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What to do in the mountains during winter if you don't ski

In winter, the mountains transform into an enchanted place with a unique atmosphere. Would you love to experience this magic but wonder what there is to do in the mountains during winter if you don’t ski? And where to go in the mountains for non-skiers? Fear not, in this article we will suggest some activities you can enjoy in our beloved Alta Badia for a dreamy snow vacation, even without skis on your feet. The alternatives are truly plentiful. From snowshoeing to ice skating, from indoor climbing to tobogganing, there are numerous options for non-skiers, with fun guaranteed.

Alta Badia: what to do in winter if you don’t ski

Alta Badia is a true paradise for all mountain lovers, not just for skiers. It indeed offers a wide variety of winter activities to suit all tastes. From peaceful snow walks to thrilling toboggan rides, here’s how you can immerse yourself in the magic of winter.

Discover winter trekking on beaten paths

Alta Badia boasts a network of over 80 km of well-marked and beaten paths, perfect for winter trekking enthusiasts. Surrounded by the quiet of the snow, you can admire breathtaking landscapes and picturesque views. There are routes for all levels, from easy ones suitable for the whole family to more challenging trails exploring untouched corners. Not to be missed is definitely a moonlit excursion, accompanied by a local guide, with a final Ladin dinner.

Tip for a safe and comfortable experience: visit our online shop for technical clothing and hiking equipment. We also offer a trekking stroller rental service for adventurous families.

Snow adventures: snowshoeing among nature and silence

Snowshoes will allow you to have an adventurous experience, exploring the mountain more freely, immersed in nature and silence. There are numerous possible routes. We only mention some of the easiest ones, perfect also for beginners: the lake trail, the Ladin farms trail (Masi Ladini), or the path through the naturally snow-covered meadows of Armentarola.

Fun for everyone with tobogganing

How about a toboggan ride? It’s an activity that always brings fun moments for the whole family. There are two tracks in Alta Badia:

  • Tru liösa Foram track starting from the Piz Sorega plateau and finishing in San Cassiano. The start is accessible by the namesake cable car. The 3 km descent is easy and suitable for all ages.
  • Rit – Biei Trail: reachable on foot in about an hour from the center of La Val by following trail number 6 towards Lake Rit. This route, 1.8 km long, is also quite easy and suitable for families.

Cross-country skiing among sports and enchanted landscapes

If you’ve always wanted to try cross-country skiing, the Armentarola center offers 26 km of trails immersed in a fairy-tale landscape. There are 8 different difficulty levels, from complete beginners to more experienced skiers, to do sports while admiring all the beauty of the surrounding landscape.

Ice skating

Love pirouetting on ice? The Corvara Ice Rink is the perfect place to spend carefree and cheerful moments, whether as a couple, with friends, or family. During the winter months, the enchanting Sompunt Lake transforms into a natural ice rink, offering a unique experience in a fairy-tale winter landscape. Here, surrounded by breathtaking nature, you can enjoy ice skating or curling, available both during the day and in the evening.

Indoor climbing gym for vertical challenges in tota safety

If you’re a climbing enthusiast, you can pursue your passion even in winter thanks to the two state-of-the-art facilities in Alta Badia: the San Cassiano indoor climbing and bouldering gym, and the Corvara Boulder Center, where you can test your skills and have fun in total safety on walls of different difficulties, not forgetting to equip yourself with the right indoor climbing gear.

Other unique winter activities in Alta Badia

In Alta Badia, adventure and romance blend into memorable experiences. You can start with a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride from La Villa, to immerse yourself in the tranquility and beauty of snow-covered landscapes. If you’re looking for something even more thrilling, try the incredible experience of driving a dog sled at the Husky Sled Dog in San Martino in Badia. This adventure allows you to lead a team of Siberian Huskies through dreamlike scenarios, on a journey characterized by silence, pristine nature, and a deep bond of love, respect, and cooperation with your four-legged companions.

Alternatively, you can relax in one of the area’s wellness centers, indulge in some cultural visits, or explore the rich local food and wine scene.

Alta Badia is the ideal destination if you want to spend a winter snow holiday even if you don’t ski. The numerous available activities will allow you to experience the mountains differently and create unforgettable memories of sports, relaxation, fun, and nature.