Winter Holidays Guide: Alta Pusteria in the Dolomites

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Ski and mountains lovers great news: the ski season is officially opening this weekend! I am personally off to Zermatt to celebrate with friends (the opening weekend of the ski season is always a very festive (and special) moment!). Apparently a perfect storm has just dropped almost 1m of fresh snow over there and it will be sunny again by tomorrow! Full report on this weekend (including our very hot beach themed after-ski party..) next week. In the meantime, I decided to make some posts to present you a few top skiing destinations. Today: the charming region of Alta Pusteria in the Dolomites!

Alta Pusteria is comprised of 5 villages: Sesto, San Candido, Dobbiaco, Villabassa and Braies and represents a network of 30 km of ski slopes, 200km cross-country ski trails. Its ski season will run from December till April 2013 and the program will be.. full of activites!

  • 7 December (Sesto)/8 December (Dobbiaco): the Traditional Procession of Santa Claus and “Devil Show”!
  • 5-13 January: The Dolomites Balloon Festival! Dozens of hot-air balloons will transform the Alta Pusteria valley into a colourful fairytale landscape
  • 9-11 January: the Snow Sculpture Festival in San Candido.. with 30 artists coming from all over the world.
  • 12-13 January: Ski Marathon! The freestyle race over 30 km goes on Saturday from Fiames to Dobbiaco and the race over 42 km in classical style goes on Sunday from Dobbiaco to Cortina d’Ampezzo. Who’s up for it? ;)
  • 15-19 January: Horse Sledge Drives The horse sledge starts at the cross-country stadium, passing the chapel “Säghäusern” on the way to the lake of Dobbiaco
  • 22-24 February: the International Curling Open Air Tournament.. on the splendid Braies lake.

Shuttle services are available from the following airports: Innsbruck, Venezia, Treviso, Cerona and Bergamo. All info to plan your trip on

Travel Tip: if you want to indulge into some local food delicacies, go visit the factory of Alpe Pragas (prebook your guided tour by phone just before) and try their wonderful organic jams, the Sambuco Flower Syrup (delicious served with Prosecco at aperitivo!), their home-made Chiocolitas (chestnut-chocolate spreads) or the Gewurstraminer Weingelee (wine jelly to accompany cheese or meat).

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