San Cas­siano

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ITALY

• When a ski re­sort is near the Dolomites, it is al­most a guar­an­tee that its slopes will be world class. San Cas­siano, a quaint moun­tain vil­lage at the foot of the Dolomite peaks of La Varela and Con­turines in north­east Italy, is one of the most in­cred­i­ble ski des­ti­na­tions in the world with pistes per­fect for be­gin­ners up to the most sea­soned skiers. Don’t miss the 7.2-kilo­me­tre long Fo­ram to­bog­gan run that starts from Lagazuoi Moun­tain all the way to San Cas­siano and the cross-coun­try ski­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in Ar­men­tarola, a part of the world-fa­mous Dolomiti Nordic ski. The Sella Ronda ski cir­cuit is a holy grail to win­ter sports en­thu­si­ast. The 40-kilo­me­tre ad­ven­ture spans four Ladin Val­leys (yes, it’s that big), en­cir­cle the en­tire Serra mas­sif, and is bet­ter suited for blue run­ners.

For those who want the whole nine yards in lux­ury, check in at Rosa Alpina Ho­tel & Spa, a 5-star in­ti­mate bou­tique ho­tel with 52 richly-dec­o­rated rooms. Its most opu­lent Chalet Zeno hosts seven to eight guests in its mas­ter suite and one deluxe dou­ble room, while its mar­ble bath­rooms boast of ham­mam show­ers. Rosa Alpina is also home to restau­rant St. Hu­ber­tus, a 2-star Miche­lin restau­rant. Speak­ing of din­ing… For the gour­mands,

San Cas­siano has three Miche­lin-starred restau­rants. Aside from St. Hu­ber­tus, an­other 2-star restau­rant La Siri­ola is based in Ho­tel Ci­asa Salares helmed by Chef Mat­teo Me­tul­lio, one of Italy’s youngest Miche­lin-starred chefs. Come hun­gry, as La Siri­ola is fa­mous for its ten-course menu. Ho­tel La Perla’s La Stua de Michil, a 1-star Miche­lin restau­rant, will make you fall in love with its in­ti­mate set­ting of soft lights and charm­ing cen­tre­pieces. www.ros­alpina.it

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