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Sella Ronda - recommendations?

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Planning for next season Shocked

Any recommendations, which village is good to stay in, accommodation Chalet (would imagine rare) or hotels, looking at January 2018
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@radar, Although I've not used them myself I've heard good things about Collets who have ski chalets on the Sella Ronda (I think near Corvara, Alta Badia and Arabba areas).
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We've stayed in a chalet with Inghams in Arabba. I'm not sure they offer chalets there any more though. Ski Total offered them too they're practically the same company.
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I have skied that general area a fair bit and liked to stay in Arabba and found the hotel Malita to be very well situated. [We also enjoyed the wellness suite after skiing.]

It gives easy access to both clockwise and anticlockwise starts on the Sella Ronda plus the Marmolada.
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Stayed with Colletts twice in Arabba in their hosted apartments. They deliver breakfast that you order the night before and have a permanent table at a local restaurant for dinner. Worked quite well with your own space plus mixing with others for dinner.

Arabba is right on the Sella Ronda so perfect for that but v limited apres/night life and little other than a few bars/places to eat/ski shops. Closest resort to the Marmolada. Great for skiing not so much for anything else.

Also stayed in Corvara a few miles away also on the SR. Hotel Greif, big rooms, decent restaurant, swimming pool/ sauna etc, 5 min trip in hotel minibuses to lifts. Much more going on there with shops, cafes etc. A pleasant place to stay and walk around when not skiing.
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@Alastair Pink, @snowfaller, thanks for the Colletts recommendation

@TQA, Had a quick look at the Malita, looks nice, what did you do for transfers?

@hammerite, both do Selva one focusing on hotels the other has a Chalet
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Another vote for Colletts:

I/we have stayed with Colletts in Pedraces/Alta Badia a few times. It's not directly on the Sella Ronda but only a short ski from Santa Croce or even shorter courtesy bus ride from Haus Valentin to La Villa. The chalets in Corvara would provide easier/quicker access to the Sella Ronda.

Colletts are not the cheapest but are probably the best of the chalet operators I have used over the past 30 years.
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radar wrote:
@Alastair Pink, @snowfaller, thanks for the Colletts recommendation

You're welcome

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Had a quick look at the Malita, looks nice, what did you do for transfers?

Well if you're looking at staying in an Arabba hotel then there's a good value transfer bus service from Venice Airports (Marco Polo and Treviso) which I think runs at weekends only. It used to be run by Dolomitistars, but following some dispute for the last 2 years the Arabba Fodom Tourist Office have run their own service. Looking at the Dolomitistars website however it still seems to mention them serving Arabba also, I don't know if this is the case, but rest assured there will be an airport transfer service run by one or other of these organisations (or possibly both?)
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Crystal do chalets in Canazei..a friend went this season and enjoyed it.. I like Campetello straight on the Sella rohnda and ski bus through the town ... but its not ski in /out if ..you want that Selva or Corvara..depends on your budget and requirements..
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Selva was good for us when we went a few years ago. Stayed at the Aritz which is just opposite the main gondola. At the time Neilson and Inghams went there.
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@Alastair Pink, @snowfaller,

@TQA, Had a quick look at the Malita, looks nice, what did you do for transfers?

@hammerite,


We always rented a car but there is a transfer service which runs at the weekends. Best to contact the local tourist office in Arabba for details.

http://www.arabba.it/en/information/where-we-are/6-0.html#Autobus

NB In the past I have found the tourist office to be very helpful and competent especially on finding beds for the night when the resort is nearly full.
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We went to Selva March this year .
We stayed here http://www.residencehotelantares.it/en/residence-antares
They have Apartments and Hotel rooms and around 200 metres to the main lift.We stayed in a 6 person deluxe apartment with only 4 of us for £200 each for 5 nights .It was excellent valve for money and you didnt have to book Sat-Sat

we hired skis here http://www.alainskirental.com/
Directly opposite the lift ,so left our skis/boots every night
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Planning for next season Shocked
Any recommendations, which village is good to stay in, accommodation Chalet (would imagine rare) or hotels, looking at January 2018


Never too early to plan Toofy Grin

More details needed perhaps - what is important (ski, apres, food, comfort, wellness, ease of access, price ...)?
Where have you been before, what mix of people (eg family or all adult), what levels of skier?

We stayed in San Cassiano this year with family, used the Mountainsun place (Albergo Frohsinn) - excellent ski in ski out location, chalet hotel style but more basic on the food and extras than many of the local hotels for example. Great location for cruisy blues, whereas somewhere like Arabba is much better for reds and the odd black plus access to glacier (Marmolada).
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Thanks everyone, think I have enough as a basis for some research, will have a look at Mountainsun
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We have always stayed in Selva, last twice in the Hotel Flora. Comfortable, good food and opposite the ski bus stop. And you can ski pretty much to the back door.
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We have always stayed in Selva, last twice in the Hotel Flora. Comfortable, good food and opposite the ski bus stop. And you can ski pretty much to the back door.


Agree re your comments on the Flora, but skiing pretty much to the back door? Which slope is this on? nearest slope I can think of would be the Nives nursery slope, which is hardly near the back door?? Otherwise your looking at the slopes ending at Ciamponi lift station or across the rd; which again are hardly nearby the Flora??
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I stayed in Corvara this season. It was only my second skiing trip to the Dolomites, however the first one was forty years ago.

I knew from a summer walking holiday about eight years ago that there had been a massive investment in infrastructure which was still continuing at the time. I think they have done an amazing job in developing the area without losing the character of the villages. Most of the development I saw had been carried out in traditional style. Even the large mountain restauraunts which have been opened to cope with larger numbers of people I felt were constructed in a reasonably sympathetic style, not to mention the excellent value compared to elsewhere.

The skiing infrastructure is superb. There are lots of modern lifts and snow making equipment on most of the pistes I saw. Although the Dolomites have a reputation as being a bit low lying, a lot of the reds and blues, which are usually steep enough to make them interesting, run from top to bottom of the mountain, therefore giving a decent run each time. They are also wide and well maintained and end well below the treeline making them scenic as well.

I was obviously impressed.
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There is a track from bottom of slope below Dantercepies. Stops 30 m from hotel.
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Not sure what budget you are aiming at but I looked at booking directly with Garni Bellavista in Arabba for the same period. Slightly unusual in that you eat breakfast there but for half board deals you get evening meal, use of ski deposit and Wellness area at Hotel Portavescovo via a sister hotel agreement. Seemed better to pay 65 euros per night for that than 85 for the same package at Hotel Portavescovo, though the hotel is closer to slopes. Inghams go to both so a sprinkling of Brits I imagine and decent reviews. As stated by earlier comments transfers from main airports fairly simple and Venice has numerous uk flights. Almost selling it to myself again, though I ended up booking somewhere else in the end!
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@toyah807, The Snowheads Birthday Bash uses both hotels with that arrangement with people base in both hotels. Has worked well for a number of years.
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