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Poster: A snowHead
Fri 13-01-17 16:06
Replies: 250
Alta Badia looks to have fared rather better than say Seiseralm. Who want's to go to the white golf course which is Alpe Di Suisi anyway? ;-) I'd easily go back for another trip there. Super scenery, super mountain huts, great pistes (for my ability level), easy to get to with public transport, reasonable accomodation prices!! :D :D
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Fri 13-01-17 16:02
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That's great thanks JB... Really appreciate the time and info Thankyou Welcome, let me know if you need any other info!!
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Fri 13-01-17 14:43
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We are looking to stay in Siusi allo Sciliar/Seis am Schlern. So I'm guessing Innsbruck with train to Bolzano ? So am I right in saying a quick taxi rather than bus from airport to train station. Train to Bolzano, then taxi back to Seis am schlern ? Would you favour that approach ? Thanks for link too 8-) Yes that would be the preffered approach: Train to Bolzano and then taxi to Siusi. You could also get a connecting bus at Bolzano that takes you direct to Siusi (which will be much cheaper) Depending on the train you get from Innsbruck, you can get the train to Bressanone and then a connecting bus from train station direct to Siusi. This is exactly how we done the journey a few years ago. However we were able to choose a specific train to allow us to do this. As you will be arriving at Innsbruck and then immediately catching the train, then you will likely have to choose the next available train. Therefore I would go with the option of getting the train to Bolzano (all the trains, Euro City and local, will stop at Bolzano) and then get the next bus or a taxi to Siusi. You can also get a train to Bolzano from Verona (if you choose to fly there). The journey is roughly 30 to 40 minutes quicker than from Innsbruck!!
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Fri 13-01-17 12:52
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What's the best / easiest route to take to get to this area ? As I understand it's either Innsbruck or Verona airport.. Innsbruck there is an option of a train to nearer the resort before the obligatory taxi - what train would that be / station ? Would I be right in saying Verona would only be a taxi option ?.. thanks for any info in getting to the area (from an airport) :oops: Where abouts in the area are you heading? If your going to val Gardena area, then Innsbruck or verona are both ideal. The best station will be Ponte Gardena (Waidbruck is the German spelling). If you catch the Euro city train service from Innsbruck or Verona then you will need to get off at either Bolzano or Bressanone. If you catch the local trains (from Innsbruck you will need to change at Brenner) then you can get off at Ponte Gardena See below Public transport search portal. You should be able to time it so that you can get a connecting bus at Ponte Gardena that will take you into the Val Gardena area http://www.sii.bz.it/en if you are heading elsewhere in the Dolomites (Alta badia, Arraba etc) then Venice could be the best airport. Though for ALta badia i would still choose Innsbruck and change trains at Fortezza to take you into Val Pusteria valley and then change onto a bus at San Lorezno or Brunico, that will take you into ALta Badia
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Tue 10-01-17 13:32
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Chamonix http://old.wetterzentrale.de/pics/MS_746_ens.png The scale on the right, I know equates roughly to cm of snow. But is that per hour, per day or some other scale? I'd guess a long hump of precipitation is better than a short spike, but any idea of the rate of the precipitation indicated on the scale? I think its precipitation in mm per 6 hours but not 100% sure if its the rate or amount. Never really thought about it!. Just know that higher equates to heavier!!
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Fri 6-01-17 11:57
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The Saalbach website nows says depths of 50cm on the lower slopes and 65cm on the middle slopes with 80cm on the upper slopes - obviously takes a little time to catch up! It said that at 8am this morning and thats what I stated in my earlier post. The 10cm & 25cm I was talking about is fresh snowfall (which others have already mentioned seems to be a tad low to what actually fell yesterday/overnight). None of the figures have changed on their site since I looked at 8am
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Fri 6-01-17 10:05
Replies: 42
@jimmybog, I really don't know how they measure the depths. The general consensus here is that we've had quite a sizeable dump over the last two days. The headline figure on saalbach.com is 40cm of new snow, but when you look at the snow report they say 10cm on lower slopes and 25cm on upper. When I look out of the window at our lawn, the roofs of cars and the roof of the neighbour's shed, it looks like at least 30cm has fallen at village level. I would say that the headline figure of 40cm is more credible than the fairly measly 10cm on lower slopes being given on the snow report. Perhaps the snow report has yet to be updated. The "40cm headline" was on the site yesterday morning, meaning it was for the snow that fell Wednesday and overnight into Thursday. I assume that the report today of 10cm and 25cm is for the snow that fell yesterday and possibly overnight. Does seem like a low amount though as I was watching the webcams and radar yesterday and I couldnt see any letup all day. At times on the Asitzbrau mountain station webcam it was absolutely chucking it down with snow. Thus I was shocked too when I saw the 10cm and 25cm amounts. Obviously far better to get first hand reports from sources such as yourself. Keep the updates coming!! :D :D
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Fri 6-01-17 9:04
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@Jellybeans1000, why on earth would you want to show that spag chart on this forum?? I remember seeing these charts on the very rare occasion on weather forecast forums. They might make sense to someone who follows forecasting as a hobby. But do you honestly think the majority of people on this forum will have any idea of what that chart is showing??
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Fri 6-01-17 8:32
Replies: 250
Sorry to dissapoint but the GFS 00z ensembles are not painting a pretty picture re any upcoming precipitation for the Dolomites: The ECMWF looks initially a bit more promising with what looks like a Genoa Low forming around the 11th. But 24 hours later, its completely dissapeared. On the GFS 00z run, for the same time period (10th to the 11th) a low forms over Sardinia but then positions itself a bit further South, thus not managing to affect the Dolomites.
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Fri 6-01-17 8:19
Replies: 42
Thanks eveyone for your reports & updates. Saalbach website reports 25cm fresh snow yesterday. Mountain depth 80cm, valley depth 50cm
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Thu 5-01-17 13:00
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A general question for the weather experts here - What sort of changes in the weather patterns are needed for snow to come to the Dolomites? Obviously more southerly winds but is there anything that precedes that? I guess those with an interest in the south western alps have similar questions Areas of high pressure to the South or SOuth West of the UK are going to be the biggest stumbling block for snow to come to the Dolomites. Ideally you need pressure to start falling across Iberia and low pressure systems to start forming in the Western mediteranean. If these then start tracking SW to NE towards Northern Italy then they should eventually start pushing weather fronts into the Dolomites. Thats just a very simplified explanation. See below link for "Genoa Low" for further explanation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genoa_low Biggest problem right now and for the upcoming week or so, is that high pressure across Southern France/Iberia/Pyrenees is stopping the moist atlantic air getting into the West Mediterannean.
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Thu 5-01-17 12:32
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Heading to Sella Ronda at the end of January...is there anything out there which remotely suggests that there might be faintest hope of a few mm of snow between now and the end of time? It looks drier than a you know what!... :~/ Based on the latest GFS run, possibility of light snow on the 10th/11th. Just have to keep an eye in the next few days whether this changes or not. Anything past the 11th, I wouldnt even attempt to make a guess at.
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Mon 12-12-16 15:27
Replies: 372
@jimmybog, 65 doesn't run from Wildenkarhütte to Berger Hochalm - I think you mean 66. This run is wide and rolling, so small steeper bits followed by shallow bits. Definitely a blue run, but stay in the middle or towards the skiers left. The other side, under the chair lift, is steeper and can get very bumpy. There is no alternative route. Thanks Quinton, last seasons PDF piste map I'm looking at definately says blue 65. Just checked the new map for this season and it does say blue 66, thx for the correction and info
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Mon 12-12-16 12:21
Replies: 372
Quick question: Recently been looking at an online video of the blue 65 run from Wildenkarkogel to Berger Hochalm. On the video, it seemed as if the section from where blue 65 crosses blue 57, to the Berger Hochalm was quite steep. Is this section of the slope really that steep or was it my eyes playing tricks on me? If it is steep, is there an alternative less steep route to take down to the Berger Hochalm ?? Thx
Poster: A snowHead
Wed 7-12-16 12:09
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The polar vortex is set to move over Alaska and North Canada, and its warmer opposite moves over Scandinavia. This creates warmer than average air across most of Europe, depending on wind patterns. Please explain this?? What is the definition of the "opposite of a polar vortex" ? Are you suggesting there is another vortex with another name which has a mass of warmer air underneath it and that this vortex resides in the polar region? Because I have never heard of anything other than a "polar vortex" which resides in the polar region (assuming we're talking about vortex or an area of low pressure. In fact a chunk of the polar vortex is forecast to move across Scandanavia in the next few days but the air associated with it is still very cold. Not sure I would define this chunk/portion of the vortex as being the "Warmer opposite"?? Unless I have completely misunderstood what you are trying to say??
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Thu 24-11-16 14:39
Replies: 16
If you come back from Colfosco/San Cassiano via the Brunico route, then leave plenty of time for your journey, as that route is very busy on a Saturday. You'll likely queue just to get onto the E66/SS49 road at San Lorenzo (near Brunico) and then you'll very likely queue to get onto the A22 autoroute from the E66/SS49 road
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Thu 24-11-16 10:19
Replies: 12
Plus try and book Garni Tranquilitie ASAP as it gets pretty much full during the season, even in the off peak weeks. I always preferred using the Costa l'ega chair to get to Col Alto rather than walking to it from the bus stop outside the Posta Zirm hotel. @SteveM, the 3d viewer program itself was updated this year but I dont believe the maps have been. In fact, regarding that specific area, last season they rereouted part of the slope that ran beside the Capanna Nera 1 Drag so you didnt have to go through the tunnel under the road that was just to the right at the top of the Costa l'ega chair. I'm sure this also is not shown on the 3d map (yet).
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Wed 23-11-16 14:19
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LEchBob's reply is nearly correct!! At the top of the Costas de l'ega chair, make a left and then an immediate left down towards the village (do not make a left and then try and go over the bridge as this route down to Col Alto lift is now closed) after 50 or so yards down the slope towards the village, take a sharp right and drop down to a sharp left and sharp right bend which goes underneath a road. Soon after you will cross over a street (you may need to take your skis off) and then go round the apres bar "L'Murin" and then you will drop down directy to the Col Alto lift station. Just to note that the First Capanna Nera drag is quite long but also quite flat. AT the end of the first drag you can head straight (beware of oncoming skiers) and down a short slope to the bottom of the main pralongia lift (lift 15). Which is handy for getting to the Pralongia area of slopes quite quickly For a better overview of the slopes in ALta Badia, have a look at the 3D Winter map from the following link. It gives you a better idea of where the slopes, lifts etc are, compared to the standard piste map http://www.altabadia.org/en/winter-holidays/italian-alps/3d-map.html
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Tue 8-11-16 10:48
Replies: 250
Snowing again across the dolomites this morning: https://www.skylinewebcams.com/en/webcam/italia/trentino-alto-adige/bolzano/colfosco-alta-badia.html
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Tue 1-11-16 13:13
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Just seen this. Still dont believe it will happen: http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/snoasis_dream_still_alive_after_developers_submit_papers_to_protect_planning_consent_1_4757941
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Fri 21-10-16 11:16
Replies: 14
"Presumably it is intended to relieve congestion on the Sella Ronda" Would you even use this chair for the Sella Ronda? I thought from Piz Seteur you would ski down the short blue and get the "CITTÀ DEI SASSI" chair?? In fact I just read the article and yes it will be a longer route (on the new chair) allowing you to ski across to the city of stones piste. Be interesting to see which route gets you to the city of stones piste the quickest?
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Mon 17-10-16 7:59
Replies: 8
Last year, we caught the Cortina express from Corvara to Venice. And it definately goes via San Cassiano. The bus stop is on the road that goes around the town (Strada Provinciale 37), rather than on the road through the centre itself. If I remember correctly the stop is opposite what looks like the fire station near the Lagacio Mountain residence. There is definately no bus service to Bolzano from San Cassiano. You can catch a bus from San Cassiano to Brunico or San Lorenzo (you will have to change busses at La Villa); then catch a train to Fortezza and change there onto the main line train down to Verona and onwards.
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Fri 7-10-16 9:34
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Only applicable in France and Andorra: "*Offer valid from October 06 to October 10, 2016 for a stay in France or Andorra until April 30, 2017 thanks to the promotional code 50YEARS (for rental equipment of 6 days minimum). 50% discount on online booking of ski and snowboard equipment (except Primo skis, services, multiride option, insurance and administrative fees). Offer does not accumulate with any other promotion."
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Fri 7-10-16 9:31
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Whoops, I found the correct site where the code is advertised; I can enter the resort location but then cant select any date on the calendar??? I must be doing something wrong or the site is now working properly??
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Fri 7-10-16 9:21
Replies: 11
Nope, dont work for me. There must be some conditions for using this code!!
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Wed 5-10-16 8:01
Replies: 6
My wife had private lessons at the Corvara ski school and both female instructors spoke English. I recently also spoke to a male instructor who works for the ski school and his English was very good, so I dont think you will have a language problem What I will advise though is to pre book any lessons you want and dont leave it till you get there. My wife struggled to get private tuition at reasonable times when we tried to book on our arrival. They managed to accomodate her somehow but it was hard work as most private instructors were all booked up.
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Tue 4-10-16 15:26
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@p20pjd, I think that the factors that predispose a child in favour of the Hinterhagalm are: 1) not being a teenager 2) ...or being old enough to drink a shandy or two 3) not having a smart phone 4) not having a Facebook account 5) having enough stamina to ski all day and then party for a couple of hours, i.e. not being tired 6) having a sense of fun 7) being educated in and able to appreciate the 'subtle' musical genre that is Austrian apres-ski music 8) a high boredom threshold 9) being any nationality other than British or French (possibly also Belgian or Swiss) That list would cut out most kids/teens that I know!! In fact, 3), 6) and 8) on their own are enough to cut out most kids/teens that I know!! :D :D
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Mon 26-09-16 15:04
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Here is the official news for the 2016/2017 season for the Dolomites: http://www.dolomitisuperski.com/documents/comunicati-impianti-aperti/new-lifts-and-slopes-2016-17-eng.pdf It does mention the new "Portados" lift though no mention of snowmaking on the alternate slope from Boe mtn station to top of Costoratta lift. I wish they would replace the long drag lift "Capanna nera" with a chair!!
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Mon 26-09-16 12:55
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. I wish they'd find someone else to present The Jump, she is one of the most irritating presenters on TV. I didn't think "The Jump" was going to return this year? Thought it had been axed due to poor ratings??
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Mon 26-09-16 9:10
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Some other hotel options in the main part of the village are: Villa Eden Col Alto Marmolada La Plaza Italia Table La Tambra These should all have enough rooms to accomodate your party. But as already mentioned, I would look to book ASAP. Corvara gets virtually fully booked throughout the season, even in the off peak weeks
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Tue 20-09-16 11:59
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I was in Corvara last week and first thing Saturday morning, I could see snow had settled at approx 2000m above Colfosco around the top of the Col Pradat gondola and the top of Forcelles chair. Nice to see but had to leave for home that morning
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Mon 19-09-16 11:10
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Alta Badia changes for upcoming ski season: Just returned from walking holiday to Corvara and some work I noticed on the ski slopes etc is as follows: 1. Looks like a new building of some sort is in the process of being constructed at the Colfosco station for the Borest gondola. Couldn’t see it clearly from the road though but looks like a possible new car park or ticket office 2. Lot of groundwork being done at the mid station of the Santa Croce chair(s) in Badia (Pedraces). Waitress in nearby restaurant said it’s for snowmaking 3. Groundwork being done just below the top station of Boe gondola on the alternate ski run towards campolongo pass (the run that goes down to top of Costoratta chair). Again looks like possible installation of snowmaking systems but not 100% sure 4. Lot of groundwork being done on blue run 11 (before it joins blue 9a) from Piz Sorega. Again looked like installation of snowmaking 5. A lot of clearing up work has been going on due to a large landslide close to the Boe/Borest gondola stations in Corvara. Footpath currently closed beside Borest gondola. Couldn’t see any actual damage done to gondola ropeway so assuming everything will be made safe by the start of winter season Other than the above, very little else I could see that has changed or in the process of changing in the area. In Corvara Village, the little wine bar “L’Egot” which was beside the supermarket has now moved across the road to a building opposite the chemist. Think someone mentioned this on an earlier thread and said this is now an apres venue (which would make sense)
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Wed 31-08-16 10:24
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A lot of the towns and villages have residents who speak a mixture of languages: Ladin, Italian and German. Hence the town/village names are given in different languages. Ladin: Sëlva Italian: Selva di Val Gardena German: Wolkenstein
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Wed 31-08-16 9:52
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Hotel Arlara in Corvara is right next to the Arlara chairlift. At the top you have two easy slopes: one to bottom of Pralongia II chairlift and another to bottom of Braia Frada chairlift In Colfosco, Hotel Luianta is right next to the top station of the Sodlisia chairlift thus giving you easy access to the blue slopes from there. Romantik hotel capella is next to the nursery slopes. Also in Corvara, you can access the main slopes a third way by taking the Maserai chair, then the first stage of the Capanna Nera Poma lift. Once off the poma lift, cross over the piste and ski down to the bottom of the Pralongia chair. Take this chair up to the Pralongia slopes which are all mostly easy slopes. Hotel Arkadia is across the road from the bottom of the initial Maserai chairlift
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Mon 15-08-16 10:21
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Great trip report and thanks for sharing We spent a week in mayrhofen during autumn, a few years ago, and had a great trip. Even without a car, we managed to get to various places (Hintertux, Zell am ziller, Achensee) via train or bus. The lift passes may not be good value, but the reduced prices for hotel rooms during September/October, more than made up for that
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Tue 2-08-16 10:30
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CG, I have not skied in France so cant do a like for like comparison. I would say that most of the reds on that route would be skiable for your wife. These reds are (in my opinion) mostly equivalent to a blue slope. But some do have short steeper sections (which is why I think they are graded red). But I can't think of anything too steep or terrifying. Here is what I remember of some of the slopes: The top of red 43 is a bit steeper but only for a short way (you can view it on streetview mode on google maps) The first half of red 55 is of a blue gradient; second half gets a bit steeper but I would still classify it as an easy red In the main area: Only tricky sections i can think of are towards the bottom of red 15; a short steeper section near the top of red 20; top section of red 30 (but a better route is red 34) But again, the steeper sections are just a bit steeper and quite short and really aren't too terrifiying. I would say these slopes are excellent for someone who wants to progress from easy blues
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Mon 25-07-16 15:07
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None of the zoomable new piste map links work on the main Saalbach site. They just take you to a broken page: http://www.saalbach.com/en/winter/skicircus.html
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Mon 25-07-16 15:04
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Use this link for the Seiser alm piste map as its in more detail than the combined Val gardena/Seiser alm map: http://www.seiseralm.it/media/bb03fdfc-c91e-4d93-b02f-d8cf82f6eb13/winterkarte2015-tiers-low.pdf Plenty of vids on youtube of the slopes Also you can look at the 3d reality maps viewer which will give you a better idea of how the pistes are linked together: http://www.dolomitisuperski.com/en/ski-area/ski-map
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Mon 25-07-16 13:30
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I have not skied the main area of Seceda/Col Raiser above Ortisei so cant advise about that section But I have skied the Alpe Di Siusi area for a week However, I have not actually skied the blue 36 run down from the top of the Ortisei bubble. I have walked past the top section and it did look a bit narrow in the initial part of it. But I do know that when it joins into blue 48 further down past the Hotel Sonne, that it becomes very gradual and wide. Rest of Alpe Di Siusi runs are mainly gradual steepness/relatively easy (though there are still a few short steeper sections on some of the slopes) And yes you can access all the slopes once your up there. From the top of the bubble you ski down blue 36 to the mid way point of chair 69. Take the chair up and ski down red 43 to the bottom of chair 68. Take chair 68 up to MOnte Piz and ski down red 55. Take chair 61 up and ski down blue 58 to the bottom of panorama lift 62. Take this lift up and you will be in the main area. Just be aware that if you go onto the slopes above Saltria that there is no link back to the bubble to go back to Ortisei. You need to go back into the main area and then cross the road via red 57. Go up chair lift 60. Blue 46 down to chair 67. Chair up and down red 45, into blue 44 and down to chair 69. Chair up to mid point, blue 48 down to chair 59. Take chair up to get the Ortisei bubble down.
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Thu 7-04-16 7:21
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Superb pictures: That mountain peak viewed from Passo Rolle looks a bit like the Matterhorn!!! I really must visit some of these less popular Dolomite resorts like Civetta, Carezza, San Martino at some point. They do look just as picteresque (scenery wise) as the main Sella Ronda ones
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