Families in love with the stunning Dolomites should plan a holiday at Lavazè Pass, one of the destinations we love the most in Trentino. We had the chance to go there several times during different periods of the year and it’s always a great pleasure to come back.
During summer tourists fall in love with green and relaxing meadows. There are plenty of hiking paths for beginners, pro or baby trekker. Moreover in winter Lavazè Pass attracts many ski addicted as green turns into gentle white and it becomes one of the great cross-country ski areas of the Italian Alps. When the pass is covered in snow the scenery is astonishing: blue sky, the rocky peaks of Latemar and Catinaccio as a frame, silence and spruce-fir all around. Besides Lavazè Pass is a perfect stage to admire the magical Enrosadira: the typical phenomenon that occurs at dawn or sunset when the Dolomites gradually turn into pink, red or violet.
How to get to Passo di Lavazè
The Lavazè is the pass that divides Trentino (Fiemme Valley) from Alto Adige – South Tyrol (Eggental).
From the small town of Cavalese – the centre of Fiemme Valley – you reach Lavazè Pass in 15 minutes’ drive along road SS620. You have to cross the tiny villages of Daiano and Varena and after a series of hairpin turns you reach the summit of Passo di Lavazè at 1805 metres. If you arrive from Bozen instead, it should take 40 minutes crossing the Eggental area and the town of Nova Ponente, driving along road SS620. On Sundays this is a quite crowded road, being one of the favourite destinations for an outdoor trip by people living in Bozen.
Once you get to the summit, tourists can easily park and have fun: active families can choose among cross-country ski, snowshoeing or fatbike. Kids can enjoy at the superb Greta & Gummer snow park or play in the snow while parents simply relax in the fresh air of the Dolomites. No matter the kind of traveller you are, you’ll collect great family memories there.
At Passo di Lavazè there are three hotels, a small souvenir shop that provides sports equipment as well, the cross country ski area, mountain cottages here and there, a playground that does his best in summer and the snow park Greta & Gummer. Actually, we spent there a day and it’s quite hard to say who enjoyed it the most: parents or kids?
SnowPark Greta & Gummer: ideal for kids fun
It’s a fabulous area that families with babies or toddler – or children in general – will love. The snow park is the perfect destination when you want to spend the entire day – or just a couple of hours – having fun, laughing with your kids and relax a bit while they are playing safe. The snow park is fenced-in, so no worries!
When you arrive at Lavazè Pass, you’ll find the snow park Greta & Gummer on the right side of the mountain pass, then leave your car in the parking area and don’t forget to bring sun cream, sunglasses and helmets, that are mandatory for sledding. Once there, families will have a large area equipped with soft toys (for babies like Giacomo), bucket and spade (yes, you can use them even in winter and at the mountain!!!), bricks, tunnel, slides and two slopes for the bravest!! One for sledding and one for tubbing for never-ending family speed battles!
To rest, sunbath or for a power nappy, go chasing one of the giant pillows in the relax area, simply to die for!!
Greta & Gummer snow park – Good to know
- Opening hours: the snow park opens mid-December till end of March (depending on the snow) at it’s opened from 9.30 to 12.30 and from 13.30 to 16.30
- Tickets: 10€ per adult (all day) or 6€ (for 3 hours); kids under 3 do not pay. If you have already decided to spend the entire day at the snow park, ask for the special price lunch included (14€ per adult)
- Facilities: meals are served at Bucaneve Hotel & Restaurant. It’s a self-service and in the price, you get the main course, fruits or dessert and a bottle of water. Special meals for kids on request. At the restaurant, you can find baby chairs but no changing room. Diapers can be changed at the snow park Greta & Gummer directly, but ask for the key at the cashier since the changing room is not in the toilet.
Snowshoeing at Lavazè Pass: even with kids
Snowshoeing with kids can be a great adventure and if you love to spend some time in the woods, Lavazé Pass offers eight itineraries of difference in height.
The easiest is the red one, that brings you to Malga Ora (Auer Alm) in a 2.5km walk. The difference in height is just 50 metres, the path is very large and alternates woods to meadows, so even kids can afford it. Once you arrive at the Alm you can relax and taste the delicious alpine food (fresh milk and cheese included).
Parents and kids can rent the snowshoe at the shop Vuerich Service for 9€ adults and 6€ children a day.
Where to sleep
An excellent weekend is successful when families have chosen the best accommodation for their desires. So according to your preferences, you can choose to spend the night at Lavazè Pass – fully surrounded by nature, silence and nothing more – or if you do not have an adventurer soul, we recommend you to stay in one of the tiny villages of Fiemme Valley.
We have tested both and it’s hard to say which one we enjoyed the most… so you can simply come twice and chose!!
Albergo Dolomiti is the best option when you desire to arrive at the mountain pass and leave the car parked. If you want to explore more the area, we recommend you to stay at B&B Corradini in the village of Castello di Fiemme, 20 minutes far from Lavazé Pass.