Ski Resort Fact File Best for: Intermediate skiing, Advanced Skiing, Families, Nightlife, Glacier Skiing Range of pistes: 1220km Skiing altitude: 1600m Number of snow cannons: 134 Number of mountain restaurants: 10 Lifts: Draglifts - 8, Chairlifts - 15, Cable cars - 7 Number of runs: Blue 19, Red 28, Black 3 Skiing Holidays in Arabba, Italy
We like Arabba! It's a small traditional village, set high in the Dolomites, close to the Marmolada Glacier and with access to the much-fêted Sella Ronda and Alta Badia area - so Arabba punches above its weight with the range of its skiing. It's invested heavily in snowmaking equipment so there's no worry about lack of coverage in milder seasons. For singles, for couples, for parties of friends, for all sorts of skiers, for everyone, it's a great place to go.
There's a nursery slope for beginners near the Burz chair. You intermediates will love the fun of the local slopes which offer varied challenges to test your legs and nerve. The Alta Badia sector is gentler if that's your preference - so you could start there and progress to the Arabba slopes. Experts - wahey! - the blacks and reds from Porta Vescovo will make you tingle with delight and that's before you start on the off-piste.
Then, of course, there's the Sella Ronda - a skiing network looping around the Sella Massif for 40 kms, including lifts. It's a satisfying day out, best started by 10 am to ensure making it back home at leisure.
Plan Boè is a popular stop-off on the way back to town. Then you must drop in to Bar Peter - everyone does - and treat yourself to a bombardino or grappa alle prugna - that'll warm your cockles. There's also Mister X and Bar Heidi if you fancy a change of scene. Eating out is mostly eating in, if you like - in the hotels - try Miky's Grill or Al Table.
There's outdoor ice skating, snowshoe excursions and fantabulous helicopter rides, but most of all - just chill. Recharge your batteries. That's the wonder of Arabba.
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Gary's Little Gems
"One of the most popular ski trips on the whole of the Sella Ronda is the trip from Arabba through to the Marmolada and the experience of skiing at nearly 3300m. A wide range of skiing includes very demanding slopes for experienced skiers, comfortable descents and easy practice slopes for beginners. The 175 km of slopes in the ski area Val Gardena offers several levels of difficulty for every taste."
From £559 for 7 nights; Sleeps 6
Stylish, modern chalet
Only approx. 3-4 minutes' walk to the ski-lifts (400m to Porta Vescovo gondolas, 350m to Burz chair-lift))
Approx. 2 minutes' walk (200m) to the resort centre
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From £585 for 7 nights
The Al Pigher (the Beehive) is a charming Dolomite hotel that has been specifically designed for the comfort and enjoyment of the guests who stay there. The interior design of the hotel is specifically "Ladi...
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From £599 for 7 nights; Sleeps 13
Chalet Karin is located in a prime position in the centre of Arabba only 1 minute's (50m) walk from the nearest chair lift and only 3 minutes' walk (300m) from the main cable-car linking to the Sella Ronda. ...
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From £604 for 7 nights; Sleeps 8
Comfortable chalet in a convenient location
Approx. 4-5 minutes' walk to the ski-lifts (400m to the Porta Vescovo gondalas, 350m to the Burz chair-lift)
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From £630 for 7 nights; Sleeps 18
Chalet Brigitta is located just 3 minutes' walk (300m) to the centre of Arabba and the ski lifts giving easy access to the Dolomiti Superski area. The Brigitta is tastefully designed using wood panels and wa...
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