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VIGO DI FASSA

VIGO DI FASSA

Vigo - Catinaccio Rosengarten

Vigo is in the sunniest and most scenic position of the Val di Fassa. The Ciampedie upland, the "Field of God", is reached from the centre of the village using the modern escalators and cableway: a real "spectator terrace" overlooking the Val di Fassa and the Dolomites. An exceptional starting point for walks, hiking and climbing throughout the Catinaccio Rosengarten group.

Thanks to its central position and presence of the main route of communication with the north, this municipality situated at an altitude of 1,382 metres and with a population of 1,142 acted as administrative and religious centre in the ancient past, with the foundation of the Pieve di Fassa church and institution of the Masseria di Corte fortified estate at the time of the Lombards. Similarly to almost all the other settlements in the Val di Fassa, the first historical records relating to Vigo are from the Middle Ages, although the first evidence of human life in the area dates back to the Palaeolithic period, when nomadic hunters travelled up the river Avisio.

The village continued to prosper thanks to agriculture and animal husbandry until 1860, when the construction of the Dolomiti state highway brought the first tourists, mainly from Austria. From that moment on, hotels and holiday apartment complexes added to the historic buildings of the centre, while farming pursuits made way for tourism. This period coincides with the construction of new lodges at the base of the Catinaccio Rosengarten group, dedicated to mountaineers and hiking enthusiasts (Rifugio Vajolet being one of the first, at the end of the 19th century). During the First World War, the village found itself in the front line, where some of the bloodiest clashes of the whole war took place. After the hostilities, Vigo di Fassa passed over to Italy, along with all the other villages in the valley. However, it was after the Second World War that tourism began to rapidly expand when the first lifts were built and recreational activities were developed to a great extent.

Today, Vigo di Fassa has a wealth of hotel infrastructures and has become an important centre for summer hiking excursions to the Catinaccio - Rosengarten massif, for which it is the main point of access.

 

PERA DI FASSA

PERA DI FASSA

Vigo - Catinaccio Rosengarten

Pera di Fassa is the second gateway to the Catinaccio Ski area in winter and hiking centre of the same name in summer. A small hamlet in the municipality of Pozza di Fassa, Pera is situated in the valley along State Highway 48 of the Dolomites, in a strategic position with respect to the road network of the entire Val di Fassa.

It is the starting point for the Vajolet 1 chairlift, the first of three lifts that reach the 2,000 metres of Ciampedie. Pera has its own historical importance as to mountaineering since it was the birthplace of the great alpine climber Tita Piaz, the Devil of the Dolomites, as well as being a strategic starting point for interesting climbing experiences. Its name derives from the Latin word "petra" (stone) deriving from the large landslide rock next to Hotel Rizzi, now under the protection of the Fine Arts department.

 

CIAMPEDIE

CIAMPEDIE

Vigo - Catinaccio Rosengarten

The upland of Ciampedie is situated at an altitude of 2,000 metres, at the centre of the Catinaccio Rosengarten, or "Rose Garden" basin. From here you can admire the Saslonch and Sella groups, the Marmolada, Sasso Vernale, the peak of Costabella, Buffaure, Monzoni and Vallaccia.

Ciampedie, on the Catinaccio ski area, can be reached via cableway from Vigo di Fassa or chairlift from Pera di Fassa. Just a few metres from the lift's point of arrival are six lodges (five of which can be reached on foot even in winter) with magnificent spectator terraces and tempting menus allowing you to savour the mouth-watering dishes of traditional cuisine. The services offered in Ciampedie make it perfect for families. the large play park is an established point of reference for all tourists, thanks to the reception service offered by the Vigo di Fassa Ski School, where you can leave the kids in safe hands.

In Ciampedie you can experience winter in the mountains both in the classic style with your feet in a pair of skis and by enjoying snow-sprinkled treks through enchanting surroundings like true pioneers, using equipment of ancient origins, i.e. snowshoes, or "ciaspole" in the local dialect. All this makes Ciampedie a hit with skiers and their companions alike.

In the summer, the upland becomes the main entrance to the Catinaccio Rosengarten Hiking Centre, the massif of which is one of the nine Dolomite groups recognised by UNESCO as world heritage site.

 

PRA MARTIN

PRA MARTIN

Vigo - Catinaccio Rosengarten

Situated at an altitude of 2,100 metres, this is the highest point in the Catinaccio Ski Area and an outstanding spot for viewing the entire Val di Fassa, the Catinaccio massif and the Lagorai group.

You can get here in winter on skis thanks to the modern Pian Pecei-Pra Martin four-seater detachable chairlift, while an easy 15-minute walk takes you here from Ciampedie in summer. The main slopes in the Catinaccio Ski Area start in Pra Martin and include the Thöni slope which descends to Vigo di Fassa, the Alberto Tomba slope (dedicated to the champion from Bologna who trained in Ciampedie ahead of his countless triumphs), the exhilatating Pra Martin slope and the easiest one, the Cigolade. Without forgetting that the Catinaccio ski area is one of the gateways to the famous Panorama Skitour.

 

POZZA

POZZA

Pozza - Buffaure

The village of Pozza is set in the heart of the Val di Fassa and is a tourist centre for those who want to relax and pamper themselves.

With its hot springs, Pozza is renowned for well-being and tranquillity. The village offers an amazing view of the Catinaccio group, while the Buffaure ski area, first gateway to Sellaronda della Val di Fassa, is westwards.

 

BUFFAURE

BUFFAURE

Pozza - Buffaure

The Buffaure ski area extends from the village of Pozza di Fassa and joins the Ciampac ski area via the Val Jumela. If you climb to the top of Col de Valvacin, you can enjoy an all-round view of all the peaks in the Val di Fassa, the Marmolada and the Val San Nicolò below.

The Buffaure ski area is one of the gateways to famous Sellaronda and is the heart of the Panorama Skitour. There is also a ski storage service near the bottom station of the gondola lift facility.

 

COL DE VALVACIN

COL DE VALVACIN

Pozza - Buffaure

This is the highest point in the Buffaure ski area and offers an all-round view of the Dolomites of Fassa, as far as the Austrian Alps. In addition, there's a really special view towards Val San Nicolò and Marmolada, the queen of the Dolomites.

 

VAL SAN NICOLÒ

VAL SAN NICOLÒ

Pozza - Buffaure

An enchanting valley with characteristic chalets, reminiscent of ancient pastoral pursuits. An oasis of peace just a stroll away from the village of Pozza, accessible even in winter using the legendary ciaspole (snowshoes)!

 

ALBA DI CANAZEI

ALBA DI CANAZEI

Alba - Ciampac

Almost at the highest point of the Val di Fassa, at an altitude of 1,517 metres, beneath the slopes of Colac and Gran Vernel, is the village of Alba. Part of the municipality of Canazei, it features a typical little mountain parish church and offers an exceptional view of the Saslonch group.

Once considered as the outskirts of Canazei, as of this year Alba will have two cableways that will take you all the way from the bottom of the valley to the ski slopes and the famous Panorama and Sellaronda Skitours. Next to the starting point of the Alba-Ciampac cableway, which takes visitors to the ski area of the same name, there's a new cableway from Alba to Col dei Rossi and, consequently, the Belvedere ski area.

Skiers will be spoilt for choice every morning when they choose where to go, either head for the slopes suited to all comers or test their abilities on the magnificent and famous 2,800-metre black run. Alba is a real paradise for skiers. With just one type of ticket, you can go from one ski area to the other in a few minutes. The village is certainly not lacking in specialist stores and rental outlets for mountain equipment, or hotels, superior apartments, restaurants and pubs. Alba is also the seat of the "Gianmario Scola" ice arena, home of the Fassa Falcons ice hockey club that plays in Italy's premier ice hockey league.

 

CIAMPAC

CIAMPAC

Alba - Ciampac

Ciampac's extensive basin can be reached from Alba via cableway. Having arrived at its 2,160-metre altitude, the Sella, Saslonch and Marmolada groups can be seen with the clarity of a picture on a postcard. The Ciampac ski area features slopes for all tastes and is especially suitable for families, since it offers a wide choice of welcoming lodges and restaurants where you can enjoy specialities from the delicious local cuisine.

Obviously, the most well known slope is the Black run, a good 2.8 km long, which takes the most intrepid skiers from the Ciampac basin down to the village of Alba di Canazei. The ski area also has an outfitted, supervised area dedicated to small children.

 

SELLA BRUNÉCH

SELLA BRUNÉCH

Alba - Ciampac

At an altitude of 2,437 metres, the highest point of the Ciampac Ski Area is reached on the Sella Brunech chairlift from Alba. It offers a breathtaking view of Piz Boè and the legendary southern face of the Marmolada, with Punta Penia. The Val Giumela can be admired to the west and, by raising your eyes, the Catinaccio massif in all its splendour.

The Buffaure ski area, with the stupendous Vulcano black run, is reached via Sella Brunech while the Ciampac ski area and Ciampac black run can be accessed from Pozza di Fassa.

 

CANAZEI

CANAZEI

Canazei - Belvedere

The village of Canazei is situated at an altitude of 1,460 metres amid the most important and famous groups in the Dolomites. Over the decades, and despite having maintained a mountain village image with lots of wooden houses (Tobiè) and an artistic historic centre, it has developed by investing heavily in tourist infrastructures offering guests good quality hotels and apartments, high-level sports equipment stores and rental outlets, clothing shops and numerous typical restaurants, apres-ski recreation venues, pubs and nightclubs. The DOLAONDES water centre is one of the most important facilities. It features no fewer than five pools, each different from the other: from the kids' pool and semi-olypimpic training pool to the relaxation pool with massaging jets and the magnificent outdoor pool with salt water at 32°. The water centre is connected to the Eghes wellness centre, where the ancient philosophy of the Roman "thermae" is reproposed in modern style with Turkish bath, Finnish sauna, calidarium, hydro massage and relaxation area.

But Canazei is a renowned ski area and offers sports enthusiasts a fantastic skiing experience as well. In addition, it is one of the main points of access to the famous Sellaronda. You can ski to the Val Gardena, Val Badia and Val Livinallongo via the Belvedere ski area and access the Panorama and Sass Becè ski tours directly. Between one skiing session and the next, you'll find various lodges where you can savour the delicious local specialities.

Canazei is part of the 4 Ladin valleys and is well-known for its international sports events, one of which is the Sellaronda Skimarathon, the ski mountaineering night event around the Sellaronda.

 

PECOL

PECOL

Funifor Alba - Col dei Rossi

This locality can be reached from Canazei via gondola lift or by car on State Highway SS 48 delle Dolomiti, and is able to offer guests to the Val di Fassa unforgettable moments of relaxation.

 

COL DEI ROSSI - Ski area Belvedere

COL DEI ROSSI - Ski area Belvedere

Canazei - Belvedere

Situated at an altitude of 2,382 metres, Col dei Rossi can be reached even by non-skiers via the ultra-new Funifor, or from Canazei via the Canazei-Pecol gondola lift and Pecol-Col dei Rossi cableway.

It is the vantage point par excellence for admiring the Marmolada glacier, which seems so close to hand from here. Further west is the Sella group, with the spectacular Torri del Sella and Sass Pordoi, while the "Terrace of the Dolomites" is within easy reach on the cableway of the same name and the Saslonch group and Col Rodella are just a glance away. The views over the Ciampac black run and the Colac to the east are stunning, while further south you can see Gran Vernel towering over the Val Contrin.

In addition, Col dei Rossi is a point of access to the entire Belvedere ski area, the Snow Park of the same name, the Enrosadira children's park and Big Air Bag. It is also one of the gateways to the famous Panorama Skitour.

 

COL DE CUCH

COL DE CUCH

Canazei - Belvedere

A genuine panoramic tour of the Marmolada and the immaculate ski slopes of the resorts at the foot of the slope, this vantage point is easily reached using the Lezuo chairlift from Passo Pordoi and the Sass Becè chairlift from the Belvedere ski area.

 

PASSO PORDOI

PASSO PORDOI

Passo Pordoi - Pordoi

This is one of the four passes in the Dolomites around the Sella massif. It acts as the border between the Municipalities of Canazei and Livinallongo del Col di Lana, dividing the provinces of Trento and Belluno and the regions of Trentino-South Tyrol and Veneto from one another.

Passo Pordoi was one of the first passes in the Dolomites to develop tourism, right from the earliest years of the 20th century, after the construction of the Strada delle Dolomiti, the road that connects Bolzano with Cortina d'Ampezzo through the valleys of the Dolomites. Much of this development was due to the intuition of an extraordinary woman: Maria Piaz (sister of Tita Piaz, the famous mountaineer from the Val di Fassa), who made a decisive contribution to all the work that exists today (hotels, cableways, etc.). The renowned "Sellaronda" ski circuit can be accessed by descending towards Arabba or towards the Belvedere ski area.

 

SASS PORDOI: 2.950 metri

SASS PORDOI: 2.950 metri

Passo Pordoi - Pordoi

The famous "Terrace of the Dolomites" offers all-round views of the most famous peaks of the Dolomites, starting from the Marmolada Glacier (with Punta Penia and Punta Rocca) and proceeding clockwise to the Belvedere ski area, Sass Becè, the Vernel and Colac massifs until reaching the beautiful Ciampac ski area. Continuing eastwards, you can admire the splendid views formed by the Crepa Neigra, an example of volcanic rock amidst dolomite, the village of Campitello and the famous Catinaccio/Rosengarten group, without forgetting Val San Nicolò with the Denti di Terra Rossa at the end, then Col Rodella and the renowned Saslonch group comprising the Punta Grohmann, Cinque Dita and Saslonch peaks. Sass Pordoi can be easily reached in 4 minutes using the cableway that rises to 2,950 metres near the Rifugio Maria, starting point for magnificent hikes amid truly unique scenery.

The first pioneering cableway was built at the beginning of the 1960s and opened at Easter 1963. Once again, the project was inspired by the dynamic Maria Piaz, known in the Ladin language as "mare del Pordoi" (mother of Pordoi). The cableway was completely modernised as to structure and mechanics in the 1994/95 season, at which time the SITC company undertook to service and improve it up to the present day. The new, modern cars to be installed will make the ascent to Sass Pordoi even more panoramic and spectacular.

 

PIAN FRATACES - Ski area Belvedere e Col Rodella

PIAN FRATACES - Ski area Belvedere e Col Rodella

Canazei - Belvedere

Situated at a height of 1,726 metres, halfway along the Passo Pordoi road, a crossroads in the Sellaronda Ski Tour and a stop on the Panorama Skitour, Pian Frataces has a car park (subject to payment of a fee), which marks the starting point for two lifts: the Pradel-Saleiche detachable gondola lift, which takes you to the Col Rodella Ski Area and is the route to take for a clockwise tour around the Sellaronda (orange), and the Pian Frataces-Gherdecia gondola lift, which carries you to the Belvedere Ski Area and is the route to take for an anticlockwise tour of the Sellaronda (green).

 

CAMPITELLO

CAMPITELLO

Campitello - Col Rodella

At the foot of Saslonch and Col Rodella, the village of Campitello di Fassa (1,448 metres altitude) boasts one of the most enchanting landscapes in the entire valley and indeed the Alps. Historically speaking, it's considered the first tourist-climbing centre in the Val di Fassa and has maintained its authentic appearance, featuring historic buildings, the so-called tobiè, narrow roads and short lanes.

Campitello is the starting point for the Col Rodella Belvedere ski area within the famous Sellaronda ski circuit, where tourists can enjoy the chance to experience the majestic peaks of the Dolomites and their sensational views in person.

 

COL RODELLA E COL DE SALEI

COL RODELLA E COL DE SALEI

Campitello - Col Rodella

Col Rodella is also known as the "panoramic balcony" of the Dolomites. It is easily reached from Campitello on the modern cableway which starts at Ischia. Its ski area offers numerous slopes and allows you to reach the Belvedere area down the 3-Tre slope of the Val Salei to the Pian de Frataces area, also known as Lupo Bianco (White Wolf).

Col Rodella takes you straight into the Sellaronda ski circuit. For those who love to put their skiing speed to the test, there's a fixed competition trail featuring a self-timer.