Val di Fiemme, a skiers paradise
The 5 districts of the Val di Fiemme
With a Fiemme-Obereggen ski pass you can ski in 5 ski areas. From Cavalese you go up to the Alpe di Cermis from which the beautiful 7.5 km Olimpia slope descends. As scenic as it is demanding, and always with good snow coverage as it faces north. Then there’s the large Latemar Ski Center, with access from Pampeago, Predazzo and Obereggen, with 48 km of slopes. For snowboarders there’s 3 jumps, and 3 rails, and an 80 metre long halfpipe.
Those who don’t ski, but would like to experience the thrill of whizzing through the snowy woods, can go to Latemar. The Alpine Coaster Gardoné is a railed sled, 900 metres of track, bumps, curves and all: The speed of the two seater sled can be controlled manually. From Bellamonte or Moena you can go up to the Alpe Lusia, on fairly large and easy sunny slopes.
At Passo Rolle you can ski in the presence of the wonderful Pale di San Martino, while in the area of the Lavazé-Oclini plateau, on the slopes of the Corno Bianco and Corno Nero, it’s more about cross-country skiing. You are spoilt for choice, even a whole week skiing would be hardly enough time to try all the slopes in the valley.
Diehard skiers can even set out after sunset on certain slopes that are illuminated allowing for night skiing. In Predazzo you’ll find facilities for ski jumping , where the world championships were held many times and the athletes train all year around. Just watching them while training is quite spectacular.
The most famous cross country ski race, the Marcialonga, takes place between the Val di Fassa and the Val di Fiemme on the last Sunday of January. Starting from Moena, uphill to Canazei, and then downhill back to Moena with the final finish in Cavalese. 70 km and an altitude difference of over 1000 metres.
All along the Marcialonga it’s possible to go cross country skiing, and walking or cycling in summer time.
For those who want to train, in Tesero there is an equipped cross country centre with an artificial snow system that guarantees optimal track conditions, open all winter, and also available in the evening.
International Nordic ski championships are often held in this facility.
In Cavalese, the place of a thousand year old Community
The Palazzo della Magnifica Comunità di Fiemme is located in Cavalese, and shares the history of the thousand year old self governing body. Around since 1111, It manages the woodland and real estate assets of the valley subject to civic uses, owed by the local resident families.
There are 12 thousand hectares of certified woodlands , cultivated in the interest of the community. The timber is processed in the sawmill in Ziano di Fiemme.
The Palazzo, dated from the thirteenth century, is a museum art gallery, with important works by artists of the Fiemme School of Painting. At the end of the seventeenth century, Artist Giuseppe Alberti (1640-1716) decided to return to his native valley to open the school for young talents, having already established himself in Trento. Alberti’s was the first painting workshop in Trentino. Also worth seeing are the frescoes by the Vicentine Mannerist painter Marcello Fogolino.