The ‘A taste for skiing’ season officially gets underway on Alta Badia’s ski slopes on Saturday 14th December. The seventh edition of the much-anticipated Gourmet Skisafari event will take Michelin-starred cuisine to 2,000 m above sea level, into the heart of the Dolomites. At a number of mountain huts, Michelin-starred chefs will be treating skiers to their delicious dishes, using top-quality products to sing the praises of Italian cuisine. In fact, the chefs will be using the best Italian products as inspiration for their dishes. Skiers will have the chance to move from one mountain hut to another, trying each chef’s creations, between 11am and 3pm. Real works of art will be on offer, not only for the taste buds but also for the eyes. There will also be the opportunity to get to know the chefs in person and to learn the story behind their dish. Each dish will be paired with a South Tyrolean wine, chosen by an expert local sommelier. Enjoy your first ski of the season, characterised by great flavours.
The Michelin starred Chefs and their dishes:
- Nicola Laera, 1 Michelin star (Restaurant La Stüa de Michil, Hotel La Perla, Corvara), will cook a “Braised venison shank with cranberries, potato rosti and Mantua pumpkin, crunchy pork cheek and puccia bread made with juniper” at the mountain hut Ütia de Bioch
- Claudio Melis, 1 Michelin star (Restaurant In Viaggio, Bolzano), will present his dish “Barley, watercress and pickled tongue” at mountain hut Ütia Las Vegas.
- Alberto Faccani, 2 Michelin stars (Restaurant Magnolia, Cesenatico), will cook “Potato Gnocchi, truffle and carbonara sauce” at mountain hut Ütia I Tablá.
Skiing on fresh snow, before anyone else, is a truly unique experience. The experience becomes even more magical if you do it in the heart of the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on Alta Badia's slopes, where the best athletes will be going head to head at the Alpine Skiing World Cup during the same period, all topped off with an excellent breakfast at 2,000 m a.s.l.
On Monday 23rd December, the ski slopes on the plateau between La Villa, Corvara and San Cassiano will be opening at 7.15 am, giving ski enthusiasts the chance to see the sun rise at 2,000 m a.s.l. and ski down the slopes that have been perfectly prepared the night before by the many snowcats that work in the area. What’s more, there is the chance to enjoy a hearty breakfast, based on genuine and healthy products, at the Club Moritzino, Ütia I Tablá, Ütia de Bioch, Ütia Piz Arlara and Ütia Las Vegas mountain huts. Each hut will be paired with a specific breakfast item, such as milk, cereal, eggs or marmalade. The various dishes on offer have been created with the support of the nutritionist Dott. Iader Fabbri and they contain the essential ingredients for a perfect breakfast, guaranteeing the right number of calories and nutrition for each leg of the breakfast route from one lodge to another. A number of former ski world cup athletes will be accompanying skiers during this event.
SOMMELIERS ON THE SLOPES
The chance to taste some of South Tyrol's finest wines in two different mountain huts whilst admiring the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site: only in Alta Badia. Following the success of the last editions, Sommeliers on the slopes will be returning to Alta Badia for the 2019/20 winter season. The aim of this initiative is to enhance the winning combination of skiing and excellent local products. There are six dates planned, scheduled between December and March (17th December, 14th and 28th January, 11th February, 3rd and 10th March), each involving wonderful skiing on Alta Badia's slopes, combined with the chance to taste South Tyrol's finest wines. Participants will be accompanied by a ski instructor as well as a professional sommelier. The price of the wine tasting session, including the ski guide, is €30.00 per person. Each event is organised together with the South Tyrol Wine Consortium and South Tyrol’s Sommelier Association.
WINE SKISAFARI: A WINE TASTING 2,000 METRES ABOVE SEA LEVEL
On Sunday 22nd March 2020, Alta Badia will be bringing South Tyrol’s finest wines to the mountains for an exclusive tasting session, set to take place from 10am until 4pm in the Piz Arlara, Bioch, I Tablá and Pralongiá mountain huts. The aim of the initiative is to round off the winter season in style, dedicated to excellent food and wine. The event is organised by Alta Badia Brand, together with IDM (Innovation Development Marketing), and with the support of the South Tyrol Wine Consortium.