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Sappada ski, the perfect snow holiday for families and cross country ski enthusiasts

27 September 2022

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Located between the historic area of Cadore and Carnia on the border of Veneto, Friuli and Austrian Carinthia. The charming village of Sappada is a fantastic ski resort, where the abundance of snow and modern facilities allow you to practice many winter sports. It is an ideal location for those finding their confidence with skiing and for those who love cross country skiing.

1. An ideal location for children and beginners

The Sappada ski area is an ideal destination for families and children who are trying out skiing for the first time. It’s slopes are well-kept and not too crowded compared to the larger ski resorts. They are always snow covered and rather easy to tackle, and there are many ski schools about. 

On the 20 kilometres of trails, the slopes are in fact mostly blue and red, the school zones are located right in the centre of the town and the ski lifts are perfect for those who like to gradually approach descent. 

In actuality all the slopes are easily accessed from the village: for those with skipasses there is a free ski bus service between the various slopes.
Taking the shuttle, you can also arrive from the opposite side of the ski area to Sappada 2000, a sunny area with fabulous views. There are 2 chairlifts, the Miravalle and the Hochbolt lead to high altitude on the red and black slopes. Those who are more experienced skiers can really put themselves to the test.

2. The baby oasis of Nevelandia Village

One of the main attractions of the entire Sappada ski area is the fun Nevelandia Village, connected to the slopes by a cute little train: about 70,000 square metres equipped for the enjoyment of your children. 

A huge playground where the little ones are free to run about and try their favourite activities. There are rides, an inflatable village, snow tubes, skating rinks, quads and snowmobile circuit, bobsleds or sledge rides, and a baby park where the little ones can take their first snowy steps playing in the snow.

3. Olympic champion cross-country ski tracks

The flagship of Sappada ski zone is the 25 kilometres of cross-country trails, a discipline cultivated within these parts. Olympic champions such as Silvio Fauner and Pietro Piller Cottrer were born and trained here.

The circuits, which also hosted World cup races and international competitions  part of Dolomiti Nordic Ski, also go across the country. The main one, one of the most beautiful in the Dolomites, is divided into smaller tracks , which are used according to the level of participants, crossing the entire valley and passing through the woodlands.

4. Peaceful excursions away form the slopes

If you want to get off the slopes to enjoy the silence and peace of the mountains, there are many locations for you. The Digola pass, the Sire plain, and the Sauris Lake are all reachable from Sappada on guided tours with snowshoes and sticks or on long adrenaline pumping snowmobile tours. 
There are also several areas for ski mountaineering. From Acquatona to the Specchio di Biancaneve. In the surroundings of Sappada there are also several waterfalls, perfect in winter for ice climbing, within the Orrido di Acquatona area and also towards Forni Avoltri.

5. A walk to discover the traditions of the village

When it’s time to return to camp, enjoy a walk through the narrow streets and wooden huts of Sappada, which still retains the atmosphere of a typical alpine village, and boasts a series of interesting locations to visit. The war museum museo bellico di borgata Bach which preserves finds from the First World War, and the museo etnografico maestro Fontana di Cima Sappada ethnographic museum. This museum was created in 1972 by the school teacher Giuseppe Fontana, it reconstructs the rooms of a typical Sappada home, and documents the history of the work and culture in the valley.  

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