The culinary season start on the ski slopes with famous Chefs

ALTA BADIA, ITALY: A fascinating interaction between skiing, nature and gastronomy is celebrating every year under the motto ”A taste of skiing”. Given the variety of slopes, the landscape of Dolomites in South Tyrol and the high profile gastronomy, Alta Badia is a beloved holiday destination with 53 ski lifts and 130 km of ski piste.

The culinary season starts officially in December; at the time the snow appears. Gourmet Ski safari takes place on a Sunday in December and welcomes Michelin-star chefs. Norbert Niederkofler, Matteo Metullio, Nicola Laera, Nino Graziano, AlbertoFaccani, Francesco Baldissarutti and Giuseppe Biuso will showcase the Flavours of their Childhood.

Chefs and stories. “I may have a German accent, but I’m 100% Italian and, when it comes to cooking, mums always know best. The combination of mum’s cooking and my rebellious curiosity is the inspiration behind “Once upon a time there was a trout“, says Norbert Niederkofler (St.Hubertus at the Relais & Chateaux Hotel Rosa Alpina – Alta Badia, 2 Michelin stars), who can be found at the Club Moritzino hut.

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Another chef is Matteo Metullio (La Siriola at Hotel Ciasa Salares – Alta Badia, 1 Michelin star), will be taking over the Piz Arlara hut where, alongside his mother, he will be making “Tripe in sauce with potatoes”. His mother Roberta inspired him to cook from a very young age: already aged twelve, Matteo knew cooking would play an important part in his future.

When this season comes to an end, the “Skicarousel Vintage Party” is always scheduled for  April. The mountain huts will serve dishes that were popular in the 70s and 80s – and all waiting for another season to serve specialities from Tyrol.

Make it Happen!

Touch Down: Alta Badia is within reach on many roads of Italy, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Whether by car, by bus, train or plane. Alta Badia is close to airports in Bolzano, Innsbruck, Venice, Verona, Bergamo, Milan and Munich.

Stay: Find the hotel that best suits your needs on wesite Altabadia.org

Eat: Tickets to take part in the Gourmet Ski safari can be purchased in advance at the tourist offices in Alta Badia. E-mail: [email protected]

Play: Après Ski fans can let the ski day wind down to one of the many après ski rondells or dance until the legs give in at the typical après spots! A must see for true après ski fans is the “Ütia Las Vegas at the Piz Sorega Plateau! Five stars in the après ski category for Alta Badia.

Mini Guide: Ski World Cup: Every year in December, the world of skiing looks to South Tyrol and Alta Badia. For this is the time when four races of the Men’s Alpine Ski World Cup. The Giant Slalom on the Gran Risa Piste in Alta Badia and the Downhill Race in Val Gardena count amongst the great classic competitions of Alpine skiing.

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