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  Resort Information
Season Dec to April
Nearest Airport Innsbruck,Verona or Munich
Ski Area 170km or 1220km on Dolomit Pass
Ski Lifts 41
Ski Runs 92
Longest Run 8km
Resort Height 1440m
Snowball Ratings
Beginners 3 / 5
Intermediates 4 / 5
Experts 4 / 5
Families 4 / 5
Nightlife 4 / 5
Affordability 4 / 5
Non Ski Activities 4 / 5

Canazei is an attractive village of just under 2000 inhabitants in the Ladin-speaking part of the Dolomites area of Italy. It is one of the main winter centres in the Val di Fassa and occupies a strategic position in the popular Sella Ronda ski circuit.Canazei is often mentioned in conjunction with the neighbouring village of Campitello, which has its own connection into the vast Sella Ronda area with a lift from the resort heading up near the Sella pass.It is a very good base to ski the whole Sella Ronda area.

Canazei is one of the most important stops on this Sella Ronda ski circuit, with connection to Arabba over the Passo Pordoi and Val Gardena over the Passo Sella. The town is very dependent on tourism and the population has almost doubled in the last thirty years. However the inhabitants make a particular effort to keep to traditional customs and ways and the village is a cultural centre with traditional festivals held during the year, so bring your party frock just in case!

The skiing above Canazei divides onto two sides of a steep valley. The gondola from the main street of the village heads up on the right hand side of this valley to an intermediate station at Pecol.Here there are two options: a further gondola ride which rises into the main ski area but not to the top of the ridge above, or the Col dei Rossi cable car, which heads up onto the steep ridge. Both of these lifts access the main ski area on this side of the valley - a wide open bowl of excellent intermediate runs above the tree line.

Skiers wanting to stay in this bowl have a choice of the gondola or cable car for repeated runs, or one of the three chairlifts. This last one is the highest and is also the vital link over to Arabba, part of the popular Sella Ronda circuit in the "green" or anti-clockwise direction. The journey down to Arabba is an easy intermediate cruise. This direction also provides access on skis to the Marmolada ski area.Alternatively if you go  down below the tree line the run`takes you onto a red run down to Pian Frataces and the road which winds up from the Val di Fassa to join the routes over the Sella or the Pordoi pass.

If conditions are good, there is a pleasant run down through the trees to Canazei which ends somewhat abruptly at the end of the village near some farm buildings. Unusually in an area of over 1000km on the pass rom the end of this run it is a 5-10 minute walk through the village to the gondola station on the main road, so be prepared!!

Skiers wanting to head over in the other direction from Pian Frataces to the area above Campitello and below the Passo Sella will normally take the gondola. This drops the skier into another bowl above the treeline. To the left chairlifts rise up to the top at just under 2500m, while to the right chairlifts offer the option of heading over to the Selva area.

Once at the top of the Norei-5 Dita chairlift, it is possible to take the long easy intermediate run all the way down to Plan de Gralba and the connections into the area above Selva.Returning from this area, it is possible (in good conditions) to ski all the way from the top of Sasso Levante chairlift through to Canazei some 1000m below and an awesome run in itself.

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