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When travelers wanderlust over Italy, typically homemade pasta, Mediterranean seasides, and winding cobblestone streets come to mind. Though, tucked in the northeastern of Italy lies the Italian Dolomites, a mountain range full of darling ski-in-ski-out chalets, après bars, and ski-worthy powder. The dramatic peaks of the Italian Dolomites are truly a unique alpine escape. In addition, the region still maintains a strong Austrian influence. This is easily detected in the hearty cuisine and systematic organization, but the Italian lust for life and lightheartedness still shines through.
Where to Stay –
Hotel La Perla, Corvara in Badia, Italy – This is by far my favorite ski-in-ski-out hotel that I’ve ever stayed in. The welcoming staff, luxurious and cozy rooms, fabulous food, and dreamy pool and spa, making it the ultimate luxury escape at the foot of the mountain. It’s the ideal location, with the ability to literally ski up to the hotel, makes its’ luxury so much more inviting. This unique property has done an amazing job at maintaining the history and culture of Corvara in their interior and architecture, including their use of wood beams refurbished from old barns, as well artwork and decor from 1950s era stubes (parlors). La Perla is truly a unique hotel in that they have successfully executed luxury, while still maintaining the soulfulness, comfort, and cultural identity of Corvara.
All 3 of their restaurants serve wine from their extensive wine list that is sourced from the hotel’s elaborate cellar. The Mahatma Wine Cellar, meaning soul in India, follows the theme that each bottle of wine has its’ own soul and life. The home to 36,000 bottles is categorized by wine type and region, and as your walk between rooms, a display of lights, audio and movement are set off by a motion trigger. Not to mention, the cellar also holds the largest private collection of Sassicaia, which includes a $15,000 magnum and a bottle from the vineyards first year of production in 1968. It’s truly like nothing else I have ever experienced.
Tyrolean Cuisine –
Alta Badia, a region within the Dolomites, is home to some of the best Italian ski towns, Corvara, being one of the most renowned. Corvara is a place that you come for the skiing and return for the mouthwatering, Tyrolean cuisine. This friendly, ski town is full of Michelin Star restaurants and fabulous spa resorts. Though don’t be intimidated by the facade of prestige, Corvara’s restaurants, accommodations, and services are still accessible, accommodating, and reasonably priced, especially compared to North American ski resorts.
Choose between a range of local pizzerias, Michelin Star dining, and traditional trattorias, all of which uphold Corvara’s incredible culinary reputation. Uniquely, as you ski in the Alta Badia region, you are never forced to comprise on a bread bowl of subpar chili, but rather invited to fine dining level cuisine, in the causal, cozy ambiance of a mountain top eatery. Not to mention, you have a selection of local Italian wines and beers to wash it all down.
Best Ski Runs in Corvara –
Corvara is a predominately beginner to intermediate level mountain, though for more challenging runs that offer some backcountry routes, try the following lifts:
- Cher Z
- Boc de Roces