Michelin-starred chefs will be playing the leading role in the eleventh edition of this much-anticipated culinary event on the slopes, all of whom are friends and lovers of Alta Badia. Many of them began their cooking careers right here in Alta Badia, following in the footsteps of great chefs such as Norbert Niederkofler, whereas others became passionate about this place after coming here on holiday or taking part in the numerous food and wine events organised throughout the year. The dishes created must contain at least one of Italy’s top-quality products.
The Gourmet Skisafari will also be making a comeback, with skiers moving from one mountain hut to the next, enjoying the aromas and colours of the different dishes created by no less than the Michelin-starred chefs themselves. SunRisa, on the other hand, is a new event, dedicated to genuine and healthy breakfasts on the slopes.
It is also thanks to the ‘A taste for skiing’ event that Alta Badia has become increasingly well-known over the last ten years as a destination offering the best in mountain pleasures. In this regard, food and wine events represent a unique chance to discover the area’s excellent culinary specialities.
The concept behind the initiative remains the same: 10 Michelin-starred chefs will be assigned to a mountain hut on the slopes of Alta Badia, creating a recipe that will be offered to skiers throughout the winter season. What’s more, all of the chefs taking part have very close ties with Alta Badia. Some of them began their careers in the local restaurants, some like to come here on holiday, some know the area thanks to the culinary events they have taken part in and others, such as Nicola Laera (La Stüa de Michil Restaurant at Hotel La Perla, 1 Michelin star), were simply born and live here. The dishes all tell a story, linked to top-quality Italian products that are famous and envied the world over. Each dish will be paired with a wine from South Tyrol, carefully selected by an expert sommelier from the same area, creating incredibly special and original combinations.
In recent years, Alta Badia has become a top tourist destination for food and wine. A taste for skiing is the most delicious initiative of the whole winter season, held every year from December to April on the slopes of this ski resort located in the heart of the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Thanks to these high-altitude culinary initiatives, Alta Badia can celebrate Italy’s wonderful food and wine, giving greater emphasis to the motto #skitheitalianway. Winter holidays mean so much more than simply skiing down the slopes. Alta Badia enhances the winning combination of snow sports and excellent cuisine – the main strengths of this area. The idea is to bring incredibly high-quality food and wines to skiers and all food-lovers out there, further enhancing the food and drink on offer at the resort’s mountain huts.
UNMISSABLE CULINARY EVENTS
GOURMET SKISAFARI: THE SEVENTH EDITION IS PLANNED FOR SATURDAY 14TH DECEMBER
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. 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. Enjoy your first ski of the season, characterised by great flavours.
NEW FOR 2019
SUNRISA: SKIING AT DAWN ON FRESH SNOW, BEFORE ENJOYING A HEARTY BREAKFAST AT 2,000M
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 dawn, 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.
OTHER FOOD AND WINE EVENTS
The excellent food and wine events organised in Alta Badia this winter continue with “LEITNER ropeways VIP Lounge”, to celebrate the two Alpine Skiing World Cup races to be held on the Gran Risa slope on 22nd and 23rd December 2019. Spectators will be able to enjoy Michelin-starred chefs, excellent local products and fine wines from South Tyrol. Christmas specialities can be tasted throughout the period of Advent, from 6th December to 5th January 2020, at the Christmas Village in San Cassiano and the Corvara Christmas market. Roda dles Saus is the name of the event dedicated to the traditional Ladin food on the slopes of the La Crusc ski resort and it’s held during the week from March 15-22. What’s more, throughout the entire winter season, there’ll also be the chance to take part in the “Breakfast with powder snow” initiative, held at the Las Vegas Lodge. An excellent opportunity to be the first on the slopes in the morning, as well as enjoying a hearty breakfast with all of South Tyrol’s best products. The season will draw to a close with the sixth edition of the “Skicarousel Vintage Party”, scheduled for 12th and 13th April 2020, when the mountain huts will be offering fashionable dishes from the 70s and 80s.
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