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Dolomites routes

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 Poster: A snowHead
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Based in Ortisei on 14th March for 5 days skiing and will have car.Can anyone with knowledge of area give me pointers to which areas would be good to drive to and ski in for a day.We are all intermediates and would like to do Hidden valley one day.Where do you drive to to do this?Any help appreciated
Iain
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yanto, To ski the Hidden Valley you need to take the Lagazuoi cable car. You can ski a black back to the base of the cable car, but if you do the Hidden Valley run (red but pretty easy), you cannot get a lift back up. You can ski to Corvara and get a bus (not sure if there is one though) or a taxi back to the car.
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yanto, Are you going with a TO to Ortisei ? If so, you may find that they organise a coach trip to the Hidden Valley, which might work out cheaper than a possible taxi option.

I can also recommend driving to Alba or Pozza and skiing that area for a day. When we were there for the snowHead Birthday Bash it was wonderfully quiet, as most people seem to stick to the Sella Ronda circuit. Just make sure you leave time so you don't get stuck on the wrong side of mountain to your car. Shocked snowHead

Edit: There is a ski bus which runs between Alba and Pozza, so not a disaster if you did end up the wrong side. Cool
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If you stay in Ortisei and has not been the Sella Ronda before the following pointers may be of interest to you

(1) There is a skiing loop, broken only by an integrated ski bus link between Ortisei, Alpe de Siusi which stops at Saltria, then the bus link, to Santa Cristina funicula, then up Seceda and back to Ortisei. That itself is a day's skiing.

(2) Doing Sella Ronda in clockwise direction. I found the best way is to drive to Selva Wolkenstein to park at the bottom gondola lift No. 30. The one in the town centre is usually very busy, crowded (where buses stop to unload skiers) and you will have to pay for parking too whereas at a short distance away from the town centre the area around Lift No. 30 is ideal is you want free and trouble free parking. The busy access point at the town centre is for getting into a chairlift 31 which allows skiers to reach bottom of gondola lift No. 30. So turn up early and join the Sella Ronda before everybody arrives!

(3) Doing the Sella Ronda in anticlockwise direction. I found parking at Santa Cristina or Monte Pana to be the best. This is not usually crowded because the slopes are more demanding than the clockwise direction. Directionwise the chairlift information is not very good so look for the colour signs. Orange for clockwise and green for anticlockwise.

(4) Using (2) above you can spend a whole day skiing Alta Badia of Colfosco, Covara, LaVilla and Pedracers and return back without going through the Sella Ronda loop.

(5) Not done it myself but you should be able to use the access point (3) as starting point to cover Canazei, Arabba or even as far as Punta Rocca.

Haven tried the hidden valley but I think it needs a bus ride back because the skiing is unidirectional. The mountain pass was blocked last time when I tried to drive from Selva to Colfosco.
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Selva and Colfosco are linked by pistes and lifts. These work really well for getting about wink
For the hidden valley head for Alta Badia then San Cassiano and turn off for Armentarola. From there catch a 5 euro taxi/bus to the Lagazuoi cable car. If small queue then ski the black back to the CC. Take your time, stop at the resto half way down the red and drink in the wonderous views. At the bottom get a taxi or horse pull back to Armentarola.
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Frosty the Snowman, That's the second reference to crying, sounds like you are hooked. Maybe we will be seeing you again next year
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Seldom Seen Kid, perfect snow, blue skies and the hidden valley. We were very lucky peeps.
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Frosty the Snowman, indeed +10 there today Sad We are looking at trying Selva for Easter. So it had better cool down
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yanto, from Ortisei you can get the gondola/cablecar up to the Seceda area, nice long sunny runs down twd Sta Cristina and the 12km run back to Ortisei.

You can also drive up the valley beyond Selva to Plan de Gralba, easy free parking near the lifts, good for Sella Pass, Canazei & Arabba areas.

As saikee said, best place to park for Colfosco, Corvara, Hidden Valley and clockwise Sella Ronda is at Dantercepies gondola, turn left up the steep hill just past Ciampinoi gondola in Selva centre.

There is also a regular bus service from Ortisei up the valley to Selva lifts that you can use for a nominal fee.

Hidden Valley and Marmolada would be good long day trips from Val Gardena, if you get sunny weather.
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geepee wrote:
yanto, To ski the Hidden Valley you need to take the Lagazuoi cable car. You can ski a black back to the base of the cable car, but if you do the Hidden Valley run (red but pretty easy), you cannot get a lift back up. You can ski to Corvara and get a bus (not sure if there is one though) or a taxi back to the car.


No need to go all the way to Corvara to get a taxi. There are taxi's waiting at the bottom of the hidden valley run outside a little refugio called Capana Alpina - or if you want to do the getting tugged along by horse thing you can get a taxi back from Armentarola. Make sure you ski 5-Tori while you're there.
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I think I would throw in a day, or part day, at Cortina - maybe combine it with the Cinque Torri ( as Joanne Mountainsun suggests.)

Agree with Hidden Valley and Marmolada too - they are a must do
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Joanne Mountainsun, passed your chalet in San Cassiano - what a good position!
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Frosty the Snowman, Ooh - nice post, I'm seriously considering it for next season...
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How do you get to the Hidden Valley from Arabba?
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MFC wrote:
How do you get to the Hidden Valley from Arabba?


1. On skis - Take the Burz lift - ski down to lift 6 Le Pale and then ski to Passo Campolongo and take one of the chairs up to Monte Cherz. From Cherz you need to ski to La Vizza and then take lift 28 up to Pralongia. From here you need to head for Armentarola where you ski past the small drag lift and ski/walk through the trees to the road where you pick up a mini bus/coach/taxi whih takes you to Lagazuoi for the cable car. There will probably be a queue both for the taxi and the cable car.

There are other varaitions of this route possible but essentially you need to head for San Cassiano and look for signs for Armentarola. It is usually very quiet around this section with nice long cruisy blues.

2. By taxi from Arabba to Lagazuoi. I have never done this but have seen the taxis waiting in Arabba with signs on them for Lagazuoi.
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Thanks for the replies guys-will put your suggestions into practice in 2 weeks time.Can't wait
Iain
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CP wrote:
MFC wrote:
How do you get to the Hidden Valley from Arabba?



2. By taxi from Arabba to Lagazuoi. I have never done this but have seen the taxis waiting in Arabba with signs on them for Lagazuoi.


We used a taxi in January as we had started out from Canazei and wanted to also do the Cinque Torri area before heading up the Falzarego/Lagazuoi cablecar for the Hidden Valley and skiing all the way back to Canazei.

The guy charged €50 for the ride, he said the price is fixed up to 6 people, for 7 or 8 people it's €8pp. There were 3 of us, then a german couple turned up, so it cost €10pp. This compares to a fixed €5pp from Armentarola.

The horse tow across the flats at the bottom of the Hidden Valley costs a fixed €2pp.

From Arabba though, it wouldn't be too much to ski over to Armentarola, get the Taxi-bus up, cross the road & do the Cinque Torri/Averau circuit (coffee at Scoiattoli), then do the Hidden Valley (lunch at Scotoni halfway down) and ski back to Arabba with time to spare.
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luigi wrote:
From Arabba though, it wouldn't be too much to ski over to Armentarola, get the Taxi-bus up, cross the road & do the Cinque Torri/Averau circuit (coffee at Scoiattoli), then do the Hidden Valley (lunch at Scotoni halfway down) and ski back to Arabba with time to spare.


Sounds like the perfect day, just add plenty of snow, blue sky and a couple of beers in Arabba during that time to spare snowHead
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CP wrote:
luigi wrote:
From Arabba though, it wouldn't be too much to ski over to Armentarola, get the Taxi-bus up, cross the road & do the Cinque Torri/Averau circuit (coffee at Scoiattoli), then do the Hidden Valley (lunch at Scotoni halfway down) and ski back to Arabba with time to spare.


Sounds like the perfect day, just add plenty of snow, blue sky and a couple of beers in Arabba during that time to spare snowHead


It'd be rude not to!!! snowHead
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