The winter season with fine cuisine reaches its climax with the CHEF’S CUP SÜDTIROL 2014, the gourmet event taking place in Alta Badia from 19th to 24th January 2014. The 9th edition will last a week and guests include some of the finest chefs in the world, together with important wine producers in a perfect encounter of haute cuisine, sport, fun and solidarity. Star-studded chefs will amaze not only behind the kitchen counter but also on the slopes, competing against each other and other international professional athletes. The programme of the CHEF’S CUP SÜDTIROL 2014 includes conferences, ski safari, cooking classes, a lot of fun on the slopes and in the mountain huts by day and music and dancing in the valley and mountain clubs at night.

A ‘not to miss’ initiative runs throughout the whole winter season: BREAKFAST WITH POWDER SNOW from Tuesday to Friday morning. Leave at 6.50 or 7.20 am by snowcat. Start the day up at 2000 meters altitude with a hearty breakfast, enjoying typical South Tyrolean products (dairy and marmalades from local mountain huts, honey, bread, speck, eggs, apples and apple juice). Then head off for the first downhill ski on white virgin slopes before the ski lifts open for the day. Price at Las Vegas hut: 15€ Price at Col Alt Hut: 25€

For lovers of traditional Ladin mountain cuisine Alta Badia recommends the SKITOUR SANTA CROCE – MOUNTAIN HUTS AND ANCIENT FLAVOURS. The Ladin cuisine, simple yet genuine, is the main protagonist in the eight huts within the Skitour Santa Croce skiing area. Each hut specialises in one Ladin dish, cooked strictly following Granny’s recipe. Each dish is paired with a South Tyrolean wine. This sun-kissed gastronomic ski tour gives you breathtaking views of a vast valley and its forests and Ladin mountain huts. Don’t miss out on the parish church of Badia, or the home of Saint Freinademetz and the traditional ‘viles’, the farms in Fussé, Coz and Pransarores, before reaching the suggestive Santa Croce church at the foot of the Santa Croce Mountain. The Skitour Santa Croce is also perfect for families.

For guests wishing to learn how to cook Ladin dishes, LADIN COOKING CLASSES are available at the Sotćiastel farm led by Erica Pitscheider, a local farmer’s wife. Classes run every Wednesday at 10.30 am. Erica will teach how to cook famous ‘turtres’ (spinach and ricotta or sauerkraut filled pancakes) or ‘furtaies’ (a spiral-shaped pastry, prepared by the bride’s mother the day before the wedding for relatives and neighbours). 15€ per person.

A perfect closing to the winter season dedicated to food  will take place on Sunday 30th March 2014, Alta Badia will showcase DÉ DL VIN-A WINE SAFARI ON YOUR SKIS for the best South Tyrolean wines at 2000 m altitude for a tasting session with Speck, bread and cheese all trademarked “Quality Südtirol”.South Tyrolean wines stand out for their superb quality, obtained thanks to a favourable climate, fertile soil and the care and dedication shown by winemakers. South Tyrolean wine plays a fundamental role in different food and wine initiatives in Alta Badia: not only in restaurants and huts, in fact, with the fourth edition of WINE SKI SAFARI Alta Badia wants to dedicate an entire day to South Tyrolean wines, taking them to 2000 m altitude for a unique tasting session. This will be a pleasurable ski trip for wine lovers to discover the great variety of local wines. The event is organised by the Tourism Board of Alta Badia together with the Consortium Alto Adige Wine. Tickets can be purchased in participating mountain huts. And remember, ski carefully!


Outstanding gastronomy plays an important role in Alta Badia.  Several special food events, including A Taste for Skiing, Peaks of Gastronomy and ARTemoziun, combine the art of good cooking with some of Alta Badia’s trademarks such as sports, culture and art. In addition to these mouth-watering events, the Alta Badia Cook & Share contest was launched on Facebook in 2013: several local restaurants participated, submitting the recipe that best represents the spirit of their restaurant. The recipes, published between September and December on the Alta Badia Facebook page were rated, commented upon and shared by fans of the page. The recipe with the most votes (“Like” = 1 vote, comment = 2 votes, sharing = 3 votes) will be presented at the Gourmet Skisafari at the 15th of December.

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