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Weekender in the Brenta Dolomites/Skirama?

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I know erstwhile stropmerchant Wyneo might have the skinny but anyone know the drill on how to do a 3 day weekend in the Brenta Dolomite Skirama ski area (Madonna, Folgarida etc flying frrm London (Gatwick pref)? Not fussy about resort base which might be dictated by ease of travel. Parameters are maximise ski time, minimise days or hours off work e.g. Thurs evening flight return late night Sunday. No luxury accommodation required. Food quality taken as a given as it is Italia.

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I think Verona is the quickest Airport. You can get across from Venice (Flights from Gatwick are quite reasonable) but not sure how far.

Madonna is in the middle of it all but also, by far, the most expensive
Andalo/Paganella are on the other side of the Brenta Massif. Not so extensive skiing, not linked to Skirama but quieter and even better views IMHO.
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@Dave of the Marmottes, Innsbruck isn't that far if you can't get a suitable flight to Verona, it is quite a small airport. Why Brenta region in particular?
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Hotel Gran Baita in Folgarida I think accept bookings by the night. Fly to Verona, hire a car and it's about a two hour drive. Folgarida is one of the sleepy satellite villages for Madaonna di Campiglio. Andalo is a bit closer to Verona, but Campiglio is better skiing all round.

The Gran Baita is a comfortable and reasonably priced hotel, either a short walk to the main gondola out of town, or take their very efficient minibus to shuttle to the uplift.
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There's good rail access to there.
There's an urban railway runs out of Trento up the Vale de Sole.
Coming into Verona, most people would take the main-line to Trento and grab the Treno Urbano from there but if your mainline train stops at Mezocorona (sp?), it can be a little quicker to change there.

You can get off at Malé for Folgarida and get a taxi up but I'd look at Marileva as the train goes all the way to it where there's a gondola, part of the main system.
It's also a little closer to the connection between the Folgarida area and the Madonna part.
There are some good runs in Folgarida and an absolutely stonkin cake shop but Madonna has the class both on and off the snow.
Gregory and I did all the black runs in a day there once - and there are quite a few!
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Scarlet wrote:
@Dave of the Marmottes, Innsbruck isn't that far if you can't get a suitable flight to Verona, it is quite a small airport. Why Brenta region in particular?


Nah Innsbruck is Shiite for weekend flights and it'd be nuts to fly there and not just ski somewhere localish.

Why Brenta? Basically I've got 3 days free lift tix and I've never been so I thought it was worth a punt.
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Stayed in Pinzolo last Feb half term. Nice enough town and linked by Gondola to the main Madonna area. I think it took about 1 hr 40 minutes (ish?) to drive to the airport to drop son and D I L off. Found a lovely 3 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment on Airbnb. (not your average French shoe box wink )
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@Dave of the Marmottes, fair enough, but there's closer skiing in Obereggen, Carezza and Val di Fassa if you've not been there.
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It is worth a visit. It's not huge on off-piste opportunities although there are some but it is a really nice, picturesque area with some really characterful pistes.
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OK bump - didn't happen last winter for various reasons including brokey leg in the period when most plausible. Having surveyed my options think it would be flights into MXP and a hire car so for ease of getaway allowing for 3 fullish days of skiing. For the getaway factor thinking of Pinzolo or Mezzana end (or nearby villages) for hotels How is the car parking near to the gondis in both these places? Or are ski busses frequent enough that leaving car at hotel is feasible - google maps not particularly helpful. ANy particualr reason why its nuts to base myself out of either end - notwithstanding that Pinzolo to Madonna looks like a long gondi connection.
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