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Until the beginning of the 20th century Canazei was one of the poorest villages in the Alps because of its particular geographical isolation. With the arrival of tourism, Canazei and its four hamlets, Gries, Chieva, Alba and Penia, although not becoming the most populous center in the Val di Fassa, did become the most popular in terms of tourist presences both summer and winter. The fame of Canazei as a mountain resort is due largely to its strategic position in relation to the Dolomite Passes such as Pordoi, Sella and Fedaia.
It lies, in fact, in the heart of the Dolomites. Ultra modern ski lifts have also made Canazei a model resort in the Alpine range, directly linked to the famous Sellaronda. Indeed, in winter, Canazei becomes the nerve centre for the whole valley as the way to the best and most popular ski lift carousels.
The village lies in an incredible natural basin at the foot of some of the most attractive peaks in the Dolomites.
Just beyond Canazei is the hamlet of Alba with its accommodation facilities and the Ciampac ski area, famous for the black run which swoops down towards the village and the sunny valley above it packed with pistes and mountain refuge huts. The only high altitude cross country ski circuit in the valley, usable well into the spring, is also found here.
Leaving Alba, you come to Penia, a charming Ladin village and home to the traditional 'Ladin Carnival' which takes place every year with its characteristic figures. The road rises towards Passo Fedaia and Marmolada which can be reached via the ski lift, taking you up to 2638 m at Pian dei Fiacconi in about 15 minutes. This is a true paradise for spring skiing enthusiasts. Summer in Canazei is populated with climbers and excursionists on the paths and climbing routes which cover the area, leading to the very popular natural climbing walls.
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