that suit you.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share room occupancy.
From price also based on a group of 4 on a 7-day ski safari.
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USD 1,750
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Skiare SILVER Packages
MIXED GROUP GUIDED INSTRUCTIONAL PACKAGES
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Beginner to Expert
Make the most of your Dolomites ski holiday with a MIXED GROUP guide / instructor who will show you many of the great sights & ski areas whilst helping you to improve your skiing. Whilst this example package is based on 7 nights, packages are fully CUSTOMISABLE from 3 days plus and can start from any day of the week.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share in a 3-star hotel room during medium season (Dec 1 - 23, Jan 6 - Feb 2, Mar 10 - 24).
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
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USD 2,694
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Skiare GOLD Packages
PRIVATE GUIDED INSTRUCTIONAL PACKAGES
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Beginner to Expert
Make the most of your Dolomites ski holiday with a private guide / instructor who will show you many of the great sights & ski areas whilst helping you to improve your skiing. Whilst this example package is based on 7 nights, packages are fully CUSTOMISABLE from 3 days plus and can start from any day of the week.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share in a 3-star hotel room during medium season (Dec 1 - 23, Jan 6 - Feb 2, Mar 10 - 24).
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 3,633
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Dolomites Powder Skiing Star Safari
GUIDED POWDER SKI SAFARI | DOLOMITES
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Skiing
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
This is the ultimate guided Dolomites powder ski safari incorporating lifts & touring to access the best the area has to offer. Experience a night in a classic mountain hut & ski up to 2,000 m vert descents. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
Price p/p From price based on fixed date tours, min 7 people, twin/double-share room.
Base/invoice currency is in EURO inc taxes.
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USD 2,092
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