Alta Badia? San Cassiano? Where are they? Alta Badia’s commune is in the Dolomite’s Val Badia. San Cassiano nestled there, 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 the twelve mighty Dolomiti UNESCO ski areas totaling: 460 lifts, 400 mountain restaurants, 760 trail miles, 5,800 snow cannons, 149,000 acres of terrain – No lines here in the largest ski area anywhere! The Great War was fought within its peaks, the first lift built in 1947. Today all are top of the line. Ski the 24-mile Sella Ronda including the carousel of lifts. Dine at Emilio Comici’s restaurant at 7,200 feet with fish flown in daily from Venice. Experience Armentarola’s solitude with WWI battlements high above and endless walls of towering ice below. Too many choices? Charlie Tessari or Luca Ferrazzi can guide you until those mighty Dolomiti turn vibrant red in the late day’s sun.