Where to Ski And Snowboard -

The slopes

  • Extent 5 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 3 out of 5
  • Snow 4 out of 5
  • Queues 3 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 3 out of 5
  • Expert 2 out of 5
  • Intermediate 5 out of 5
  • Beginner 2 out of 5
  • Boarder 3 out of 5
  • X-country 1 out of 5
  • Restaurants 4 out of 5
  • Schools 3 out of 5
  • Families 2 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 3 out of 5
  • Convenience 3 out of 5
  • Scenery 5 out of 5
  • Eating out 2 out of 5
  • Apres ski 2 out of 5
  • Off-slope 1 out of 5

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Key facts covers:

  • Sella Ronda~The linked lift network of Val Gardena, Alta Badia, Arabba, and the Canazei and Campitello slopes of Val di Fassa

Key facts

Resort1600 m
Slopes1005-3270 m
Lifts179
Pistes433 km
Price index95

Arabba

Italy

Arabba014

The upside

  • Best steep pistes on the Sella Ronda, shady too
  • Accesses a vast network of connected slopes, suits intermediates particularly well
  • Glacier option nearby
  • Stunning, unique Dolomite scenery
  • Lots of mountain huts with good food
  • Excellent value for money
  • Extensive snowmaking, one of Europe’s best systems, but ...

The downside

  • They need it: natural snowfall is erratic in this southerly region
  • Off-piste limited, possibly banned in places
  • Mostly short runs with limited vertical
  • Not a good base for novices
  • Crowds on the Sella Ronda circuit
  • Après-ski is not a highlight
  • Off-slope activities limited

Latest user reviews

Have just returned from Arabba.  I would agree…

peter w 31 Jan 2015 

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News – 2016/17

At Arabba, the old double chair lift from the village to Portados at mid-mountain is being replaced by a n 8-seater gondola. This links with a higher fast chair that gets you on the way to Passo Pordoi, improving traffic flow on the clockwise Sella Ronda circuit. In a radical upgrade, the Gran Paradiso button lift at Piz Sella is being replaced by a covered 8-seater with heated seats – Italy’s first, apparently; seats are in a “striking blue,” you’ll be excited to hear.

News – 2015/16

The double chair lift Comici 2 at Piz Sella was replaced by a six-seater chair. Nearby, a new black piste Paprika was created as a variant of the existing Seef. The La Fraina quad chair above San Cassiano was replaced by a six-pack.

Summary

Arabba is a small, quiet village diagonally opposite Selva on the Sella Ronda circuit, with steep, shady local slopes – some of the most challenging terrain in the region. Off the circuit, the Marmolada glacier provides some decent snow-sure skiing nearby. The distances you can cover are huge. In overall scale, the network rivals the famed Trois Vallées in France. But individual runs are short; verticals of more than 500m are rare, while runs of under 300m vertical are not. And, away from Arabba, they are predominantly easy: there’s scarcely a black run to be seen and very little off-piste.

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