Soraga - Val di Fassa - Dolomiti - Trentino
When the sun appears or disappears on the horizon, its rays light up the mountain faces with colours giving life to a spectacle unparalleled anywhere else in the world. The tourist offer ranges from the traditional relaxing walk to the most difficult up hill climbs. In a walking context everything is to discover amongst jutting rocks, pinnacles, peaks and green pastures.
June is the month that opens the doors to summer, the season where the mountains assume their most contrasting and characteristic colours, from the blue skies to the white clouds, passing through glistening green fields and forests.
Dawn and dusk in Val di Fassa are full of magic, filled with an atmosphere unique in its kind: when the sunlight reflects on to the faces and peaks painting them a fire red or when at dawn the first rays penetrate the horizon. It is then that the incredible phenomena of Enrosadira occurs, a pinkish glow, an explosion of colours that transform the panorama in a few minutes animating the mountains and all the surrounding landscape almost magically.
Montagna that with its glimpses and scenery is the soul and essence of Val di Fassa: a mountain to experience, to discover with the realistic knowledge of ones capabilities and preferences, perhaps benefiting from an alpine guide to tackle the more difficult routes. The lifts also allow you to reach the main points for excursions in the summer comfortably and in complete peace. The "Panorama Pass" has recently been created, or rather a card for free use of the working lifts in the summer.
Each of the main towns in Val di Fassa is a starting point for routes of varied difficulty and length, from walks in the valley to excursions in the mountains with the possibility of an overnight stay in a refuge. The tourist offices and the Alpine Guide offices are always available to provide information and suggestions to guests.
In Val di Fassa as in other surrounding areas one can find routes of particular interest, to face with the spirit and taste for discovery of and learning about important parts of history. This is the case for example with the Peace path - Sentiero della Pace lying between the Bocche range in the Passo San Pellegrino area - Costabella and Marmolada. The route takes the course of the Austria-Italian front of the Great War and there is much tangible evidence of the conflict, trenches, caves, tracks, barracks and fortifications. One can appreciate a real return to the past taking the "Viel del Pan" starting from the conca del Belvedere to be reached by the lifts arriving at Fedaia, at the bottom of Marmolada. This was the old route used by sellers of bread other goods on their business trips between the Veneto and Trentino. Otherwise another route, the one that climbs Val Duron starting from Campitello, the "wine and salt" route, famous to the "ciaradores" who transported goods with beasts of burden to and from the Tyrol.
Along these commercial tracks often at high altitude and often featuring votive shrines and tombstones, minerals extracted by the mines in Belluno, transported for example through the Fedaia pass to Bolzano for manufacturing. These roads were also maintained by the craftsmen of Val di Fassa who emigrated seasonally, working in the neighbouring regions as carpenters, decorators, painters or shepherds during the transhumance.
If walking or strolling around the towns or on the most challenging, equipped routes is the most spontaneous activity for those who chose summer in Val di Fassa, the hardened sportsman can not complain either. They can find obstacle courses in the woods, gyms, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, football and in-line hockey pitches, climbing walls not to mention routes along the road and forest paths for racing or mountain bikes. Amongst other things legendary pages in the history of cycling have been written along these roads. At Passo Pordoi a bronze statue has been dedicated to Fausto Coppi, a hero of many Giro d'Italia races. In addition to this there are many interesting horse riding excursions to do which allow a full appreciation of the natural environment.
At Campitello di Fassa along a stretch of fields that rise towards Canazei under the Sella group, there is a six hole practise golf course that will soon become a nine hole Golf Club. Mini-golf, bowling greens and playgrounds can be found in many places in the valley, where both young and old can spend moments relaxing in the heart of the town.
The Val di Fassa has become an international point of reference for the lovers of adventure sports such as paragliding and hang-gliding. In winter you can take off from Col dei Rossi above Canazei and in summer Col Rodella has become the most visited resort in the entire Alps. Going up with the fast cable car it is possible to fly freely for hours on end, exploiting the intensity of the thermal currents, a natural motor for these fascinating wings. Home champion and national instructor, Jimmy Pacher and his school are the driving force behind the entire movement linked to free flying.