What to do in the Dolomites in Summer:
sport, hiking and activities for all tastes
Looking for ideas on what to do in the Dolomites in Summer? Val di Fassa in the Dolomites is the best starting point for exciting experiences. There are lots of activities to choose from in the Dolomites that are suitable for all ages and tastes. From breath-taking descents on mountain bikes to peaceful and romantic horseback rides through our beautiful Dolomites. The emotions you can experience in the summer in Val di Fassa are endless. At the Ciarnadoi Design & Suite Hotel there are lots of activities you can try in the summer:
In the summer you can get access to the following free of charge:
- Information and tips on the local area and everything relating to Val di Fassa
- Walking maps
- Nordic walking sticks
- Equipment for the via ferratas
- Excursions accompanied by Mattia
- A heated bike and mountain equipment storage with an area to wash shoes and clothing
For an additional charge:
- A Panorama Pass
- Mountain bike hire
- A quick washing service for sports clothing (without ironing)
- Downhill Mountain Biking
- Tandem paragliding
- Introductory climbing course
- Visits to mountain dairy farms
- Ice skating
- Horse riding
- Geology/minerology workshops
- Adventure Parks
- Museo Ladin de Fascia
- Ski lifts
- Lunch in a mountain hut
At the Ciarnadoi there is a special room available for guests to store their bikes in. Every room has a heated cabinet to store mountain equipment, shoes and sports clothing in; the room also has a sink and everything necessary to clean and wash bikes and walking boots/climbing shoes.
Excursions in the mountains
The Hotel Ciarnadoi in the heart of Val di Fassa and at the foot of the Catinaccio mountain range is the best starting point for exciting experiences in both summer and winter.
Some walks in Val di Fassa wind along the River Avisio, then there are the excursions in the side valleys, climbing various peaks around Val di Fassa, via ferratas and real climbs and all the best the Dolomites can offer.
Try the experience of being accompanied on excursions by the owners: a new way to discover nature in the Dolomites and enchanted corners reserved for just a few… You can learn new things with those who know the mountains very well; the precious tips from experts in the hotel will keep you busy all throughout your stay.
Maps and information are available to all guests and there are guided excursions to high altitude and/or to via ferratas every day, some of which are free others for an additional charge.
Bikes & Mountain Bikes
Mountain bikes and E-bikes
Val di Fassa is a bikers paradise. There are numerous forest paths and trails even at a high altitude. Then there are the increasingly popular e-bikes: assisted pedalling makes it easier on the legs (but does not eliminate the effort completely!), allowing you to cover longer distances without special training.
The cycle lane in the Dolomites crosses through val di Fassa and val di Fiemme along the River Avisio for a total of 48 km with an elevation gain of 650 metres. From Ciarnadoi it descends to Vigo, crosses through the village towards San Giovanni, crosses over the SS 48 at the crossroads and descends towards the River Avisio next to the San Giovanni Hotel and then crosses the river.
From here you can pedal to Pozza, Campitello and Canazei on a partly dirt track or continue towards Soraga. From Soraga, once you have passed Moena, Sassolungo, Catinaccio and the Monzoni mountain ranges it continues to Predazzo and Molina di Fiemme where the cycle path ends. Once you reach your destination you can return by bus (buses with the Fassa Fiemme Bike Express service). In the summer in Val di Fassa cycling is one of the most popular sports.
Downhill Mountain Biking
Full-face helmet, highly technical protective equipment, a full-suspension bike with disk brakes: the "gravity killers" have arrived in Val di Fassa! There’s nothing to worry about, we are talking about downhill, one of the most extreme variants of mountain biking that whisks the Dolomites into a vortex of pure adrenaline. Some compare downhill to motocross, others to downhill skiing. In Val di Fassa the downhill routes start high up, near the great peaks.
Fassa Bike Resorts in Belvedere and Carezza can be reached easily with the ski lifts from Canazei and from Nova Levante. From an altitude of 2,000 m the explosive descent begins with swerves, jumps, obstacles, parabolic curves and steep slopes. You hurtle down the trails at speeds that can reach 70 km/h. Grass, dirt track, woods, and mud: this is what downhill fanatics can expect in Val di Fassa.
The majority of the time you are standing on the pedals, your arms absorbing the vibrations from the ground, your hands firmly gripping the brakes and your leg muscles taut in a tsunami of adrenaline. At the beginning instructors of the Fassa Bike sports association will teach you the rules of the “game". Downhill is a thrilling sport, but don't be intimidated, it can enjoyed by everyone thanks to the numerous trails of varying difficulty. Of course, you have to be a bit daring, have quick reflexes, know how to manoeuvre your mountain bike well and, above all, maintain maximum concentration during the descent.
In the summer Val di Fassa has a splendid golf range surrounded by nature at the foot of Col Rodella in Campitello di Fassa. The driving range, managed by "Val di Fassa Golf Club" with access from the village of Ischia (cable car stop) has 10 bays, 2 of which are covered, a putting green, a practice bunker as well as a new 5 hole practice course (no. 2 PAR 4 / no. 3 PAR 3). In the months of July and August lessons are provided by professional instructors.
Just 8 km from the hotel there is the highest golf course in Europe and one of the most challenging in Trentino-South Tyrol, the Carezza golf course (9 holes). This course opened 100 years ago was already in use in Austro-Hungarian times when nobles used to spend their summer holidays in Carezza. The Monte San Pietro (18 holes) golf course is 25 km from Ciarnadoi.
Every day lots of paragliding enthusiasts take flight from the slopes of Col Rodella and Belvedere animating the blue sky with their manoeuvres in an absolutely unique setting where colours of nature, the green forests and the grey rock peaks, the white snow on Marmolada and the bright red sunset blend with the colours of the sails in an unusual rainbow.
The thrill of flying in this natural paradise is not only for experts but for novices too thanks to the tandem paragliders that allow everyone who is brave enough to experience the thrill of flying in complete safety accompanied by nationally recognised instructors.
Mountains, woods, clean air and streams: what better place for a horseback ride or to try horse riding for the first time maybe with your children who can find ponies and horses specially trained for them. It’s an opportunity to try something different and worth a visit to learn more about the animals.