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Poster: A snowHead
Wed 7-11-18 18:04
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@JohnHSmith, Should be EOSB so just a typo. Phew ! I was trying to think of acronyms for various ski areas.
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Wed 7-11-18 17:56
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Sat 3-11-18 15:42
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The offers look good to me. But no cash at the moment so whether I want to buy or not, I can't
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Tue 30-10-18 22:13
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I am looking forward to reading the unfolding trip reports as and when. I will support the comments already made about the Hofbrauhaus, but suggest that as well as considering the Augustinerkeller, do consider the Hofbraukeller (very much NOT the same as the Hofbrauhaus) and with a bit of political history as the venue for the first political speech as a member of the German Workers Party by a Mr A Hitler in 1919. I also second the suggestion of the mediaeval market and the one at Tollwood. Try a "Dunkel" (dark) beer if you get overwhelmed by the lighter ones - and are you familiar with wheat beer (yet) ?
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Wed 17-10-18 20:16
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What dates can you go? How late in November? Kronplatz opens 30.11.18 so really a December trip rather than November. But because of the shape of the mountain, there are easier slopes high up and you get to those by gondola so you can gondola down at the end of the day. Always going to be taking a chance with weather and conditions to some extent, but the artificial snowmaking is excellent. Not the easiest of resorts to get to from UK but if you can do a DIY trip and fly to Innsbruck then it is very do-able. Plenty of good quality self catering accommodation. If you are looking for easy direct access to the top of the mountain easy areas by gondola, then that is best from staying in accommodation in Reischach / Riscone or Perca / Percha or possibly Bruneck / Brunico
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Fri 28-09-18 21:43
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As others have said, there are advantages and disadvantages to both. I tend to go to Sankt Vigilio each year on a DIY basis because I want to go to THAT resort on a self cater basis. I want a night in MŁnchen with a meal at a non touristy (or at least less touristy) BierKeller on the way home, or a stopover at Venice. What i want isnít offered by a Tour Operator. But I will try to sneak in at least one extra trip. A catered chalet can offer excellent unbeatable value if booked last minute when a Tour Operator is trying to shift unsold beds. But sometimes a last minute DIY trip can be good value. All you can do is keep an open mind and go for it when ďitĒ appears
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Tue 18-09-18 19:57
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I am also a platinum member and for the annual insurance cover including Winter Sports then I think it is good value. But then I too am rather senior in years.
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Tue 18-09-18 19:45
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Choose somewhere with a decent leisure centre / swimming pool within reach. Are you going to DIY or go through a tour operator? Will you have a car? We have found the Italian attitude towards children in Winter has been the same as our experience of the Italian attitude in Summer. Welcoming. As a DIY trip with granddaughter we have been to Sankt Vigilio for the last 4 years (age 4 to present age 8 ). But it isnít a short transfer unless you can get flights to Innsbruck. And we have had a hire car. We have found self catering mixed with eating out has suited us best with children. But everyone is different
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Mon 17-09-18 22:15
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Npikey, where are you based? Packages are likely to be expensive that week. So I would look at D-I-Y. Flights at half term are likely to be expensive. But if you are in the North you could look at flights from Glasgow or Edinburgh. If in the South then look at flights to places less associated with skiing such as Lubjana and ski at Nassfeld. Or drive Itís always going to be a compromise between cost / mainstream resorts / convenience / Some of our group will be at Mantena near Sankt Vigilio (Kronplatz) for Ä170 each for accommodation. But it is 5 minutes drive from the lifts
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Wed 5-09-18 19:43
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I have used Buchbinder at Munich and will never use them again. Paid in advance for Winter Tyres. They wanted paying again. I'm guessing it was in the winter? In which case why pay extra for something that is regulation :~/ Their cars would have winters already on them. I have never had to ask or pay extra for winter tyres at Munich, Salzburg or Innsbruck. The only little thing they add that I don't think is necessary is the cross border fee. Anyway, in my experience Buchbinder are just fine. Last year rented a stonking new Renault Traffic mini bus for about one third the price of Avis. The issue is that although we did have those, they said it didn't tally with their records. I totally agree with "why pay extra for Winter tyres" but they backed down on one occasion and on the other wouldn't give us the car until we paid and sorted it out after return to UK. On both occasions they were incredibly (deliberately???) slow. I decided that I would never use them again as they held up our group which included young children. I have since been through Munich several times using - in my case - Avis and found them preferable. I have made my decision never to use them again. I totally agree that everyone should form their own opinions based on their own experiences. But in this case the thread seemed to be about asking others what their experience was of Buchbinder. I can only give my experiences of them (on two occasions) and in my case it is entirely negative
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Mon 3-09-18 17:00
Replies: 15
I have used Buchbinder at Munich and will never use them again. Paid in advance for Winter Tyres. They wanted paying again. Paid in advance for second driver. They wanted paying again. Queues of well over an hour.
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Mon 27-08-18 23:54
Replies: 29
Sankt Vigilio, Kronplatz. Best as a DIY trip and self cater / eat out.
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Thu 23-08-18 20:31
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MountainSun (recent name change for Italian property???) do short breaks at Albergho Frohsinn. Iíve done long weekends / short breaks several times on a DIY basis in Italy and Austria. I use www.tiscover.com or local tourist information (both very easy) to get accommodation and fly to wherever I can get a cheap flight and then rent a car. Have done Innsbruck Verona Munich Milan and others. Itís all a balance between cost and convenience
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Sun 19-08-18 21:10
Replies: 15
Mittens not gloves. With cords to fasten from glove up sleeve and down other sleeve to other glove. Two sets of everything so one set can be drying whilst the other set is in use. Get ones with a zip up the inside leg from ankle to crotch and down the inside of the other leg. Either for nappy changing or emergency loo trips.
Poster: A snowHead
Sun 12-08-18 12:03
Replies: 21
We have booked accommodation through www.tiscover.com for Austria and through local Tourist Information office elsewhere. If it is early or late season we have had no problems with part weeks / short breaks
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Sun 29-07-18 5:24
Replies: 22
I second the suggestion from Hammerite that leaving it until the last minute is best overall. I can see that if you are visiting Berlin before skiing that you donít want to spend your trip researching skiing. How about picking two possible destinations now, one ďsnow sureĒ and one ďchocolate box prettyĒ and doing the planning now. Leave the final decision between the two until later. For ďchocolate box prettyĒ consider Alpbach. Donít rule out the Dolomites. Not Austria but the Northern part especially can have a very ďTiroleanĒ feel to it, linguistically, visually and culturally. Unsurprising as it was a part of Austria until 1918. Snowmaking is very good and even in a poor season they get a lot of runs open.
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Thu 19-07-18 10:13
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Are you sticking with a Tour Operator package or are you prepared to DIY? If DIY then are you looking for catered accommodation or are you prepared to self cater (including eating in a little and eating out locally more often)? Or if you are going twice, would you consider a TO package for one trip and DIY for the other? Obviously DIY can be flights and transfers or can be self drive, especially if you have a break on the journey. I do like France but why not try a different country for one of the trips?
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Wed 4-07-18 20:27
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@Valkyrie, worth having a look at Sunweb https://ski.sunweb.co.uk, I used them for our Easter trip this year and it was a sort of package in that it was accommodation with ski passes included in the price. It worked out as very good value for us. If you're a ski club member you get another 10% off (I think its 10%). Do you have to be local to be a member of the Serfaus ski club or can anyone join? I never know whether these comments are genuine or designed to provoke more comments...... I suspect that the reference to Ski Club is the Ski Club of GB. If you do it right then the membership subs fee can be recovered by the discounts. And the membership benefits can add up
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Wed 6-06-18 12:28
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Light bulbs. Hi Viz INSIDE THE CAR not in the boot. First Aid kit. Warning triangle
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Wed 30-05-18 9:15
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That phone number would be useful. I will send it in a direct message. The lady is Frau Feller and she doesnít speak much English. I have corresponded in German. She probably speaks Italian but I donít know. Rough cost at Ciasa Valentin in Sankt Vigilio centre, very very close to the lift, was about Ä270 per person for a week in high season. Rough cost at Mantena about a mile away was about Ä170 per person. Garage included If not staying right in the centre of St V is there decent parking available? If you are parking in Sankt Vigilio then there is parking at the bottom of the Miara lift. It is ďpay parkingĒ and from memory about Ä3 per day but I may be wildly out with that figure. I donít think so. There is also ďpay parkingĒ near the petrol station on the left of the road as you enter Sankt Vigilio driving up from Zwischenwasser / Longega. It looks at first as if this is in the middle of nowhere but there is a footbridge over the river which leads to gondola stations on the other side. Did you use the ski school there,any good? I havenít personally used any of the ski schools for myself but my granddaughter has had instructions from https://www.scuolasci.net/en/ and they seemed very good. They certainly have English speaking instructors but I guess you would need to specify that if/ when booking. My granddaughter has had full day lessons and also morning only lessons. I donít know what may be available at the time you are there (if you go there). We have hired equipment from the shop across the road from the ski school. If you need it I will dig out the name. Got a good discount by emailing in advance
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Tue 29-05-18 23:23
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Of the resorts on your list I only know Kronplatz. I have driven from Verona but not from Venice although friends have done. It is that bit further but I would not expect any problems on the roads. It is basically motorway all the way to the start of the Brenner Pass (and that is a MAJOR route for goods vehicles and if any road is going to stay open and clear then this one is) and then turn right along the valley towards Bruneck/ Brunico. Then turn up to Sankt Vigilio. We stay each year at www.mareo.it which is very well placed. Supermarket? There is a good sized Spar which has all we need (including for vegan and non-dairy family members). Swimming is round at Kron4 leisure centre which is a 20 minute drive but worth it. We stay at Sankt Vigilio because we like the town and the ambience. The quality of the accommodation seems to be a notch or two up from other resorts we have visited. We also stay at cheaper accommodation at Mantena which is a mile away from Sankt Vigilio and the lifts (and shopping) but I donít think the accommodation has a website. I can give you the phone number if needed. Car is useful for a day out to Hidden Valley / Kron4 / Sella Ronda / Marmolada
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Wed 14-03-18 9:11
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Why not St Vigilio/kronplatz ...Its in Italy but they all speak German enough skiing for a week or so even if you don't go out to the rest of the Dolomitisuperski As I keep saying, I am a huge fan of Kronplatz but it isn't for everyone. You can get a package tour there now but it seemed pricey to me. Sankt Vigilio is a good place to learn. several good ski schools, English speaking instructors and excellent beginner pistes. Plenty of good ski hire etc available. If you want to ski locally so as to be back to see your son after ski school (my granddaughter had morning lessons with the option of supervised lunch as well to give us a bit of extra time before we had to be back to collect her) then there is enough to keep you interested. If your husband was to meet your son after ski school then there are other areas to explore using the ski bus or train, but we find a hire car best to go to other areas as it increases flexibility and minimises the risk of missing the last bus and getting an expensive taxi. Eating out can be cheap (compared to better known French, Swiss and even some Austrian and Italian resorts) with a pizza a dessert and a beer at "La Bronta" costing about Ä12 - Ä15 or so, and plenty of choices of places to eat, some cheaper, some dearer. Because of this we tend to self-cater and it is easy and not too costly to have a croissant (local bakery in town centre is good) or roll with cheese and ham or a bowl of cereal and then eat in some nights, out others. Quality of accommodation we think is generally high. The Kronplatz website www.kronplatz.com or the tourist information (just phone them - English spoken - and give them a date when you want to go and they will post you a brochure with map so you can see the location of accommodation, plus available places and prices) will give you plenty of choices for accommodation and a range of prices. The village of Sankt Vigilio is large enough to have quite a few hotels, decent sized (not mega-huge) Spar Supermarket and a few other shops but not too large and is well served by free ski bus. If you consider it, I strongly suggest that if you have no car, then stay in Sankt Vigilio itself. We are going next half term. Self catering. Some of us are staying in Sankt Vigilio at www.mareo.it but I think Frau Valentin is now full that week. I mention it to give a comparison. Ciasa Valentin is within 50 yards of a lift. You can ski back almost to the accommodation. Quality is good. Within 5 minute walk of shops / bakery / eating places. Ä270 per person per week self catering this year in high season. Others in our group are going to stay self catering in Mantena about a mile away. Good quality accommodation, no shops in town. There is a ski bus but really use of a hired car is best (there is an indoor garage with the accommodation). Ä170 per person per week in high season. Bad points : if your husband has no transport available, there is a limited amount to do in Sankt Vigilio. Snow shoe trips etc available. Leisure centre (Kron4) is very good with the usual 3 or 4 pools, sauna etc but is a 15 minute drive away at Reischach. Getting there can be interesting. Best option for us is flight to Innsbruck and hire a car (1.5 - 2 hour easy drive). Other airports are longer drives (Munich / Verona / Milan / Venice). Train is possible to Bruneck / Brunico but then probably taxi. Go for it. Hire a car for the week from Innsbruck. Makes it easy to go to Leisure Centre for your husband, gives you easy access to Corvara (35 minute drive) for Sella Ronda etc
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Mon 12-03-18 21:40
Replies: 18
If paid for by credit card, contact your credit card company and tell them that there is a dispute. You should be refunded the disputed amount immediately whilst you sort it out. It just puts a different "feel" on it if they are trying to get money out of you rather than you trying to recover money from them. It puts you in the driving seat. So do that first. Then argue with the hire company. They may react differently if they are trying to persuade you to pay
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Sat 10-03-18 10:06
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Welcome. You should get plenty of informed advice. Can I suggest a less obvious place that may also assist? NABD will no doubt have members who ski and may assist. http://www.nabd.org.uk/
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Tue 6-03-18 22:18
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And he has been found. Dr Alex Jack Underwood from the Royal Sussex County Hospital
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Mon 5-03-18 21:03
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Not the 3V and not EK but think about some parts of the Dolomites. Can be driven to. self catering available. Big area. Can find quieter parts even at UK half term, but there is as ever a trade off between convenience, price, quiet, etc
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Wed 28-02-18 21:51
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I just looked for a really good hotel first and organised the rest of the trip around it. Flights on BA Miles gatwick to Verona, transfer from Verona to hotel and we are getting the train back to Verona on Saturday and having a night there on the way back. Glad you are enjoying it there. It certainly doesnít suit everyone. The main drawback for me is the long transfer times unless you can get a flight to Innsbruck - not easy from Northern UK. As I said earlier, we stayed in Olang/Valdaora a few times but now tend to stay in Sankt Vigilio which suits us better. The quality of the accommodation I find to be high and bearing that in mind I like self catering and then eating out in places like Fana Ladina. We have found that you can often use hotel facilities (pool/ sauna/ etc) as a non resident on payment of a small fee. And the Kron4 leisure centre is good with the warm outdoor pool etc Sadly I have to wait now until next season for my next visit
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Wed 28-02-18 21:39
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I looked at the hotel website, it was all good until the repeated use of " nude" in relation to sauna and pools! Just take the plunge. I assure you it is worthwhile
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Sun 18-02-18 5:15
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Snow Chateaux in La Plagne are fine.
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Fri 16-02-18 19:35
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We had a day out yesterday to the San Cassiano area. There is lovely lot of blue runs there. Between San Cassiano and Corvara. If the Hubertus does a trip to the Sella Ronda then they will almost certainly drive to Corvara to start. If you want a day on empty blue pistes then maybe ask if you could get a lift to/ from Corvara and ski San Cassiano
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Thu 15-02-18 23:28
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I hope you have a great time. I have been back every year (usually two or three times a year) for about 15 years. Nothing wrong with Olang. I think I stayed on that side three times. But we tend to hire a car for the transfer from the airport and then use the car to have a couple of days out and thatís easier from Sankt Vigilio. You donít need a car - you can take the train by skiing down Reid to Perca/ Percha where the gondola can drop you off at the station and a Superdolomiti pass covers you for further up the valley.
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Thu 15-02-18 23:23
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The Blue Pistes : plenty of them. The best beginners piste I have found anywhere is Miara. There are others but Miara is long and consistent. But it is on the other side of the mountain. It is actually quite easy to get around as most of the lifts are gondolas so you can download in them as well as upload. So if you donít want to ski down Olang piste to Hubertus then you can simply download in the gondola. And to travel from Kronplatz summit to Sankt Vigilio you can ski down one of several pistes or download in the Ruiz gondola. The easiest ski down is down Furcia. From the summit you will be given several options including red and blue Furcia. Generally stay left and itís not so bad. After a 90 degree right turn the piste goes to Costa (blue) and if you stay high you find the Ucia Bivacco rifugio. At the bottom of Costa you need to follow the signs carefully for Sankt Vigilio - turn left at the far side of the bridge. Head for RaRa chair and if nervous then download in the Col Toron gondola as an alternative to the (red) piste. Then itís Miara.
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Thu 15-02-18 23:07
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AprŤs : I am really not sure what you will get at Gassl or Olang. The entire base station has been rebuilt since we stayed at Olang. There used to be a bar close to the base station called ďToniís BarĒ but that got demolished and I donít know what has taken its place (if anything has). If you go down to Reischach (where Sylwester and Hernegg finish) you will get Austrian style AprŤs at the K1 Bar at the end of the pistes from about 4.30 - 6.00 but itís a longish drive or taxi back.
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Thu 15-02-18 23:01
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Are the black runs good and steep : yes.....and no. Personal opinions again. There are two blacks from the top of Kronplatz that go down and finish at Reischach. Sylwester and Hernegg. I really like Sylwester. It is steep enough and I think it is good. The thing I like about Sylwester is that it is varied. Steep and then it eases off and does a few turns and then steep again. Hernegg starts and finishes from almost the same places is steeper for longer at the start and finishes with a long fast flat stretch. Nothing wrong with Hernegg. I just prefer Sylwester. There is another run graded as black at the Furkelpass / Furcia Pra de Peres. In my personal opinion it is really a side variation of a red. I havenít done it for several years so Iím possibly being unfair. Over on the Sankt Vigilio side you have Erta and Piculin. Both are steep. Erta was used as the Ladieís World Cup piste a couple of weeks ago. Piculin is most definitely steep. It is one of my favourite pistes anywhere. A nice gentle start and as you come out from the trees, BAM ! you get a view and the piste falls away. Better in the morning or on colder days as it can get the sun later in the day. Personal choices are Piculin then Sylwester then Erta then Hernegg
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Thu 15-02-18 22:25
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Food and drink : donít know how familiar you are with Dolomite food and drink. If you ask for a bombardino or a calimero you will get a nice warming drink. The recipe seems to vary a bit from place to place. In some places a bombardino is an espresso coffee with advocaat and cream. Drink through a straw so you drink the liquid at the bottom of the glass first. In some places you also get a shot of brandy. In some places if you want the shot of brandy then you have to ask for a calimero. But in other places if you ask for a calimero then you donít get the espresso. It gets complicated. Do try a lumumba or hot chocolate with rum - with or without the cream in top. Do you know Kaiserschmarrín? Chopped up pancake with raisins in, served with either apple sauce or plum sauce or, in this area, cranberry sauce. Very filling either as a main course on its own or as a dessert. Usually a dessert. The other eating places we like are on the Sankt Vigilio side of the mountain. At the top of Pedaga, also the top of Piculin, there is Col de Lí Ancona - there are several cafes there at the top of these pistes but this one is a bit to one side, down a few steps, with stunning views and good food and drink. At the bottom of Col Toron, just on the corner before the piste turns into Miara, there is a cafe called, I think, Miara Cafe but also more well known as Schnappskurve. Good food and drink. On Miara itself there are several good spots for food and drink
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Thu 15-02-18 22:11
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Eating on the hill : so many places. Lots of good ones. The one closest to you will be the Obereggeralm which is on the left of the bottom section of the Olang piste probably very close to where I think the Hubertus is. Two good eateries half way down Alpen. One in the middle of the piste and the other very slightly higher on the left of the piste (the left as seen when skiing down). We like the one in the middle earlier in the day. The one on the left catches the afternoon sun. The other one on the summit / Olang side that we like is Ucia Bivacco which is really on the way towards Sankt Vigilio between the Furcia piste and the Costa piste. If the Hubertus is where I think it is then it is very handy for the lifts which are really at Gassl rather than Olang. When we stayed in Olang there were a couple of good places to eat but if you are half board I really donít think you will be going down there to eat. There are plenty of other places besides those mentioned.
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Thu 15-02-18 22:02
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I havenít stayed in Olang for quite a number of years. More than 10 I should think. Thatís not to say itís bad - just that I prefer the opposite side of the mountain for personal reasons. The area is named after the mountain rather than the towns. The mountain is shaped with a flattish top so you do get a good number of high level blue runs up there. Plateau and Belvedere and Spitzhorn and Alpen are the ones that come to mind. There are others up near the summit which might be graded as red but are nice. Arndt (through trees) and Marchner (ok cafe at the bottom) spring to mind. Reid is a nice run. Long. 11kms? Starts at the top as Spitzhorn I think, keep left and go above the top lift station of Alpen and watch out for the left hand turn away from Spitzhorn onto Reid. A couple of sections of Reid are very very flat. A couple are steep and graded black but with a blue or red loop around the steep bits. The run down from the summit to Olang is good (red but not difficult) if the snow is cold. The bottom section can get very cut up and slushy when we come in late season but at the moment it is cold and should be good. We havenít actually done that this week yet. If the Hubertus is where I think it is, close to the side of the bottom section of this piste (called Olang I and II) then you should be able to judge at the start of the day.
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Thu 15-02-18 21:34
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Snow conditions : very good. The care of the pistes and snow management in the Dolomites is excellent and that includes Kronplatz. You donít actually need a huge depth of snow as the majority of pistes are over grass. The temperature over the last few days has been very cold overnight. We left a couple of bottles of beer on the balcony last night. One survived. The other didnít as the glass broke when the beer froze. Itís cold at night. Great in the sun in the daytime though. Lovely to sit with a beer on the sun terrace
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Thu 15-02-18 17:39
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We are there now. It suits me (this is my second visit this year) Which village are you staying in? Olang/Valdaora, Reischach/Riscone, Sankt Vigil/San Vigilio ? What are you looking for? Piste suggestions/ eateries on the slopes/ aprŤs/ restaurants? Are you staying in self catered or hotel or B & B ? Are you travelling via a package or DIY? To which airport?
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Fri 2-02-18 8:58
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I am still looking to buy one when they are out
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