Gateway City: Venice
Transfer Time: 3.25 hours
Via: Coach & private transfer

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San Cassiano In The Alta Badia

San Cassiano, Alta Badia? Huh? Where is it? Buried in the Dolomites, Rome conquered their Rhaetian forebearers 2,000 years ago. That culture is still preserved and today the locals speak ancient Ladin. It was ruled by the Hapsburgs and 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 daily 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 and if you have an Ikon pass it’ll be good for seven days.

Hotels in San Cassiano In The Alta Badia

Hotel Lagacio Mountain Residence

Margreth and Pio Canins 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 can be 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

Back in 1964 a tiny pension run by the second of four Wieser generations. Today this 47-room hotel set in an Armentarola meadow and 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. They have the Bona Luna Dine Bar and two restaurants. Jan hosts fondue and a la carte evenings in the new Cocun Cellar among 30,000 bottles of wine. Guests can take their pick in the Cheese and Chocolate rooms. Individually styled bedrooms, spruced up for winter 21/22, have Swiss stone pine paneling for sweeter dreams. The spa covers all our needs: a pool, Jacuzzi, two saunas, steam bath, and an outdoor hot tub. ‘Ciasa’ means home in Ladin, so, do come home and stay!

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