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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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@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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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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Hi all,

Just an update on our location choice. We couldn't really find anything that ticked our boxes in Arabba that also wasn't a silly price.

But we have booked for Penia, just up the road from Canazei. Got a very good offer from Neilson with the half price lift pass and a further £100 off per person. From what I can see/have read, it's actually a handy spot to get both up onto the Sella Ronda from Alba (and the relatviely new lift there) and also to get over and explore towards Pozza as well. Arabba and the Marmolada is also not too far away by ski or by bus if we feel lazy.

Would the Hidden Valley be doable from there? We are pretty quick skiers, normally out on the first lift.

Role on January now I guess!
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Fridge03 wrote:
Hi all,

Just an update on our location choice. We couldn't really find anything that ticked our boxes in Arabba that also wasn't a silly price.

But we have booked for Penia, just up the road from Canazei. Got a very good offer from Neilson with the half price lift pass and a further £100 off per person. From what I can see/have read, it's actually a handy spot to get both up onto the Sella Ronda from Alba (and the relatviely new lift there) and also to get over and explore towards Pozza as well. Arabba and the Marmolada is also not too far away by ski or by bus if we feel lazy.

Would the Hidden Valley be doable from there? We are pretty quick skiers, normally out on the first lift.

Role on January now I guess!


I've stayed in Pozza di Fassa twice. Got the bus from Pozza to Canazei, and skied the hidden valley and back in a day, including a 30-60minute stop for lunch. It was a full on day skiing, and made it back with not huge amounts of time.

The skiing in the Pozza area is limited, there aren't loads of slopes but what is there is empty on the occasions i've been, one of which was February half term!

Loved the area, and would go back in a heart beat, especially if you're a big fan of cruising around pistes all day long.
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@Fridge03, Yes your very near the modern fast Col de Rossi cable car at Alba which gets you straight onto the Sella Ronda. If it’s your first visit to the area it can be a good idea earlier in the week to head over to Prolongia area via Arabba & check out the route to the bus/taxi which would take you to hidden valley cable car. But once you get your bearings it’s no problem with ample time to spare. But best on a clear sunny day to make the most of the stunning scenery.
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Great. Thanks for the tips guys. Can't wait for our first taste of the Dolomites. From what I've heard, I won't want to ski anywhere else after!
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Fridge03 wrote:
Hi all,

Just an update on our location choice. We couldn't really find anything that ticked our boxes in Arabba that also wasn't a silly price.

But we have booked for Penia, just up the road from Canazei. Got a very good offer from Neilson with the half price lift pass and a further £100 off per person. From what I can see/have read, it's actually a handy spot to get both up onto the Sella Ronda from Alba (and the relatviely new lift there) and also to get over and explore towards Pozza as well. Arabba and the Marmolada is also not too far away by ski or by bus if we feel lazy.

Would the Hidden Valley be doable from there? We are pretty quick skiers, normally out on the first lift.

Role on January now I guess!



Doable - but why not make a overnight stay on Lagazuoi? gives you possibility for Cinque Torri or Tofana or the World War I tour.

(and time to get lost on the Alta Badia area Toofy Grin )
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Couple thoughts. The Sella Ronda is something fun to do, but it isn’t the best skiing there, partly because so many folks want to do it. Go for it, eyes open. Hidden Valley is also a so-so run at best, often choked with gapers looking at the view....and who can blame them, its stunning and worth it for the view alone. Plus, Rifugio Scotoni is a fantastic lunch stop halfway down, and at the bottom the horse-lift is a gas to do once. I can’t wait to walk my talk again in March, have a blast.
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I’m thinking of staying in Pozza. Are there any decent bars? Just a few drinks with a bit of music/pool table will do. I’m looking at ski bus and it seems I can stay in Canazei for some apres till 1930hrs. Just thinking about a local bar is all.
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I’m thinking of staying in Pozza. Are there any decent bars? .
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No, it'll be pretty dead. Selva is the only town on the SR that has much in the way of apres/nightlife.

I've stayed in Canazei and did get lucky. There was a young Danish band in residence in a bar. They rocked the place at apres time.
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That's not too surprising given Canazai is the #1 Danish ski destination. It's like their Val d'Ispair or Merihell wink
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We stayed in Arraba a few years ago and although it is a great base it is very quiet, if we went again I think we would choose Corvara as there is more skiing for the less experienced in our group
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Arabba never seems quiet when we're there... for some reason Wink
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That's not too surprising given Canazai is the #1 Danish ski destination. It's like their Val d'Ispair or Merihell wink


Just you wait - soon we will launch our viking ships and sail across to take over after BOJO! It's not only Canazei we take over! Toofy Grin

I find Plan de Gralba a very good bass if you do not need nightlife! Madeye-Smiley

Driving to Canazei can be a pain when the Passo Sella or Passo Fedaia are closed. Sad
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Do me and plenty more of us a favor, @Hyst, and keep sailing west once you're done with Bojo. There's another blonde that needs to go.
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"While not the first to sight the North American continent, Leif Erikson became the first Viking to explore the land of Vinland (part of North America, probably near modern-day Newfoundland). Leif invited his father on the voyage, but according to legend, Erik fell off his horse on the way to the ship and took this as a bad sign, leaving his son to continue on without him.[15] Erik died in the above-cited epidemic the winter after his son's departure. There is no evidence that Leif was aware of his father's death until he returned to Greenland."

However I will bypass T. and join my friends further west from Seattle.
Just love my Onsen.

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@Scooter in Seattle, Go west, it is a nice place to visit for skiing, onsen and food. (and people!) snowHead
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obrien859 wrote:
I’m thinking of staying in Pozza. Are there any decent bars? .
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No, it'll be pretty dead. Selva is the only town on the SR that has much in the way of apres/nightlife.

I've stayed in Canazei and did get lucky. There was a young Danish band in residence in a bar. They rocked the place at apres time.


My experience of Selva is that it is pretty dead, apres wise. Stayed there half a dozen times, Canazei this Jan and Feb had a bit more life (not much, just a bit)
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Reading with interest as never done Dolomites. Quick additional question to the above - if just doing a short break what’s the best base for intermediate/ advanced group with shorter transfer prob from Treviso?
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dgschof wrote:
if just doing a short break what’s the best base for intermediate/ advanced group with shorter transfer prob from Treviso?


Arabba.
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dgschof wrote:
if just doing a short break what’s the best base for intermediate/ advanced group with shorter transfer prob from Treviso?


Arabba.


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Thanks for the clear steer!
One word answer invited to this too Laughing -
Is Cortina a contender (Yes/No)!
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No (not if you want to be on/do the Ronda area)
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I would love to go to Arabba next.

We've been staying in Selva (3 years now) b/c my wife prefers XC, so she has all the trails of Monte Pana and Alpe di Siusi. Selva is very...pleasant, and upscale, and there are a ton of beginner/intermediate runs in the immediate area (Alpe di Siusi, Secada, Plan Gralba, Colfosco Corvara. You would need a solid week to ski them all once. However, if you are looking for expert runs, there are maybe only half a dozen blacks, and none of them are fear-inducing.
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@dgschof,
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No
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We stayed in Penia de Canazei last year with Neilson, Chalet Hotel Dolomites Inn. Excellent position as long as you don't mind a bus to the lifts, which were very frequent if you walk 3 minutes down to the main road & free guiding/teaching if you want it. Easy access to the circuit & plenty of local skiing on the opposite side of the road, + access to other locally if you get the bus. Penia de Canazei was very quiet, but plenty of apres in Canazei itself, a few minutes on the bus or a half hour walk.
We found the circuit VERY busy considering this was late Jan/early Feb & the weather not great, the reds into Arraba heading clockwise were in horrible condition by lunchtime & fairly lethal by mid afternoon, icy, chopped up & very mogully plus full of the world & his wife, half of whom didn't appear to be able to actually ski.
You can easily do hidden valley or Marmolada from here or Arabba, but worth being on early lifts out of resort to do either, we probably wasted 2 hours in queues for taxis & lifts to hidden valley, arrived at Marmolada just as they were opening the main lifts up as it had been white out earlier - fortunately the forecast was spot on & we had trusted it - Accuweather seemed pretty much bang on the money all week, which really helps you plan - you don't want to get caught on the opposite side of the circuit if the weather closes in!
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