In the spotlight: The Hidden Valley

For those snow lovers lucky enough to be staying at Mountain Sun’s chalet ‘Albergo Frohsinn‘ conveniently located in the popular ski resort of San Cassiano, you will find yourself on the very doorstep of a truly memorable ski adventure in the Dolomites and all included in your Dolomiti Superski lift pass.

A short road journey through an eerie landscape of vast scattered boulders (the result of a huge bombing raid on soldiers hidden deep in the mountains during the First World War) will bring you to the Falzarego Pass and from here you take the Lagazuoi cable car up to the starting point of the renowned Hidden Valley. On the way you will be rewarded with stunning 360′ panoramic mountain scenery and when you reach the top the adventure begins for real.

The 11km descent through this beautiful, isolated valley is ideal for any intermediate skier who is comfortable on reds and after an initial steep descent the route becomes friendly and relaxed giving you ample opportunity to take in the awesome scenery and get your cameras out..remember this is a run with no quick way to get back to the top so really take your time to enjoy the journey – you wouldn’t want to miss the best views in your rush to descend or miss out on the tranquility that comes with crowd-free pistes.

With the majestic Dolomites towering above you and icy waterfalls lining your route you will not be disappointed with your blissful journey through the fairy-tale Hidden Valley and in case you still can’t decide if it’s worth venturing out to, there is one more very good reason to make this day out part of your holiday..

The Rifugio Scotoni is a hugely popular choice for diners in the area and a key motivation for many to actually head up to the Hidden Valley; a busy restaurant at times but well worth the wait, whether you opt for the ample mixed grilled steak platter or the delicious traditional pancake dessert.

With your taste buds and tummies well-satisfied you’ll head out again onto the slopes and be rewarded almost immediately with some of the most magical scenery – as the snowy valley continues to carve its way through the high peaks, be sure to look out on your left for the huge frozen waterfall..yet another great photo opportunity.

And finally, as the valley flattens out, your adventure is completed by a rather unusual choice of transportation to head back towards San age old horse-drawn drag lift! One word of advice though for snowboarders..this might be a long walk for you as they will only tow skiers! Maybe this would be a good day to leave the board back at the chalet!

So let’s hope that’s whet your appetite for some worthwhile skiing in the Dolomites this season; there’s still plenty of time to book an affordable short ski break with Mountain Sun at either Albergo Frohsinn or Chalet Hotel Diamant or why not check availability for a week’s skiing at Easter where you’ll still find great skiing conditions – thanks to both world class snow-making facilities and beautiful late Spring snow.

Look out the next blog, where I’ll be giving you ‘10 great reasons’ to ski in the Dolomites this if you needed persuading!