Visiting the Dolomite Alps was always on my bucket list, so when they invited me to spend a few days at the SportHotel Panorama in Corvara in Badia last month, I was completely over the moon. I spent most winters of my life in the mountains, and the thought of going back to the slopes after so long was really, really exciting.
Corvara in Badia is located in Alta Badia, one of the 12 different ski areas that conform Dolomiti Superski. These resorts together have over 1200 Km of slopes and 450 ski lifts, all of them accessible under a single ski pass. Most of them are thoughtfully connected so you can easily move from one to the next. This is why Corvara is a great place to go for a ski holiday – perfectly located to give you access to a never ending network of slopes.
The SportHotel Panorama is a family-owned hotel sitting right by the slopes of Corvara. It certainly is a beautiful and cosy hotel to spend a winter holiday, but the best part of it was without a doubt the incredible attention to detail and customer service that we received. On our first night, we stayed at one of their beautiful suites in the main building, and we later moved to a two-bedroom apartment in the adjacent building.
During our three day stay, we had some incredible ski trips organised by Michael Costamoling, who apart from his incredible work at the hotel, is also a Sommelier and runs Wine Cup Alta Badia.
On day one, we went on a ski safari around different historical WW1 locations in various resorts within Dolomiti Superski.
It was one of the best ski days of my life (and trust me, I’ve had thousands of them!). The pristine condition of the snow and the beautiful view of the Marmolada made it simply perfect. I had always dreamed of skiing amongst trees, and I got to do it right then!
Our next day with Wine Cup Alta Badia was even more interesting – we had a wine tasting at different altitudes, where could appreciate the subtle changes in taste in each location… while skiing! Our first stop was Rifugio Lagazuoi, sitting at a whopping 2752 meters of altitude, and with one of the most beautiful panoramic views I have ever seen in my life.
After a tasty lunch, we got back on our skis and made it to Vinoteca Ursus Ladinicus. This is one the highest wine bars in Europe at 2028m, where we had our second tasting. We then continued back to SportHotel Panorama, where we finished our tasting along an incredibly delicious dinner served by the friendliest waiter.
We couldn’t have asked for a better ski holiday. I only wish it would have lasted longer – Thank you SportHotel Panorama for an unforgettable trip!
I fell in love with Corvara and the Dolomites, and if there’s something I know is that I will definitely be going back very soon.
Don’t forget to check out SportHotel Panorama if you’re considering visiting the Italian Alps. They will look forward to welcoming you and you won’t regret it!
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