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London, UK22 contributions
Jan 2022 • Friends
Totally worth making the effort. We took the Orange route which is completely stunning, and views are breathtaking when skiing down. However, we did not expect so many lifts and feel we spent as much time with skis off than down skiing down the pistes.
I read many reviews saying it was signposted well. Yes this is correct and there are many signs showing the way, but initially it is not obvious where to go (we stayed in Alpe di Siusi).
We are competent skiers and the route took us 5 hours with a small stop for coffee.
Written January 31, 2022
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Vastra Frolunda, Sweden368 contributions
Feb 2020
Great roundtrip to do any day except when you have bad wether like hard winds etc (due to risk that they close the lifts). The orange (clockwise) round is the best as you will get slightly better slopes and connection that direction. Don't forget to ski a bit on the sides during the round to get the most out of it.
Written February 19, 2020
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Lomma, Sweden228 contributions
Feb 2020
It is a 3-6 hour journey, plus lunch stop in great skiarea. You can do orange or green route, with a preference for the orange, which gives somewhat better skiing. The skiing is easy (blue and red pistes)
Plenty of great lunch places.
Written March 1, 2020
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Helen C
Canberra, Australia10 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We have returned to ski in the Dolomites after a 20 year absence. While everything people say about the beauty of the place, the skiing, the fun of skiing from village, lunching in the sun on a restaurant terrace is all true, what people don’t tell you is that the lift queues are enormous and there are way too many people on the slopes for it to be an enjoyable experience. The result is you spend very little time skiing and when you do ski you are basically skiing around the moving obstacles. Apart from a very few slow signs there is no evidence of any regard for skier safety. When we asked an instructor what the safety arrangements were he said that he didn’t know of any.

We wouldn’t bother skiing the Sella ever again. So lucky to have skied it many times when we were last here. Unfortunately it is a victim of overcrowding. The amazing infrastructure is just creating a mess on the slopes.
Written February 19, 2020
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Fussy B
Tyrawa Solna, Poland2 contributions
Feb 2022
We went the orange route in perfect whether. The skiing was both varied and superb, and scenery fantastic. Found a great place for lunch as well, but that seems to be "normal" here. Navigating was another matter, although we only went seriously wrong once other people in our group also got lost even though they'd been round before. Signposting is patchy and varies in style from place to place (and obviously putting signs where you don't see them is a local favorite). We also found most of the Dolomite ski maps extremely difficult to read - small and cluttered with unnecessary info - not to mention place and lift names not matching the maps :-)
Written February 25, 2022
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Andrew L
Leigh, UK3,443 contributions
Feb 2022 • Family
Probably one of the most beautiful places to ski / snowboard I’ve been to. You can do the circuit clockwise or anti-clockwise. Clockwise is better for boarders - avoids a nasty flat section ! But there are stunning views from each & every col. great restaurants at most places and mi h. Healer than France / Switzerland. Helped by several blue sky days. But on the snow day it was stunning skiing. Powder the next morning was bliss. We will return !
Written March 13, 2022
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Ireland4 contributions
Mar 2013 • Couples
This was our first time in Dolomites - we drove from Cortina (45minutes) to Arabba and took the clockwise route first -absolutely stunningly beautiful. We arrived back in Arabba at 12.45 having stopped for coffee. We then went anticlockwise and were back in Arabba at 3.45pm having stopped for lunch in Wolkenstein. We are experienced skiers in our 50's but not speed merchants. We did not detour from the route except for coffee stop and preferred the clockwise route - there are 6 or 7 lifts in a row on the anticlockwise route. We missed a lovely lunch stop on the clockwise route at the river just where you take off skies to cross road in Wolkenstein. When we were coming back anticlockwise it was too far to walk back.
Written March 24, 2013
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Tim H
Lisciano Niccone, Italy66 contributions
Mar 2012 • Friends
1200 kilometres of interconnected skiing . . . Surely the number one reason for skiing the South Tyrol and the Dolomites? This vast area, comprising 30% blue, 60% red and 10% black runs, has so much skiing to offer you, including the famous 36k circular route, the Sella Ronda. From Cortina, the famous sheik ski town in the eastern Dolomites, you can ski, on piste through 12 areas, including the famous Val Gardena, home to Selva Gardena and the Men's World Cup Downhill to Alpe di Siusi, Europe's highest largest plateau in the west, a point-to-point distance of 30 miles. Imagine, 'The Ski Safari' an Inspired Italy experince, claims 'never ski the same run twice!' That's how much skiing the Dolomites has to offer you!

Snow Sure . . . 90% of the Dolomites 1200km of slopes, are to be found at an altitude of 1,500 to 3,269 metres. Nearly 100% of the Dolomite Superski slopes have modern snowmaking systems. It is not so much a case of artificial snow, but of pure crystal-like water originating from mountain streams and torrents being transformed into fine snow particles free from any additives - “guaranteed snow”.

Location, Location, Location - One . . . The South Tyrol, Italian Dolomites, is so easy to get to. In fact, irrational as it may sound, you need to fly to Austria! Innsbruck airport, which has a great selection of destinations, is only 90 minutes by car or taxi, from the Val Gardena. Verona and Munich airports under 3 hours and Venice and Milan less than 4 hours. For those of you wanting a more “personal” arrival, Bolzano Airport is ideal for private flights and helicopter transfers direct to Ortisei. Some hotels offer sleigh and skidoo transfers too.

Location, Location, Location - Two . . . Every single one of the Ski Safari veterans has, at some point, simply stopped in their tracks to marvel at the scenery. My favourite comment, "Why did they go to New Zealand to film Harry Potter? This is far more spectacular!" The Dolomites is one of the most stunning places in the world, breath-taking vista’s and beautiful unspoilt villages and a truly worthy recipient of the Unesco World Heritage award. From the UNESCO WebSite: The Dolomites are widely regarded as being among the most attractive mountain landscapes in the world. A great diversity of colours is provided by the contrasts between the bare pale-coloured rock surfaces and the forests and meadows below. The mountains rise as peaks with intervening ravines, in some places standing isolated but in others forming sweeping panoramas. Some of the rock cliffs here rise more than 1,500m and are among the highest limestone walls found anywhere in the world. So imagine yourself skiing amongst this landscape.

Something for everyone . . . cross-country skiing, winter walking, sledging/tobogganing and horse drawn sleigh rides are amongst the other winter activities that give the Dolomites and the area around Selva Gardena an edge over other ski areas. In particular, cross country skiing, with trails in the Dolomiti Superski territory covering more than 1,177km! In contrast to other European ski zones, walkers are positively encouraged as are tobboganists. There are over 20 snow parks, guided snow-shoeing trips, sleigh rides, ice-skating, local museums and some of the most fantastic Spa’s in the world, including the Alpina Dolomites Lodge and Spa, Alpe di Siusi, provides a winter wonderland for families, wide slopes, gentle lifts and witches tours!

The Food . . . Many ingredients are required to create the perfect ski holiday and for Italians food is as important as the snow! Regional cuisine is now almost as coveted in the South Tyrol as the towering Dolomite Mountains themselves. The guaranteed sunshine, high pastures, rich mineralised soil and adherence to traditional farming methods combine to make the local produce something really special – and it has even been awarded its own quality mark, Sudtiroler Qualitat. The top-quality local ingredients have no doubt played a role in attracting so many talented chefs to this ruggedly beautiful area – the South Tyrol currently glitters with no fewer than 18 Michelin stars sprinkled over 15 restaurants, some in the little alpine resorts or hotels, some in the rustic cabins high on the ski slopes - and you can be assured, that we know them all!

No Queues . . . . The area is just so relaxed, there is such a great atmosphere. At the moment with only 2% of visitors coming from the UK, the South Tyrol is a secret ski spot, waiting to be discovered, so this is definitely the place to come escape crowded slopes and lift queues.

The Weather . . . 8 out of 10 days are sunny, and after 9 seasons skiing in the region we can support this. Snow generally starts to accumulate in December, although 2012 has seen snow beginning to lay from October. The average daytime temperatures range between +4º and -15º C in the shade. These temperatures can feel surprisingly comfortable, largely because the air is very dry. Part of the joy of skiing is to eat lunch outside in the sunshine and the Dolomites has the perfect combination of sun and great food.

Lift Systems & Snow Making Facilities . . . The Dolomiti Superski ethos, is all about re-investing in the region. New or upgraded lifts and snow making facilities have been the norm over the last few seasons, along with widening of existing slopes and pistes. For the 2012 season, a number of new runs have been introduced as well as new and upgraded ski lifts.

Ski Touring . . . Don’t just ski, go somewhere! Explore different areas with well detailed maps or a take an Inspired Italy Ski Leader and discover new areas. Starting with the famous Sella Ronda, which at 36km is not particularly difficult, but is none the less a gratifying trip to complete. There are a number of spectacular tours to choose, including the First World War Tour. Austrian mountain troops and the German Alpine corps along with the Italian 'Alpini' were present in the Dolomites from May 1915 until November 1917, engaged in a bitter struggle for survival. Or the not to be missed Hidden Valley, starting from La Gazuoi. The Fanes range, to the right of the run is majestic. The valley walls to the left are smaller and scattered with frozen waterfalls. The run twists and turns for 7 km, creating a mysterious, secret ambience. At the bottom of the trail, you have the option of taking the horse drag, a great experience, where you hold on to ropes pulled by a pair of horses as they take you along the flat frozen river bed to the next lift. Just a few of the tours available.
Written November 15, 2012
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Petri L
Naantali, Finland494 contributions
Passo Falzarego's Lagazuoi offer one of the most spectalurar runs down the Hidden Valley - do not miss it !

Been several times at Dolomites Sella Ronda and had previously missed the Hidden Valley due to the distance from actual Sella Ronda area - pity as now I skied it.

If it is sunny day (preferably morning), is the Hidden Valley a spectalurar sigh with roxk, boulder and ice formations. There is great place to have lunch 2/3's down the slope.

Turn to Sella Ronda (Alta Badia) is provided either with skibuss or by horse pulled (2€ charge) "rope".
Written February 3, 2013
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Geoff F
Port Townsend, WA137 contributions
Dec 2018 • Friends
Swooping down in a cloud of soft powder, carving a g force turn and popping into a second of weightlessness air, then back down to set your edges to initiate the next turn….shuss, shuss, shusss!
We have just completed the Sella Ronda, a ski circuit, the Ski Dolomiti, where 12 ski regions are covered in one ski pass. The Sella Ronda route is 40 kms of intermediate/advanced beginner runs and lifts for one complete circuit in either direction! That’s 26 kms of ski pistes clockwise and another 26 kms of different runs counterclockwise. There are other ski circuits as well…World War I battlefields tour, Panoramic Tour….etc and each resort linked to the Sella Ronda extends into other secret valleys and hidden bowls all located in this UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. One day we skied to a small medieval stone church situated at the base of of a mountain in the village of Santa Croce. We climbed to the church, dropped our skis, and strolled into the small church to see the original medieval frescos. Then back through Alta Badia, La Villa, Covara, Campolongo, and finally into Arabba, 29 kms of leisurely skiing in the sun drenched Dolomites.
The next day we skied to Alba, a beautiful valley off of the opposite side of the Sella Ronda from where we visited Santa Croce. We veered off at Belvedere, a huge bowl bathed in morning sun to the edge of a mountain top where we had to take a gondola down a mountain side to the bottom of a valley where the village of Alba lies. Another gondola for a 2000 meter gain to the top of the facing mountain and off to a series of groomed powder runs and quick lifts until you have to stop and turn around to get home before the lifts close. Another 29 kms of ski runs. The entire area is dotted with refugios, each featuring their own regional specialties: rustic thick soups, wood fired pizza and fresh pasta. The refugios are spacious, uncrowded with excellent service, yet a two hour lunch is not uncommon to enjoy the sunshine, drink local wines, or a Bombardino, made by mixing 1/2 Advocaat or eggnog and 1/2 Brandy.
The Sella Ronda, an experience not to be missed!
Written January 13, 2019
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