Despite being in the Italian Dolomites, San Cassiano is most easily accessed from Innsbruck Airport 130km to the north. The transfer takes a little over two hours and is very scenic, winding through the Alps almost the entire way.
Set on a quiet road, San Cassiano is a relatively narrow village that’s mostly comprised of pitched-roof chalets and apartment blocks. However, you’ll find a few family-run hotels as well as bars and restaurants here, though, for the most nightlife, you’ll want to head over to Corvara.
The village itself is very pretty, set in the trough of a valley with rolling green pastures on either side. Despite this being the Dolomites, you won’t find any dramatic peaks rising immediately over San Cassiano, though once you take the single gondola up from the town, you’ll be surrounded by them. If you look directly forward as you come off the lift, you’ll see the Gruppo Del Sella and Vallon across the valley, the highest points in the Alta Badia region.
There isn’t a beginner area as such at town level, and you’ll have to ascend to the top of the gondola to reach it, but this isn’t a bad thing. The resort below is pretty and from this point, you’ll have a really good view of the terrain included in your pass, much of which is gentle, making San Cassiano a great family resort that’s perfect for beginners.
Flaine highlights: A friendly and quiet mountain town with good road links to other Alta Badia resorts, as well as a good selection of accommodation, dining and apres options, and beginner-focused skiing perfect for learners.
Flaine is best for: Families or mixed adult groups of learners and first-timers. The friendly town is perfect for those wanting a quiet self-catered break, or for those who want to get out and sample the local gastro and apres scene. With Corvara a short drive away too (as well as being lift-linked), San Cassiano is a good base to explore the Alta Badia region from.
Ski and Snowboard Guide to San Cassiano:
The gondola from San Cassiano reaches 2003m at the Piz Sorega high point. To the right, you’ll see the Club Moritzino Pez La Ila high point at 2077m. These two peaks form a great basis for beginner and learner skiing, with gentle snowy slopes free from dramatic drops and steep faces. Anyone whos starting off will love exploring the terrain on offer here and will love the network of short lifts and interlinked blues. There’s also a very manageable and cruisey blue back to town at the end of the day.
Intermediates will have to head over to the Club Moritzino Piz La Ila high point to get onto more challenging runs. Taking the 23 red down from Piz Sorega, and then the number 6 chair up to the next peak is the fastest way, which opens up the 17 red and black, which sweep down through the trees to La Villa.
Experts will want to keep heading south from San Cassiano and over towards the Vallon high point under Piz Boe. This will offer the most technical terrain in the region, and outside of this, and the one red and black down to La Villa, there’s little on offer for the accomplished skier seeking thrills.
First-time and beginner skiers: San Cassiano is a great resort for beginners. With a gondola up to the high point, learning in the hills is a dream and helps to guarantee snow coverage. From there, it’s easy to strike out onto one of the many blues on offer.
Intermediate skiers: Intermediates will have lots of fun cruising the blues and discovering the few but long reds available. Most of the fun to be had is found off-piste, however. When conditions are good, hucking off the side of cat tracks and into the powder is the best thing that Alta Badia has to offer those who’ve outgrown the blue runs.
Expert skiers: Experts will want to head high, with Vallon offering the best terrain for them. Otherwise, they can tackle the Selle Ronda circuit if the day is young, an uninterrupted circuit around the Gruppo Del Sella that takes hours to complete. It’s definitely worth doing for any experts who find themselves here, though not much of the terrain is hair-raising.
Learn to ski and snowboard in San Cassiano
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What kind of ski lessons are available in San Cassiano?
Children’s Group Ski Lessons San Cassiano
From a three-year-old’s the first steps on snow in the children’s snow garden to teenagers confidently crushing black runs and getting in to the snowpark you’ll find ski lessons for children of all ages and ability in San Cassiano (which can come in handy when you suddenly realise your kids have become better skiers than you!).
We’re probably (more than) a bit biased but at SkiBro we think that properly laying the foundation for a lifetime on the slopes - free of bad habits - is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give their children.
SkiBro’s partner ski schools and instructors are all fully certified and have years of experience providing kids’ ski lessons that focus not only on technical instruction but also fun and safety.
Children’s ski lessons tend to book up very quickly during peak school holiday periods like half-term and christmas break, so make sure to book early during these times to avoid disappointment.
Adult Group Ski Lessons San Cassiano
Did you know that nearly a third of all group ski lessons are beginner adult group lessons? It sounds surprising but group ski lessons are a great way to learn to ski; surrounded by other people of a similar age and ability level who are also trying something new.
Group lessons are also great for progressing from a beginner skier to a more independent intermediate. With quality coaching for a few hours each day you can spend your mornings working on your technique before grabbing a bite to eat and explore everything the mountain has to offer with your friends and family in the afternoons.
Private Ski Lessons San Cassiano
Private instruction is just that – a ski instructor solely devoted to you (and any friends or family you choose to invite) for a given period of time.
These lessons are offered both by formal ski and snowboard schools as well as by freelance instructors – certified independent instructors working for themselves or in loose collectives.
A private ski instructor in San Cassiano can offer you a level of flexibility and individual attention beyond what group lessons can. For some people one short, intensive, session with a private instructor will teach them more than they’d get from a full week of group lessons.
For many people, however, the inverse would be true and the repetition and additional practice in group lessons is invaluable.
Off-Piste Guiding San Cassiano
Considered by those who get into it as skiing in its purest (and most fun!) form, freeride (also known as off piste or backcountry) skiing is the pursuit of skiing all over the mountain, unrestricted by the edge of the piste in a variety of snow conditions.
A good day’s freeride skiing might involve long descents down wide open mountain faces, steep couloirs and adventures through the trees, far away from the crowded pistes. In addition to private ski instructors and mountain guides you can sometimes find camps and courses designed to give upper-intermediate skiers their first taste of off-piste delights in San Cassiano. Be careful though, the white powder can be quite addictive.
Snowboard Lessons San Cassiano
From ‘never-evers’ to semi-pros you’ll find a snowboard lesson in San Cassiano designed to take you riding to the next level. If you’re thinking small, think big. And if you’re thinking big- think bigger! If you’re new to a resort or even if you’re returning to an old favourite, a top snowboard instructor or group snowboard lessons will help you unlock local secrets of the area that you’ll wish you knew about years ago! Flatland tricks, jibbing, carving trenches, slaying powder – stop being a slave to your snowboard and learn to master it!