Val di Fiemme, in the north-eastern Trentino region, gives the choice of staying in eleven typical villages, dotted around a 35km (22 mile) long valley, surrounded by stunning dolomite peaks. The valley has a good sunshine record because of its South-West - North-East orientation, with an average of 8 sunny days out of 10.
One ski pass covers five separate ski areas in the valley. Alpe Cermis, accessible from Cavalese; the Ski Center Latemar, accessible from Predazzo, Pampeago and Obereggen; Bellamonte-Alpe Lusia Ski Area, accessible from Bellamonte (Castelir); Passo Rolle and the Lavazé-Oclini Pass. In total Val di Fiemme offers more than 100km (63 miles) of piste, with 120 ski instructors, served by 50 ultra-modern ski lifts and a free ski bus transfer service.
On top of the local skiing Val di Fiemme Obereggen is part of Dolomiti Superski ski circuit, one of the largest ski areas in the world, featuring 1,200km (750 miles) of pistes and 450 ski lifts.
The area is very family-friendly with welcoming ski kindergartens, snow parks and school camps to learn skiing and have fun at the same time.
Val di Fiemme also boasts great terrain parks, a network of rental shops, hiring helmets too (compulsory for under 14 years of age), mountain refuges and typical restaurants, ski and snowboard schools, a free ski bus and ski and sleigh rides by night.
Ski Center Latemar is the largest ski carousel in the Val di Fiemme-Obereggen area. This ski area is dominated by the Latemar Dolomite group and touches both Trentino and South Tyrol. Obereggen, Pampeago and Predazzo are served by 18 ultra-modern ski lifts assuring the transfer of skiers from 1550 to 2500m in altitude. In total there are 45km (28 miles) of impeccable pistes.
This season skiers will find a new 750m long red piste in Pampeago on Mount Agnello; the renewal of the Latemar chair lift in Pampeago with padded seats and a faster ascension speed.
The Ski Center Latemar offers a large variety of perfectly prepared pistes, snow guaranteed, extraordinary sights, breathtaking landscapes and tasty cuisine, as well as many chances of spending the afternoon in 10 typical refuges with music and entertainment.
On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Friday evenings from 7 to 10pm, the pistes are floodlit for skiing or sledging by night. A good chance to combine the pleasure for sport to après-ski music (all included in the weekly or seasonal ski pass).
Thrills and excitment are guaranteed to all snowboard enthusiasts at the snow park with its three jumps, three rails and an 80 m halfpipe.
The Alpine Coaster Garonne is a special attraction - a monorail sledge that descents for a kilometre of jumps, parabolas, dips and breathtaking bends, in total safety and in the heart of the unspoilt nature of the Latemar forest.
This attraction for children and grown-ups is accessible from Predazzo, via the modern cable car Predazzo-Gardoné, at more than 1 650 m of altitude.
Alpe Cermis has grown up along the mountain side of Lagorai and is comfortably reachable from Cavalese town centre. A network of pistes of various grades wind down from the 2200m high Paion peak, with its extraordinary view, down to 800m at the valley bottom.
This area includes the very long piste called "Olimpia" (7.5 km), recently enlarged and served by two modern cable lifts.
Alpe Cermis is a real paradise for children, who can count on two equipped areas for playing and learning how to ski. In Dosso dei Larici there is the "Cermislandia" snow playground (with magic carpet lift and baby ski area) and the nursery kindergarten.
In Cermis (near Eurotel) there is a ski school camp, served by a ski lift. For youngest kids, the "Via del Bosco" (Forest Route) is also very amusing and it helps children discover nature through games and pictures showing up along the softly sloping path.
The area faces north, thus snow coverage is guaranteed throughout the winter season.
Last winter Alpe Cermis added a new detachable quad chairlift with wind protection, capable of uplifting 2000 skiers per hour and replacing the existing Prafiorì ski lift. There was also a 400m extension to the Prafiorì piste; a new piste called "Salera", next to the Prafiorì.
Bellamonte - Alpe Lusia is an area of summer mountain pasture, overlooked by the Pale di San Martino mountains, with amazing view of the entire Val di Fiemme. Here there are 25km of large pistes, ranging from school camp soft slopes to the most demanding runs.
Among the mountain huts, converted in to cosy refuges, there is the "Ciamp de le Strie", with its interior decor inspired by the valley legends. There are two parks for snowboarding, with jump and boardercross tracks, also suitable for kids.
Near the chair lift station in Bellamonte, next to Ristorante Zirmo, in a protected place, there is an area for baby skiers with magic carpet lift. Furthermore, this is the only ski area in the Valley where all facilities are equipped for disabled guests (access to the lifts, ski pass offices, and even mountain refuges with wheelchair access are available). This is actually the place that hosts the association "Sportabili" of Predazzo (www.sportabili.org).
For all ski touring enthusiasts there's a ski bus transfer to the Valles and San Pellegrino passes.
The new cable lift Ronchi-Valbona-Le Cune has replaced the old lift and cableway. In Castelir, at Bellamonte ski lift station there has been an enlargement of multipurpose building to reduce at queues. The ski rental shop has also been renovated with a large room for ski storage and boot drying. The new snow playground for young skiers has magic carpet lifts, inflatables, small gymkhanas and jumps; and the final stretch of the piste has also been extended.
Lavaze - Ocline pass is located on a plateau stunningly surrounded by the mountain groups of Catinaccio and Latemar, where downhill and cross-country skiing live together. In the area of Oclini, at the foot of Corno Bianco and Corno Nero, there are five lift facilities, with easy access from the road. This area also features 80km of cross-country skiing trails at an altitude of 1800 m, and a centre with changing rooms, showers and waxing service. The forest paths are suitable for cross-country skiing, nordic walking or snowshoeing. Equipment rental available on the spot, including cross-country ski suit.
The ski lift at the Malga Varena school has been restored this year and children learn to ski here on a kilometre long piste, beside an entertaining snowpark.
The landscape at Passo Rolle is one of the most astonishing. At the foot of Cimon della Pala, five lift facilities bring up to eleven pistes. The most popular is the "black" Paradiso descent which is used for international competitions. High altitude and artificial snow coverage assure a long skiing season.
For snowboarders, the Rolle Railz Park features 12 rails and 4 jumps. For cross-country skiers, a five kilometre long trail winds among snow covered pastures and forests of larch and fir.
The walk on the snow from Malga Venegia to Baita Segantini, at the foot of the Pale di San Martino range, is very much appreciated. The Alpine School of the Guardia di Finanza, which trains staff for ski patrol and mountain rescue, has its base at the Pass.
A special ‘Snow all Included' offer is available from 445 euros which includes a snow holiday week in Val di Fiemme with seven nights in a hotel on a half board basis, a six-day ski pass valid for all of Fiemme-Obereggen; a 12-hour group ski lessons course; a night sleigh ride in Obereggen; entry to the Ice Stadium in Cavalese and to the other ice rinks in the valley and entry to the area's public swimming pools.