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Resort guide to San Cassiano - Italy

Traditional mountain resort with luxury ski hotels and access to the huge Sella Ronda

San Cassiano resort guide - a general overview

The six villages of the Alta Badia 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 level 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 cablecar.
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 448m of vertical.

San Cassiano (linking to the Sella Ronda via Corvara) is one of the prettier villages and is working towards being completely car free. It also happens to give easy access to one of the best ski descents in the whole region, the 'hidden valley' run. The main gondola is a short drive from the hotels of the village centre but most places lay on a free shuttle service to and from. Well connected but somewhat slow (but some would say 'relaxing') chairlifts fan out from the top of the gondola accessing miles of easy cruising terrain with accompanying stunningly scenic views.

Ski holidays in San Cassiano give you access to the Sella Ronda ski area which is huge, with over 1,000 kilomtres of pistes all covered under just one ski pass.

Airports

Bolzano
45 minutes
Verona
3 hours
Innsbruck
2hr 30mins

Resort stats

360km

1,540m - 2,520m

Level of skiing

Beginners
Intermediates
Experts
Snow sure
Off-piste
Ski area

Qualities

Charm factor
Non-skiers
Nightlife
Resort layout
Fine dinning
Short transfer
Resort value

Pros

  • Quiet and refined village giving relatively easy access to the Sella Ronda ski area
  • Bypassed by local traffic San Cassiano is almost car free
  • Plenty of scenic charm in the local mountains
  • Interlinked with La Villa and Corvara (the Alta Badia area) and also the Sella Ronda

Cons

  • Not much in the way of nightlife or apres ski
  • Lack of really challenging piste skiing but there are a few classic off-piste guided routes
  • Main lift away from village centre means use of hotel shuttles is necessary

San Cassiano Resort Restaurants

There are several quality hotels and they all have great dining options. The best known is the Rosa Alpina which has 3 restaurants including the Hubertus with its two Michelin stars - one of only a handful of 2 star restaurants in the whole of the Alps. There are two other restaurants in neighbouring villages that each have one Michelin star - this is a very gastronimic area of the Alps!

San Cassiano Mountain Restaurants

The Sella Ronda ski area is blessed with many great on-mountain dining experiences. Along with the scenery and the huge ski area it's what makes this such a compelling area to visit. Most of the restaurants dotted about the area are cosy, traditional places but Las Vegas is a wild alternative to the norm - chic, minimalist and with huge windows to make the most of the not inconsiderate views. Further afield above the neighbouring resort Corvara, the Marmotta, Rifugio Col Alto and Brancia restaurants are all well worth visiting for a long two hour lunch. Local specialities are venison and other 'local game' dishes.

San Cassiano Apres Ski

Not much to report other than local and hotel bars.

San Cassiano Nightlife

Nothing to report.

San Cassiano Resort Map

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