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Poster: A snowHead
Tue 13-03-18 17:39
Replies: 43
@ise, @weathercam. The Micky Rooney clip was not meant to cast aspersions but merely to advertise my own naivety in assuming that ski lifts could be turned on and off at will, and for failing to understand that the skiing business involves a lot of people, with different interests. If that's the message you're taking away the I think you're missing the point. The point is that people stop going skiing Well.. a very good way to stop people going skiing is to close the lifts. My original post was based on the innocent speculation that late season good snow might attract sufficient skiers to keep the lifts open a bit longer. But I guess it doesn't.
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Tue 13-03-18 13:15
Replies: 43
I take the point about high altitude resorts like Tignes, Val D' Isere, Val Thorens being open late into April and even May. I have had several enjoyable Easter trips there with family in the past. My plan was to spend a few days at La Rosiere (new to me) in the week starting April 14th. But then I learned that the Italian side of the San Bernardo ski pass (ie La Thuile), closes on 15th April. I wondered, given the great season this has been for snow, whether these dates are fixed in stone. Hence the post. From the replies I can see that skiing resorts are ponderous machines to get up and running and they won't respond well to Micky Rooney calls to action. Which is a shame. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRZ5400UKSc La Rosiere is not a big place. Would it be worth a visit on its own?
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Mon 12-03-18 20:52
Replies: 43
Given the substantial snow cover in the alps this year, is there any chance that some resorts might extend their season? (Thinking of a post-Easter sneaky trip away)
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Sat 24-02-18 22:16
Replies: 18
The Dolomiti superski area is brilliant at making snow. So you don't need to worry about whether it has snowed recently before you go. The only doubt is whether it has been cold enough to to get the snow cannons blasting. So yes, there is some risk, if it's unseasonably warm. But if your are bent on going for xmas/new year then I think the dolomites are a pretty safe bet.
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Sat 10-02-18 12:49
Replies: 825
Heading to La Plagne/Les Arcs in a couple of weeks. It's been a few years since I was last there. Looking at latest online piste maps it looks like several reds I remember (Inversens, Lognan, Mont de la Guerre) are now styled as "Natur", ie left ungroomed. So the pisteurs stick in a few flags marking the borders and forget about them for the rest of season? Anyone know what they are like now? I don't mind the odd lumpy bit but generally prefer stick to something I can recognise as a piste.
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Mon 29-01-18 23:46
Replies: 624
Yes, I also noticed that the 3D reality map DolomitiSuperSki route finder does not make use of the Alba-Col Dei Rossi cabin lift in its suggested routes. But that is a fault with the planner, not with the lift.
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Sat 27-01-18 13:04
Replies: 1002
I'm heading to the Paradiski area in a month's time. Looking to download a mapping app for the area. From the comments above I get the impression that Yuge is not brilliant. Any consensus on the best app? How does FatMap rate?
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Fri 26-01-18 14:06
Replies: 624
Apologies. My comments about Arei draglifts were based on last year's experience. Let's hope they get their act together for next year -- must really mess up their beginners' lessons without those draglifts. So my previous advice should be amended to "Stay on the bus till it gets to Padon lift"? Another thought, it is possible, if piste red 69 is open, to get off the Marmolada cable car at the second crossover (Serauta) and descend from there. Not much of a saving though. Finally, if you are taking the WW1 tour anticlockwise then, last year, the red run Croda Negra, from Cinque Torri to Lagazuoi was often shut. In which case you need to take another bus from the bottom of Cinque Torri (near rifugio Bai de Dones) to Lagazuoi. Last year the snow was pretty thin up there but I guess it's different this year. But perhaps worthwhile checking beforehand.
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Fri 26-01-18 13:20
Replies: 624
Couple tips re WW1 tour. 1) The buses between Fedare (Cinque Torri area ) and Pescul (Civetta area) are every half hour. However there is a break in the middle of the day, and if you time it wrong you could be waiting a full hour. (See Luigi's link above) 2) Also, if you are doing the WW1 tour clockwise (ie not doing Hidden Valley) and if you don't fancy or don't have time for the Marmolada glacier, then when you take the bus from Alleghe to Malga Ciapela, you should NOT get off at the main cable car lift up to the glacier but stay on the bus till the next stop and take the Val D'Arei drag lifts up to the Padon Chairlift back toward Arabba
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Thu 25-01-18 11:12
Replies: 624
JoyZipper has timings right in my experience. Even with queues and lunch, it's very do-able within 4 hours. I think I prefer green route (anticlockwise). eg Great long reds down Dantercepies to Selva, and Boe to Corvara. On the minus side there is a flat (but very pretty and short) section at Citta dei Sassi, and there are often queues at the Ciampinoi lift in Selva
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Tue 9-01-18 12:19
Replies: 15
@Valais2. Plausible answers, thanks so much for taking the time. Reason 1) would seem quite likely, except that the skis serviced in the UK in December had definitely been waxed, so not entirely forgotten. And last year, I used the skis for 3 weeks solid after their resort service and didn't notice any deterioration at the end of my stay. I also took them out for an hour or two in September to the snow dome and again they felt fine. Assuming it was something to do with the angles, what if the the UK shop failed to put a bevel on the base and gave me a flat ski with horizontal base and 90 deg vertical side (as in top left figure below). That would presumably make it harder to get on the edges when turning? (I am an enthusiastic but not athletic skier) https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1373/6495/files/ski-edge-profile.jpg?2768405140073722328
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Tue 9-01-18 1:14
Replies: 15
My original post wasn't all that clear and I've re-tweaked it. My local UK shop is really a bike shop. But the owner prides himself on edge tuning by hand. The resort shop on the other hand was rather proud of its hi-tec robotic sharpening machine.
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Mon 8-01-18 23:26
Replies: 15
I bought a pair of second hand skis last year and skied for several weeks. Mid way through the season I had them edged and waxed at the resort. Before skiing again this year I had them edged and waxed again by a local guy in the UK. On reaching the resort this year, I felt as if I had forgotten how to ski. On any reasonably hard surface, even a newly groomed piste, the skis would slide out from underneath me. I had to press really hard to make turns and to steer clear of any bald patches on the piste. Even getting off a chair lift I found myself drifting unpredictably. On deeper snow it wasn't so bad. I am an older guy and began to think I was over the hill and losing the plot. After the third day I went into the resort ski shop with the aim of trying some other skis. The technician took a quick look at my skis and said they definitely needed edging. I thought "well he would say that". I came back next day and paid him his fee. The difference was remarkable. I had a good confident grip round corners and a very enjoyable week. I am an intermediate skier and more or less ignorant about the technicalities of edging angles. I'm assuming my local UK ski shop did something wrong. Any ideas about what it was? I have skied for 10 years or more and have never experienced anything like the loss of control I felt at the start of my ski trip
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Sat 6-01-18 7:40
Replies: 624
Dolomitisuperski website has a downloadable app. If you have space on your mobile, you can download maps of the regions to view without needing wi-fi or paying for data. You can also review where you've been by entering you ski pass id. Our last day here. Tons of snow. Could do with a little more sunshine, but a fine time anyway.
Poster: A snowHead
Mon 25-12-17 20:31
Replies: 624
@Tony111. Excellent news. Headed out to Badia on Sat. Conditions look brilliant.
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Fri 22-12-17 18:14
Replies: 624
Well those ancient britons were a bit rubbish compared to the Romans. (@icicle and Whitegold)
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Fri 22-12-17 1:35
Replies: 24
The bus to the bottom of the Piculin lift at San Martino does not actually leave from Villa, but a a little further along the valley at a place called Sompunt at the bottom of the Sponata red run. I think they are every half hour or so and the journey takes 20min. The Piculin black run is the steepest and best done in the morning as it it gets the sun on it later and can get slushy. The other long black runs come off the Kronplatz dome which will take a while to get to, involving the horizontal lift across San Vigilio. You won't get long there, so make sure you know the times of the return buses so you can catch the last lift to Dantercepies
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Tue 12-12-17 15:43
Replies: 16
The weak point is the Skiweg Croda Negra piste which is often closed. (I think it depends solely on natural snow whereas most other runs have snow cannons). The Croda Negra is fairly narrow and begins quite steeply, & if not well-covered there can be the odd rock. It then flattens out and there may be a bit of poling. That said, Cinque Torri is very lovely and well worth the detour. The restaurant at the top, Averau, is very good.
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Sat 2-12-17 13:44
Replies: 624
@zvordauk. If you hire a car in Venice, you should specify a winterised version, ie snow tyres, chains. If it's a diesel then Venice fuel stations unlikely to be adding low temperature additives: make sure you fill up as soon as you get into the mountains. Road is fast motorway as far as Belluno, then it gets more exciting. Scariest bit is Passo Falzarego above Cortina. But they are pretty thorough with snow-ploughs. Good Luck.
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Fri 1-12-17 21:25
Replies: 624
I have a small problemette with my mydolomitisuperski card. I bought a season pass last year when I stayed in the area for several weeks. Recently I wanted to revisit some of the my skiing itineraries, to see where I'd been. Unfortunately, on typing in my ID the website says that this ID is not allocated to me but to some unspecified other. So my past skiing activities have disappeared. However, I an going for a week over new year and was thinking of replenishing my ski pass online rather than buying a new one when I arrive. But given my experience above I'm worried that I will be adding funds to someonelse's ski card. I suppose the sensible thing to do would be to busy a new one when I get there. Still... I would like to retrieve my last year's ski history if possible. I have emailed dolomitisuperski but no response so far. Any advice?
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Fri 1-12-17 18:30
Replies: 624
@zvordauk . Closest airport is Innsbruck. But flights are more plentiful and cheaper at Venice Marco Polo and Treviso. EasyJet and RyanAir do very good deals. Getting from Venice to Dolomites takes 2-3 hours depending on where you're staying. Some hotels organise their own pickup service. I have used Dolomitistars several times (https://www.dolomiti.org/en/arabba/transfer/). They have 2 services on sat, 2 on Sun and 1 on Thur. Cost is 60E return, or 40 Euro if you are staying in one of the hotels subsidising the service in Civetta, Falcade, or Arabba. Alta Badia has fewer options.
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Fri 3-11-17 17:58
Replies: 624
Quite fun going through the webcams looking to see who is going to join up the white dots first. http://188.213.174.146/webcam/kronplatz/40/webcam4.jpg
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Wed 4-10-17 17:40
Replies: 624
Spent several weeks in Alleghe last winter. Despite the snow being fairly thin on the ground, snow-making was stunning. I would guess >90% of pistes were open and in excellent condition. However, we were lucky to have long spells of cold weather; snow-making doesn't work if it's warm. Heading out to Alta Badia with family over New Year. Be nice to know what's happening there from any early visitors.
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Sun 27-08-17 15:24
Replies: 9
Thanks for the tips. Ryanair allow a total of 20kg for ski equipment (for which they charge £80!). My boots and skis weigh about 12kg. My plan is to take a cabin bag for normal travelling stuff and to put skis and boots in the hold in a single bag stuffed with the rest of my ski stuff, helmet, goggles, trousers, socks etc. Being something of skinflint I'm reluctant to splash out on designer stuff. Hence my interest in a cheap snowboard bag. But happy enough to get a purpose made ski bag if I can find a second hand one.
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Sat 26-08-17 15:29
Replies: 9
Because Ryanair won't accept skis and ski boots in separate bags without paying twice, I need to find a bigger ski bag that will fit ski boots as well. I saw a cheap snowboard bag online which appears long enough to fit my skis and wide enough to fit my boots but I have no information on depth. What are the chances it will take both my skis and my boots?
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Mon 6-02-17 8:41
Replies: 44
Outside school holidays, when I look round the piste I would estimate the majority of skiers are over 40, a substantial proportion of those over 50 and quite a lot over 60. As one poster said, skiing is popular with babyboomers with some time on their hands and a bit of money. My 50th birthday present was a 'learn to ski in a day' voucher at the local snow dome. I never came close to learning to ski that day but was hooked. Still learning. goodluck with your project.
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Sun 5-02-17 21:10
Replies: 0
I'm on an extended ski holiday based in Alleghe. Friends and family have visited and gone and I am on my own till Feb 19th. I was thinking I make take some lessons. I am knocking on a bit (62) and have been skiing most years since I turned 50. Basically I'm fairly rubbish intermediate level. Can't afford more than a couple of sessions. But would like to find a good English speaking instructor who can give me some pointers and some exercises to practise. Already asked on another forum and informed that ski schools in Alleghe not the best English speakers. Have car, will travel. Any advice?
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Sat 4-02-17 21:26
Replies: 188
Why groom pistes? Because your average (UK) skier doesn't get more than a week or so a year skiing. We are not great skiers. We don't like being catapulted arse over tit by moguls and snow drifts. A groomed piste may be tame and tedious to the experts but for the halt and the lame it is a thing of joy and excitement. Just because we are not very skilled doesn't make us nobheads.
Poster: A snowHead
Sat 4-02-17 20:45
Replies: 10
If you want to maximise do-able ski miles then the best bet is to find somewhere close to the sella ronda. That would include Selva, Canazei, Arabba, San Cassiano, La Villa, Corvara, Colfosco. Cortina is not the best option. You can get onto Sella Ronda from Ortisei (alpe di siusi) but it may take at an hour or so to get there. Natural snow has been thin, but the Italians have done a fantastic job with snow cannons. (I really mean that -- incredibly well maintained pistes) And it is now snowing again so I wouldn't worry too much.
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Fri 27-01-17 7:12
Replies: 582
I have been 2 weeks now in Alleghe. Been to Falcade, San Pellegrino, Moena, Pozza, Civetta, Cinque Torre, Lagazuoi, San Cassiano, Arabba. Susnhine everyday. Never seen the pistes in such excellent condition. Clearly all the better for the absence of that inconvenient, unpredictable, inconsistent stuff we call natural snow.
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Mon 16-01-17 22:33
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Arrived in Alleghe yesterday. Looks like the great war tour between cinque torres and Lagazuoi lift has been downgraded to skibus. I can understand why the long flat link between Falzarego and Bai de Dones might be tricky but why are all the blues and reds up the hill (especially skiweg croda negra) closed when these are all high lying? Anyone know what the plan is and when they might be open again?
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Mon 14-11-16 11:06
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I was there in September when they reopened the gondola from Bovec to the top of Kanin. So I can vouch that it is working, albeit a bit slow: it took maybe 30 min to get to the top.
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Tue 8-11-16 16:02
Replies: 13
@Casa Alfredino. Thanks for that. I will bring my own skis but I have friends who will be hiring and C.Elle sport appears to be the likely shop, so that should work out well. Thanks again.
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Mon 7-11-16 21:13
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@johnE I'm staying near S. Maria Delle Grazie. So something like a 20 min walk I guess... but not with skis & boots. Do they have ski lockers for hire at the lift station? I'm driving a little panda 4x4 and am not seeking too much white-knuckle stuff. I'm assuming all the diesel there gets winter additive, and your nephew's still froze? Thanks for the heads up. I'll make sure I take some diesel thaw.
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Mon 7-11-16 18:59
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@johnE, Since I'm staying just outside Alleghe, it's likely that I will be parking there quite often. Do you know what they charge? Can you get a weekly pass?
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Mon 7-11-16 18:12
Replies: 13
Excellent news. Thank you.
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Mon 7-11-16 14:42
Replies: 13
I'm driving to Alleghe and and hope to be visiting several of the more out of the way skiing villages within the Dolomiti Superski pass. I have visited the area several times, but never with a car. I remember seeing car parks but never noticed whether they were manned or had automatic pay booths. I suppose it's too much to hope that they are free. If not how do you go about paying?
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Tue 15-03-16 16:48
Replies: 194
@franga, @DrJohn. Thanks for the info. Hope you're having a happy time. Any other tips and breaking news gratefully received
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Tue 8-03-16 18:00
Replies: 194
@Franga. Thanks for the offer. We are a group of 23, all ages, all abilities. I thought we might treat ourselves to lunch at Chalet Etoile one day. I hear it gets fairly crowded so booking is a good idea. A couple of us won't be skiing. Looking on the map, the restaurant appears to be about half a kilometre up from Plan Maison. Is it walkable?
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Tue 8-03-16 17:27
Replies: 194
@Welshcakes. Well that's good to hear. We are heading out in a few weeks time. Never been there before, so I get a little anxious when the live ski info shows lifts shut.
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