Ski Team Alta Badia & Alta Badia Ski Academy

The Alta Badia Ski Academy was created by Ski Team Club Alta Badia (formerly Sci Club Ladinia), an historical Italian ski race club located in Alta Badia, in the heart of the Dolomites. The Dolomites are one of UNESCO natural paradises and are among the most beautiful mountains in the world. Founded in 1946, Ski Team Alta Badia ranks among the best in Italy: over the years our athletes won countless national, international and World Cup competitions, feeding numerous athletes to the national ski team, in Alpine skiing, Cross country, Big Mountain, and snowboard. For the last 35 years, we have organized the WC GS on “Gran Risa” Giant Slalom, one of the “Classics” in the Men’s Alpine Ski World Cup, and the PG.  Alta Badia Academy is not a commercial operation, which makes us competitive in terms of prices. it is a small program and we intend to keep it as such, putting the emphasis on quality and personalized attentionSki Team Alta Badia is also at the forefront of innovation in Alpine Skiing. Among other, we are grant recipients of two European Commission ERASMUS-Sport grants, DC4SKI and ESKI.

Academy Leadership


Stefan Thaler is the President of the Ski Team and of the Academy. A former member of the National Ski team and Italian Alpine Ski National Champion, he is a Federal ski instructor, and Vice President of the Ski World Cup.

Dr. Federiga Bindi is our Director. She is a professor of International Relations, and a USSA coach. A former racer, she lives with her family between Alta Badia and Colorado.


Martina Sverzellati is the Academy Secretary, in addition to being the U8-U10 Head Coach. A former racer and a graduate of the Sports Academy Oberschulzentrum, she has BA in Sports and Events Management.

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Massimo Longhi  is our FIS Head Coach and our most experienced coach, having send dozens of athletes to the National Team, winning among others a silver medal at the EYOF.

Marco Frilli is assistant FIS coach and our students-athletes' Hall Director. Marco also has a BA in Media and Communication.

Thomas Valentini is our TD and U16 Head Coach. He was the Athletic Director of the Men's National Ski Team. A Ski instructor, he is a member of the Federal Ski Academy and Alpine Director for the South Tyrol.

Alessandro Bortot is U16 coach, after having spent the last year with the National Team. He has a wide international experience, including coaching in Australia

Other staff

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Valentin Piffrader is our mental Coach. Educated in Austria, Valentin lives in nearby Brunico. 

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Maria Cristina Coccoluto is a Professor of Italian at the prestigious College of Europe and at the IIC in Bruxelles and is author of many books on teaching Italian.You can follow her here.

Seppl Zingerle, a former P.E. professor, is our athletic trainer. He is father to two or our World Cup and Europe Cup National team members, Alex and Johannes.