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Resort: Passe Tonale
Country: Italy
Domain: None I think
Author: Shane45

Date: 11-18th March 2006.
Our holiday: Group of 6, 40 somethings. From beginner thru to experienced.
Website : www.adamelloski.com
Basics : Edge of Dolomites. 2 3/4 hr transfer from Verona
Lift system : A few buttons for nursery slopes, mainly 4 man chairs and a gondola to access the Paradiso glacier.
The terrain : Most skiing on one side of the valley, good selection of reds, less blues. Other side of the valley
Only has a couple of reds and a nice black under the gondola. The Alpino 4.5km red is very nice run, from here you can
cross the road and ski onto the next village (Ponte Dilegno) down a 4km track. Beginners should avoid the first chair
in Ponte Dilegno as the ski down to the village is steep, but continue the track approx total 7km.
The snow : Good. Reported as 200cm at best, optomistic I believe. All pistes in excellent condition though.
Off-piste : Some but Avalanche warnings in place. There is a local company that offer off piste guiding.
The resort : Purpose built, not particularly attractive. There is a natural ice rink. Dog sledging available but I
thought very expensive.
Food : Food wasn't great in any place we tried. The reps pushed the Vittoria (think that's the right name)
(across the road from the main car park) which did a pizza/pasta & drink for 8 euros. I wouldn't want it every day as it was filling
but it was good. The pizza was better value than the pasta
Accommodation : Hotel Gardenia. Very clean family run hotel. Boot room underneath with heaters. Courtesy bus ran very
regularly dropping & picking up from the main car park..I wouldn't have wanted to walk this everyday. Some of our group found the food
tedious but there were 3 choices of starter / main / dessert everyday and a cold buffet as well. I think we were offered veal everyday
good if you like it.
Costs: £529/head h/b including skis & lift pass including £50 internet booking discount
Conclusion: Definitely plan to go back in the future but would probably plan to ski more on Pont Dilegno as its
very quiet over there and the runs are a bit more challenging and picturesque. Having said that there were virtually no
queues in Passe.

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