Alta Badia? San Cassiano? Where are they? Alta Badia’s commune is in the Dolomite’s Val Badia. San Cassiano nestled there too, goes back to the Bronze Age’s Rhaetians, later conquered by Rome. Their preserved Ladin culture includes the ancient language spoken by 94% of locals. It became part of Italy after WWI. Today San Cassiano is a secret jewel: romantically Italian, brushed with Austrian efficiency, with Michelin restaurants, some bars, the Ladin Museum, the butcher, the baker, the gourmet grocer, and town church. No fancy fashion shops here – just an ideally indulgent resort for families and foodies that doesn’t empty the bank – perfect!
And the skiing? San Cassiano is one of twelve Dolomite areas with 450 lifts, 760 trails over 149,000 acres, no queues here – the largest ski area, anywhere! The town cable car takes you to the wonders of UNESCO’s Dolomites. Franz Kostner guided tourists after the Great War and the first lift was built in 1947. Today, all are top of the line. Try the six-hour Sella Ronda over four passes with a rifugio lunch en route. The Grande Guerre is a tour of military defenses and tunnels. Those battlefields, today, are our pistes. Experience solitude in Hidden Valley’s beauty of endless ice-covered peaks. Go on a gourmet ski safari. Too many choices? Charlie Tessari can guide you till the Dolomites turn vibrant red in the late day sun.