San Cassiano (Alta Badia)
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Visitor reviews for San Cassiano (Alta Badia) Ski Resort
December 12, 2013
Jayne from United Kingdom
Shh! It's too good to tell everyone about it. x
San Cassiano (Alta Badia) Ratings
Overall: 4.1. Based on 12 votes and 5 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of San Cassiano (Alta Badia).
Public Transport: 2.5
(1) There are no buses or taxis to San Cassiano (Alta Badia), (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near San Cassiano (Alta Badia), (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.8
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.5
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in San Cassiano (Alta Badia).
Ski in/Ski out: 4.4
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at San Cassiano (Alta Badia), (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) San Cassiano (Alta Badia) is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) San Cassiano (Alta Badia) relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.8
(1) There are no snow groomers at San Cassiano (Alta Badia), (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at San Cassiano (Alta Badia) are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) San Cassiano (Alta Badia) is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 4.4
(1) If snow conditions are poor at San Cassiano (Alta Badia), it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.3
(1) San Cassiano (Alta Badia) usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 5.0
(1) The staff at San Cassiano (Alta Badia) are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at San Cassiano (Alta Badia) are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.5
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.7
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.8
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) San Cassiano (Alta Badia) has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at San Cassiano (Alta Badia), (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 3.8
(1) Not even a kicker at San Cassiano (Alta Badia), (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around San Cassiano (Alta Badia), (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) San Cassiano (Alta Badia) has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.7
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 2.2
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 3.6
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 4.6
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 3.8
(1) Overall, San Cassiano (Alta Badia) is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.1
(1) Overall, San Cassiano (Alta Badia) is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
February 21, 2012
John Tillotson from United Kingdom
Without doubt the best place to ski in the world! I'm 65 and when in San Cassiano and the Dolomites I ski between 5 and 6 hrs each day for 3-4 weeks each year. We stop for lunch at one of the amazing mountain restaurants (food like mama used to make it....45 mins) and then off again for the afternoon. From 9am - 10am the slopes are empty.....Italians don't start skiing early. Get in for lunch early 11.45am and then you have the first part of the afternoon again with empty slopes. Do bars and spas etc when you've done a good days skiing......then you'll feel you've earned it. This year we skied under blue skies most days.....and although cold.....the snow was so so good!! For the 1st week we hardly skied the same run twice apart from beginning and end of the day......where else can you get skiing like that and with lift passes so fairly priced??
If you have kids, then here you find the most attentive lift attendants....always slowing the lift and helping youngsters onto the chairs.
Why am I telling you this? Now everyone will want to go!!
Alta Badia.....the Sella Ronda....the best skiing in the world!!
December 27, 2010
Han Giok Kwee Netherlands from Netherlands
We visit San Cassiano for many years and always with our caravan (in winter) there is a beautiful located camp-ground
Because of the location at 1550 m there is always snow and the ski lifts are not too far. Cross-country skiing starts directly on the camp-ground. Prices for very good food & drinks are affordable and not as high as Switzerland & Austria.
Besides that the population is mostly very friendly (grumpy people are to find anywhere).
January 10, 2009
DC from Italy
San Cassiano provides excellent skiing; brilliant for beginners and improvers, having plenty of good runs for improvers. You get a great feeling of travelling the mountains; for intermediates there is loads of skiing to be had and you can head round the Sella Ronda. Experts can head over to the Arabba area for tougher challenges. A quiet, friendly resort, great for mixed ability groups of skiers and for families. It is amongst some stunning Dolomite scenery. Excellent mountain huts for food and drink wherever you go in the region (alta badia).
A great place to stay is at the piste side ski-to-the-door 'Albergo Frohsinn', located right by the bottom of the gondola and with the ski school office next door (scuolascisancassiano.it). It is also next to the bottom of the toboggan run from the top of the gondola and has loads of parking outside. They do in-house ski hire or there are other ski rental shops a short walk away, as is a ski deposit to store skis for the time you are there if staying elsewhere in the village. The main village is a short walk away.
March 03, 2008
Warren Frost from United Kingdom
San Cass is a great little town. It is an ideal venue for those looking for something quiet, rural and traditionally Italian. The hotel we stayed in (La Varella) was a small family run hotel with 28 rooms. Its chef (the son of the family) is truly gifted, producing traditional, local food worthy of any high class London restaurant. Whilst the rest of the family take excellent care of the hotel. Our room, although small, was very clean and bright. All fixtures and fittings were well appointed. The family really can't do enough for their guests. The whole hotel has a family warmth, made just a little bit more like home with the resident parrot, cat and dog.
It has easy access to the Alta Badia ski region, boasting so many blues that an intermediate skier (like me) can ski happily all week on blues, whilst more experienced skiers will still be happy. It also has access to the Sella Ronda (via Corvara). With some of the most stunning views I've ever seen and such variety of skiing, this is a perfect resort. There are a multitude of places to stop and eat in the area, all offering a great variety of food at similar prices to that of the village.
We will be back next year. So leave some room for us.