Corvara and Colfosco Ski Resort
Colfosco and Corvara are two out of six villages that make up the Alta Badia ski area in sit in the historic Ladin valley located right in the heart of the Dolomites. It is part of the Dolomiti Superski area, one of the world's largest ski areas in Italy ( part of which also borders and crosses over into Austria). The Dolomites in Italy is a UNESCO certified World Heritage Site and a famous tourist destination at all times of the year.
Corvara ski village is the biggest of the villages in the Alta Badia ski area and is the closest connecting village to the popular Sella Ronda ski circuit. It welcomes visitors from all over the world in both the summer and winter months. Corvara is also the liveliest of the surrounding villages, sitting at a resort height of 1568 metres altitude in a sunny basin. It is a well known and sought after ski resort not only for its connection to the Sella Ronda circuit but also for its close connection to the World War One circuit excursion. It is also reputed for its non-ski attractions, resort entertainment and modern accommodation thanks to its wide range of hotels which cut across cheap budget stays to 5-star lodgings. Colfosco is the smaller of the two and unofficial “second village” of the Alta Badia. It also lies directly on the Sella Ronda and sits slightly higher than its more popular neighbour at 1645 metres altitude. It is the quieter and more tranquil of the two but also offers fantastic accommodation and stunning views of the surrounding Dolomite mountain range.
Both villages have an impressive ski history that dates back to the 1930s; when the first ski lifts were hoisted in the area. The pistes here are mostly suited to beginners and intermediates in general. Advanced skiers will find a few blacks and challenging reds but the Sella Ronda also offers a thrill. Nevertheless, visiting skiers with a Dolomiti Superski pass will have access to the entire ski area and an insurmountable selection of pistes to explore.
The ski season in these parts starts in December and runs all through to April. The Dolomites in general registers less snowfall than other resorts in Italy and across the remainder of the European Alps in France and Austria but the area has world-class snowmaking facilities to cover any snow shortages.
Colfosco’s big nursery area and nearby blue runs make it an ideal choice for beginners. Intermediates will also love the easy links to the wider 130km Alta Badia ski area – not to mention speedy access to the Sella Ronda ski circuit. And experienced skiers will want to tackle the Gran Visa piste in nearby La Villa, which is used in the men’s Ski World Cup every December.
Beginners will have a wonderful time in Colfosco’s large nursery area with a gentle and easy blue run to practise on. The Plans Gondola is the advised gondola to hop on in search of easy blues after gaining a bit of confidence at the nursery area. If you are situated in Corvara, the beginner area starts from the resort centre so it's hard to miss. When you have mastered your ski plough and turns, proceed to the wooded slopes located in between La Brancia, Pralongia and Cherz for more blues against a scenic backdrop.
Brave intermediates have a good choice of reds but one cannot visit both villages without tasting the Sella Ronda Circuit. Other challenges lay in the Val Stella Alpina and San Cassiano areas in Corvara. Skiers in Colfosco can test their ski legs closer to the village on the red piste just beneath the Forecelles chairlift.
Advanced skiers who choose to remain within the local area can head over to the neighbouring La Villa (also part of Alta Badia) to access the Gran Visa which features annually in the men's Ski World Cup. Seasoned skiers can also attempt the 1,200-metre descent on the Val Mezdi; one of the Dolomites most popular runs that are bound to test the bravest skiers.
The majority of the pistes in both Colfosco and Corvara are wide, open, mostly sunny and equally perfect for free-riders and snowboarders. The Alta Badia area has a good selection of snow parks as well, most notably in San Cassiano which is well equipped with boxes, rails and kickers. The park has separate beginner, intermediate and expert areas which means every skill is welcome.
Snow Conditions in Corvara & Colfosco
Corvara and Colfosco are both situated above 1,500 metres altitude and both have pistes that summit at above 3,000 metres. Although just like the rest of the Dolomites, the area sees less snowfall than others, its dry weather and high altitudes preserve the snow on the ground allowing for good pistes. The area also has snowmaking facilities that adequately covers just over 80% of the slopes.
Colfosco being a lovely, traditional resort is relatively quiet and an overall family orientated resort, however, there are a few bars and hang out places to enjoy an exciting apres-ski evening, nonetheless. Corvara, on the other hand, is the livelier of the two and one of Alta Badia’s most lively ski resorts. The common theme with both villages and the rest of the Alta Badia ski area is that most of the bars and lounges are resident within the hotels there. Sure, both resorts are not particularly recognised as a party or apres-ski attractions compared to other resorts in France and Switzerland, however, we have listed a number of spots where you can let your hair down a little.
The Matthiaskeller at Colfosco is an amazing traditional Ladin restaurant with a fantastic menu and a great selection of wines. It is not a bar but it tends to get very busy later in the evenings and is a great place to enjoy a few glasses of wine and hearty moments and a handful of après-ski options, including the Matthiaskeller which can be busy at the close of play.
Boconara hut (Corvara)
Boconara Hut is a small but very lively hut located on the slopes at Corvara that is a perfect stopover on your ski route. An atmospheric family-owned restaurant, it has a fantastic panoramic view of the mountain range. It is a lovely mix of traditional and modern Alpine lifestyles and has a great food and drinks menu. It is great for families but it also is a great space for an apres-ski spot for a few cheeky drinks.
Toccami Wine-Bar Cocktail-Lounge
A stylish bar and lounge with traditional Italian decor is located in the lovely 4-star, Hotel Marmolada in Corvara. Toccami is best known for its large wine selection and cocktails. It is an elegant bar and while it doesn't have a raucous party atmosphere, it is a perfect place for a chilled evening out.
L’Murin and Bar of the Hotel La Perle.
Both located in the glamorous La Perla hotel, these hangout spots are great for an early and evening session. The La Perla hotel is exquisite in its display of pure Alpine charm. The bar is a chic and boutique hangout spot with a classy touch. It has an atmospheric circular bar as well as a cosy seating area which is brightened by large windows. Open every day from 8 am until midnight, visitors to the bar can enjoy a range of sophisticated cocktails, aperitifs, wines and tasty pastries. As the evening moves on, the music comes on in L’Murin ( or known as Murin in Winter ) and visitors there are treated to one of the best apres ski evenings in the Alta Badia ski area which includes a fantastic drinks menu, Dj sounds and amazing atmosphere.
L’Got One of the best cocktail bars in Corvara, L’Got is a cosy and luxury lounge and one of the best spots for an evening aperitivo. Excellent service, plush interior, and extensive cocktail menu which everyone raves about. The food menu cuts across an interesting choice of tasty meals from classics such as paninis and other nibbles to tomahawk stakes and octopus soup! L’Got is very lively without being rowdy and out of control. The food and drinks may be a bit pricey but the quality does make up for it.
There is a sufficient and efficient amount of facilities in Corvara and Colfosco. In general, The Dolomites are a well-admired tourist attraction that welcomes large numbers of tourists each year who visit not only for skiing. This means that the facilities at the Alta Badia include and exceed ski and snowsports activities. Skiers and holidaymakers will find great facilities to ensure that the time spent at both resorts will be a smooth seamless experience.
There are a number of ski hire shops and rental stores in both Colfosco and Corvara where you can book or hire your ski equipment on holiday if you do not fancy travelling with all your equipment. If you are travelling with the family and are flying over to the Alps with all your ski equipment, it might be easier to simply hire your equipment at the resort and save yourself the hassle of travelling with everyone's skis and snowboarding equipment. If you are booking your holiday via Erna Low, why not take a look at our ski hire options and simply book your equipment with us directly. It is probably the easiest and most convenient method of booking your ski hire equipment and we have it prepared and waiting for you before you even leave your doorstep.
Order your ski passes to Colfosco and Corvara with a few clicks of the mouse and have it prepared and ready to use upon arrival at any of the villages. There are lift machines and ticket offices where you can also purchase your ski pass when you eventually get to the resort, however, why not save yourself the hassle of queuing and waiting in line at the lift machines and pre book your ski pass with us. Once purchased, you will receive your ski pass before you even arrive at Colfosco and Corvara so you can immediately hit the slopes as you arrive at the resort. Just drop your bags, strap yourself into your ski boots and you’re good to go.
There is hardly any better way to relax and unwind after an eventful day on the slopes than having a re-invigorating spa and sauna session and perhaps a bit of a swim in a heated pool. There are a number of top hotels in both Colfosco and Corvara each with great wellness centres and swimming pools. Spas and wellness centres don't only help to rejuvenate spent limbs and muscles but they also help allow the mind and body to relax. If you’re planning on visiting Colfosco, check out the Stè Bëgn wellness centre in the Hotel Gran Ciasa for an excellent spa session. The wellness centre is well equipped with an indoor pool, whirlpool and sauna complex which is adults only. It also includes a Dolomites sauna which has real dolomite stones, relaxation areas and an infra-red sauna area. There is also a solarium, Kneipp well and heated benches. In addition to the wealth of equipment and spa facilities, the Stè Bëgn wellness centre also offers a wide array of massage and beauty treatments. For our clients visiting Corvara, be rest assured that you are not left out; the wonderful Hotel Tablé in Corvara is well equipped with top spa and wellness centre facilities to ensure that you receive a relaxing experience as it promises to offer a combination of physical and spiritual wellbeing. The facilities include a hot tub, spa and sauna rooms and relaxation rooms as well as an extensive list of massages and treatments. You may also consider the Villa Tony hotel in Corvara or the 5-star Hotel Cappella in Colfosco as additional options with equally impressive wellness centres.
The Alta Badia is your typical holiday destination catering to tourists from around the world not only with its pistes, culture and beauty but also with some of its local wares and delicacies. Much of these can be found in its numerous souvenir shops including those in Colfosco and Corvara. For our clients who will be staying in self-catering accommodation, there are also a few local shops where you can get regular groceries and bakeries for fresh morning bread with your breakfast.
Colfosco and Corvara are well equipped with children's facilities to ensure that children are well safe, entertained and well catered to. Read further for more information
Across both resorts, there are a good number of skis schools that are ideal and great for visiting children. They can be mostly found in the nursery areas and beginner slopes in both Corvara and Colfosco. If you are in the process of booking your ski holiday to Colfosco or Corvane with Erna Low and the kids are coming along, why not add the children's ski school lessons as part of your overall holiday booking. We have great partnerships with some of the very best ski schools and instructors across the Alps including Colfosco and Corvara. It is by far the best and quite frankly, the most simple way to arrange your children's ski lessons and most importantly, it saves you a lot of time. Get in touch for any additional information or he;p with this.
Children are very much part of the fun at both resorts and across the Alta Badia ski area. All the villages and resorts have dedicated outdoor playgrounds complete with swings, slides and climbing castles for young children. The majority of the ski schools within the region also have kids clubs as part of their services where children are looked after and occupied with games, stories and other fun activities both indoors and outdoors. Activities include fun favourites like ice skating, sledge rides with dogs and horses, and indoor activities including climbing walls and kids swimming pools.
There are numerous childcare minders and creches available at both resorts. The tourist offices usually have a wide variety of contacts. Please remember to request English speaking caregivers.
Both villages sit above 1500 metres with slopes peaking above 3,000 metres. The slopes at both villages get a great deal of sunlight. There is a total of 130 kilometres of slopes split between beginner, intermediate and advanced; with 70 kilometres of blues, 52 kilometres of reds and 8 kilometres of black runs. There are also a host of off-piste areas to explore.