This year I am spending my New Year’s Eve at Rifugio Lagazuoi (2,752m), 174 km north of Venice in the Dolomites.
Renowned for its incredible location half way between Cortina d’Ampezzo and the Val Badia, the rifugio is the perfect place to be surrounded by uncontaminated nature and eagles flying high overhead.
Here we can enjoy time with our loved ones over a delicious local New Year’s Eve meal with music and good wine.
We arrived just before sunset and caught its rays colouring the sky in hews of soft pink and blue, while the peaks shone bright orange and gleaming white.
We are about to join the party to welcome the New Year and tomorrow I am looking forward to seeing dawn from my bedroom window and watch the sun rise over the snow-clad peaks before taking the heart-stopping 2-minute cable ride back to the valley.
We will return to Cortina, nicknamed the “The Pearl of the Dolomites” where we will be spending the rest of our holiday.
If you are a pro skier however, you may wish to start the New Year by skiing down the famous Armentarola slope, the longest and most spectacular ski run in the Dolomites.
Personally however not feeling quite as adventurous, I prefer to enjoy the views from the balcony of my cosy room sipping champagne over breakfast.
Happy New Year