Alta Badia, Italy
Alta Badia is located in the province of Bolzano-Bozen in the northernmost region of Italy. The resort itself is part of the communes of Corvara, Badia, and La Val, all of which are connected to the Alps and, more specifically, the section known as the Dolomites.
The resort is a popular destination with skiers from all over the world. Although it is by no means the largest resort in the continent, the quality of the slopes is undeniable, with Alpine Skiing World Cup races regularly taking place in the area.
How to get there
The nearest cities to Alta Badia are Verona, Venice, Bolzano, and Innsbruck, although the latter is located in the state of Tyrol in western Austria (as opposed to northern Italy). You can reach the resort by plane, train or public bus transport.
The quickest way to reach the region is by flying. Verona is a lovely starting point for any trip since it offers many fantastic sights, including the Arena and the Piazza del Signori. Verona Airport has good connections to the entire continent and British Airways flies between the city and London Gatwick.
If you don’t mind crossing an international border, Innsbruck is arguably your best option. It provides regional flights around the Alps and enjoys decent links with other countries in the continent. EasyJet, First Choice Airways, and Austrian Airlines all offer flights between the UK and the airport.
Once you reach the airport of your choice, you will find bus transfers that travel around Italy courtesy of Terravision. These buses cover a wide range of airports in the country, including Verona Airport, Milan Airport, and Venice’s Marco Polo Airport.
To reach the region by train, you have a range of options depending on how far you want to travel. From Bolzano, you are looking at either a 70 or 100 kilometre journey depending on which route you take (have a look at the Tren Italia website for more details).
However, if you can travel by rail to Brunico, you will only have to travel another 40 kilometres before you arrive at the resort. Once at the station, you can take a bus to the resort using the local SAD Bus Service.
Perhaps the most convenient option is to hire a car once you arrive in either Italy or Austria. In terms of distance, Innsbruck is approximately 130 kilometres away, whilst Verona is 230 kilometres away from the resort. If you do choose this option, see if you can get to Bolzano by train first, since it is just 70 kilometres from Alta Badia.
Who the resort caters for
Alta Badia is certainly a good choice if you want an all-inclusive package deal. Great package deals are offered by several British tour operators, including Thomson, Esprit Ski, Inghams, and Crystal. The resort itself also offers exclusive packages. For more information on these, have a look at the official website.
If you choose to visit during the summer, you can go to animal parks such as the Deer Park in Sompunt/Badia and the Farmhouse Park in Colfosco. Kids will be kept entertained by the activities on offer, which include treasure hunts and nature walks.
Ski schools are open in the resort throughout the winter and ski kindergarten is available for young beginners. There is also a well-known winter scheme, called Dolomiti SuperKids, which will run between the 14th of March to the 14th of April, providing discounted rates for families.
What accommodation the resort offers
With six villages located within the wider region of the ski resort, there are plenty of accommodation choices on offer for skiers. There are approximately 16,000 beds available in hotels, campsites, apartments, farm lodgings, and bed and breakfasts.
To gain a sense of what you can expect to pay, visit the website, which provides details of the different seasons. This should enable you to estimate when prices will be at their highest.
In terms of alpine skiing, Alta Badia offers approximately 130 kilometres of slopes and 53 lifts. Roughly half of these slopes are blue slopes, just under half are classified as intermediate red slopes, and the remaining 5% are black slopes for experts.
The resort offers a range of ski passes. Your choice will depend upon how long you are staying and where you want to ski (one pass allows you to access to all 530 individual pistes located in and around Alta Badia).
You can research the different options on the official website. It is also possible to use the slopes for snowboarding.
If you want to avoid alpine skiing and boarding, cross-country skiing is another option in Alta Badia. A relatively small circuit can be found at Corvara and Armentarola.
- Downhill Pistes – 130 kilometres
- Ski Lifts – 51
- Highest Lift – 2750 metres
- Lowest Piste – 1350 metres
- Number Of Runs – 68 Blue, 30 Red, 5 Black