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How expensive is Madonna di Compiglio?

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Hello all,
I have been reading this wonderful forum for a while and this is my first time posting. And English is not my primary language, so please excuse me for my mistakes!
We are planning a ski holiday in Italy and are choosing between different resorts. Our best option would be Madonna di Compiglio but we are a little bit set back
by the prices there. Even the ski bus is not free!
How much does it to have a lunch in a regular, not fancy place? And on the slopes? Can you recommend good but not crazy pricey ski rentals?
Any info would be highly appreciated!
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Welcome to snowheads...

Can't help with your questions though -- someone with better knowledge should be along soon..
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@ihaveadog, we've been to Madonna a few times, food cost on the mountain was not too expensive, typical Italian prices and a little cheaper in the Folgarida and Pinzolo sectors. Drinks were again average prices, although Madonna does have some quite flash bars which probably do charge over the odds. Sorry can't help on ski rental.
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Good news then!
We really want to avoid the feeling that we are in "a wrong place", that is actually intended for middle+++.
We would prefer to have a lunch somewhere in late afternoon rather than booking half board in the hotel, because we are not used to eat a main meal late in the evening.
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I wasn't that taken with Madonna ...... there are resorts close to it that allow just as good access to the area, seem more authentic, and are much better value for money.

But otherwise, if you like the 'glitz', yes it's a good place to stay.
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We hate the "glitz".
Our second choice is Folgarida, but then we will have to book the halfboard and, even more important, will not have access to these long-wide-easy MDC pistes, because will be not able to overtake the red connection between the two, that many describe as quite steep.
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I don't recall any of MdC being that unusually steep. But I have skied quite a lot and you shouldn't take my opinion on that. I also don't recall it being universally expensive. It can be if you want it to be but it's not obligatory.
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I am not going to take your opinion for any means!
We are in our 50s with two weeks skiing experience. Have been to Passo Tonale last year and enjoyed it thoroughly. Now have at first looked at Folgarida but then thought to upgrade it to MdC. But not at a private jet price.
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@ihaveadog, where you travelling from and when?
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Bergamo, 24/2
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And our son is looking for reds - blacks.
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Lots of skiing in MDC for people in their 50s with two weeks experience. If your son wants steeper slopes there are a few of those.

Food on the mountain is cheap compared to France. I can imagine that the town is expensive in the evening.
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I can imagine it too. Question is up to what degree. +20% of normal italian prices is not a dealbreaker, +50 starts to look so, +100 definitely is.
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@ihaveadog, you might find this useful. https://www.j2ski.com/ski_resorts/Airports/Ski_Resorts_Near_Bergamo_Map.html

Personally, I'd head to Monterosa, but I have a bias to that. MdC is perfectly fine.
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Being a teen, our son will have to live with the given amount of reds/blacks.
I personally prefer no blacks at all.
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Thanks for the link.
Is there a Italian map with interactive filters like at Austrian tiscover?
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@under a new name, the link from MdC to Folgarida has a steep pitch at the bottom of the red to the connecting chair and can be quite intimidating when lots of people are heading back to Folgarida and the run to MdC from Folgarida whilst not steep can get quite chopped. But generally the runs are not steep.
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Have you looked at Madesimo, Lombardy?

Closer to Bergamo than MDC too.

Fits your criteria

http://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Madesimo


http://www.bergfex.com/valchiavenna/
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No, I have not checked Madesimo. It does not appear in the list of Italian resorts good for beginners, so was not on my radar. Will look into it.
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@stevew, I've only visited for a conference and so only went Folgarida side once. Nothing on piste can be that steep anyway, although I admit for an early stage skier a lot can be too steep.
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MdC will be perfect they have lovely cruisy blue and nice eateries.
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ihaveadog wrote:
We hate the "glitz"


Then go somewhere else .......
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Have you thought about the Sella Ronda. Alta Badia is blue run heaven.
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ihaveadog wrote:
We hate the "glitz".
Our second choice is Folgarida, but then we will have to book the halfboard and, even more important, will not have access to these long-wide-easy MDC pistes, because will be not able to overtake the red connection between the two, that many describe as quite steep.


Side slip if necessary. However, Lifts are generally old and slow in Folgarids (a serious issue if really cold) but better in MDC. Ski life is far too short as it is so rather than face the "steep" every day just up grade. Food and lodgings were good value given the quality of the scenery, runs, grooming, dolomiti artificial snow for emergencies. The glitz is understated unless you go looking for it. I've been in much worse places. I think MDC would suit you all very well. some of the Lombardy resorts may be a bit small- depends on what you want.
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suec wrote:
ihaveadog wrote:
We hate the "glitz".
Our second choice is Folgarida, but then we will have to book the halfboard and, even more important, will not have access to these long-wide-easy MDC pistes, because will be not able to overtake the red connection between the two, that many describe as quite steep.


Side slip if necessary. However, Lifts are generally old and slow in Folgarida (a serious issue if really cold) but better in MDC. Ski life is far too short as it is so rather than face the "steep" every day just up grade. I thought Food and lodgings were good value in zMDC given the quality of the scenery, runs, grooming, dolomiti artificial snow for emergencies. The glitz is fairly understated unless you go looking for it. I've been in much worse places. I think MDC would suit you all very well. some of the Lombardy resorts may be a bit small- depends on what you want.
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@ihaveadog,

there is an interactive map here

http://ski2.intermaps.com/dolomiti-di-brenta/?id=4359&lang=en
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Matt1959 wrote:

Food on the mountain is cheap compared to France.


Glad to hear it! I'll be skiing MdC at the end of January, already getting excited!
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U need to be careful on the hill in M d'C. There are one or two places whose prices are pretty steep. Most though, as said above, are decent Italian good-value food.

I think it's a lovely area and drop in there whenever I can, if only for the odd day, when passing through.
There are some great blacks and reds to keep your son happy. I, my son and my nephew set ourselves the task of doing all the blacks (in MdC, Pinzolo and Folgarida) in a day, which proved quite a challenge. First day we narrowly missed a lift which prevented us getting the last 3. We tried again the next day and completed the feat.

The town is pretty glitzy, it must be said. You'll be happily 'promenading' in the pedestrian area when everyone will have to give way for a Ferrari or Masserati which, for some reason, gets to drive there - trust me, it's never a Fiat 500.

Folgarida is far cheaper, but a fairly charmless place IME, although it has a truly phenomenal cake shop!!
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@admin, I'm not sure about the cake shop for next winter (see my other post), let's wait and see
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