Nestled in amongst the Dolomites at the heart of the Fassa Valley is Val di Fassa, a top class skiing destination that brings the natural beauty of the Italian alps together with slopes that offer something for everyone and facilities which will make for an exciting stay.
UNESCO has protected the area around Val di Fassa as a World Heritage Site, so you can get an idea of the type of exceptional landscape it offers and with thousands of kilometres of slopes encompassed by the Dolomiti Superski Park, there is plenty of room for you and your fellow skiers to stretch your legs and carve up the slopes.
Val di Fassa is very much blessed with Italian spirit and this is reflected in the array of bars which offer welcoming atmospheres and unfussy designs that make them suitable for spending an evening with friends.
The two main villages of Canazei and Campitello each have their fair share of venues to try, with the Cantinetta Nightclub giving you a chance to party into the wee hours well after the other bars have closed.
Many of the bars have their own dining rooms to double as restaurants, although there are also a range of dedicated eateries, which we will discuss in more detail below.
If you want to take some time away from the slopes and enjoy an activity that has nothing to do with cold conditions and snow, then you might consider heading into Canazei and checking out the local swimming baths.
Those who want to push their physical condition to greater extents than that which is provided by a day of skiing can visit the Wellness Centre in Alba and then pop across to the bowling alley for some apres ski alternatives to drinking and eating.
Although most get their skiing done in daylight hours, there is a spot of night skiing on offer in Pozza di Fassa for those who are feeling brave and you can watch local teams battle it out on the ice in Alba at the ice hockey arena.
Those with extreme tastes might want to take to the sky with the paragliding classes, or a more sedate option is available in the form of snowshoe walking, which may not sound particularly exciting but is certain to provide you with the genuine experience of traversing untreated patches of deep snow.
As well as having great Italian food on offer at a variety of local restaurants, Val di Fassa is actually packed with budget options if you want to save some cash and still go back to your room with a full stomach.
Main courses such as classic pizza start from as little as five Euros in certain outlets and you can get set menu three course meals for sixteen Euros.
If you are not in the mood for a full meal and want to keep yourself topped up with energy during the day then there are many quaint coffee shops and cafes which will provide you with a hot drink and a snack to tide you over until the evening.
Making your way around the whole of Val di Fassa on foot is always a pleasant experience as the local authorities endeavour to keep pavements clear and clean, even in the height of the season.
Intermediate and veteran skiers will find plenty to get their teeth into at Val di Fassa, with four and five star ratings applied to the experience for these two groups. There is even the World Cup run available to those who are well versed in slope navigation, offering high speed thrills ideally without the spills.
Beginners are also well catered to and many people see this as the ideal family destination, as there are clubs for beginners and juniors in order to help them find their feet whilst the more experienced members of the group can go and find their own fun.
One popular red run is known as the Hidden Valley and it takes an 11 kilometre route right through the heart of the Dolomites, offering spectacular views and the promise of some entertainment at the end, with event organisers arranging a disco for those who have tired themselves out after a long day.
Val di Fassa gets four stars for snow boarders and there is even the option to give snowboarding a go using starter sessions to find out whether one plank of wood is really better than two.
Val di Fassa is a thriving ski destination with acres of space and some breathtaking scenery which make it better than the average venue.
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