Lying to the north-east of the Italian province of Trentino, Val di Fassa is one of the largest alpine valleys in the Dolomites. Its closeness to some of the most legendary and staggering massifs in the range like the Sella Group, Catinaccio, Sassolungo and Marmolada ―the Queen of the Dolomites and the highest peak in the range―, makes it an incredible destination to set out for a myriad of mountain adventures.
Val di Fassa is comprised by different mountain villages, like Campitello di Fassa, Canazei, Mazin and Moena, and it’s the only Ladin speaking valley in Trentino. The Ladin culture is deeply rooted in the local traditions, food, art and legends.
To learn more about the endless possibilities that Val di Fassa offers, we’ve talked with Etienne Bernard, an IFMGA Mountain Guide & Ski Instructor born and raised in the Valley. Together with him, we’ve come up with this guide where you can find the very best outdoor activities to enjoy Val di Fassa all-year-round!
Let’s dive right into it!
Due to its privileged location at the heart of the Trentino Dolomites, Val di Fassa is a great starting point for rock climbing trips in the area. July to September provide the best weather conditions for this activity. There’s something for everyone here, but these are our 3 recommended spots:
Check out all the rock climbing trips from Val di Fassa!
Via ferratas are climbing routes equipped with fixed steps, ladders and suspended bridges. During the First World War, several ‘iron routes’ were built in the Dolomites to help the armies traverse the mountain. More recently, those paths were restored, providing an exciting mountain adventure which is halfway between rock climbing and hiking.
Guided trips are the best way to explore via ferratas. Here’s our selection of the ones you can easily reach from Val di Fassa:
Val di Fassa is one of the finest alpine skiing destinations in the Dolomites, boasting several interconnected ski areas which are part of the Dolomiti Superski.
Besides, the imposing Sella Group is home to a legendary ski tour: the Sella Ronda. This spectacular ski circuit circles the entire massif and traverses 4 different valleys: Val di Fassa, Val Gardena, Badia and Arabba.
The Sella Group provides outstanding opportunities for steep skiing. Here you’ll find one of the most famous off-piste ski descents in the Dolomites: the Val Mesdi, which starts from Pordoi Pass. Ride the Val Mesdi with a guide!
Other amazing steep skiing itineraries in the Sella Group include the Holzer couloir and the Sass da Forcia couloir. Go steep skiing in the Sella Group!
Other exciting option in Val di Fassa is to go on a hut-to-hut ski touring trip. If you have some off-piste skiing experience and you are on a very good physical condition, you can venture deep into the snowy mountains and stay at some of the many mountain huts in the area. Some of the highlights include Passo del Mulaz, Duron Valley, Antermoia Hut and Passo delle Selle. Join this 3-day guided ski tour in Val di Fassa! And in case you are on a tight schedule, you may want to consider this 1-day ski touring option.
Everyone knows Val di Fassa for being a ski paradise during the winter season. But do you know it also has some incredible frozen waterfalls to climb up? Ice climbing may not be as popular, but it can make a great compliment to your ski holiday in the Dolomites.
There’s a wide variety of venues to explore, to easy ice routes for beginners to more complex multi-pitch routes for seasoned ice climbers. Fontanazzo icefall and Rio Pelous are two of the classics, which can be easily reached from Canazei. Go for a 1-day ice climbing trip in Val di Fassa!
Another interesting spot for ice climbing is the Sassolungo, with challenging routes and the chance of climbing goulottes, the lines of ice formed in the mountain crevasses. Some of the most popular include Goulotte Mistica, Goulotte Clean Gully, Goulotte Raggio di Sole, and Goulotte Holzknecht. Book an ice climbing trip in the Sassolungo.
In the heart of the Dolomites, Val di Fassa awaits with incredible mountain adventures to enjoy during the summer & the winter season. Its beautiful alpine villages, rich culture and hospitable people make it one of the top destinations to visit in Trentino.
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