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Resort: Foppolo

Country: Italy

Domain: Lift Pass covers Foppolo, Corona and San Simone

Author: Elizabeth B

Date: Feb 2007

Our holiday: Was with a school group of around 35 11-13 yr olds

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Basics : Flew to Milan Malpensa, and transferred by coach. Bergamo airport would be nearer. I'm not aware of public transport links, so it may involve car hire or private transfer.

Lift system : Old and slow. There are 4 chair lifts in Foppolo (one of these takes you from the bottom of the village to the bottom of the ski area), one of which is a 1 man chair!! Corona is lift linked, and is entirely drag lifts. Didn't visit San Simone as that requires a road transfer (via ski bus)

The terrain : Looking at the piste map, the area didn't seem to bad...but it appears that they don't update their maps, as several lifts shown (and their respective pistes) no longer exist!! The terrain is beginner friendly, although the lifts are not ideal.

The snow : 100% artificial....okay, not quite, but it was poor.

Off-piste : There was a small amount of off piste, which in better snow conditions may have been more pleasant than we found it.

The resort : Foppolo is a small resort, that gets well populated at the weekend by day visitors, and during the week is empty. I was there at half-term, and if it hadn't been for 4 groups of English/Irish kids, the resort would have been totally deserted. There was a fair range of actvities available considering the size of the resort (there is a new swimming pool complex, an outdoor ice rink and a couple of discos)

Food : The only place I tried was the K2 bar at the top of the Montebello chair lift. Seemed nice.

Accommodation : The Cristallo was in an ideal location, right next to the lifts. You could ski onto the terrace if you wanted to. Staff were very friendly, and the rooms were basic but okay.

Costs: Chips & mayo were €3

Conclusion: It was a good resort for a school group, as there wasn't really anywhere for the kids to get into trouble. They all had great fun and would go back. I skied the resort in about 3 hours, so wouldn't rush back! I think Ray Zorro did it the right way - as a day trip.

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