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Where is your hotel located, is it close to the ski lifts?

Our hotel is in Alba di Canazei, 1.5 km from Canazei centre.
The main ski lifts, Col dei Rossi and Ciampac, are at walking distance (300 mts) from our hotel.

Can any excursion be done from your hotel without a car?

There are a variety of hikes and walks available from Alba, either on foot or by the village lifts that takes you at high altitude.
The one we recommend is "Viel del Pan", a 3 hours low level path, mainly flat until the final descend that takes you to Lake Fedaia, at the Marmolada base, from where you will be able to return by bus (free for our Guests, holding the Val di Fassa Guest Card).
Val Contrin is another beautiful place to visit on foot, starting directly from our hotel without taking any lift.
There is also a range of different levels hikes that start from Ciampac or Belvedere Basin (lift at 300 mts walking distance from our hotel).
My father and I, like the rest of our team, will be available at the Reception Desk to provide you with all the information you might need, offer suggestions, maps (free of charge) and guide you through weather conditions and webcams.

We would like to ride a bicycle, do you offer rental services? Are there any cycle paths nearby?

Our hotel is a member of the Bike Hotel Val di Fassa Club, therefore we offer a range of services for bikers of all levels.
We have 15 MTBikes in house available free of charge for our Guests and also special deals with shops members of the Club for the rental of EBikes.
There is a 48 km long cycle path running right at the back of our hotel. You can cover whatever distance you feel like and if tired you can hop on the Bike Express, with your bike and return to Alba.
Further information, as well as cycle paths maps, MTB tracks, Bike Express timetable and stops will be available at the Reception Desk.

If we wish to do a guided tour, who should we ask?

As part of your holiday package you already have some free MTBike or Ebike guided tours. Simply book them online through the Val di Fassa Guest Card App or by visiting one of the qualified offices.
As per guided hikes, they can be booked by visiting one of the qualified offices, where they can provide you with schedules and costs as well (some are free for our Guests, some discounted and some other at full price).
At the Reception Desk you will find the MTB tours schedule and all the necessary information.

What is the Val di Fassa Guest Card?

As detailed in the website, the Val di Fassa Guest Card is an online pass that allows you free access to public transport (including part of your arrival trip when within our Region borders) and discounted or free excursions, activities and visits.
If at the time of booking, you have not received our email with the activation request, please ask us for a copy. With this email you will be able to download the App and receive a QR identification code to enjoy you holiday at its fullest.

Are there any discounts on the purchase of lift passes? Where can you buy them?

You can purchase the PanoramaPass, a sort of summer Skipass, which will allow you unlimited access to the lifts during the scheduled period at discounted prices.
There are 3 purchasing formulas:

  • 3 days out of 6
  • 6 days out of 6
  • 7 days out of 13

It can be purchased directly at the lift ticketing offices or online at the link below www.fassa.com.
For a week stay, we suggest to purchase the 3 days out of 6 option, so to enjoy some excursions from the village and some excursions at high altitude via the lifts.

We would like to visit the villages of the valley. How can we reach them?

There is a bus service which runs roughly every half hour and stops in all the villages.
The ticket can be purchased directly on the bus, however it is free for our Guest as in possession of the Val di Fassa Guest Card. You will only have to show the QR identification code found in the Val di Fassa Guest Card App to the bus driver. The nearest bus stop is located 100 mts from our hotel. There is also a 24 hours taxi service available. Ask at the reception for bookings and contact details.

We would like to try typical local products, where could we go?

At walking distance from the hotel there are 4 restaurants which offer typical meals, some of them are also pizzeria and steak house. While in Canazei, at 1.5 km distance, you will find many more.
For an original dinner, we could suggest you some refuge at high altitude or some holiday farms/huts where you could taste bio products at 0 km.

Where does the nearest cable car take you up to? Are there any walking paths once at the top?

300 mts from the hotel there are two lifts: the new Alba-Col dei Rossi cable car (which takes you to the top of Belvedere, from where the Sellaronda slopes begin during the winter season) and the Ciampac cable car on the opposite side of the mountain.
From the arrival of both cable cars you can start beautiful hikes, some of which: Viel del Pan, Sass Pordoi and its summit, Val Jumela, Buffaure, the Lino Pederiva path, the Crepa Neigra summit, San Nicolò Pass…

Where can I find a map with all the tracks?

At the Reception Desk you will find all the maps you might need and also the Val di Fassa excursions’ booklet, with details about low altitude walks, MTBike tracks, road bike and bicycle paths.
On top of all these free of charge maps, you will also find illustrative leaflets about the valley highlights, guided tours and activities schedules, with all the contacts needed for you to book.

Can we go mushroom picking?

You can go mushroom picking across the whole territory of Val di Fassa, with the exception of the restricted areas (indicated using relevant onsite signs), upon prior authorisation and payment of a fee. You can get your authorization visiting any of the seven municipalities offices of the valley, paying the fee with the proper paying-in slip at the post office, by bank transfer, or from any ATM.
So you will need the paying-in slip, which you may require at the reception or at the tourist office.
The authorisation granted is personal and non-transferable to others, and the maximum daily picking limit is 2 kilos per person.

Is there a market and when?

You will find a local market nearly every day across the valley villages: in Campitello on Mondays, in Mazzin and Moena on Wednesdays, San Giovanni di Fassa on Thursdays, in Soraga on Fridays, in Canazei on Saturdays and in Mazzin again on Sundays.

Can we visit any museums?

The main museum is the Museo Ladino in San Giovanni di Fassa, where you can learn about our identity, our traditional carnival and its Krampus, our typical dresses and historical and archeological finds. (Discounted entry fee for Val di Fassa Guest Card holders).
There are also the Great War Museum in Moena (in the Navalge Pavilion), a smaller museum by the Fedaia Lake and a quite interesting one in Serauta, after the second stop of the Marmolada cable car. Time permitting, perhaps on your return journey, you could stop in Bolzano and visit the Science Museum, where the 5000 years old mummy Otzi, is displayed. 

Are there any children playgrounds or adventure parks in the valley?

There is a playground at the back of our hotel, where the cycle-foot path runs and also a couple of swing chairs and a slide in our garden, around the pool area.
In Canazei there is a much bigger playground and every village along the valley offers one, nearly all accessible from the cycle path.
In Campitello and in Pera di Fassa you will find adventure parks. There, children can enjoy themselves by safely climbing on trees and do canopy walks.
At the Ciampedie children adventure park, in the Catinaccio Mountain Group, above Vigo di Fassa, kids can experience the Fly Line, an exhilarating downhill fly, safely attached to a zipline.
There are also a couple of children playground at high altitude, in Ciampedie and in Ciampac (the closest to our hotel), they feature inflatables and also offer a baby-sitting service.

Where can Skipasses be purchased and how much is it?

Skipasses can be purchased directly at the ski lifts ticketing offices, or booked online and collected at the ski lifts ticketing offices.
Fares and online purchase, can be found on the Dolomiti Superski website.
https://www.dolomitisuperski.com/en .

Where is the closest ski lift? Where does it take you to?

Our hotel is located at only 300 mts from the two main ski lifts, which will take you to the two opposite mountain side of the valley:
the Alba-Col dei Rossi Funifor cable car, on a 5 minutes ride, will get you to the top of Belvedere, where the Sellaronda ski runs start.
While the Ciampac-Buffaure gondola will take you either to the Ciampac Basin, with its easy and not too busy slopes ideal for families and beginners, or to the Buffaure area, from where you could continue skiing to Ciampedie, as connected via a shuttle service.

How can all the ski lift facilities be reached? Is there a shuttle service?

The two closest lifts are only 3-4 minutes walking distance. Alternatively there is the Skibus, a shuttle service which stops either outside our hotel or in the village square, 100 mts from us.

How much does a Skibus run cost? Where can we buy tickets?

Tickets for the Skibus can be purchased at the Reception at a 50% discounted rate.
You can choose from daily passes with unlimited runs, weekly passes or 2 days passes, as always at half price through us. Timetables and schedules can be found at the Reception Desk.

Where can we hire ski and winter equipments?

We have special deals with two rental shops, in Alba and in Canazei.
Noleggio Ski Service Platter, 100 mts from our hotel, offers our Guests a 10% discount.
Noleggio Ski Peak Sport, in Canazei, offers our Guests a free delivery to the hotel on the day of your arrival. When booking your chosen ski gear online (https://www.cirelle.it/en/rent-your-skis-at-the-hotel/), you will be contacted from one of their operators to organize time and date of delivery and for additional specific requirements.

Where can we store our skis?

Our hotel is equipped with a storage facility, 24h video surveilled and with ski boots heater, for our Guest perusal included in your overnight stay. Alternatively you can hire a locker by the lift facilities. Each locker can hold up to two pair of skis, sticks, helmet and gloves, alsp with a ski boots heater in it.

What if I would like to hire a ski instructor for my children? Or for myself? Is there a ski school nearby?

You can contact the Canazei Ski School either before your arrival (www.scuolascicanazei.cominfo@scuolascicanazei.comtel: +39 0462 602688), or directly to one of their offices, in Canazei or in Alba, (the latter being at the departure area of the Col dei Rossi cable car/Ciampac gondola, where the ski lockers and a fully stocked ski hire shop are also located). The Ski School organises both group courses and private lessons.
If your preference is towards private lessons, we have a special agreement with a National level instructor of alpine ski. Through her you will be able to book private lessons as well as day or half day tours, as well as the “Ski Safaris”. For further information and contact details click here https://www.cirelle.it/en/personal-ski-instructor/.

Where are the ski slopes for children?

For your children first approach with skiing, there is a specific allocated park in Canazei, near the Ski School and one in Ciampac, also suitable for beginners.

Where are the low grade slopes?

The easier slopes are the blue ones and can generally be found across all the ski area of the valley.
The most recommended are definitely Ciampac-Buffaure (Gondola at 300 mts from our hotel) and Ciampedie Catinaccio.

Can mountain huts be reached on foot?

Walking on ski slopes is not allowed, therefore the mountain huts across the ski area will not be accessible on foot.
However many more, like the ones in Ciampac and Ciampedie area, can be easily accessed with a good pair of boots.
Other mountain huts can be reached during a beautiful walks in the forest, some other with snow shoes on or also on board of the motosledge that rides up and down from the hut to the village parking.

Where can we find a hiking track?

300 mts away from our hotel, a path will take you all the way to Val Contrin, either on touring skis or on snow shoes. From Campitello, at 3 km distance, you can reach the Micheluzzi hut in the beautiful Val Duron, where you can enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner and if you are in the mood return to the village on a sledge. More beautiful excursions on foot or on snow shoes can be found starting from Pozza, like Val Monzoni and Val San Nicolo’, and also in Pera, from where you can reach the Gardeccia at the Catinaccio base.
At the back of our hotel starts a pleasant lighted walk in the forest along the river that takes you to Canazei.

What can a non-skier do?

Val di Fassa offers a wide range of activities for the non-skiers.
You can enjoy snowshoeing, guided or on your own, by day or by night, followed by a charming dinner in a mountain hut and topped by a sledge run back to the village or with torchlight.
You can experience an exciting horse riding (Charlotte Horse Riding Ranch, tel: +39 3338056581www.chorseriding.com.
Or why not a paragliding tandem, to fly over our stunning snowy peaks, or a ice climb, cultural walks, carriage tours, ice skating.
You can simply treat yourself with a day of relaxing spa treatments to the QC Terme Dolomiti (if booked through our hotel you will receive a 10% discount).

Are there any cross-country ski tracks?

Starting from Canazei there is the Marcialonga track, which can be run in all its length (snow conditions permitting) or in sections, thanks to its many loop turns. You can book lessons with an instructor at the Canazei Ski School.

Are there any Après Ski or pubs for some night life fun?

The main Après Ski are in Canazei, in the village centre. You can get there directly from the ski slopes, skiing along the forest slope that takes you from Belvedere to Canazei village centre and then return to our hotel by Skibus or by taxi. Or also from Alba after your day on the slopes, by Skibus or by taxi.

Is it possible to dine in a mountain hut? How can we reach it? And how can we return?

There is a variety of mountain huts open for dinner. Some of the mountain huts are only accessible on foot, maybe on snow shoes with a group of friends, some other can be reached by motosledge, organised by the hut’s owner, and why not on board of a sledge on the way down if you are in the mood. There are also a few mountain huts which you can reach with your own car, provided is a 4WD with winter tyres.

What are your suggestions to get my car ready for my trip in a cold and snowy environment?

We always recommend fitting good quality winter tyres and/or snow chains. It is also very important to add an anti-frost fluid to the petrol, or refuelling your car in one of the petrol stations in the valley, which alrea.

More information

For further information or to book your unforgettable bike holiday in Val di Fassa at the Cirelle****Suite&Spado not hesitate to contact us.