Not just about skiing; but activities, adventures, kindergartens and playgrounds
TRENTINO, ITALY: This is one of the most articulated ski areas in the world, unleashed when I moved from one breath-taking panorama and ski-slope to another on the peaks of the Dolomites. Endless skiing and stunning scenery, it´s an irresistible combination. A ski-break with Italian twist includes a plate of pasta with a glass of wine after a morning on the slope and I noticed that even mountain huts offer gourmet cousin more than 2,000 meters above sea level.
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Endless skiing. Trentino’s two biggest ski areas serve up hundreds of kilometres of pistes – with the magnificent Dolomites as a backdrop. The Dolomites are a landscape of soaring cliffs and crags, blessed with a sunny climate, and peppered with mountain restaurants. And to complete the picture, two world-class systems of lifts and pistes, backed by snow-making and slope-grooming equipment. You can spend entire days on the snow without having to hit the same slope twice.
More than skiing. But Trentino is not just about skiing, in fact you can find tons of games & activities, magic filled adventures, as well as workshops, kindergartens and playgrounds. You can go shopping or visit a museum of art, discover architectural wonders and see sculptures in harmony with nature.
Food and views. For a proper taste of the mountains, more than 50 huts are open this winter season in Trentino, and you don’t have to be a skier to reach them. To eat in a mountain hut is always memorable. Among the best gourmet huts is “Fuciade” above Passo San Pellegrino, which serves traditional Ladin dishes in majestic surroundings. At the top of the Paganella ski area, with a stunning view of the Brenta Dolomites, “La Roda” mountain hut offers oyster aperitifs, matched with the best Spumante wines.
Living and dining. You know the feeling: after a morning spent on a thrilling downhill, there’s nothing like sitting around the table prepared for a feast. Enjoy Trentino’s traditional specialities or try the gourmet cuisine. The mountain makes you work up an appetite! Here are three for dining and staying at altitude.
The Rifugio La Roda, right at the summit of the Paganella, affords breath-taking views with Lake Garda in the background. The dining room offers not just typical Trentino cuisine but also fish dishes.
Hotel in San Martino di Castrozza. Set in a splendid panoramic position; only 3 km from the village of San Martino. Eight rustic-style rooms with private bathroom. Meals: home-style cooking, children’s menu, traditional cuisine.
Rifugio Scoiattolo in Pejo valley, directly on the ski slopes. The Rifugio Scoiattolo is perfectly integrated with the magical landscape that surrounds it, the mountain group Ortles-Cevedale, a natural oasis in the heart of the Stelvio National Park. Rifugio Scoiattolo is located at 2000 meters of altitude on the ski slopes of Pejo.
Meals: Gluten-free meals, traditional cuisine, children’s menu, international cooking, breakfast buffet, à la carte restaurant.
Wellness. Some mountain huts have even added spa facilities. For example, “Baita Cuz”, above Pozza di Fassa, has a Finnish outdoor sauna with views of the Fassa Dolomites. At the “Solander” in the Folgarida-Marilleva ski area, guests can enjoy a mini-spa with sauna, Jacuzzi and Turkish steam bath, while in the nearby “Orso Bruno” your hot tub comes with sunset views of the Brenta Dolomites.
Italian Style. My winter break on the Dolomites and Trentino was the art of living with style. It´s about the skiing, an après-ski aperitif, the sunset, art galleries and museums. A day on the slope doesn´t end when the ski lifts close – it´s time for the Italian “Dolce Vita”. Remember, the culture never sleeps.
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Make it Happen!
Touch Down: Holiday starts at the airport thanks to direct transfers to ski areas in Trentino from the following airports: Verona Valerio Catullo, Bergamo Orio al Serio, Milano Linate, Venezia Marco Polo, Treviso Antonio Canova and - new for the 17-18 season- Milano Malpensa
Stay: You can stay in Hotels, Apartments, Mountain Huts, Farms, Hostels and Guesthouse
Eat: Malga Panna, Moena, Val di Fassa. Set at 1380m, and offering sensational views of the Val di Fassa, Chef Paolo Donei’s restaurant serves sensational seasonal food, heavy on traditional Ladin flavours and methods.
Play: You will find nightclubs, music pubs, discos, après-skis, wine bars, beer-houses, clubs and birrerias open until late
Mini Guide: Get your Trentino Guest Card at any of the hotels taking part, or purchase your weekly card for 40 Euro at any of the tourist information offices. Free access to 60 museums, 20 castles, 40 attractions, travel free on all public transport and discounts on 40 activities in all of Trentino. New Lift. Hi-tech and high-speed: a new lift to Ciampac in Val di Fassa. The new lift has doubled the capacity. Journey time is five minutes.