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Vigo di Fassa, Dolomites

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Booked Innsbruck flights and an apartment for a week in Vigo di Fassa. From 13th January 2019. Will book a hire car to get there.

Only done a few days in the Dolomites previously (Cortina & Madonna di Campiglio) so really looking forward to it.

Any hints/tips/thoughts? Very Happy
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If the weather is good, my advice would be to ski like a mad bhasterd all week!

First lift is quite early so no excuses!

The runs down into Pozza di Fassa are excellent and quite, should be particularly so in January. There's a restaurant on the Buffaure red called Soldanella that is excellent.

Some might find it a challenge but it is more than possible to get round the sella ronda from there even with a decent lunch stop.
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Great spot to be with a car to access a huge amount of skiing up & down the valley and around the Sella Ronda linked areas. Weather & snow conditions will dictate where you'll go & how much you'll see, but you will enjoy it.

You have a choice of 3 liftpass options in order of ascending price and area covered: Val di Fassa/Carezza, Valle Silver & Dolomiti Superski.

The local area Catinaccio is small, but with the spectacular backdrop of the mythical Catinaccio/Rosengarten range. You can ski it out in half a day, but the Thoni red back to Vigo is a lovely sweeping run down through the forest.

From Innsbruck you will cross the Brenner (1370m) and the Costalunga (1745m) passes, but Austrian hire cars have winter tyres and both are important routes that are kept clear or cleared quickly, so you should be OK except in the worst weather. There is a lower altitude route that avoids the Costalunga in snowy weather, you stay on the A22 to Ora, then SS48 over to Cavalese and up the valley to Vigo.
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If you like exploring and travelling long distances on skis I would suggest getting the Dolomiti Superski pass, as that opens up everything in the area.

Some daytrips you might consider:

1. The Hidden Valley of Armentarola (via Alba Funifor)
2. Marmolada, the highest point in the Dolomites (via Alba or Canazei)
3. The 'James Bond' run to Ortisei (via Campitello)
4.The World War I tour, can combined with Hidden Valley or Marmolada depending on which way you do it. (via Fedaia Pass road beyond Alba)
5. The Sella Ronda, can be done clockwise or anti-. It's often the busiest part of the area, but if you've never done it... (via Campitello, Canazei or Alba)
6. Up the side valley from Moena, Alpe Lusia & Passo San Pellegrino are very worthwhile ski areas.(via the San Pellegrino Pass road)
7. If you're a really quick skier, from Pozza you can now ski all the way to the 'White Church' aka Santa Croce above Badia/Pedraces and back again. (starting at Buffaure gondola in Pozza)

These will all require a short drive to the appropriate lift base (in brackets).
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bit of a video on the area from cameronphillips2000 here

http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?p=2858512&highlight=#2858512
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Wow! Some great info there - thanks for all of that Very Happy. We love covering the miles, so can't wait. Sounds like the car will be handy and it's Dolomiti Superski R us!

If any more info, keep it coming wink

We've booked a self catering apartment so will eat in some of the time. We're assuming VDF will be a small place but that there'll be somewhere to grab the obligatory pizza & have an apres beer or two. (And buy some groceries.)
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Yes, Vigo is a village on the hillside that has expanded with the growth of tourism, has a few hotels, shops, 2 small Coop supermarkets and a few restaurants. Neighbouring Pozza is a bit bigger and has a bit of a town centre with a full range of amenities. I've had good service from Gross Sport ski shop there. There is a large Coop at the southern end of Moena, if you want to do a bigger shop. Maybe stocking up at a Lidl on the way from Innsbruck might save a bit of cash, there are stores at Vipiteno (Sterzing), Bressanone (Brixen) & Bolzano South, not too far from Motorway exits.

The busiest spot for apres used to be the Rosengarten pub in the old part of Canazei near the home run. Canazei is also fairly lively in the evenings. It used to be the drinking games with the Danes & Russians in the Lieber Augustin or jiggling with the cool Italian Dolce & Gabbana set in the Husky Piano Bar, but that all may have changed now.

I stayed at Pera at the far end of Pozza in 2017. But this was my trip report when I visited Canazei in 2009, most of the info still applies, though the prices will have increased.

http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewpost.php?p=1131915
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albob wrote:
bit of a video on the area from cameronphillips2000 here

http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?p=2858512&highlight=#2858512


Where is this 'Gannet's Eye' he's talking about? Puzzled

Oh, he means Canazei...which apparently is actually pronounced more like 'Cannot Say!' wink


http://youtube.com/v/kKL6RNp6E4Q

Not as funny as what one fellow skier called it...it sounded like 'Gay Nazi'...now that's a contradiction in terms!! Shocked Laughing
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"Where is this 'Gannet's Eye' he's talking about? Puzzled "

Wink
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albob wrote:
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There is a joke, but only works with something approaching the correct pronunciation...

Bob's mate: Where are you going skiing this year, Bob?

Bob: Canazei (cannot say)!

Bob's mate: Oh, go on tell me...where are you going?

Bob: Canazei!!!

Bob's mate: Oh well, if you're going to be like that....
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^^^^Doesn't work at all for us Norverners! wink

...a bit like my Cockney mate's joke: Q: Did you hear what happened to the Avon Lady?

A: Max Factor... Toofy Grin
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