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Friday, December 14, 2007

A winter holiday in Val di Fassa

Winter in the Val di Fassa means also excursions on snow covered paths which you can follow with or without snowshoes, technical and challenging ascents up frozen waterfalls or adventurous routes off-piste accompanied by expert guides. In addition there are ice skating, descents down the snow on giant rubber dinghies, and for those looking for thrilling emotions, a breathtaking adventure in a two-seat paraglide to enjoy the unique Val di Fassa scenery from above.
And in the evening it will be difficult to resist the temptation of a dinner in an isolated mountain hut, to be reached by skiing or by snowcat, followed by an exciting sled descent along snowy paths.
Many are also the pubs and bars where you can spend the evening joyfully, meeting a lot of people.
And unmissable are the ice hockey matches of the "S.H.C. Fassa Levoni", the local team since years at the top of the National Hockey League.

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Canazei Hotel: Albergo Villa Rosella

In the territory of Canazei (Val di Fassa), the Villa Rosella Hotel (3 stars) is in the heart of the Dolomites, immersed in a charming natural park of firs and larches bathed by the clear waters of the Avisio Torrent. Placed in a perfect position, it takes our guests just a few minutes to reach the Ciampac cableway at Alba di Canazei as well as the ice stadium. Furthermore, a ski bus passes by every 15 minutes on its way to the Belvedere of Canazei ski plant. The hotel was completely restored several times during the century (last in1999). It still has the facade with panoramic views of the impressive Sassolungo Mountain.

The Hotel is furnished with comfortable bedrooms all with private facilities, telephone, TV-SAT and safe. The rooms are well furnished with decorative wooden trimmings. Most rooms have a balcony.

The hotel is provided with s lift to all floors, dinning room, cosy living room, heated Ski room with fittings for storing skis and boots, private undercover parking motorbike garage and large private natural park, with a small beach on the torrent Avisio where one can sunbathe and relax.

Typical cooking from Trento as well as Italian and international cuisine under the direct control of the hotel owner and chef Antonio Leonetti.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Val di Fassa ski resorts

Canazei (m 1450 a.s.l.), with its four outlying areas of Gries, Chieva, Alba and Penia, not even being the most populated town of the Val di Fassa is surely the most renowned touristically and is above all acclaimed nationally and internationally for its winter tourism due to its strategic position by the Dolomite Passes of Pordoi, Sella and Fedaia. The very modern ski lifts make the area of Canazei a model resort in the alpine arc, directly linked to the Giro del Sellaronda. Set in a stupendous natural basin and at the foot of some of the most alluring Dolomite peaks, Canazei has seen a notable expansion in building work during the last decade, while remaining firmly tied to its Ladin origins and traditions, of which many visible traces remain in the architecture like they do in popular customs. Great care is taken to safeguard and look after the customs of the Ladin people who here, like elsewhere, are welcomed in dance, theatre and culture groups. At the end of each summer the representatives of all the Ladino peoples gather at Canazei for the "Gran festa da d'ista", now a classic meeting of local tradition. Canazei represents an ideal match between nature and sport, shows and culture, relaxation and night life: there are, in fact, many typical bars and restaurants, pubs, après ski and piano bars where people go, especially in winter, until the first light of dawn.

Mazzin (m 1372 a.s.l.) is the smallest municipality in the Val di Fassa and includes the villages of Campestrin and Fontanazzo. The town is known for the discovery of important traces of early human settlements, Rhaetian in origin (Doss dei Pigui), and furthermore preserves the only example of a rustic manorhouse in the whole valley, known as "casa Battel" which has a triangular-capped tower and frescos and decorations of notable artistic value. In the past Mazzin was made famous as the town of "pitores", the artisan decorators who at one time used to migrate with the seasons in search of houses to paint. Like every town in the Val di Fassa, Mazzin is a favourite departure point, especially in summer, for many outings to the nearby Dolomite peaks. In winter cross-country skiing enthusiasts can set off from here directly onto the beautiful track of the Marcialonga which goes as far as Canazei and then returns across the valley floor; for downhill skiing enthusiasts a widespread network of ski buses ensures a quick transfer to the ski-lifts in the nearby resorts.

Vigo di Fassa
The village of Vigo di Fassa (m 1393 a.s.l.) is situated up on a wide piece of terracing in a dominant position of the valley with views that stretch all around from Cima Undici and Cima Dodici as far as Marmolada. In summer this sunny resort enjoys a special status as a departure point for hundreds of outings and climbs in the Catinaccio group. After a few minutes in a modern cable-car directly from the village you will reach the natural terrace of Ciampedìe at 1998 m. which acts as a panoramic balcony of rare beauty giving 360° views from Catinaccio as far as the Pale di San Martino. In winter Ciampedìe acts as the focal point for the skiing area, where, thanks to the most up to date artificial snow making equipment, snow is assured from as early as the end of November. In summer and winter this magnificent Dolomite natural terrace runs an innovative and well attended "Baby Park Ciampediè" where children of all ages find their every wish fulfilled. Vigo is the headquarters of the Ladino Cultural Institute, the driving force behind the study and protection of Ladin culture, which in recent years has seen exponential growth and considerable success in the whole of the Fassa community. Also belonging to Vigo di Fassa are the villages of San Giovanni, Vallonga and Tamion, small settlements which preserve intact some interesting examples of Ladino architecture.

Moena (m 1184 a.s.l.) is the gateway to the Val di Fassa and marks the ideal border with the nearby Valle di Fiemme. It rises out of a splendid alluvial basin surrounded by some of the most alluring Dolomite groups which include the Latemar, the Valaccia and the green expanses of the Costalunga pass. It is the main town of the Valle di Fassa, known both in Italy and abroad as the "fairy of the Dolomites", which encapsulates its charm and tradition which are linked to stories lost in the mists of time. The village, which is well looked after architecturally, is notable for the attractive elegance seen in the boutiques, where you have the chance to satisfy your most demanding high-class shopping desires. Furthermore, Moena has shown in recent years that is very responsive to the Ladin culinary tradition and provides successful gastronomic reviews such as "Dinner with King Laurino" in winter and "Flavours of autumn" in September. In summer the area offers its guests many walking opportunities and many mountain bike tracks of varying grades of difficulty. It is already the classic mountain bikers' homeland where the route of the "Rampilonga" runs which with its 4500 participants has become the largest mountain bike marathon in Italy. In winter, though, Moena thrives in the heart of the Ski Area Tre Valli, featuring a functional network of ski lifts and splendid slopes whether at Alpe di Luisa or at Passo San Pellegrino, as well as an equipped cross-country skiing centre.

Fedaia Pass
Situated at 2054 m. you reach the pass having passed the hamlets of Penia and Pian Trevisan. The area features the presence of the imposing artificial embrace defined by the dam which blocks the top of the Avisio valley, from which a 1.85 km lake originated. The Fedaia Pass, in view of the Marmolada (Queen of the Dolomites) glacier, is well attended in summer and in winter. On the southern side of the Marmolada there is a famous skiing area served by a single cable car which runs very frequently from the end of February to the beginning of May when the views and the snow conditions are incomparable. This is a real paradise for off-piste enthusiasts and for climbing in sealskin boots, while in summer it is a ’must’ for walking enthusiasts and for traces of the World Wars.

San Pellegrino Pass
The San Pellegrino Pass (m.1918) is a wide alpine pass of interest to tourists, about 11 km from Moena and marks the border between Trentino and the province of Belluno. It is the destination in summer of numerous outings, whether on the slopes of Costabella and the Monzoni Group or towards the area of the Col Margherita and Cima Bocche with interesting communication trenches dating back to the first world war; in winter, the ski resort which is being developed is equipped with modern ski-lifts and pistes of varying length and difficulty which are directly connected to the Tre Valli carousel and to the ski resort of Falcade. The Pass features some prestigious hotels, which give direct access to the slopes, ideal for those who love the purest skiing and the slopes are always lit up by the sun. The Alochet cross country centre, with superb tracks set in the splendour of the woods, is well known by lovers of cross country skiing.

Campitello di Fassa
The village of Campitello (m. 1448 a.s.l.) is dominated by the imposing mass of the Sassolungo and by the Col Rodella (2404m) from where you can admire one of the most wonderful landscapes of the Dolomite arc whose summit is reachable directly from the village with a fast and regular cable car service. In winter you can choose from a wide variety of skiing opportunities offered by the Col Redella/Belvedere ski carousel which is served by the most up to date ski-lifts and a very advanced artificial snow-making system which guarantees maximum piste opening right from the start of the season. It takes only a few minutes from here to reach the ski-lifts and slopes which run from the Sella Pass to the Val Gardena and the Sellaronda circuit, while in summer it is a departure point for a myriad of walks and excursions which lead towards the Sassolungo group of mountains, the Sasso Piatto and the Scilliar plateau. Close to the valley's cable-car station at Ischia, set in the green of the beautiful walk which links Campitello with Canazei, a modern well-equipped sports centre has been developed in recent years which has amongst other things a permanent climbing wall, a Rollerblade hockey court, a basketball court, mini football, tennis, golf driving range, even a landing area for those keen on paragliding and hang-gliding which have made this area an international meeting point.

Pozza di Fassa
The village of Pozza di Fassa (m 1320 a.s.l.), with its outlying area of Pera, is located in the widest part of the valley at the confluence of the Avisio and Rio San Nicolò rivers. The village also benefits from a wide expanse of land set in a sunny basin over which Cima Undici and Cima Dodici hang. A particularly devoted clientele come to this pleasant resort and are assured of outings, walks, rock, geology, the Monzoni mountains, Gardeccia, the Vajolet Towers, direct contact with nature and, in recent years, the renovated ski resort of "Buffaure" which is really appreciated by everyone for its scenery and the gentleness of the slopes. The Aloch ski slope or "Ski Stadium Val di Fassa" is very well known and well attended in winter where the slopes are lit up every evening for night time skiing: it is a real snow stadium with courses suited to international downhill skiing competitions, to professional coaching and to high quality daytime and night-time shows, while for cross-country enthusiasts it reserves not only access to the Marcialonga circuit but also a good chance to do the Ciancoal Ring, which is enjoyable for the variety of its rhythms and guaranteed snow, and which is particularly attractive at night-time thanks to artificial lighting. In summer, as well as the Catinaccio and the Larsec Crags which change with the magical colours of Enrosadira and which offer a myriad of excursion opportunities, the Val San Nicolò and the Monzoni mountains, on the other side, present gratifying moments of peace and serenity.

In the Ladin language "sorega", "super aqua", clearly defines the position of the village in relation to the Avisio river. Soraga (m 1210 a.s.l.) is considered one of the Val di Fassa's oldest settlements, which over the years has learnt how to grow and maintain its beauty, as well as keeping typical Ladin features intact. The village is set on the slopes of the Valaccia and is overlooked by the Catinaccio Group and the Roda di Vael; the central Fassa feature promotes a culture of calm and relaxation, offering the chance of fantastic walks to the ever-increasing number of admirers. In winter the cross-country skiers find a real paradise of slopes next to the hotels and Alpine skiing enthusiasts can reach the nearest ski areas in a few minutes and in comfort. Calm, simplicity and excellent value for money make Soraga one of the goals most coveted by the tourist.

Costalunga Pass
The original name is Carezza (m.1745) which derives from the German dialect term "KAR", or rather bowl, to indicate a concave shape between the mountains. It is about 8 km from Vigo di Fassa and extends over a wide field-like ridge set between the slopes of the Latemar group and the far ends of the Catinaccio group of mountains. The pass enjoys a very beautiful panoramic perspective and a favourable position facing the sun. Ski-lifts, some of which are especially suitable for beginners, and many walks of varying difficulty leave from Carezza. The unforgettable sensation of the Enrosadira at dusk: King Laurino and his elves used to live right here...

Pordoi Pass
The Sass Pordoi and the Sass Becé surround the Pordoi Pass (m. 2239). It marks the border between the provinces of Trento and Belluno and is 12 km from Canazei (featuring 28 bends). From the pass which has quick access to the Boé Group by means of a very modern cable-car, which in a few minutes reaches the 2950 m. of the Sass Pordoi, where you have 360° views across the whole Alpine arc. From here, in winter, you can face the demanding descent of the fork of the same name or come down the challenging Val Lasties (given the nature of these runs, they can be attempted only when perfect snow conditions allow). In summer you can travel along one of the numerous paths that pass through this incredible lunar landscape...

Sella Pass
The Val di Fassa connects with the Val Gardena along the SS 242 main road, which in 12 km takes you from Canazei to the Sella Pass (m. 2244), set on a grassy ridge which separates the Sassolungo group from the Sella group. It is overlooked by the splendid Torri del Sella and by the barrier of the Mesules, but what actually defines the view of Sella is the Sassolungo group of mountains which reach 3181 m. In winter and in summer the area around the Sella Pass offers various access routes to the main hubs for skiing and tours of every level and difficulty

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

A hotel just in the centre of Moena, Dolomites

In the centre of Moena, one of the nicest towns in the Dolomites area, in the Fassa Valley, surrounded by a wonderful and fable-like landscape, "Post Hotel Moena" (3 stars) is a perfect accommodation if you are looking for comfort, charm, delicious local cuisine, welcoming atmosphere and strategic position. A Dolomites hotel where to spend an unforgettable holiday both if you are planning to spend there your summer relax or your winter fun.
All the rooms and suites at "Post Hotel Moena" have been realized to make guests fell like if they were at home. Spacious, and nicely furnished in warm chalet style, they are all equipped with en-suite facilities, internet connection, safety box, TV, radio and hairdryer.

At "Post Hotel Moena" you will find a relaxing, quiet and charming atmosphere. A typical tyrol style accommodation.

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Friday, July 27, 2007

Ferrata dei Finanzieri, Canazei (Colac)

The Ferrata dei Finanzieri climbs the NW Face of the Colac. This mountain, seen from Canazei in the early morning light, is not particularly attractive and some even consider it repulsive. The ferrata however leads up to its summit and one of the most spectacular views onto the Marmolada and the Sella massif. Technically speaking the section at half-height up steep, stepped terrain is the most demanding both physically and mentally and should pose no particular problems as the ferrata is well-equipped throughout.

Getting there: From Canazei in Val di Fassa drive to Alba and the cable car Funivia del Ciampac. Take this to the top at 2170 m.

Access: From the cable car descend along the piste east to a small artificial lake. Walk up the opposite slope along a narrow path past hairpin bends to the start and the first cables (15 mins).

Ascent: The ferrata begins immediately with an equipped section that leads to a path which continues leftwards to the base of a large sloping ramp directly beneath a steep vertical face. Climb up the ramp, keeping close to the wall: the ramp poses no particular difficulties but is covered in rubble and scree. After a short descent climb up a steeper section that leads to the ferrata’s crux. Ascend this difficult, vertical face via a series of stepped terrain (well-equipped). The face soon levels out and the ferrata continues more easily over less demanding terrain. A steep section leads to the final gully and then, leftwards, to the finishing crest. Follow this directly to the summit.

Descent: From the summit scramble down the SE face past sections equipped with cables. The route now leads pleasantly onto the Ciampac face before descending steeply (cables) onto the Contrin face. Traverse beneath beautiful yellow/grey limestone towers and descend a gully on its right to the metal cables. A nice path now traverses at altitude before rising up to Forcia Neigra at 2509m and then descending quickly SW to Ciampac.

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Val di Fassa - Territory and Nature

The Val di Fassa, in the heart of the Dolomites, occupies the northeastern corner of Trentino, on the borders of the provinces of Bolzano (Alto Adige) and Belluno (Veneto). It is reachable accross different resorts: from the south across the San Lugano Pass and the Val di Fiemme, from the north across the Costalunga or Sella Passes and from the east across the Pordoi, Fedaia and San Pellegrino Passes. There are seven municipalities: Moena, Soraga, Vigo di Fassa, Pozza di Fassa, Mazzin di Fassa, Campitello di Fassa and Canazei. It is crossed by the River Avisio which then flows through the Fiemme and Cembra valleys into the River Adige near Trento.
The Val di Fassa. Mountains of legend, culture, traditions, sport and much more to be discovered amongst these enchanted mountains, the kingdom of the legendary King Laurino. The famous king was the guardian of this enchanted valley, where even today a fire is lit every evening at dusk giving origin to the unforgettable phenomenon of light called Enrosadira. Over time the Ladins of the Valle di Fassa have guarded this valley of incomparable beauty, stretching over about 20 km and surrounded by some of the Dolomites’ most famous peaks: Roda di Vael, Catinaccio, Sassolungo, the Sella group, Pordoi, Monzoni, over which Marmolada stands undisputed. Since tourism began in the nineteenth century the Val di Fassa has opened its doors to an ever-increasing clientele, making the most of its economic potential. Tourism today has become the principal industry of the valley and the results are tangible. There is a large network of paths and walks, endless opportunities for sport and relaxation, tradition and culture, hospitality and fun, and nine ski resorts with 200 km of pistes.



Dolomites Skyrace

Canazei, JULY 29, 2007

Dolomites Skyrace is one of the most important high mountain races. It celebrates its 10th year and is one of the prestigious 2007 World Championship races. The course passes through paths, mule tracks, screes and snowfields, at the feet of the most impressive Dolomite peaks.The race starts in Canazei (m. 1.450); competitors then go up to Passo Pordoi (m. 2.239), the world renowned mountain pass that is the destination for thousands of mountain lovers from all over the world that reach it thanks to the "Strada delle Dolomiti" (the Road of the Dolomites) and that has been the arrival of many epic stages of the Italian Cycling Tour over the years.
From Passo Pordoi, competitors climb up to the col of Sass Pordoi (m. 2.829), and finally reach the highest peak of the Sella Massif, i.e. Piz Boè (m. 3.152).

From there, competitors begin to go down and after passing near to the alpine lodge Rifugio Boè they run along the magnificent Val Lasties to reach Canazei again.

The course has a vertical drop of 1.750 metres and is 22 km long.


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Monday, July 9, 2007

PANORAMAPASS: only one pass for all the lifts in the Val di Fassa
This summer the mountains are closer than ever! The Panoramapass, our "summer skipass", gives you the possibility of using not only all the lifts open in the Val di Fassa in summer but also the Sellarondabus and the local busses. Moving from one place the other will be incredibly easy and comfortable thanks to this special card. You’ll be able to discover and get to know the Dolomites, from Marmolada to Pordoi, from Sassolungo to Catinaccio, Monzoni and Costabella group, go for a hike or just sit down and enjoy the sun and the view from a refuge. Panoramapass is a special card that gives free access to all the lifts open in summer in the Val di Fassa (unlimited number of trips per day). The pass can be bought at the lift ticket office.


Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Hotel Astoria, Canazei

In Canazei, Val di Fassa, the Hotel Astoria (4 stars hotel) looks back on an unbroken tradition of hospitality and has been managed by the same family since the war. The house is situated centrally in one of the most beautiful valleys of the Dolomites. Most impressive too are sunset that bathe the mountains in golden light. The ambience of the hotel is most pleasant. Guests can enjoy the traditional and refined dishes carefully prepared in our kitchens.


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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Hotel Lupo Bianco, Canazei

Small adorable and peaceful place in the heart of the Dolomites

The Lupo Bianco hotel of Canazei offers incredible opportunities for the skiers. The famous Sella Ronda area is very close. From the same lift facilities you can reach the areas of Siusi, Corvara, S. Cassiano up to Cortina through the Armentarola. Skiing is the most beautiful sport in the world for the breathtaking panoramic views. On our slopes you can enjoy amazing views and unforgettable days. There are specific slopes for snowboarding which are very large with the possibility of skiing in maximum safety.

From the Lupo Bianco hotel of Canazei you can plan the most amazing climbs in the dolomites, or beautiful hikes in the mountains without any risks and enjoying a unique panoramic view. The mountains around the Lupo Bianco hotel are exceptional and unique with breathtaking sceneries. Climbing of every type is possible directly from the area where the hotel is. Although for tougher excursions it is advisable to have a guide.

Situated directly on the famous Sellaronda skiing route that connects the four Ladin valleys: Val di fassa, Val Gardena, Val Badia, Livinnallongo. Small pearl in the middle of many natural treasures, the Lupo Bianco hotel is the best choice for a serene and gratifying vacation in every season. The Talmon family guarantees a personalized service and a warm atmosphere cordial and welcoming.

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Monday, June 18, 2007

Ladin Cultural Institute

ICL “majon di fascegn” (Ladin Cultural Institute) is one of the cultural organisations whose aim is to support the Ladin community, a linguistic minority group living in the heart of the Dolomites (Italy). It is an independent branch of the Autonomous Province of Trento. It was established in 1975 and is based in San Giovanni (Vigo di Fassa), in the ancient building “Tobià de la Pieif” (a monumental hayloft next to the vicarage of the Fassa parish church).Its statutory objectives include collecting, cataloguing and studying materials referring to the history, economy, language, folklore, mythology, and customs of the Ladin people.

Opening hours:
Monday to Thursday 9.00-12.00 a.m./ 2.00-5.00 p.m.
Friday 9.00-12.00 a.m.

how to reach us
A 22 / E 45 Brenner Motorway
Egna / Ora exit – SS 48 of the Dolomites direction Cavalese – Val di Fassa, Vigo di Fassa – hamlet San Giovanni
Bolzano north exit – SS 241 direction Karersee – Val di Fassa, Vigo di Fassa – hamlet San Giovanni


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Friday, June 15, 2007

Val di Fassa: Sounds of the Dolomites

"The Sounds of the Dolomites" is a summer music festival that gathers artists of international fame who perform surrounded by the Dolomites, the mountains that Le Corbusier used to call "the most beautiful natural architecture in the world". The event, unique in its genre, organized by Trentino Spa is gaining more and more success, since it combines music and nature and attracts people fond both of art and hiking from all over the world. A new way of enjoying different kinds of music and live art performances surrounded only by the mountains.

July 8– Val San Nicolò: Banda Osiris
July 15 – Ciampac: A mix by "Des voix bulgare"
July 21– "At Dawn in the Dolomites" at Rifugio Fuchiade: Margherita Hack, Mario Brunello
August 1 – "At Dawn in the Dolomites" at Rifugio Roda di Vael: David Riondino and Gianluca Putrella
August 8 – Rifugio Berg Vagabunden Hütte: Francesca Breschi, Damiano Puliti and Fabbroni
August 18 - Rifugio Monti Pallidi: Adel Salameh Trio
August 23 – Malga Bocche: Hariprasad Chaurasia Trio
August 30 – Baita Valace: Emanuele Zanfretta & Patrizia Borromeo
September 8 – Rifugio Micheluzzi: Richard Galliano


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