Visitor reviews for Canazei Ski Resort
January 27, 2017
ian campbell from United Kingdom
Skied from here mid-Jan 2017 in bright sun and -12deg on unbelievable artificial snow with no significant natural snowfall since Nov. Everyone said they were the best prepared pistes they had been on. Quiet at this time of year with no lift queues and the new cable car to Belvedere just up the road at Alba gives a 3rd route to the Sella Ronda from Val di Fassa, in addition to the bus to the cable car at Campitello. My sixth visit to the Dolomites and although cheap this is not a resort for beginners, who would be better placed staying in Corvara. For experienced skiers there are other tours than the Sella Ronda, the day long 1st World War circuit being my favourite, taking in 4 or more ski areas including the Hidden Valley and 2 bus journeys.
Overall: 4.2. Based on 10 votes and 12 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 Canazei.
Public Transport: 4.3
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Canazei, (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 Canazei, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 4.0
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.4
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Canazei.
Ski in/Ski out: 3.7
(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 Canazei, (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) Canazei is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Canazei relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.9
(1) There are no snow groomers at Canazei, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Canazei 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) Canazei is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 4.3
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Canazei, 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: 4.2
(1) Canazei 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: 4.3
(1) The staff at Canazei are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Canazei 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: 4.7
(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: 5.0
(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: 4.6
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Canazei 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 Canazei, (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: 3.6
(1) Not even a kicker at Canazei, (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 Canazei, (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) Canazei has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.9
(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: 4.1
(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: 3.9
(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: 5.0
(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): 4.2
(1) Overall, Canazei 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): 4.5
(1) Overall, Canazei 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.
March 12, 2014
JB from United Kingdom
Came here mid Feb 2013. I can't say I was overly impressed, the serious problem with this resort is that there is only one gondola up the mountain and one run back down which both get very crowded when the resort is busy and although when you get to the top of the mountain you can head out to the Sella Ronda and find some quiet runs, I wasn't that impressed with the runs around Canezei. One day when we didn't fancy waiting for 40mins in the lift queue we stayed on the bus and went to the next town in the valley (Alba) where there were a few different runs but not enough to keep you occupied for more than a day.
Canazei town is nice enough but there didn't seem to be much nightlife outside of a couple of apres-ski bars and this was peak season. However, this is the only resort I have been to in the Dolomites and so maybe they are all like that and it did seem to be a mostly older crowd / families. We didn't eat in any of the restaurants as we were half-board but there seemed to be plenty of choice.
I would definitely come back to the Sella Ronda area as there is so much to go at, it is very pretty, there are runs for all levels of ability and it is good value for money but I would probably stay in Selva, Santa Christina, Arabba or Corvara where there are more lifts and runs nearby.
January 03, 2013
C Bilton from United Kingdom
Skied this Christmas at Canazei, they had had a lot of snow but it was becoming packed. Had some more while we were there and it was fab. We loved the skiing, despite every run being a red, whether they are steep or undulating. Sella Ronda was fab, very well signposted. I liked Corvara, but Arabba seemed to get the most snow. Canazei is quite quiet over Xmas, apparently it gets really busy from 27 Dec onwards.
Ski school was very good, had heard Italian ski schools didn't speak much English but my son ended up in a group with two Danes, a Dutch lady and a single Italian lad! and he really enjoyed it.
Stayed in a great B&B about two mins from the cable car, Garni Al Viel. Highly recommended, and great equipment from Peak Sport, right next to the cable car. Prices on mountain were a bargain compared with last year's trip to Meribel. Definintely going back.
December 20-27 2012
December 19, 2011
Pete Robinson from United Kingdom
Returning to Canazei this year at Christmas for the eight time (not sequential) snow a bit sparse but not been let down before and with 95% snow cannon coverage won't be this time either. Canazei is by far the most cost effective resort on the Sella Ronda (day round trip of Dolomite resorts). Skiing is predominantly red and perfect for intermediates or tiring experts like me. I ski with my son now 22 (he started in Canazei at 12 after 6 years on dry slope or Scottish slopes) who also loves the place. Thankfully devoid of the mass British presence of Meribel or St Anton (recent visits) being Italian, Danish, German and more recently Russian orientated. Neighbouring resorts of Arabba and Selva can adequately cater for your more extreme skiing requirements (all skiable in and hour from Canazei). Food on the slopes is awsome and compared with France an absolute steal (as is the drink). Night life is more than adequate although not as frantic as the more touristy resorts, with a good number of late opening hostelries.
Access to slopes is only downer being a single gondola (although very fast) but you should either arrive early (8:20) or late (after 10) to avoid a 20min wait at the foot. After that you should have a fairly queue free day unless doing the Sella Ronda (see above) when again an early start is definitely required. Over 1100 km of slopes on the ski pass and 600 km accessible directly from Canazei on skis or by using a maximum of 2 free ski buses.
March 02, 2011
markc from United Kingdom
Visited Canazei over Christmas and New Year 2010/11 with the family the runs were great but we always found the ski buses to be full (and with 5 kids that is something which is very difficult to manage). Once on the slopes the runs and lifts were surprisingly clear for New Year (if you avoided the Sella Ronda lifts and runs which were always busy but tended to move quickly!). Did the Sella Ronda with the kids which they enjoyed but some of the satellite runs proved even more fun and were always empty.
December 28, 2010
Dobby from United Kingdom
Just returned from my 3rd visit to Canazei, last time was 4yrs ago and it was even better than I remembered! It is such a pretty resort, the slopes are very well looked after and some of the lifts have been updated which was an improvement. Of a party of 4, 2 of us are intermediate skiers, 1 hasn't skied for over 30 yrs and the other was a non skier. We all had plenty to accommodate us and none of us got bored, even the non skier. Ski hire is easy and you get a really good choice, ski instructors are great, the lift passes are cheaper than they would be in France and the food/drink is cheaper too (and so much better!) It is such a vast ski area even without doing the famous Sella Ronda, which is a must, the views are amazing (unlike the day we went when weather wasn't so good, but hey ho!) Can't rate this resort highly enough, it really does have everything you want from a ski holiday and much, much more!
March 14, 2010
Tim Chappell from United Kingdom
Just back from our first visit to Canezei. Excellent snow conditions with only one and a half days skiing lost due to me not coping with very flat light (being an inexperienced bad weather/light skier). We stayed in the Astoria Hotel. Unfortunately, with the bath that Thomson/TUI had promised!
Excellent hotel facilities and staff, food was plentiful, delicious and adaptable to suit personal likes etc.
Back to the skiing ! - I am an average intermediate skier aged 61 - for me most slopes were easily skiable except initially for the more challenging reds and on the Sella Ronda Clockwise - some aspects of the red runs approaching and around Arabba. Take cash with you to the mountain restaurants as not all accept cards. Check and double check the run routes before and during your run (not always clearly signed). Great run back to the north end of town but be careful of other skiers as it narrows greatly during the last 200 metres or so. Do go for the ski areas well away from the main top of station ski areas and you will be rewarded with fewer competitors for the slopes! The Husky Pub Paradis (e) bar up and behind the Belvedere lift station in town is a great place for all of any age!
Plenty of nursery slopes for adults and absolutely great facilities for youngsters and babies and parents!
Due to the one day closure of all slopes in the area at Canazei we never made the hidden valley trip but I am assured that it is well worth it!
October 15, 2009
Derry o mahoney from Italy
Val De Fassa, Canazai is the best skiing area in Europe, The best thing about is it that on the slopes it's 90% Italians and they can't all be wrong. Great food etc with prices to match what the Italians will pay, i.e. not a rip off as most resorts are in Europe when they get the tourists flocking in.
Been to Canazei 5 times in a group of approx 20.
November 30, 2008
Robbo27 from United Kingdom
The area pass on offer in Canazei gives you access to one of the largest skiable areas in Europe and there is plenty on offer for any level of skier. And, the fact is that, taking into account the other areas covered, the pass covers largest ski area in the world.
March 25, 2008
Tara Steward from United Kingdom
Went to Canazie in Feb half-term 2008, Weather was brilliant.
The skiing area is massive as it is part of the Sella Ronda. We hardly skied on the same run twice. We went around the Sella Ronda clockwise. It took about 5 hours, but was well worth it. Following the signs can be a little tricky.
Canazie has only one cable cars in the resort connecting onto the Sella Ronda, so this lift has large queues from about 8.45 until about 11.30, which can be a nightmare.
If you have a car, drive up the mountain to the next lift station, (take a left at the round-about just after the main lift) it takes about 8 mins by car. The car park is free but fills up by 9.30am, so get there early and there is hardly any queues. There is another bonus to this, as at the end of the day you can ski out straight to your car. The main cable car in the centre has no ski out so you have to come down in the lift. Hope this helps.