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This was our third successive trip to Dolomite Ski area and second stay in Corvara. I personally prefer Corvara over Selva because there are more access points into the ski circuit, so less congestion during the morning start. In addition, Corvara has it's own extensive local area of pistes, ideal for bad weather days when you don't want to venture too far. Great for intermediates with lazy blues and long reds.
Corva is on the Sella Rona circuit and provides easy access to Marmolada glacier and also Armentarola for the Lagazuoi tour.
There are restaurants all over the mountain providing an excellent range and quality of food and beverages at reasonable cost. We found all toilets to be very very clean which is a refreshing experience compared with some of resorts.
The pistes are always very well maintained, the local culture is great and the people are friendly.
We have skied all over Europe and North America for over 30 years and nowhere matches the stunning scenery of the Dolomites. Ditto for the mountain restaurants, lots of them, well sited and good value. Very well looked after at Hotel Greif. On edge of town but excellent shuttles to slopes. Good choices of food and wine and newish leisure facility.
We were worried about amount of snow as none fell from 23 Nov till some 25 cms fell the week before we arrived. However the snow makers were working hard and it had stayed cold enough for nearly all the runs to be open and well groomed, as you expect to find in Italy. Mainly blue and red runs so great for ageing intermediates like us. There are some black runs, but minimal off-piste due to lack of snow. The ski area is vast. The Sella Ronda is at the heart of the area but there are numerous offshoot areas.
Alta Badia has some lovely tree lined runs plus the World Cup GS Gran Risa run, fun to come out of the start hut. Cross the village of La Villa and follow the San Croce Tour signs to visit a lovely little Chapel high on the mountain. The Hidden Valley run down to Armenterola was sadly closed due to lack of snow, but is a must if open. There is also the small area above Colfusco. Soft in the afternoon as south facing.
The cable car above Arabba gives great views and links through to the triple cable car lift up to Marmolada at 3250 mts. Giving a very long run back, but watch out for the wind!
Next there is the small but pretty area above Canazei and links to the Panorama Tour towards Val Di Fassa. And there's more!
Sella Ronda continues round to the Val Gardena, which of course includes the World Cup downhill Saslong run. There are 3 villages and the only busy area we found was after taking the train under St Christina.
This might be my wife's last ski trip, couldn't have gone to a nicer place.
Good intermediate ski area which were mostly blues and reds (with more blacks etc on linked area vis the Sella Ronda) and reasonable snow though getting quite heavy by early afternoon. Weather was mostly cloudy and the Thursday hopeless with fog and falling snow giving totally flat light. The Friday was great with fresh cold snow that remained great to ski on into the afternoon despite lots of sun from a blue sky! The Friday was the sort of day when you start planning for next season!
We stayed at the Panorama Sporthotel at the top end of Corvara. Excellent facilities (pool, saunas steam rooms) with enerprising chef in the kitchen. Various different themes on most nights with excellent dishes to delight. Rooms OK though ours certainly lived up to the hotel name with a great view from the balcony across the valley.
Corvara has a good range of bars etc but other resorts offer more varied apres ski.
Stayed in a small familly run hotel, it was imaculate and only a short walk to the regular bus service. Corvarva and the Sella Ronda has knocked Val off my top spot, the area is vast and varied, the slopes excellently prepared and nearly all covered by snow making machines, the scenery is spectacular and we hardly had to queue for the whole week, only at the biggest gondolas, and then not for long. The only draw backs are that you need to be a good map reader to get the best out of the area, but first you have to locate the maps that cover all the individual areas, and apres seemed to be very limited. On the plus side we hardly heard any English spoken all week. The mountain restaurants serve great food and are so much cheaper than in the big French resorts, have booked allready to return next year and cant wait.
We had wonderful holiday in the Dolomites, staying with Collets @ Chalet Angelo, which I would thoroughly recommend. With sunny blue skies and meters of snow covering the resort, there is skiing for all abilities and full days out on the Sellaronda & Hidden Valley, finishing the run by horse drawn sleigh tow. . The area has plenty of good quality mountain restaurants, We will definitely go back for more.
The first week of the season can be a bit of a risk but in Corvara's case it was well worth taking. Superb pistes, no queues and a wonderful variety of pistes. The local area app SkiBeep proved great fun to clock up our daily mileage and store our favourite runs. We thoroughly enjoyed the mountain restaurants where the quality of food and value for money was exceptional. Our accommodation was also great - so much so that we've already booked to go back next year.
Went to Corvara for a week in February 07 and would thoroughly recommend the resort. Lovely runs and excellent terrain.
Stayed at the hotel 'Table' which is a lovely and we have already booked to go again next year. The resort is not cheap, but with such beautiful views, it is well worth the price.
Just returned from a week in Corvara (Alta Badia). Excellent hotel (Col Alto), excellent weather (8 hours of sunshine all 6 days) and excellent snow (from previous week). I strongly recommend this resort with a good mix of slopes, good mountain huts, good lift system and very easy access to the Sella Ronda with all the resorts associated. Credit to Neilsens for picking up this little known resort.
Corvara is a great resort. We skied through it whilst staying in Arabba with Neilson. Shame there are no British tour operators in the town. The Boot Bop otherwise known at the tea dance at the Post Zirma hotel was fantastic fun, visited by quite a few British tour operators a couple or three times a week. Need British tour operators in resort, or British run chalets.!!
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