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Forni di Sopra ski resort: relaxation, fun and sports in the Friulian Dolomites

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In the Upper Tagliamento Valley, the Forni di Sopra ski resort is the perfect ski holiday for those seeking fun, sports and relaxation, far from the crowds, in the enchanting scenery of the Friulian Dolomites Natural Park, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009. 

The ski resort of Forni di Sopra, which rises up from 900 to 2,500 metres above sea level, offers activities to suit everyone, with downhill slopes, cross-country trails, a well-equipped snow park, ski mountaineering and hiking routes, ice climbing, an ice rink and a sports centre with facilities dedicated to wellness and indoor activities.

Snow-covered slopes and fun all year round

Visitors who enjoy downhill skiing can choose between more than ten different slopes, connected by eight lifts. Designed to meet the needs of every kind of skier, these slopes are always covered with snow, thanks to the artificial snow system throughout the area. 

The area is divided into two zones, connected by a cat-bus service: at the top, in Varmost, the adrenaline-fuelled black and red pistes branch off, allowing seasoned skiers to take on the longest and highest slopes in Friuli Venezia Giulia.

One of the best slopes not to miss starts at the top of Monte Crusicalas, at an altitude of over 2,000 metres: the longest in Friuli Venezia Giulia, it winds for six kilometres through the woods, with a spectacular view of the eastern Dolomites.

At the bottom of the valley you will find the Davost area, which offers easier pistes, moving walkways, ski lifts and a race course, perfect for both children and beginners. You can also find the school camp, where skiing lessons are held, and the Fantasy snow park, an enclosed area where children can safely enjoy themselves among colourful games, bobsleighs, tunnels, trampolines and inflatables.

Exploring the mountains, from Nordic walking to ski mountaineering

If, on the other hand, you are looking for a deeper connection with nature, you will find dozens of ideal routes throughout the ski resort of Forni di Sopra, with its valleys and steep ravines: from the easiest hikes along the Giro delle Malghe route, recommended for snowshoeing or Nordic walking, to the more challenging and technical climbs, through to ski mountaineering itineraries, such as the tour of the Crodon di Tiarfin through the Forca Rossa pass, or the ascent to the Bivera-Clapsavon massif

The winter season sees the hosting of the Ski Krono Varmost, a major ski mountaineering event.

Cross-country skiing in every season

The cross-country loops in Forni di Sopra, at a total length of 13 kilometres, three of which are artificially snow-covered and two of which are illuminated, all run along the Tagliamento River and are perfect for beginners and experts alike. 

On the Cimacuta slope, which is equipped for grass skiing, you can also ski during the summer: numerous national and international competitions, including the Grass Skiing World Championships, are held along this course.

Ice skating and ice climbing followed by pampering at the Wellness Centre

The fantastic experiences at the Varmost-Davost ski area do not stop at skiing; among its facilities, you will find a wide range of winter activities on offer, including ice skating at the brand new Ice Rink and tobogganing. If, on the other hand, you want to try your hand at ice climbing, you can first warm up at a facility with artificial walls inside the sports centre, where you can also take part in training courses, and then get stuck into the action on the natural walls near the Rovadia and Tolina streams.

There can be no better way to relax than by swimming in the indoor swimming pool, among the saunas, multi-sensory showers, Turkish bath and Kneipp path of the Wellness Centre. You can treat yourself to a pampering session and a massage at the beauty spa or work out in the well-equipped fitness room, which offers exercise machines, weights, a gymnastics area and an indoor multi-sport gym.

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