- Overall Rating 4
- Family Friendly 4
- All-Mtn. Terrain 5
- Terrain Park 3
- Nightlife 4
Pros: Fantastic ski area
Cons: None, it's great
Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters
Date Visited: Jan 1, 2008
When I started skiing I never really considered the Dolomites for a ski trip. I had an image of a tiny ski area for beginners and bargain hunters, that ranked along side Bulgaria and Andorra. Well, I was wrong (I was also wrong about Andorra, but that's another review I may put fingers to keyboard about).
Canazei, in Val Di Fassa, has access to one of the largest continuous ski areas in the world and the area pass covers more ski area than anywhere else in the world. There is a lot of skiing here and you probably wouldn't cover it all in a lifetime of ski holidays.
Most people who go to this area have done a bit of research and want to ski the Sella Ronda. This is 26 mile circuit around the Sella Massif. You can go clockwise or anticlockwise. This route can get busy at times but it also gives you access to the numerous other ski areas. Just make sure you are back in the Canazei bowl before the lifts close. Taxi prices go up at this point. There is so much variety available that you could never get bored here. And there are lots of great on slope bars and restaurants, including a go go bar, for drinks and food.
The other thing you never tire of is the scenery, the Dolomites (Italian mountains named by the English after a Frenchman) are the most spectacular mountains in the world. They are a photographers delight and the way the colours of the mountains change during the day is mesmerising.
Canazei itself is a pleasant town. The locals are friendly and speak their own dialect, Ladin - just say "Bon Di" and they'll love you. The Rose Garden is probably the best apres bar, get a pizza in the Kaiser Stube and then head to Lieber Augustine for the nail game.
You also get a wide variety of nationalities skiing this area. Canazei is the favoured resort for Danish skiiers. It's good to ski somewhere you actually feel as though you are abroad. No plummy Brit accents to be heard.
Canazei would suit any skiier, or boarder. Loads of terrain and lots of fun.