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Mayrhofen Snowbombing or Canazei?


Snowbording in Mayrhofen and Canazei

Snowboarding is nowadays the primary choice for young people hitting the slopes. The cool sport originated in the 60’s and 70’s from skateboarding and surfing. Apparently surfers and skateboarders wanted something different to do from skiing, while on holiMayrhofendays, because skiing was starting to be considered out of fashion.

Snowboarders soon developed their own culture, bits and pieces came from the punk and hip hop ones. Later on they started to have their own slang and clothing.

There are many events dedicated to the skiing/snowboarding. One of the most acclaimed ones is “Snowbombing” (attended mainly by young people from 18 to 24 years old), from the 9th to the 14th of April at Mayrhofen, Austria, regarded by many as “The Greatest Show on Snow”. The festival combines the beautiful alpine setting of the Austrian alps with live music and popular DJs. Now entering into its 13th year the event offers parties in forest clearings, back country Tyrolean hideaways and even a larger than life igloo at the altitude of 3,000 feet.

Crossing the border to Italy there are many astonishing beautiful and well equipped places to practice snowboarding or skiing. A very famous one is Canazei, one of the main winter centres in the Val di Fassa (Fassatal for the German-speaking part of the South Tyrol). Canazei occupies a strategic position in the popular Sella Ronda ski circuit.

It is an area of outstanding beauty set in the very heart of the Italian Dolomoties. It represents an ideal match between fun and relax, beauty, night life and culture: there are, in fact, many typical bars and restaurants, pubs, après ski and piano bars to party all night long until the first light of dawn.

Canazei is one of the most important stops on the Sella Ronda ski circuit in winter, with connection to the east and Arabba over the Passo Pordoi and to the north and the Val Gardena over the Passo Sella. Its strategic position makes it the sport and ski capital of the Val di Fassa.

Canazei is in fact the largest of the cluster of villages that make up this area, with lifts that link it to Campitello, Mazzin, and Alba, to name but a few.

Canazei forms part of what is known as the Dolomiti Superski, which is said to be the largest ski area in the world providing over 1200 kilometres of skiing areas.

There are two ski schools in Canazei, one general and one specialising in snowboard instruction and another in the neighbouring village of Campitello.

If you are undecided whether to go snowboarding or not keep in mind that snowboarding can be much fun and it is an opportunity to see some very beautiful landscapes and to socialize.

Giulia Lombardo

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