- 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 ...
- 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
News – 2016/17
At Arabba, the old double chair lift from the village to Portados at mid-mountain is being replaced by a new 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.
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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