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Luxury Ski Holidays in Corvara

ITALY

The six villages of the Alta Badia ski region - Corvara, Colfosco, San Cassiano, La Villa, La Val and Badia - are set in some of the most stunning scenery in the South Tyrol. The skiing around these villages is varied and will suit all levels of skiing ability. The position is very central to the Sella Ronda and the valleys of the Dolomite resorts radiate out around you. The Marmolada glacier towers over the surrounding peaks and is easily reached via the resorts of Arabba and the Porto Vescovo cable car. The famous Gran Risa Men's Giant Slalom FIS World Cup run at La Villa is one of the most challenging slalom tracks on the circuit, with 448 metres of vertical.

With some fabulous hotels and great skiing taking luxury ski holidays in Corvara is easy – there is lots of choice regards places to stay and the pretty village is situated right in the centre of the Sella Ronda circuit (with over 1,000 kilomtres of pistes). From here you can either ski the Sella Ronda towards Colfosco and the Gardena pass, or Arabba. If you take the Col Alto lift, you can access the local pistes of La Villa and San Cassiano.

Luxury ski holidays in Corvara, like in the other main resorts of the Sella Ronda and Alta Badia ski areas, are all about enjoying spectacularly good on-mountain dining. Lead by the excellent Rosa Alpina hotel in nearby San Cassiano the local mountain restaurants have each been given a signature dish developed by one of Europe’s top Michelin starred chefs. These dishes have been specifically designed to make the best use of the local mountain produce and the chefs at these restaurants specially trained to prepare the dishes to the highest culinary standards. What Corvara and the neighbouring ski resorts now offer is a gastronomic on-skis experience that even Zermatt struggles to match.


  • Pros

  • The incredible scenerey of the Dolomites and superb on-mountain dining
  • Pleasant, traditional village that is animated and also family friendly
  • Good access to the huge Sella Ronda ski area with over 1,000 km of pistes on one pass
  • Great for intermediates looking for a large ski area to cruise about
  • Interlinked with San Cassiano and La Villa (the Alta Badia area) and also the Sella Ronda
  • Cons

  • The snow cover is a little erractic especially at either end of the ski season
  • Lack of really challenging piste skiing but there are a few classic off-piste guided routes
  • The lift system is a little dated compared to the French Alps although this is improving

Resort Restaurants

This stunning Italian mountain village has many popular little eateries worth sampling. There is obviously a fair few Pizzerias here, but one that stands out from the others is Pizzeria Restaurant Fornella. Recommended by locals, this restaurant will not disappoint and we've even heard that they do the "best profiteroles in the world" from one of our client's daughters! It's not just the pizzas here that are great either; the rest of the menu is equally as tasty. It's a good idea to book here as its often packed (always a good sign!) but the service is still very efficient, especially for Italy!

Mountain Restaurants

Corvara is famous for its mountain restaurants and has an impressively large variety to choose from (making it very difficult to choose where to spend your long sunlit lunch!). To start with, Piz La Lla is an absolute must; this place surprisingly can cook incredible seafood at an altitude of 2077m and is a favourite amongst locals, tourists and celebrities alike. Piz La Lla is located on the slopes directly above La Villa. If you would like something a little more traditional or regional head to Malga Saraghes, above San Cassiano which serves beautiful homemade pasta and pizzas.

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