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Selva / Val Gardena

 Poster: A snowHead
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I may well be going there from March 20. Matteo offered some useful suggestions for offpiste skiing. I'm looking for: 1) further information on advanced / difficult terrain (I know it's mostly intermediate) and 2) things to do for non-skiers.

Alternatives in the same price range are Meribel, Serre Chevalier and Lex Deux Alpes. Would you recommend any of them over Selva on the two criteria listed above? (yes I know Les Deux Alpes has access to La Grave...)

Thanks in advance for any help!
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We had a brilliant week in Selva at the beginning of Feb, extensive ski area, jolly apres ski and fabulous scenery, In answer to your questions:
1) the blacks between Selva and St Christina are quite challenging, and Arraba also has steeper slopes, however all of the area was within our (12 weeks) skiing capabilities and 2 more advanced skiers whom we went with got bored.
2)There is a swimming pool with jacuzzi, lazy rivers etc in Ortesi, and Cortina, is an easy drive through stunning scenery.

Hope that helps, we really enjoyed it and will probably return, but it may be a bit tame for you, haven't been to any of the others so can't compare.
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Advanced/difficult terrain: Look for the "Forcelle" (Forks)
There's one called the "Forcella del Sass Pordoi" just above Canazei sking area, it is lift served
Another one the "Forcella del Sassolungo", which was lift served but the lift and the run was closed years ago on danger reasons (so the lore goes)
As for nice runs, go to La Villa and ski the "Gran Risa" (the december WC GS run )
try to ski it early in the morning, from Selva you should reach it in 40 minutes one hour.
A nice run (for its scenery) is down from Passo Falzarego/Lagazuoi (one can ski back and forth, but I usually take a bus ride from Colfosco to the Falzarego, it avoid the hassle to haveto wait forthe taxibusses at Armentarola-and nearly have to fight for a place)
Porta Vescovo (here try the Surasass black run, it's alway icy) and the Marmolada are also wonderful, but to reach the top of the Marmolada took nearly 2,5 hours (there are three lifts all in a row, and the queues can be horrid, if you arrivethare at the wrong time)
Be prepared to take a taxi ride back to Selva if you spend too much time around and the lifts close.
As for non-skiing, in Selva they are famous for wood sculpture. Try the Konditoreien (cake shops) for Apfel-Struedel, I am not sure if there is a swimming pool, but some hotels should have a fitness center w swimming pool (don't know in Selva, but in Colfosco the Gran Ciasa (Big House in Ladin) is so furnished)
http://www.granciasa.com/
Colfosco is OTOH a much smaller village than Selva, but right down the valley from it there's Corvara, a thad bigger.
Anyway, the main activities for non-skiers there are :
Sunbathing, cake eating, and walking
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Thanks a lot! Matteo, any chance of you being there around that time?
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You're welcome Cedric. If I knew about your other choices would have posted about those as well.
Alas, not. I was there end of January for a week (the same week of the ESA/Gathering).
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