The Dolomites – Italy
48hrs in Val Di Fiemme Ski Resort
Val di Fiemme Ski Resort Italy is not only the gateway to the majestic Dolomites but also in one of Europe’s prettiest regions, Trentino. It is hard not to be impressed with the Dolomites mountain range. With 5 different ski areas in Val di Fiemme through uniquely beautiful and natural settings, I was not only looking forward to seeing the Dolomites but skiing on and around them.
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About Val Di Fiemme Ski Resort
Val di Fiemme Ski Resort is located in the heart of Trentino Dolomites in northern Italy, surrounded by Lagorai and Latemar mountains. There are several villages in the area with the main one being the historical and cultural Cavalese.
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As well as having 5 ski areas with over 100kms of downhills slopes, there are two state of the art cross-country ski centres, Lavazè Pass and Lago di Tesero. Val di Fiemme boasts a genuine Italian atmosphere as well as good alpine and cross-country skiing. With an advanced snow-making system, snow and skiing are guaranteed from November to late April.
It is also part of the Dolomiti Superski circuit which is 1,200 kms of slopes spread across 12 ski areas in the Dolomites. Meaning you can ski in a different area every day.
Ski Runs & Pass Areas
The Ski region in Val di Fiemme Obereggen covers 5 main ski areas, Alpe Cermis (with access from Cavalese), Ski Center Latemar (with access from Predazzo, Pampeago and Obereggen), Alpe Lusia ( access from Bellamonte-Castelir or Moena), Passo Rolle and Oclini. Which covers 100kms of slopes.
You can get a lift pass for the Val di Fiemme Obereggen area or Dolomiti SuperSki for the whole Dolomiti. If you don’t want to do a whole day of skiing, then you can get a half day ticket from 12 pm.
Check with the lift office as kids under 8 ski free if accompanied by an adult buying the same type of ski pass (1 paying adult = 1 free child). You must have proof though of their age.
Overview of the Val di Fiemme Oberggen Area
- 5 Main Ski Areas – Alpe Cermis / Ski Centre Latemar / Alpe Lusia / Passo Rolle and Oclini.
- 50 lifts
- 100 km slopes
- 9 Kinderpark (Kids Areas)
- Toboggan in Ski Centre Latemar
- 6 SnowParks
- Night skiing in both Alpe Cermis and Ski Center Latemar.
- Ski-Bus Service between the areas.
Also, there is cross-country skiing, sledging and snow shoe tracks within the 5 areas.
- I understand that if you are looking for a challenging slope then check out the “Olimpia” ski slope at Alpe Cermis. It is 7.5 km long and features an altitude difference of 1,400 m.
Where I skied
I only had time to ski in Ski Center Latemar and Alpe Cermis – Cavalese areas, which were two completely different terrains and conditions. I had a full day in Ski Center Latemar with a guide and only half a day in Alpe Cermis – Cavalese, as we were flying out that afternoon.
Ski Centre Latemar – Obereggen – Pampeago – Predazzo
The Ski Centre Latemar area is the biggest out of the 5 areas with 50kms of slopes and you can access it via Obereggen, Pampeago and Predazzo. I skied from Predazzo to Obereggen for lunch and then back again with the guide. Stopping at various points of interested like the Oberholz alpine hut.
The conditions in Ski Centre Latemar were very cloudy and the visibility was not always that great, so we stayed down low with the guide. Every once in a while we had a small break in the clouds. However, the skiing conditions of the slopes were still pretty good and only slushy in some parts near the end of the day.
There was a mix of slopes, some were exposed and others went through the forests. The red slopes were just the way I liked them, long wide and steep in some bits. There was definitely a great variety for advanced and beginner skiers and borders.
- Lifts – 18
- 50 km
- We accessed the mountain from Predazzo village but you can also access the mountain from both Obereggen – Pampeago
Where to Eat and Drink
There are some great restaurants on the slopes in Ski Center Latemar and it really depends on what you feel like eating. If you are wanting good home-made pasta then you have to go to Baita Caserina. I had the nicest Lobster and pasta for lunch that it still makes my mouth water. If your taste buds are gearing more towards delicious Pizza then Mountain Hut Passo Feudo is for you.
Baita Caserina, Val Di Fiemme Reviews here on Trip Advisor
Mountain Hut Passo Feudo (Pizza), Val Di Fiemme – Reviews on Trip Advisor
- If you have the time, ski on the only slope in the world that cuts through an Art Park, where you can also get some really cool pictures.
Alpe Cermis – Cavalese
The Alpe Cermis is the most accessible ski area from Cavalese. We only had enough time to ski in Alpe Cermis for a couple of hours before we needed to head to the airport. Again there was a mix of slopes, some were exposed and open which caught the wind and made it cold.
However, the clouds were lifting when we were going up and we had some pretty stunning views across Val di Fiemme and Dolomites. I could have easily stayed up there all day taking it all in.
It’s a great area if you are only looking to ski for a couple of hours and enjoy some of the other activities and events in the main town. Don’t get me wrong you can definitely spend a whole day skiing and boarding here as well.
- Lifts – 6
- 24 kms
- We accessed the mountain from Cavalese village
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Where to Eat and Drink
There are a few restaurants on the slopes but if you want a drink or a meal with a view, then try Rifugio Paion right at the top.
Reviews of the Rifugio Paion, Cavalese – Val Di Fiemme on Trip Advisor
- This is a great stop if you only have half a day to ski. There is a huge car-park at the bottom, so you can leave your car there and when you leave, you can go straight to the airport.
If you want to do something different with your friends or kids then night skiing in either Alpe Cermis or Ski Center Latemar is a great idea. It goes without saying skiing under the stars can be amazing, especially when the sky is clear and the ski runs are perfectly prepared.
You can ski on on the slope Olimpia 3 in Alpe Cermis or the on the slope of Obereggen in Ski Center Latemar. It really depends on where you are staying. Also, Obereggen offers moonlight tobogganing next to the slope for something a little different.
Additional Information – Alpe Cermis
- Usually every Wednesday and Friday night
- Opening Hours – 19.30-22.30
- Length of the slope – 2.5 km long
Additional Information – Obereggen
- Usually every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday night
- Opening Hours – 19.00-22.00
- Length of the slope – 1.5 km long
- You can also do the Cableway Ochsenweide sledging slope 2.5 km long
- You can also do some cross-country skiing at night at The Cross Country Stadium of Lago di Tesero which is illuminated at night.
The Palace of Magnifica Comunitá
There is no doubt that Italy has its fair share of Castles and Palaces, so there is no surprise that there is one in Val di Fiemme. The Palace of Magnifica Comunitá di Fiemme predominantly stands in the centre of the village of Cavalese. There is no real evidence about the origins of the building except that it dates back to the 14th century and it that it is linked to the prince bishop from Trento.
The Palace of Magnifica Comunità organises guided tours through the rooms that lead to the “residence” of the noble owner, in a mix between past and present. You also visit the museum-gallery and prison which is full of etchings left by the condemned who spent their time there over the centuries.
I really enjoyed my time exploring The Palace of Magnifica Comunità with our private guide. I found the history to be really interesting and it was a great activity after a day skiing.
- Opening Hours –
- Out of opening Hours – An admission charge for groups with reservation € 8,00 per person included entrance ticket and guide.
- Closed on Tuesdays
- Guided Tours – Starting at fixed times: 10.30 – 15.30 – 17.00 (min. 6 people)
- Prices – Adults €5,00 Children under 14 Free
Accommodation is spread out across various villages within the Val Di Fimme region with the biggest villages being Predazzo, Cavalese and Castello. I stayed in Castello the first town you meet coming into Val di Fiemme. It is made up by two villages, Castello being the main village and Molina being a smaller one about 2 kms away.
We stay at the Hotel Olimpionico for two nights, located in the village of Castello in Val di Fiemme. The hotel is run by a gold medal winner in cross country skiing and the bar area of the hotel has some interesting memorabilia on the walls showcasing this. The hotel has a restaurant that serves a delicious dinner and breakfast if you are staying half board.
There was a bar area, as well as a wellness centre that looked really nice, unfortunately, we did not have time to use it. There are not too many car parking spaces in front of the hotel. However, the hotel does have an additional car-park about 5ometers away, above ground and underground. For the underground car-park you will need your hotel card to access.
The room was really spacious with a separate sitting area that opened out onto a terrace with lovely views. The modern room had a comfy double bed, an LCD TV, a private bathroom with shower, hairdryer. You could easily be comfortable staying in the room for a week skiing.
Where to Eat and Drink
There are lots of pubs and restaurants near the hotel in Castello and in Cavalese but if you are looking for a fresh local food and great wine. Then I highly recommend the family run Ristorante Costa Salici. It is considered to be one of the best in Val Di Fiemme.
Ristorante Costa Salici, Cavalese Val Di Fiemme – Reviews on Trip Advisor
Resort Location & How to get there
The closest international airports to Val di Fiemme Ski Resort are Verona Villafranca Airport (Also known as Valerio Catullo Airport), Bolzano and Bergamo Italy. However, Verona International Airport would be your best option as flights are more frequent and more airline carriers available.
The best way to get to Val di Fiemme Ski region is via transfer or to hire a car. It should roughly take you about an hour and a half drive from Verona International Airport and most of the roads are highways up until you reach Trento City. Then it is a short drive up through the mountains.
As the 5 ski areas are spread out, it is best to hire a car then it allows you to drive between the ski areas without a problem.
- There are no direct trains or buses, so your best option is to catch a train to Trento and then a bus from there.
Top Tip for Val di Fiemme Ski Resort
- ‘Guest Card’ is given for free with a stay of a minimum of 2 nights, which enables you to discounts, free public transport, castles, museums and archaeological sites. Check with your hotel if they offer it.
- If you want a break from skiing, then take a trip to Trento, which is only an hour drive away.
- Beware when booking a hotel, as stated before there are different villages in Val di Fiemme that are spread out and give you access to different ski areas.
- Try some local sparkling wine, Trentodoc is so nice!
- If you are looking for an extra bit of adventure, take a ride on the Alpine Coaster Gardonè in Latemar area. You are guaranteed to have a great time flying down the mountain.
Would I Recommend
It is known that the Dolomites is always sunny, with an average of 8 out of 10 days skiers have sunshine. Between the skiing, culture, food and the various activities on and off the slopes, Val di Fiemme Ski Resort is the perfect ski destination for everyone.
I would definitely go back to Val di Fiemme Ski Resort, especially for a week as I feel like I didn’t even scratch the surface. I really want to see the Dolomites in their full glory and experience some of the harder slopes that they are famous for.
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Thank you for reading this article ‘48hrs in Val Di Fiemme Ski Resort Italy’, I hope it helped you to decide where to go for your next weekend ski trip. Val di Fiemme Ski Resort is definitely a great gem of a ski resort in the Dolomites.
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