FORGET SKIING, SUMMER IS THE BEST TIME TO EXPLORE THE SUD TYROL

VAL BADIA | ITALY

[VAL BADIA, ITALY] — You read a lot of about skiing in the Dolomites of Italy, but I can’t believe how little is written about how amazing the Dolomiti are in summer. In the winter, rates are high, availability is low and restaurants are hard to get into. But in the summer, what they call the “off season”, the rates are a fraction of winter, the crowds are small and you almost have the hiking trails to yourself.

The Dolomites are aren’t just one range, but dozens. Kinda confusing, especially for me, to piece it all together. It’s all called “Dolomites” or “Alto Adige” and “Süd Tyrol” … and in a part of Italy that was once part of Austria. So the names are always in three languages. But no matter what you call it, go there.

I’ve previously posted pics from the Brenta range. These are just from Val Badia (or also called Alta Badia!), a spectacular valley that is just a fraction of the Dolomites greatness. I can’t wait to go back and figure out the rest. I recommend basing out of the cute as a button San Cassiano village, a glamorous little ski village, but in the summer is a fraction of the price. Go for a week or more. You can spend that in a single valley. Go for two or more and explore the other ranges.

 

This posts shows you want a single sliver of the amazing Dolomites, the Val Badia. So little time, so much to explore:

Dolomites map

You can see how the Val Badia is just a fraction of the great Dolomites. The lower righthand corner.

 

Here’s an AWESOME article in the NY Times about hiking in the same general area. I couldn’t believe it posted two weeks after I returned!  I think the author took the exact same hike within a week or two of when I was there. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/16/travel/italy-dolomites-hiking-trekking-camping.html

And here’s another article from Conde Nast Traveler about skiing in the Dolomites/Sud Tyrol, but a good resource for the hotels in the area.  and a little photo essay from that story here. And another CN Traveler story from 2013 on new hotels in the Dolomites.

 

CLICK ON THE PICS BELOW TO OPEN UP THE GALLERY, WITH DESCRIPTIONS

 

 

WATER ON THE TRAIL — ALTA BADIA from YouShouldGoHere on Vimeo.

 

On the main road to Cortina d’Ampezzo, you zigzag up the Valparola pass and THAT is where the Front Lines used to be during the WWI. The Austrians had carved a long frontier amongst the high ridgelines to dump ammunition down on the Italians below. They carve intricate troop trails all throughout the spine of these mountains, dotted with rifugi for the troops to rest up. This is also a ski area, so you can even take a massive gondola up to the top and scurry about from mountain to mountain, or take the Via Ferrati to the far extremes and then down the mountain.

 

 

 

 

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