The skiing above Canazei divides onto two sides of a steep valley. The gondola from the main street of the village heads up on the right hand side of this valley to an intermediate station at Pecol.
Here there are two options: another gondola, the Toé lift, which rises into the main ski area but not to the top of the ridge above, or the Col dei Rossi cable car, which heads up onto the steep and windy ridge. Both of these lifts access the main ski area on this side of the valley - a wide open bowl of intermediate runs above the tree line.
Skiers wanting to stay in this bowl have a choice of the gondola or cable car for repeated runs, or the chairlifts Kristiana, Belvedere or Sass Becè. This last one is the highest and is also the vital link over to Arabba, part of the popular Sella Ronda circuit in the "green" or anti-clockwise direction. The journey down to Arabba is an easy intermediate cruise and is described in the companion Ski Arabba site. This direction also provides access on skis to the Marmolada ski area.
Alternatively headed down below the tree line takes the skier onto a red - and sometimes crowded and icy - run down to Pian Frataces and the road which winds up from the Val di Fassa to join the routes over the Sella pass or the Pordoi pass.
If conditions are good, there is a pleasant run down through the trees to Canazei which ends somewhat abruptly at the end of the village near some farm buildings. (From the end of the run it is a 5-10 minute walk through the village to the gondola station on the main road.)
Skiers wanting to head over in the other direction from Pian Frataces to the area above Campitello and below the Passo Sella will be taking the Pradel-Rodella gondola. This deposits the skier into another bowl above the treeline. To the left chairlifts rise up to the Col Rodella at just under 2500m, while to the right chairlifts offer the option of heading over to the Selva area.
Once at the top oif the Norei-5 Dita chairlift, for example, it is possible to take the long easy intermediate run all the way down to Plan de Gralba and the connections into the area above Selva, a ski area which is described in more detail in the companion Ski Val Gardena site.
Returning from this area, it is possible (in good conditions) to ski all the way from the top of Sasso Levante chairlift through to Canazei some 1000m below.