Dolomiti Superski Region Stats:
12 ski regions with multiple ski areas - see regions below
450 lifts from gondolas, cable cars and funiculars to t-bars, pomas, chairlifts
and rope tows
1,200 kilometers of prepared ski slopes
snowmaking (4,600 guns)
400 Ski in/Ski out restaurants, huts, and chalets for on mountain dining
324 groomer snow cats
23 trails lighted for night skiing
25 Terrain Parks, 42-kilometer Sellaronda
Tour Dolomite Superski
Everyone raves about skiing the Swiss Alps, Austria and France, skiing in Italy
is not as famous. But those that know the skiing in the Dolomites – love the
Italian skiing for its stunning scenery, vast terrain of 1,200 kilometers of
pistes, impressive lift systems – 450 total among the 12 ski regions and 45
villages, and cozy hospitable mountain huts offering delicious alpine food and
drink to skiers and riders.
Some of the more popular ski resort within Dolomiti Super Ski are
Gardena and Alta Badia – all hosts of World Cup ski events. There are also
resorts you may never have heard of – Kronplatz,
Plose and Gitschberg/Jochtal
in Valle Isarco – that offer exceptional skiing, both on prepared pistes and
off-piste backcountry terrain. While most of the terrain in the Dolomite ski
regions is moderately pitched, much of the off-piste is wild, steep and narrow
given the severity of the Dolomite (limestone). The Dolomites host long famous
runs like the Marmolada from
3,342-meters, and T9 at Plose.
In general you are
not skiing to the top of the Dolomite peaks, like you do in the Swiss, French of
Austrian Alps. Instead you ski below and around the sharp jagged peaks -
providing wonderful scenery but not the full peak to base descent.
With skiing typically 1,550 to 3,342-meters (10,964’) at its highest on the
Marmolada, the elevation is high enough for good snow, but in general not so
high as some Alps and Western US Rocky Mountain resorts so altitude is not an
issue. Also the Dolomite’s are blessed with sunshine given their location in the
South Tyrol of north eastern Italy, a part of Austria until the World War.
The history of skiing in the Dolomites spans over a century, including the first
man to ski the Sellaronda in 1912, and the first race from the summit of
Marmolada in 1935, the first Italian Winter Olympics in Cortina in 1956, to the
joining of 12 individual ski areas in 1974 to create the Dolomiti Super Ski
region all on one interchangeable lift ticket. Not all the ski resorts are
interconnected, but many are. The name Dolomite comes from the 1789 discovery of
geologist Déodat de Dolomieu, who declared the special dolomite rock - which was
reef underwater 250,000-million years ago. Now these high peaks soars
2,000-3,000-meteres above sea level creating stunning every changing
alpen glow given the light and snow and clouds. In fact, the Dolomites are such a gem,
they became an official UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site in 2009.
The Dolomites are different than ski resorts of the European Alps. First
there is the dramatic landscape and rock mountains of Marmolada, Sassolungo,
Cinque Torri, Tofane and the Three Peaks of Lavaredo. The Dolomites are also
unique for the sheer size and number of lifts in the region. Most importantly,
The Dolomite ski region is a blend of cultural influences that affect the
language, architecture of the huts and village, to the cuisine – from Tyrolean,
to Venetian and Mediterranean. Some ski village speak Italian - like Cortina, while others a
few ski lifts away are German, and locals speak an old dialect of Ladina.
Among the best interconnected skiing of the Dolomites is
Arabba, Val Di Fassa - all part of the Sellaronda tour. Val Gardena is also
connected and offers beautiful skiing in a stunningly scenic valley.
a great ski town with three separate ski areas of its own on Tofane, Falloria
and Cinque Torri. Other worthwhile skiing areas for a day of skiing in Dolomiti
include the 360-degree mountain of Kronplatz, the interconnected Gitschberg and
Jochtal and Plose – part of Val Isarco. You can ski the majority of the Dolomite
ski region in a week to ten days, but that won’t leave much time for the Dolce
Vita that makes the Italian skiing so special – eating, drinking and socializing
while looking incredibly stylish in ski attire. You would miss out on the
most important aspect – Far Niente - the art of doing nothing.
The Dolomites can be busy during peak weekends and holidays, like Carnival
in March and school holiday in February. The Dolomite Super Ski region season
ranges from December to Easter typically.