The week-long programme "A Taste For Skiing in Alta Badia" is a gastronomic highlight of the South Tyrol.

This winter the event will take place during the week of Jan. 16-22. For seven days, Alta Badia becomes a haute cuisine capital, attracting Europe's premier chefs, giving visitors the chance to take part in a host of cultural, culinary, and sports activities.

A highlight of the event is the Chef's Cup charity race - a giant slalom event founded by the two-Michelin-Star chef, Norbert Niederkofler. The race attracts more than 100 chefs and wine producers each year.

Mountain refuges also celebrate gourmet cuisine: 12 top chefs from South Tyrol create their own signature dish, combining local produce with international ingredients, and each is served in a different mountain refuges throughout the winter. Other events during the week include wine tasting, gourmet ski tours, and cookery courses.

Alta Badia in South Tyrol is an alpine valley containing the villages: Corvara, Badia, La Villa, San Cassiano, and Colfosco. The area has made a name for itself as a winter destination for gourmet dining on the slopes and contains the highest concentration of gourmet restaurants in Northern Italy.

Alta Badia is part of the Dolomiti Superski area which is set between 1400 and 3269 metres. It comprises 130 kilometres of slopes linked by 53 modern lifts.

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