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Sella Ronda from Pozza di Fassa

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Hi everybody,

This is my first post and I am from Spain, so please forgive my language=). Just planning a ski trip with my wife to dolomities for the 2nd week of January 2019. I am a confident intermadiate and my wife is a pre intermadiate. Pozza di fassa has some good deals and decided to stay there which looks has an acces to Alba. The thing I want to ask is that, I looked at the ski map and there is a black run through to Alba from Pozza pistes. How steep is that? My wife scares too much from black runs and is it possible to take the gondolo for reaching the Alba from top station without skiing that black? In some of the Spain resorts they dont let that.

Thanks
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Hi ..The run down is not that difficult ..a bit steep in places ..but a lot of people take the cable car down which is very easy and it connects with either the bus back to Possa (via Canazei and Campitello)or the lift up to the Belvedere area at Canazei...a great area ..my 4th time in January
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@feelgood, Hi and welcome snowHead

The black run at Alba isn't very steep – it would probably be red in most places. Also, each steeper section is quite short so it doesn't look too bad as you go down it.

Also, yes, you can take the gondola instead. This is possible for all the gondolas in the Sella Ronda area.

The only concern I would have, is that as an intermediate skier, Pozza may be too far out for your wife. Alba > Pozza and Pozza > Alba is 3 lifts each way, which takes about an hour or more if you are fast. If you are skiing more slowly, this section could take 3 hours out of your day (there and back) and not leave you much time to do the Sella Ronda or other excursions. You would be better staying in Canazei or Alba if you can, and then you can spend a day skiing to Pozza or Pera without rushing.
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@feelgood, Like @Scarlet says Pozza is a bit far out - of course you can take the bus - but if you want to try the Sella area choose one of the villages around it.

There may be a reason for the good deals. Toofy Grin

Alba has become very good with the new gondol up!

And yes you can take the Gondol down - no problem.

If you want to do Sella Ronda do it anticlockwise if your wife does not like steep runs.
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Yes, I think doing a full circuit of the Sella Ronda from Pozza will be hard for a pre-intermediate. But there are lots of pistes to explore without needing to go right round the loop. The black down from Ciampac to Alba is steep in places but not too scary as long as the snow is in good shape. It's easy to get the gondola at the top and cross over at the bottom to take the Col dei Rossi lift up to Belvedere.

Staying at Pozza gives you the advantage of easy access to the slopes above Vigo. And if you want quicker access to the Sella Ronda, take the skibus to Canazei and get off at the Campitello lift.
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If you have a car, Pozza is a good base, it's a nice town with a lived-in feel. The accommodation is quite a lot cheaper than the villages at the head of the valley.

By car, you can access lots of nice areas along the Val di Fassa. As well as the obvious Buffaure-Alba and trips up to the Sella Ronda via Campitello, Canazei & Alba, the Alpe Lusia/Bellamonte & Passo San Pellegrino/Falcade areas near Moena are very worthwhile and tend to be a lot less busy than the Sella Ronda. The Carezza area has nice runs. Catinaccio accessed from Vigo or Pera is small, but very pretty. These are all covered on the Superski pass. There is also a Valle Silver pass which just covers the ski areas in Val di Fassa, but you can't use it on the Sella Ronda beyond Campitello/Canazei. There are more ski areas further down the valley at Latemar and Alpe Cermis.

The bus service along the valley is pretty good too if you don't have a car. https://www.skibusvaldifassa.it/en/lines

Buen viaje!
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@feelgood, I stayed in Pozza in January of this year and thought it a great little sunny town, that I want to go back to. I'm a confident intermediate and could ski Pozza and down the black run into Alba and back in an hours ski lesson; this was with a take no prisoners, give no instruction, Italian ski instructor.
When I asked him if I was capable of doing the black home run into Pozza he said it would be hard for me, so I never tried that one, as I trusted his judgement.
I was there with a friend who had not skied for 10 years and who was snow ploughing everywhere v slowly and tentatively to start with but she still managed the reds. One afternoon at the end of the week, after her ski school lesson, I even managed to get her up to Belvedere and back to admire the views before last lifts stopped. It was touch and go though!
+1 to @luigi 's comments. Go for it and your wife can use the gondola.
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Pozza is a great place to stay - the local skiing is much less busy than the Sella Ronda, and if you did want to do the circuit rather than ski round via Alba you could easily just get the bus to Canazei
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Hi,
we will stay in Pozza in March and would like to take the Sella Ronda (orange) round. Which is the best starting point (I mean which is the less crowded lift around 9am): Campitello (Col Rodella), Canazei (Pecol) or Alba (Col dei Rossi)?
Thanks.
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Of the three, I 'suspect' the Alba on would be the quietest - do you have a car ?
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And what do you think about Pian Frataces as a starting point? Is it possible to go there by car in March?
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welcome to sH snowHead

If competent red run skiers, then I'd just ski Pozza-Alba and join Sella Ronda there.
If nervous, beginner, etc. then I'd get bus to Canazei Pecol (on those days you want to ski Sella Ronda)
I think Campitello has the biggest carpark, but Canazei or Alba will have the shortest queue. I wouldn't start from Pian Frateces, even if it was accessible by road.
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Thanks, then I think Alba will be good for us. We are quite quick red run skiers, but would like to enjoy some extra slopes in Val Gardena and Alta Badia. Anyway, why don't you recommend Pian Frateces?
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It's on the road up over a pass, with a zillion switchbacks. And I imagine nowhere near as much parking as Campitello down in the valley.
Quick red-run skiers should easily be able to do a full Sella Ronda loop plus the Pozza-Alba bit. And if pressed for time, you can still come down to Alba, Canazei or Campitello at the end of the day, and grab a bus back.
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Ok, I just thought that we would ski at Pozza/Alba many times on other days. Thanks for your reply Smile
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@bpeter, Pian Frataces is a valid option if the roads aren't snowy and you don't mind driving a little way up the hairpins. There won't be the same morning queues there that you can get at the valley stations and there is a fair-sized car park. You're straight onto the Sella Ronda both ways there.

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Thanks, our goal is to avoid the morning queues and spend a bit more time in Val Gardena and Alta Badia. Maybe we will try this starting point.
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