San Cassiano, Alta Badia

San Cassiano, Alta Badia? Huh? Buried in the Dolomites, Rome conquered their Rhaetian forebearers 2,000 years ago. That culture is still preserved: locals speak ancient Ladin and it became part of Italy after WWI. Today San Cassiano is a jewel: romantically Italian, dusted with Austrian efficiency, fine hotels, a butcher, a baker, the grocer, their town church, and the Ladin Museum. No fancy shops here, just an ideally indulgent ski village for families and foodies that won’t empty the bank – perfect!

And the skiing? San Cassiano is one of 12 Dolomite towns totaling 760 trail miles, 149,000 acres of terrain, 450 lifts, 5,800 snow cannons, and 400 restaurants. Big enough, hope so. WWI battles were fought from army tunnels towering above. The battlefields below are today’s pistes. The first chair lift was built in 1947, today all are top of the line. Ski the Sella Ronda over four mountain passes. Dine at a restaurant with fish helicoptered in from Venice. Find Hidden Valley’s walls of ice. Too many choices? My friend, Charlie, will guide you till the late day sun turns the mighty Dolomiti vibrant red.

Gateway City: Venice
Transfer Time: 2 hours
Via: Motorcoach

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  • A Best of the Alps Resort
  • Chic Shopping
  • Casino
  • English Spoken
  • Expensive
  • Family Resort
  • Fine Food
  • Fly Luggage
  • Glacier Express
  • Haute Route
  • High Season Lines
  • Long Season
  • Lots to do
  • No Cars
  • Olympic Resort
  • Party Town
  • Skier's Resort
  • Summer Skiing
  • Very Scenic
  • World Cup Races
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Hotels in San Cassiano, Alta Badia

Hotel Lagacio

Pio and Margreth Carmins did years of research before opening their 24-suite hotel in ’09. Here discreet luxury meets elegant Nature with traditional Ladin elements: untreated local woods, ancient timbers, slate or wood floors, and warm-colored linen and loden fabrics. Each floor centers around a different Dolomite maritime fossil found by Pio. While the dining room serves gourmet breakfasts, dine-around dinners can be arranged and kitchenettes pre-stocked. The spa offers sauna, Jacuzzi, steam, hot tub, and an ice well. Heating is thermal, electric is solar. The Lagacio, by Nature and man, meets all the needs of our modern comforts.

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Ciasa Salares

This 47-room hotel in 1965 was a tiny pension run by the second of four Wieser generations. It’s set in an Armentarola meadow, so is ski-in and out. The family’s passions are food, wine and mountains, the order yet to be decided. Guests are welcomed by the grandmother or perhaps her young sommelier grandson, Jan Clemens. There’s the Bona Luna wine bar and two restaurants. Jan hosts fondue evenings in the new Cocun Cellar among 23,000 bottles of wines. Guests can take their pick in the Cheese and Chocolate rooms. Individually styled bedrooms have Swiss stone pine paneling for sweeter dreams. The renovated spa covers our needs: a pool, Jacuzzi, two saunas, and steam bath. ‘Ciasa’ is home in Ladin so come stay a while!

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Early Bird special: Book by October 31st for 5% discount on 5 nights’ stays except on December 20/January 4 & February 9/29, 2020

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