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Which Dolomites resort for offpiste

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Hi considering going to the Dolomites next winter. Thinking of going with a package holiday & hiring a guide in resort. Mainly interested in offpiste/couloirs etc, happy to skin. Can folk advise best resort as a base & time of year???
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Dolomites are mainly about gentle cruising on artificial snow, and lovely lunches...
Last winter first natural snow came in february...a bit...
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Champoluc? Is at least in Italy...
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It can be artificial snow. Snowfall is not the biggest in the Alps so not perhaps the best choice for off piste. That said, the type of people who ski there are not really into off piste so if there is a dump, it doesnt get tracked out quickly. Admin knows a guide and something is organised at the Bday Bash. There are some famous routes off the top of the cable car at Pordoi.

I think intermediate skiing is a bit of a generalisation. It is such a vast area it offers something for everyone. I know lots of advanced skiers who would pick Arabba over Courchevel for advanced skiing any day of the week. Both sides of Val di Fassa offer some great black runs which extend around the Ski Panorama and over the top done into Alba.

That said, if you want off piste in Italy, the Three Valleys around Gressoney are, by far, your best bet.
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I've only seen one or two days of really worthwhile offpiste conditions in the Dolomites in six weeks of skiing there but as said IF it has good snow, the offpiste is good.
My biggest gripe with the Dolomites is the lack of really challenging piste skiing, every ru is groomed flat every night. Comparing to Courchevel isn't really saying much, apart from Grand Couloir and one or two others there isn't much challenging piste skiing in 3v either. Skiing Silverstar and Kicking horse in Canada this year, opened my eyes to what challenging skiing really is wher many runs aren't groomed as it is impossible to get a piste basher on them.
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tangowaggon wrote:
I've only seen one or two days of really worthwhile offpiste conditions in the Dolomites in six weeks of skiing there but as said IF it has good snow, the offpiste is good.
My biggest gripe with the Dolomites is the lack of really challenging piste skiing, every ru is groomed flat every night. Comparing to Courchevel isn't really saying much, apart from Grand Couloir and one or two others there isn't much challenging piste skiing in 3v either. Skiing Silverstar and Kicking horse in Canada this year, opened my eyes to what challenging skiing really is wher many runs aren't groomed as it is impossible to get a piste basher on them.


You need to go to Stowe Gary. You'd love the front four.
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Dolomites are stuffed full with rad couloirs to climb/ski, but the snow can be an issue. I'd either try and book last minute, or go late (March/April) to give them more chance to fit in.

Friends of mine have scored pretty good there well into May the last couple of seasons, despite generally poor snowfall in the region: https://www.instagram.com/p/BUR7db_hIW7/?taken-by=leo_rauch
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Langerzug wrote:
Dolomites are mainly about gentle cruising on artificial snow, and lovely lunches...
Last winter first natural snow came in february...a bit...


Must have won the lottery then

San Martino di Castrozza


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Corvara


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San Martino di Castrozza


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I was flying solo so had to reign it in. More than enough terrain for a lifetime of turns

Here's a great TR from 2013

http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=97141
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Arabba on the Sella Ronda gives you easy access to the Marmolada and some amazing off piste stuff. You need a guide to get to the good routes, indeed I think it is a legal requirement that you have one although from what I hear enforcement is very patchy.
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@smac,

Nice trip report here :: http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?p=2218558&highlight=dolomites#2218558

Note - it is not always like this !!
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And if you are looking for more mellow


http://youtube.com/v/17IH-QZLlug
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@smac, I see that many of the replies above have missed the point... As I'm sure you already know, the Dolomites have some of the most epic off-piste terrain in the world, if not the most epic snow record.

As a base, I'm not sure you can do much better than Arraba. It's got easy access to the Pordoi cable car (for access to the classic runs and more extreme couloirs in the Sella group) and Marmolada (awesome routes all the way down to the Val di Fassa if the snow's good, some safer bets higher up if its a little dry (but susceptible to wind)) and there's usually a good chance of some cheap fun in the trees towards Corvara. Plus, there's plenty of of options further afield either (whether by lift-access or roads.) Canazei is another alternative (especially if you like drinking with the Danes...) Loads of other great places, but lower altitudes might make them riskier.

I'd highly recommend getting hold of a copy of Francesco Tremolada's excellent book, "Freeride in Dolomiti" to give you a better idea of what's on offer. As for time of year, if you've got the flexibility to check the forecast and book something last minute then that's best; last couple of years it's been very green well into February, but when the snow comes, boy is it good... Toofy Grin
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Follow the Rabbit, boy knows what he's talking about.

The video posted above is of francesco. Great guy and pleasure to ski with.

That said Rabbit, should we really be telling to world the secrets of Arabba.

Nothing to find there people's, move on Toofy Grin Toofy Grin Toofy Grin
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@PaulC1984, we'll be fine, as long as nobody mentions Campobongo... wink
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