Ski Holidays in Arabba/Marmolada, Italy
25 miles from the Austrian border in the heart of the Dolomites is the picturesque and unspoilt village of Arabba. Situated between the more well known ski resorts of Corvara and Canazei, its scenery will take your breath away. It has an idyllic setting - much enhanced by the striking dominance of the Sella Massif and Portavescovo Mountains, towering on either side of the village. At sunrise this startling backdrop glows pink whilst at dusk it turns flame red.
Marmolada is a famous ski-resort at the feet of the Marmolada glacier, that with his 3.342 metre is considered the "Queen of the Dolomites", the highest mountain in the Dolomites. It represents one of the strategic connection points of the Dolomiti Superski carousel and it could be departure point for the famous and legendary day trip "Sella Ronda" or the new day trip on the 3.342 metre high Marmolada.
|Directions of Slopes||N, S, E, W|
Skiing in Arabba/Marmolada
On your ski holidays in Arabba, you will find 52 kilometres of slopes, 27 modern lift systems and an excellent link with the other areas of Dolomiti Superski and the Sella Ronda. One of the most notable aspects of this area is the skiing area around "Porta Vescovo" the home mountain of Arabba, that is almost 2,500 metres high.
The Dolomiti Superski Area covers 1220km of pisted skiing, including the famous Sella Ronda circuit, which links four valleys and also boasts some of the worlds most spectacular scenery and skiing in Italy.
Snow conditions in Arabba/Marmolada
Lovingly prepared pistes along with masses of artificial snow when needed make ski holidays in Arabba/Marmolada a truly wonderful experience.
Other activities in Arabba/Marmolada
Ski holidays in Arabba offer a relaxed atmosphere for non-skiers, with only a few things to enjoy. Great for those who want to just chill out. Activities for ski holidays in Arabba include:
- Outdoor ice skating
- Ski tours
- Helicopter rides
Transfer time in Arabba/Marmolada
The nearest international airport to Arabba is Innsbruck which is around 147 km bus transfer away.
Ski Hire in Arabba
There are normally a number of shops where you can pick up your pre-booked ski or snowboard equipment from. Which shop you go to will depend on where you are staying in Arabba. Here is a guide to ski or snowboard hire in Arabba:
|Ski Hire Type||Adult 6 days||Child 6 days|
|Bronze - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£64||£38|
|Silver - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£79||£58|
|Gold - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£96|
|Platinum - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£120|
You can book your ski hire for your trip to Arabba here
What a fantastic village this is. It's the smallest place I've ever been that has three big ski lifts servicing it, how did that happen? There's one gondola for the local slopes, mostly red and black runs, another gondola right next to it for getting access to the valey servicing the Marmolada glacier and a chairlift to get you access to the Sella Ronda circuit. This is the place to be if you want to do the Sella and Marmolada. There's some fantastic blacks that all take you back down to Arabba. This is the only place in the four valleys of the Sella Ronda that has the runs correctly graded, the rest are all over stated, so beware. Arabba, small, cosy, friendly, quiet, noisy, racous, peacefull, in fact whatever you want it will accomodate. There's only really one bar and that's Bar Peter. This bar is ledgendary, Peter is a ledgend, as are the staff. If you want Frank Sinatra they'll play Frank Sinatra, but if you want to rock your socks off every night to Rammstein, AC/DC, Killswitch Engage, Bon Jovi, The Sweet, Iron Maiden, Metallica, then this is the place to be. Just hand over your wallets at the start of the week and they'll sort the rest, and give you the change :-) awesome, just awesome... We stayed at the Portevescovo, which is in a very good position, right in the village and near to the chairlift. The hotel is ski-in, but not ski-out, in spite of the proclamation that it is both! It's a very nice hotel, clean confortable, good food and nice staff, if a little slow at times. We've skied just about everywhere else around the Sella Ronda area and Arabba is definately our No:1.
Apres Ski: 5/5
We took a late deal because the snow was so good. We were not disappointed. The chalet had everything we needed, a great shower and lovely log fire and there was plenty of food. Arabba is quite quiet with a couple of lovely apres ski bars, so we could get a good night's sleep. The lifts were only a short walk from the chalet, just enough to warm up the legs! The whole Sella Ronda was easily accessible so we could make the most of the lift pass. The pistes were in excellent conditions and, due to their orientation, there is plenty of choice skiing south facing in the morning and north in the afternoon. Although it was early April we managed to find something to ski until the last lifts. Due to this season's snowfall pattern there wasn't really any off-piste skiing available but we still had a great time and the on-line skipass readout was easy to check out lifts used and distances travelled on our return.
Apres Ski: 3/5