Alta Badia is particularly well known, in winter in particular, for three things: the friendly, welcoming attitude of a people who have always lived in an area of transit, traditionally much visited; some of the most beautiful snow of the whole Alpine chain – explained by meteorologists as due to the low humidity of the valley and its favourable winds – and the incredible spider’s web of ski slopes which brings the slopes and forests of the valley to life in winter and makes it the true heart of the Dolomites.Right in the middle of the South Tyrol, the main lateral valley off the Pusteria Valley, Alta Badia is part of the Dolomiti ski area and contains a sizeable portion of its more than 130 km of slopes. Six towns (Corvara, Colfosco, La Villa, San Cassiano, Badia, La Valle) and their 5 ski areas make up one fundamental part of the Sellaronda ski area, the legendary Giro dei Quattro Passi between four different mountain passes linking the Val Badia ski slopes with those of Val Gardena, Val di Fassa and Arabba.
Corvara is at the foot of Mt. Sassongher and the largest tourist centre of the valley with medium-easy ski slopes. The Sella massif towers over Colfosco, an ancient and charming village with a ski area of limited size but with carefully looked after ski slopes for all abilities.
In San Cassiano and Badia there are ski slopes for everyone as well as the Alta Badia Nordic Ski Centre and the Alta Badia Snow Park. La Villa, by contrast, is the place to go for the most challenging skiing of the ski area with some of the most famous and thrilling black runs of the Alps – Gran Risa in first place.
Val Badia is also well known as one of the best for other winter sport facilities including less common ones such as ice hockey and sledging in order to provide tourists and mountain enthusiasts with a truly 360 degree service.