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Alta Badia is a renowned ski area located in the heart of the Dolomites, in the South Tyrol region of Italy. It offers breathtaking alpine scenery, excellent snow conditions, and a variety of terrain suitable for skiers of all levels.
The resort is part of the Dolomiti Superski area, one of the largest ski regions in the world, which provides access to over 1,200 kilometers of interconnected slopes.
The history of Alta Badia dates back centuries, with the area originally being a traditional mountain village. Today, it combines the charm of an authentic alpine setting with modern ski facilities.
The resort has a strong focus on preserving its cultural heritage and offers visitors a chance to experience the local Ladin culture through its cuisine, language, and traditions.
In terms of ski connections, Alta Badia is well connected to neighboring resorts and ski areas. It is part of the Sellaronda circuit, a famous ski tour that takes you around the Sella Massif, allowing skiers to explore different valleys and villages. Additionally, there are efficient ski bus services that provide easy access to nearby slopes and resorts.
Colfosco is a quiet village, a place to induge in peace and quiet, relax in a Half-board or Full board hotel at the end of the day. Corvara a slightly busier town, offering more opportunity to walk about town and stay out for an apres pint. These both connect directly to the Sella Ronda circuit.
San Cassiano and La Villa sit back in a seperate valley, connected to the shared ski area of Corova from the backside - both excellent options to ski the Sella Ronda without being located directly on the circuit and its well known towns.
When it comes to the après-ski scene, Alta Badia offers a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. There are numerous mountain huts and restaurants scattered across the slopes, where skiers can indulge in delicious local cuisine and enjoy stunning panoramic views.
The region is known for its excellent food and wine, with several Michelin-starred restaurants in the area. After a day on the slopes, visitors can unwind in cozy bars and lounges, savoring a glass of local wine or a hot drink by the fireplace. This isn't somewhere to head for crazy parties.
Alta Badia is suitable for a wide range of skiers. It offers a good mix of gentle slopes for beginners and more challenging terrain for advanced skiers. The resort is particularly popular among intermediate skiers who can explore the extensive network of blue and red runs.
This is not an area for those who enjoy big mountain skiing with long runs - this a scenery and vibe first area.
Overall, Alta Badia combines natural beauty, rich history, and excellent skiing opportunities, making it an appealing destination for skiers of all ages and abilities.
(Airports, trains, shared options)
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Innsbruck and Verona are the easiest airports to take a train to Alta Badia.
Fortezza / Franzensfeste is the place to change onto a regional train to Sankt Lorenzen (30min) Then the 460 bus route (1hr) to Colfosco (or jump off at any point where you stay down the Valley)
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The easiest way to plan train travel is use The Trainline (click the logo below)
This is because it's the most comprehensive integration of all European train operators, so you can even plan cross-border travel.
On average you can book 3-4 months in advance, read our full Guide to European Rail travel
Coach services mostly connect to Bolzano/Bozen, from there you'll need to hop on a regional bus to the resort.
Depending on your departure point you can use:
Flixbus - Multiple European cities
Itabus - from Naples, Rome, Florence, Bologna, and Verona
From Bolzano you an also take the Sudtirol shared or private transfer direct to your accommodation (see Train section)
Thinking of a multi-area holiday?
Connect from Cortina with Cortina Express Coaches
Venice airport or Venice Mestre Train station 11am /2pm/5pm/6:30pm departures Venice Airport (15th Dec - 2nd April)
April only 2x a day at 11:20 or 14:20 Approx. 2 hours
Then connect (sat & sun only from 12 Jan to 31st March) twice a day
1.5hrs max from Cortina d'ampezzo