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Suggestions in the tirol

 Poster: A snowHead
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Ok, so I've been persuaded to book the BB. snowHead

But, I don't need to be back at work till the following Wednesday as it's carnival where I live.

So my thinking is saying, why come straight home, when I could hang around the Alps and have a few extra days skiing. Plan would be, get bus or bus/ train from arabba to somewhere else in the tirol on Saturday, then ski (poss Saturday), sunday and Monday and then travel home by train Tuesday, avoiding the carnival chaos at home.

I have a wish list, which may not all be possible..
1. Easily accessible by public transport.
2. Not too busy (even given carnival), can be a small area.
3. A selection of blue, runs which don't need reds to get to them, shorter runs are also ok, being able to see what I'm getting myself into before I get on the lift a definite plus.
4. A good ski school which will either let me join an English speaking group for 2 days (Inc Sunday) or do private lessons at a reasonable price.

My ideas...
1. Stay in the dolomite superski area, eg. Corvara, colfosco, or even kroonplatz. The advantages i can see here are that I just get a longer ski pass, I know corvara/ colfosco from the summer and have skied pralongia plateau from San cassiano before. Disadvantage is that it's still a long journey home, getting across the pass, just cuts out 1 bus. Kroonplatz would be new, and there looks to be a selection of easy pistes up the top, plus is nearer a train station (brunico) for heading home. Another advantage here would be I could probably ski most of Saturday too with any of these options.

2. Rio di pusteria (muhlbach) this is on the train line from brunico up out. Piste map looks ok. Don't know anything more yet.

3. Somewhere off the train line from Brenner to Innsbruck, eg steinach am Brenner? Looks a bit unconnected if the reds are too hard!

4. Stay in Innsbruck and commute out to places? Schlick 2000 looks good. But am thinking this option will mean busy pistes over weekend and carnival as won't Innsbruck have carnival off too?

So any advice? suggestions?
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Kronplatz ticks some boxes, but possibly not enough. You can ski from Kronplatz summit down a run called Reid (mostly blue standard, a couple of steeper bits but with "work around") which ends at a railway station at Perca/ Percha. From there a train goes up the valley to join the main line at Fortezza(?)
But do you want to ski carrying all your luggage?
Plenty of easy blues / reds on Kronplatz summit though.
Much though I am a big Kronplatz fan, I suspect you would be better elsewhere (Corvara / San Cassiano?)
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Mayrhofen or anywhere up that valley. Easy access by train via Innsbruck.
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@JohnHSmith, I wasn't planning on skiing with luggage, but rather transferring myself and luggage, using local buses, across to a new hotel near a Kroonplatz lift (or near to a bus stop which takes me to a Kroonplatz lift), hiring a new set of skis and then heading up the hill. Would be aiming for a lift you can download off, as I'm definitely more attracted to the skiing at the summit (based on the piste map). Then on Tuesday when I head home, I can easily get into Brunico (would be better to stay that side of Kroonplatz) to jump on a train and head back across Europe.

I've also discovered that Rio di Pusteria is also covered in the dolomiti superski area, so also has some added advantages.
And I found Sankt Andra, just outside Brixen, which looks ideal from the piste map (also dolomiti superski), but haven't worked out if it's possible to get there from Arabba on the Saturday before Carnival without paying enormous taxi fares and don't know if it will be too busy that weekend with people from Brixen.
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If you decide on Kronplatz, you can download to Reischach / Riscone (next to Bruneck/ Brunico) or Olang / Valdaora from the summit.
For onward transport the Brubeck has the station and valley road out. There is an easy beginners slope at Reischach but your skiing would basically be on the summit of Kronplatz.
There is at least one ski school (and I think there are two or three) with a meeting place on the summit. The website has links I think.
I prefer the San Vigilio side myself but it isn't as easy to get to by public transport.
I still think the area between Corvara and San Cassiano might be a better bet. There is a nice bowl full of mostly blue runs which would be great for a couple of days
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