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05 October 2016

What's new in Italy for 2016/17

The big news from Italy is 70 million Euros of investment in the Dolomiti Superski area, with new lifts springing up over the summer at many resorts. Here are the top new lifts for the upcoming winter:

Italy’s first 8-seater chairlifts!

Two-thirds of Europe’s 73 eight-seater chairs are in Austria and until this winter, there were none in the Italian mountains. However the resorts of Ratschings and Val Gardena have both built headline-grabbing 8-person chairlifts this summer to change this statistic. Both are fully equipped with seat heating and protective bubbles, so look out this winter for the new Enzian chair at Ratschings, which lies just over the Austrian border from Obergurgl, and the Gran Paradiso lift at Val Gardena in the Sella Ronda.

Ratschings, Val Gardena

New Portados gondola in Arabba

However, the Gran Paradiso lift is not the only improvement on the Sella Ronda circuit. Last season the new Arabba Fly chairlift sped up the journey around the imposing Sella massif, and keen to continue investing, the area is set to improve further this season. A new 8-seat gondola to Portados above Arabba is set to further speed up the circuit and improve access to some of the area’s most challenging terrain.

Three more 10-seater gondolas

Three Italian resorts are getting brand new 10-seat gondolas for the 2016/17 season. The hidden gem of Alpe Lusia just to the south of the Sella Ronda is one of them, as is Brixen’s local ski area Plose in the South Tyrol by the Austrian border, and finally so is Roccaraso in the stunning Apennine Mountains, just inland of Rome.

Roccaraso, Italy

Obereggen gets a chondola

Another resort in the South Tyrol, Obereggen, has built the only other combination lift (the other is in Alpe d’Huez) of the summer. The 6-seat chair/8-seat gondola combination will be a short one at only 496m in length but it plugs a crucial gap in their lift system and will serve a new toboggan run.

Chondola, Obereggen

A 6-pack for Carezza

In addition look out for a new 6-seat chair at Carezza in the Val di Fassa and enhanced snowmaking at most resorts across the Dolomites following two poor starts to the season in a row.

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