Cavalese, with more than 3,600 people and placed at about 1000 m altitude, is the capital of Valle di Fiemme and extends over a glacial terrace sloping to the widest part of the valley.
Alpe Cermis is one of the most important districts of the valley, spread on the side of Lagorai, with a convenient connecting cable car from the centre of Cavalese and slopes of varying difficulty desceding from 2200 meters from Cima Pajon to 800 meters at the valley floor. It is accessible from the centre of Cavalese (cable car), from the valley road (intermediate cable car).
The resort, along with all the Val di Fiemme, with over 100 km of slopes, is considered the Italian capital of cross-country skiing.There are many events taking place in this area, the Marcialonga, the Nordic Ski World Championships, were held here in 1991 and 2003.
The valley has become infamous for the incident involving an American fighter plane that cut the cable supporting the gondola cable-car causing many casualties.