If you’re not a morning person, do not read this post. I quite relish waking up at 6:50, so when I read that in Alta Badia, at the top of Col Alt, it was possible to have breakfast before the lifts open, I signed right up.

The buffet breakfast at Rifugio Col Alt and the opportunity to ride down on the fresh groomed slopes before anyone else was the highlight of our snowboarding week in Corvara. Every Tuesday and Thursday, if the minimum participant number is met, breakfast is served in the very nice restaurant in the chalet at Col Alt; to participate you need to phone to reserve – details below.

We left the house before 7am to walk to the base of Col Alt (no ski bus at that time) and found the snow cat that takes us up!

The ride up was bumpy and steep. Towards the top we saw the peak of Col Alt ahead…

We piled out of the cat…

And into the chalet. The restaurant is all windows and skylights on one side, facing the rising sun which was already starting to heat up the day.

The food speaks for itself.

Bathed in sunlight, we tried to limit our intake of strudel because we knew we had to make it down the hill soon.

Ready to hit the slopes before all the skiers mess it up!

Breakfast and transport, 28 euros per person. Book via phone +39 0471 836324, www.rifugiocolalt.com

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