Val Zoldana, or the Zoldo Valley, is crossed by the Maè River, a right affluent of the River Piave, and is dominated by the impressive Civetta (3,220 meters) and Pelmo (3,168 meters) mountains, two pearls of the dolomites. The first separates Val Zoldana from Agordino and frames the lovely town of Alleghe. The second is an unmistakeable monolithic peak surrounded by mountain pastures, and is also known as God’s Throne, and borders on the Boite and Fiorentina valleys.
The area is dotted with the typical homes, farms and hay barns, which are called “tabià” here, and are typical of Zoldana architecture, with the villages of Forno di Zoldo, Zoldo Alto and Zoppè di Cadore, charming holiday resorts in any season, like the towns of Palafavera and Pecòl. Family run hotels with flowering balconies, campsites and holiday villages with all commodities, with a dense network of tracks and ski slopes in the Civetta skiing district make the Val Zoldana the tourist nerve centre of the Dolomites, ideal for sports and relaxation, sampling the typical produce and buying local handicrafts. There is the beautiful Coldai Lake, on the track that leads to the northwest face of the Civetta, mythical destination for alpinists in all seasons. The Coldai mountain refuge offers an amazing view of the Alleghe Lake.
In the Zoldo valley there are long sunny stretches of snow, farmer’s refuges and refreshment stops scattered along the ski runs, as well as the illuminated ski runs of Pecol with 5 kilometres of downhill runs. Here Palafavera, a small and peaceful hamlet stands out and is noted for the 2000 ski run, one of the most thrilling and spectacular runs of the whole skiing area. Palafavera covers an important role for the Civetta ski territory; it is here that the connection passes through that permits the resorts of Zoldo, Alleghe and Selva di Cadore to offer 80 kilometres of ski runs.