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Sella Ronda - where to base ourselves

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Hi all,

So planning a long overdue first trip to the Dolomites and in particular the Sella Ronda is at the top of our list.

We are a group of 6 adults. Confident intermediates to advanced skiers. We are travelling last week of January 2020 to avoid school holidays etc. I'm looking to pick the brains of the experts on here about where to base ourselves. We would obviously like easy access to the circuit but also to have some pistes in the immediate area as well. Looking at the piste map, this kinda puts us in either Selva, Corvara or Arabba? I like the look of the last two with the runs down to San Cassiano and up to Marmolada respectivley. Am I right in thinking that Arabba will cater more to the advanced skiers with some steeper stuff around there?
As for the "resort life" we certainly aren't bothered about mental apres i.e clubs! We would like a few decent restaurants and some friendly bars to spend the evening in.

It'll be a week trip, so are there any must do's that we can add to our itinerary? Very open to suggestions from people in regards to places to eat, stay etc as well!

Thanks all
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Really good prices last time I looked (350-400 PP) for Garni Bellavista half board room cost, flying to Venice and using Arabba transfer service. Keep the place warm the week before the Birthday Bash. And Arabba definitely for your group. If choosing Bellavista or Portavescovo all the info in the Birthday Bash thread - in terms of location, routes, ski hire etc- will be useful to you travelling the week before
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Arabba is a good spot for accessing the most challenging of the skiing in the area. The Marmolada is worth doing on a clear day and you will beat the queues coming from Arabba.

You can do the World War I Tour which takes in the Hidden Valley if taken anti-clockwise. https://www.dolomitisuperski.com/en/Experience/Sellaronda-Grande-Guerra

Bear in mind the Sella Ronda route is often busy, but you can use it to access the whole linked area, you can ski all the way to Ortisei, via the Saslong World Cup Run in Val Gardena and the 'James Bond run' from the top of Seceda down to Ortisei.

You can do a daytrip out to Kronplatz too, by skiing over & catching the bus from Pedraces to Piculin.

There are some challenging off-piste itineraries off the Marmolada & Sass Pordoi cablecars, but you would need good snow and a guide for those.

Arabba is quiet of an evening, a few restaurants and bars and if there's 6 of you, you can make your own party, I guess! Toofy Grin
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Myself and a group of 15 other lads will be around Sella Ronda the same week. We opted for Canazei. Seems to be in reach of everything and okayish apres from what we could gather.
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I'm a big fan of Corvara for mixed groups with less confident intermediate skiers but once you get beyond that and start looking for somewhere with more advanced skiing (yet still with good access to nice long blues) then Arabba would be my choice.
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olderscot wrote:
I'm a big fan of Corvara for mixed groups with less confident intermediate skiers but once you get beyond that and start looking for somewhere with more advanced skiing (yet still with good access to nice long blues) then Arabba would be my choice.
Agreed. However I stayed in Corvara for the first time this year and one thing struck me, which was how quickly one can get to Selva - and therefore points beyond Selva - from there.
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Was in both Canazei and Campitello this season, would recommend both, preferred to Selva.
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Thanks for the advice everyone. Arabba it is as first choice.

Is it possible to get over from Arabba to Selva, enjoy a few runs over there and get back in one day or we will be pushed for time? They are pretty much right opposite each other on the Ronda so I'm guessing yes it's possible to get there, but not to hang around for eg, lunch.
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@Fridge03, no problem getting around to Selva. The faster people on the Birthday Bash will get around to Ortisei and back without much problem. snowHead
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NeddySkiGoon wrote:
@Fridge03, no problem getting around to Selva. The faster people on the Birthday Bash will get around to Ortisei and back without much problem. snowHead
Absolutely, I was just musing on the fact that Corvara is nearer.
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I love Arraba great slopes directly from accommodation
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Arabba night life is 'Very' quiet, pretty much limited to Pete's bar and the Portavescovo bar. Everything else is a Plus
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