Traditional ski village with beautiful scenery and easy access to the Sella Ronda ski circuit
Canazei resort guide - a general overview
Canazei is a sizeable town in Trentinos Val di Fassa. The cobbled streets, modern hotels and traditional-style buildings are attractively set beneath the most heavily wooded section of the Sella Ronda. The main gondola takes you up to the circuit, with its vast network of lifts and runs leading around a mighty limestone massif of spectacular Dolomite scenery.
Ski holidays in Canazei are particularly suitable for mile-hungry intermediates. Several local areas are accessible too and well worth the outing for quieter slopes.
1,440m - 2,520m
Level of skiing
- Snow sure
- Ski area
- Charm factor
- Resort layout
- Fine dining
- Short transfer
- Resort value
Pros and Cons
- Quick mountain access via the main 12 person gondola
- Good variety of off slope entertainment including beautiful walks, shopping, pool & Turkish bath
- Beautiful scenic region
- Lack of Brits
- Animated apres ski
- Lack of English spoken in the ski school and kindergarten
- Incoveniently located nursery slope
- Lack of really challenging piste skiing but there are a few classic off-piste guided routes
Canazei Resort Restaurants
Canazei, being located in the very centre of the Italian Dolomites is quite literally brimming with Pizzerias and beautiful Italian restaurants. The food here is almost as good as the skiing itself. It can be very hard to choose a pizzeria as there is just so many! The "Restaurante Pizzeria Cafe Kaiserstube", however, does seem to outshine the rest. This local gem is built within the walls of the old Dolomiti Hotel and offers the typical delicious cuisine of the valley with a large selection of grilled meats and fresh vegetables which are brought to your table on a sizzling hot stone. For a cheaper option they have a range of beautiful Italian pizzas on offer. It's a very popular restaurant with the locals too, which has to be a good sign! Wine and Dine is the place to go if it's the Italian wines you want to sample. The selection you can choose here to have with your meal is extensive and the food is beautiful too. Remember to book as the restaurant has only 4 or 5 tables and this place is not for beer drinkers and its only wine on the drinks menu!
Canazei Mountain Restaurants
Canazei is brimming with delightful privately-owned mountain huts which, from around midday, start producing the most delicious smelling lunches (the smells alone are enough to entice anybody in!). Lunch is a major part of the Italians day and this is not forgotten on the mountain. Refuge Frederich August at the top of the cable car from Camitello is a favourite amongst guests, as is Rifugio Maria on the top of Sass Pordoi which has a sun terrace offering the the best view of the Dolomites. If you are over the other side in the Fassa Valley, Buffaure on the piste above Pozza is definitely worth a visit.
Canazei Apres Ski
Canazei has a surprisingly good apres ski scene. There are lots of bars to choose from to relax in before heading back to your chalet. Apres ski Paradis is the newest and hippest place to hang at the moment with a large menu of beers, wines, cocktails and shots. The Esso bar is another cool bar (popular with locals and tourists alike) with very reasonably priced food and drinks. Another place to head to is the very popular Husky Bar which is a great place to catch some live music.