Val di Fassa offers varied skiing, a number of friendly bars and an abundance of homely restaurants...
Val di Fassa is part of the Dolomiti Superski area, which includes a massive 1,200km of slopes and is said to have some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. The main challenge for experts here is therefore to put as much mileage as possible under their skis or boards.
Resort height: 1,460m The mountains
Some of the best steeper runs are to be found in Alba, while nearby Val Gardena and Arabba are also home to some interesting slopes.
For beginners, meanwhile, Canazei is generally considered the best choice, although nursery runs are directly accessible from all the resorts.
Campitello, for example, has one run for beginners at village level, as well as several easy blue runs at the top of the Col Rodella cable car.
From both Canazei and Campitello, the good news for intermediates is that there is direct access to the famous Sella Ronda - a circular route around the Sella Massif that enables them to explore Arabba, Corvara and Val Gardena.
Snowfall can be erratic here, though, so it is sensible to avoid the beginning or the end of the season where possible.
The closest international airports to Val di Fassa are in Verona and Venice, both of which are within 180km of the resort...
If you are prepared to change, for example in Rome, you can also fly into Bolzano airport, just 50km away.
Val di Fassa offers plenty of snow-based fun for both beginners and intermediate level skiers and snowboarders...
There are numerous better ski holiday destinations in Europe for experts, though.
Jolly and unpretentious, the après-ski scene in Val di Fassa is popular with visitors, as is the stunning scenery...
Whichever Val di Fassa resort you stay in, you are sure to find a friendly bar to enjoy a few drinks after a day on the slopes. Canazei is probably the liveliest of all, and the Stua dei Ladins is a good place to start the fun. Campitello, meanwhile, has a range of pleasant, reasonably priced restaurants to choose from.
The Val di Fassa resorts all offer some activities for non-skiers, but Alba is probably the best of the bunch for anyone less keen on mountain sports. There, you can go bowling, try your hand at ice skating or buy tickets for an ice hockey match. Elsewhere, activities available include snow-shoeing and paragliding when the weather is fine.
Cost of living 7/10
Val di Fassa is very reasonably priced compared to a lot of the resorts you will find in the Alps. You can pick up a tasty pizza here for as little as €5 (£4).
Attractiveness of the resort 7/10
The beautiful, sunny Val di Fassa is one of the treasures of the spectacular Italian Dolomites. Each village differs in style, location and character, but all offer knockout views of the mountain range, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.