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 2 out of 5
  • Expert 2 out of 5
  • Intermediate 5 out of 5
  • Beginner 4 out of 5
  • Boarder 4 out of 5
  • X-country 3 out of 5
  • Restaurants 4 out of 5
  • Schools 3 out of 5
  • Families 3 out of 5

The resort

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

Gallery

  • Corvara

Key facts covers:

  • Linked network of Val Gardena, Alta Badia, Arabba, and of Canazei and Campitello in Val di Fassa

Key facts

Resort1570 m
Slopes1005-3270 m
Lifts179
Pistes433 km
Price index95

Corvara

Italy

Corvara

The upside

  • Vast network of connected slopes; suits intermediates particularly well
  • Appealing base for families and novices
  • 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
  • Few challenges, and off-piste limited, possibly banned in places
  • Mostly short runs with limited vertical
  • Crowds on the Sella Ronda circuit
  • Still some old draglifts

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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.

Summary

Corvara is our favourite base in this area – central to the Alta Badia region and well placed on the Sella Ronda circuit. There’s a small piazza, but the rest of the place is spread out down a gently sloping main street. Extensive, easy local slopes make it an appealing base for novices, families, and intermediates wanting undemanding terrain amid stunning Dolomite scenery. In overall scale, the Sella Ronda network rivals the famed Trois Vallées in France, but individual runs are short; verticals of more than 500m are rare. In addition to the Sella Ronda circuit, there are pistes shared with La Villa and San Cassiano (which gets its own web page) and all of this is covered by the excellent value Dolomiti Superski lift pass.

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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 2 out of 5
  • Expert 2 out of 5
  • Intermediate 5 out of 5
  • Beginner 4 out of 5
  • Boarder 4 out of 5
  • X-country 3 out of 5
  • Restaurants 4 out of 5
  • Schools 3 out of 5
  • Families 3 out of 5

The resort

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

Gallery

  • Corvara

Key facts covers:

  • Linked network of Val Gardena, Alta Badia, Arabba, and of Canazei and Campitello in Val di Fassa

Key facts

Resort1570 m
Slopes1005-3270 m
Lifts179
Pistes433 km
Price index95