• 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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