Alta Badia, Gem of The Alps   June 9th, 2012

Calling the Alta Badia valley beautiful is an euphemism. And to describe its beauty here is a difficult task. You should really visit it yourself to discover the infinite forms of this dolomitic land. The tradition accounts this as one of the first places where winter sports started. It is easy to imagine how  developed and specialized the touristic offer of hotels is here.

Trentino is the ideal place for trekking or biking, or to try soft activities such as Nordic walking, yoga and outdoors exercises.

Here in this green and enchanting landscape golfers have access to a golf course at 1700 meters above sea level, just a couple of miles from the center of Corvara.

Climbers can take advantage of some of the most beautiful mountains, climbing routes and Dolomitic Alpine Ascents, choosing from a variety of difficulty levels.

There are three main towns among the six ones composing the Alta Badia: Corvara, Colfosco and La Villa.


Nestled in a wide and sunny basin at the foot of the Sassongher, Corvara can rightly be called the cradle of tourism in Alta Badia. As early as the second half of the Eighteenth century, some locals began to climb the surrounding mountains and lead in the first tourists, at that time still called  “foreigners”.

In town you will find high standard hotels and recreational facilities in addition to professional instructors that will help you make your stay in Corvara up to the expectations of one of the most sought after resorts on the Alps. Do not miss the magnificent landscape that you can enjoy from the Pralongià going from Marmolada to the Austrian Alps, caressing the majestic peaks of the Dolomites.


The winter Ski World Cup takes place on the Gran Risa slope of Colfosco, just a few days after the super G race in Selva Alta Val Gardena at Saslong.

The ski slopes are all connected to the circuit of the Dolomitisuperski, which altogether with the Val Gardena create one of the largest and most spectacular scenarios and ski resorts.

During summer time Colfosco is one of the most appreciated departure and arrival points for magnificent excursions covering the whole Dolomites. Since Colfosco can be found between the Val Gardena and the Val Badia, it is ideal for leisurely walks, hiking and professional climbing.

La Villa

La Villa is one of the most popular tourist destinations and the center of Alta Badia. It is dominated on one side by the Gardenazza and the other by the Piz La Ila.

From Piz La Ila to La Villa there are two wonderful ski slopes: the Alting (red slope) and the famous Gran Risa which in some points features a pendency of 53%. Here is where the Alpine giant slalom World Cup takes place. From Gardenazza a slope by same name descends to the valley. Is also suitable for beginners and is connected with the ski tour of Santa Croce.

During the summer it is a quiet village and an ideal starting point for many activities in the Dolomites with including hiking, biking, paragliding and hang gliding.

One of the symbols of La Villa is the Ciastel Colz, a small Renaissance castle, around which there are numerous accommodation facilities in typical Tyrolean style to suit all needs, from cozy apartments and bed and breakfast to luxury hotels. The 4-star hotel Ciasa Antines, Christiania and La Majun and 3-star superior Hotel & Residence Villa and Dolasilla are worth noting.

A skier and mountain excursionist, Matt also loves to spend his holidays in Tuscany villas and Tuscany hotels, with visits of the fantastic Abetone ski slopes.

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