Canazei is nestled in a conch surrounded by the best-known peaks of the Dolomite Mountains and is one of the most famous ski areas in the Alps. It belongs to the Dolomiti Superski ski area and boasts four ski resorts: Belvedere, Ciampac, Col Rodella e Marmolada which cater to ski and snowboard enthusiasts of all levels. For cross-country ski lovers there are a myriad of trails at different altitudes, like the Ciampac ring at 2100m. In the shadow of the Marmolada, queen of the Dolomites, Canazei offers picture postcard views. The best known town of the Val di Fassa, Canazei is known for it's houses painted like something right out of fairy tale and for its hopping night life. Canazei has much more to offer than just skiing. The Eghes Wellness Center, for example, is a spa which follows the bioclimate philosophy of ancient Roman Thermal Baths. And then there's the "G. Scola" ice rink in Alba di Canazei, home to the local hockey team S.H.C. Fassa Levoni which plays in the National Hockey League. In Canazei there are also important international races, like the Sellaronda Skimarathon in the winter, which is a nighttime downhill ski race, and the Dolomites Skyrace in the summer, which is the qualifying event for the High Altitude Running World Championships. Through the years Canazei has undergone an intense touristic development, but it has never forgotten its Ladin origins, which are still visible in the local architecture and traditions. Every year at the end of August in occasion of the "Gran Festa da d’Istà", all of the Ladin valleys come together to celebrate. Traditional costumes, shawls, hats, aprons, jackets and pants, all minutely embroidered with styles that vary from valley to valley, attest to the region's rich history.
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