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TR: Corvara, Marmolada, San Martino, Trafoi (13-19 Mar '16) and Verona, Pejo, Solda (27-31 Mar '16)

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SUNDAY 13 MARCH 2016

After a fantastic four days in San Martino Di Castrozza the previous week I headed back to the Italian Dolomites hoping for more of the same prior to a family holiday at Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, Austria.

TR: San Martino Di Castrozza, Trentino Dolomites, Italy (01-06 March 2016)
http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=124440


Travel day.

Caught the Cardiff Airport bus from Cardiff Train Station, Wales at 10.21 - a bargain at £8 return - and 50 minutes later I was having a coffee in the departure lounge. The benefit of flying from a regional airport.

I flew with KLM to Innsbruck via Amsterdam for £266.70

Arrived around 5 and after picking up my Opel Zafira Estate diesel through Argus Car Hire with Mega Drive for £424.57 I was on my way to Corvara, Alta Badia.

http://www.arguscarhire.com


Easy drive over the Brenner Pass and a little over two hours later I was parked up in front of Albergo Alisander, a short drive up from the main gondola and village 'square'.

Booked two nights B&B for 163 euros through booking.com

Albergo Alisander
http://www.alisander.suedtirol.com/


After unpacking I headed down the hill to find some dinner.

Great roast pork & mushroom pizza, bottle of red wine and bottle of sparkling water at Villa Caterina for 19 euros.


MONDAY 14 MARCH 2016

The view from my balcony this morning

The mighty Sassongher, home to the classic Dolimiti Canale (Dolomite Couloir) Val Scura, towering over Corvara





Great continental breakfast and then skied down to the Boe gondola and Vallon chair for the skin to Piz Boe (3151m) and the drop in to Val Mesdi

On the way to Piz Boe





The view from the summit of Piz Boe





Val Mesdi





















Val Mesdi
Corvara-Colfosco Ski Area, Alta Badia, Dolomites, Italy


http://youtube.com/v/h9r2q518bdg


Tremendous day and all for 42 euros and a straightforward skin

I tried to have dinner at the 1* Michelin restaurant La Stüa de Michil in the Hotel La Perla but they were fully booked.
http://www.hotel-laperla.it/en/service-areas/la-st%C3%BCa-de-michil/142-9792.html


So I went to Posta Zirm Hotel instead and had a fantastic two course dinner with drinks for 48 euros
http://www.postazirm.com/en/gourmet/dining-experience-hotel-en/


Two very good articles for the opportunities in the area, skiing and eating Smile

Couloirs and Michelin stars in the Dolomites
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/27c38f96-7c0a-11e4-a7b8-00144feabdc0.html#axzz44qpqPMJD


Couloirs: An off-piste adventure
http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/skiing/couloirs-an-off-piste-adventure-9793340.html


And if you're looking for a guide then these are the go to guys
http://www.altabadiaguides.com/eng/Home/home_49_357.html


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TUESDAY 15 MARCH 2016

Dawn broke grey and clammy so I put my plan to ski couloirs in the Passo Pordoi area of Arabba on hold.

Packed up the car and headed to the Marmolada glacier to see how the light was down there.

The car park was deserted and visibility was better so I headed to the top on the three stage gondola.

Before skiing I had a look around the impressive First World War Museum













And took in the view from the Marmolada viewing platform





The snow was great - boot top dry powder - and for the first couple of laps I skied the runs and between the runs (Punta Rocca, Sass Del Mul Fedaia, Variante Sass Del Muil) back to the base.

A whopping 1823m of vertical.

The next three laps were down to Lago Di Fedaia with the short traverse back to the Padon A run.





Had a quick lunch at the bottom of the gondola (panini, sparkling water for 7.50 euros) and then continued on to San Martino Di Castrozza.

I'd booked to stay at Hotel Villa Aurora again. The same massive room with balcony looking out to the Rosetta ski area and free off-road parking.

2-nights B&B accommodation for 102 euros (booked through booking.com)

http://www.hotelvillaurora.it/



It started snowing as I brought the last of my gear into the hotel and after a quick shower I headed to my favourite alpine bar

Meanwhile back at The Ranch
https://www.facebook.com/ranchthedolomitesbar/?fref=ts













An evening of gin, grappa, local pork burger and great conversation with Loris and Malika for 45 euros

Found a new favourite grappa too.

L'Ones Al Cumino Montana - Caraway infused grappa
http://www.grappalones.it/en/caraway/
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WEDNESDAY 16 MARCH 2016

Between 20-30cm of dry, light powder at village level and the sun breaking through the clouds.

Cimon della Palla (3184m) at first light from my balcony at Hotel Villa Aurora





Cimon della Palla (3184m) and Rosetta Ski Area at first light from my balcony at Hotel Villa Aurora





Rosetta Ski Area at first light from my balcony at Hotel Villa Aurora









Got to the Tognola gondola at 8.35am and it was deserted. Three quarters of the way up three guys were skiing down Tognola 1 and that was it.

Untracked, deep turns on and off piste all day. It doesn't get much better. Especially for mid-March.

Little Parcels Of An Endless Time


http://youtube.com/v/GjnHUzOHGbo


Deep turns off the Cigolera T-bar













Deep turns off the Scandola chair





San Martino church





San Martino Di Castrozza village









San Martino Di Castrozza memorabilia





San Martino Di Castrozza village





After such a great day it was back to Ranch for more gin, grappa & burgers.
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Absolutely stunning photos Very Happy


Thanks very much.

The scenery is amazing.
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Thank you telford mike and HoneyBunny
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Great photos, Val Mesdi looks so much fresher than my trip there on Friday!
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Great photos, Val Mesdi looks so much fresher than my trip there on Friday!


Cheers.

It was well tracked out at the entrance - packed powder on bumps - but plenty of untracked up the sides.

The alternative entries into Val Mesdi looked great.
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THURSDAY 17 MARCH 2016

Another bluebird powder day at San Martino - Passo Rolle Ski Area but I had an enforced day off snow.

Prior to skiing the line starting at the 2 minute mark in yesterday's video I hit some submerged rocks and got catapulted over the handlebars onto rocks.

My left shoulder and sternum took the brunt of the impact and both were heavily bruised.

So after breakfast and packing up the car I took the long way round to Trafoi, Ortler Ski Area, Sud Tirol.

Sass Maor (2812m)





Palazzo Sass Maor





I stopped into Ranch, The Dolomites Bar for a coffee and to pick up a bottle of L'Ones Al Cumino Montana - Caraway infused grappa before bidding farewell to Loris and San Martino.





















View from Passo Rolle Ski Area













I detoured via Bormio and Livigno to check out conditions - both excellent - then through one of the funkiest tunnels into Swizterland.

There was less snow - but better roads and drivers - on the Swiss side and no snow as I drove up the Stelvio valley to Trafoi.

But as I got past Gomagoi snow lay on the side of the road.

I was spending two nights at Garni Interski (2 nights B&B 101 euros)
http://www.garni-interski.com

The small hotel is in a great location about 300m from the beginners ski area and 100m to the lift to the top of Trafoi.

Tania the owner is an enigmatic host and the hotel bar is well stocked and well priced.

I had dinner at Hotel Post - pizza, bottle of wine, grappa, espresso for 24 euros

This is where it all started for me 30 years ago and the main reason I was (re)-visiting Trafoi.

My cousin & I had travelled by bus from London for a week's stay at Hotel Post and skiing at Trafoi.
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Yes had mogulled entrance and some nice snow for a little bit but was very mushy further down. Friday was a warm day but surprised how sticky snow was on north facing valley. The rock must heat things up and trap the warm air.
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Yes had mogulled entrance and some nice snow for a little bit but was very mushy further down. Friday was a warm day but surprised how sticky snow was on north facing valley. The rock must heat things up and trap the warm air.


Quite possibly.

Although the ambient temperature has increased significantly the past couple of weeks.
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Superb pictures:

That mountain peak viewed from Passo Rolle looks a bit like the Matterhorn!!! I really must visit some of these less popular Dolomite resorts like Civetta, Carezza, San Martino at some point. They do look just as picteresque (scenery wise) as the main Sella Ronda ones
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Superb pictures:

That mountain peak viewed from Passo Rolle looks a bit like the Matterhorn!!! I really must visit some of these less popular Dolomite resorts like Civetta, Carezza, San Martino at some point. They do look just as picteresque (scenery wise) as the main Sella Ronda ones


Thanks.

In my limited experience they are, and less crowded.
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FRIDAY 18 MARCH 2016

My first experience of Trafoi 30 years ago was mixed.

Great company & laughs, amazing views, good food & drink at Hotel Post, and four days skiing & falling on sheet ice on the village slope.

By the third morning I was stuffing my spare clothing down the legs of my salopettes to cushion the blows and limit the bruising.

Our beginner group was finally allowed to go to the top of Trafoi lift system on the last day and I realised what I'd been missing. I was blown away by even grander views and there was snow up top!

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After breakfast I took the short stroll to the chairlift and made my way up the mountain.

The lower, south facing slopes were bare except for the pisted run. But from mid-mountain up there was plenty of cover.

I warmed up with a couple of runs off the t-bar and the second chair.

The shaded north facing slopes held dry, boot top powder, so I put the skins on and headed above the second chair.

Looking down on the t-bar, Ortler (3905m) in the distance





Ortler





As I crested the first hill I saw two people ahead of me skinning up the ridge. I kept my distance so we could all enjoy the views and solitude













Yesterday's tracks (not mine)





The couple ahead of me turned out to be Toni Stocker, Head Guide with feel-the-mountains based in Solda, and his customer Helen, from Val Gardena.
http://www.feel-the-mountains.com/


They were skiing down the ridgeline and then dropping into the north facing terrain, so I took a few shots before I dropped into the untracked N & NE facing bowl.

Toni





Toni & Helen









About to drop in





That Friday Feeling









I intended to cut a hard right at treeline and traverse back to the lifts but Toni and Helen skied down to me from a different face and Toni kindly offered to give me a lift back up to Trafoi from where they'd left the car.

Toni





Helen





So I followed them down though the trees and on the snow covered mountain road to the Deer Conservation Area just above Stelvio. Close to 1500m of vertical.

Into The Valley


http://youtube.com/v/06mfZxCeZAM


Back in Trafoi I took the lift back up for lunch (spaghetti bolognaise, mineral water & espresso for 9.4 euros) and then took the home run back to the village.

Just shy of 1000 vertical metres of deserted piste to let the skis run.

After showering I took a walk to the other end of the village to the peaks that horseshoe the valley.

















Tania invited me to join her and her friends for dinner at Hotel Tannenheim.

Wondeful meal of carpaccio of beef, pork tenderloin, & drinks for 30 euros.

A VERY different ski experience compared with my first visit to Trafoi, but thankfully the welcome, sense of community and village hasn't changed in 30 years.
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Just...gorgeous. Is there anything to beat the Dolomites at sunset?!
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Just...gorgeous. Is there anything to beat the Dolomites at sunset?!


Never gets old. Sunset or sunrise. Or anytime in between Happy
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SATURDAY 19 MARCH 2016

It would have been much of the same up there today but I was checking out and heading to Innsbruck airport to pick up my girlfriend Nerys, before heading to Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, Tirol, Austria for a week long family holiday with my brother Matt, my sister-in-law Laura, and 7-year old nephew Sam.

This would be my first time skiing with my nephew. I couldn't wait.

Yet another room with a fantastic view, Hotel Garni Interski, Trafoi









I bade farewell to Tania at Garni Interski and made my way down the valley.

On the way down I stopped at one of the funkiest art installation / museums I've had the pleasure to visit. 1 euro admission in the honesty box.





























And just before I crossed into Austria I passed this magnificent statue with the Ortler Alps as the backdrop









A fantastic six night trip with four very special ski days to remember.


Costs

Bus from Cardiff Train Station to Cardiff airport £8.00
Flight £266.70
7-day car hire £141.53
Petrol £25.86
Tolls £10.00
2-nights B&B Accommodation at Albergo Alisander £131.74
2-nights B&B Accommodation at Hotel Villa Aurora £82.44
2-nights B&B Accommodation at Garni Interski £81.62
Lift Pass £125.26
Food & drink £28.28
£160.00

Total £1061.43 / 1314 euros / US$ 1496.87 / AUD$ 1978.25 for 6 nights (4 days skiing)

To convert to your currency please use this link
http://www.xe.com/


Travelling as a pair would reduce these costs significantly -

shared cost of car hire, petrol and tolls
single room rate per person more expensive than shared room rate per person per night
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SATURDAY 26 MARCH 2016

After a fantastic week at Hotel Lasinga, Fiss skiing Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, Tirol, Austria with my brother, my sister-in-law & my nephew, my girlfriend Nerys & I headed to Italy.

TR: Sefaus-Fiss-Ladis, Tirol, Austria (19-26 March 2016)
http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=125375


Because we skied until 3pm today we decided to break the trip to Verona up with a night in Bolzano.

We stayed at Guesthouse 37 on Via Rosmini through booking.com, which was a short walk to the centre of the city (1 night for 125 euros)

http://www.booking.com/hotel/it/guesthouse-37.en-gb.html?aid=357029;label=yho748jc-hotel-XX-it-guesthouseN37-unspec-gb-com-L%3Aen-O%3AwindowsSnt-B%3Afirefox-N%3AXX-S%3Abo-U%3AXX;sid=5cbf51ba1c69d2edfda897dcc8386d93;dcid=4;dist=0&sb_price_type=total&type=total&


There was free parking outside the guesthouse because it was a weekend, but it seems that parking is very difficult in this neighbourhood in the week.

For dinner we went to a very cool bar/restaurant Nadamas in Piazza Erbe where we spent the night drinking prosecco and grappa eating Italian tapas.

Excellent and all for 56 euros.

Bolzano looked a great place the little we saw of it and is a great gateway to the mountains.



SUNDAY 27 MARCH 2016

We took a leisurely drive to Verona on Easter Sunday, pasing through small villages on the way.

We arrived at our hotel on the fringe of the old town around 2pm and after unpacking the car and parking up in the private courtyard (15 euros per day) we headed into the old town for food and a wander

Hotel Arena (2-nights 150 euros)
http://www.booking.com/hotel/it/arena.en-gb.html?aid=357029;label=yho748jc-hotel-XX-it-guesthouseN37-unspec-gb-com-L%3Aen-O%3AwindowsSnt-B%3Afirefox-N%3Ayes-S%3Abo-U%3Asalo;sid=5cbf51ba1c69d2edfda897dcc8386d93;dcid=4;group_adults=2;sb_price_type=total;type=total&


Our time in Verona was split between eating, drinking and wandering the streets.









Lunch was pizza, prosecco, gewurtztraminer & mineral water at Cafe Rialto (36.80 euros)

Followed by prosecco at a very charming side street bar, Oreste Cantina Dal Zovo (9 euros)









Then on to cocktails at the quirky Archivio on Via Rosa (2 cocktails each, 24 euros)
https://www.facebook.com/ArchiviodiViaRosa



Before settling down to dinner at Caffe Monte Baldo across the street (2 courses each, bottle of wine, 2 grappa, 2 prosecco, 2 coffee, 2 mineral water, 83.50 euros)
http://www.osteriamontebaldo.com/en/contact-us/


Fantastic day to night with sunshine and warm temps of 16C



MONDAY 28 MARCH 2016

Easter Monday was more of the same, except there were a few showers in the morning.

Breakfast at Caffe Wallner (9.70 euros)
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Caff%C3%A8-Wallner/1407891369488530


Lunch at El Bacarin (2 courses each, bottle of wine, 2 coffees, 2 mineral water, 57.50 euros)
http://www.elbacarin.com/


Walking around









Nibbles at La Tradision (2 savoury muffins each, 2 glasses of wine each, 22 euros)

S. Giorgio in Braida from Pte. Pietra bridge









Nerys





Closing the night out at Osteria Del Bugiardo (4 glasses of wine, 2 coffees, 2 grappas, 30.50 euros)
http://www.buglioni.it/en/osteria/osteria-verona/


We loved Verona.

Easy to navigate, wonderful views, excellent food & drink, very reasonably priced. We didn't do any of the cultural stuff, but there's loads.

With a new direct flight from Cardiff to Verona with FlyBe starting at the end of April this could well be mid-point or end to a trip to the Dolomites and South Tyrol in the future.
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TUESDAY 29 MARCH 2016

We left Verona bright and early, hightailed it up the motorway to the Trento Nord exit, and made our way to the Val Di Sole.

The big hitters in the valley are Folgarida-Marilleva (which is linked to Madonna di Campiglio) and Pass Tonale.

http://valdisole.net/EN/Skiing-and-Snowboarding/
http://www.skirama.it/en/


But on the recommendation of Clarky999 we headed to the village of Peio Fonti to ski Pejo 3000.

http://www.skipejo.it/






We were staying at Hotel Zanella, a short walk from the base area and were lucky enough to check in before we went to skiing.

Hotel Zanella (1-night HB with a bottle of wine at dinner, 94.20 euros booked through booking.com)
http://www.hotelzanella.it/


Painting of Hotel Zanella in the hotel dining room





We parked the car about 100m from the base area, bought two day tickets (68 euros) and made our way to the top of the mountain.

Two lifts - the Pejo Fonti-Tarlenta gondola and Pejo 3000 funivar - take you from 1400m to 3000m from where you're able to ski the Val della Mite, Variante dei Monti, Val Scura, and Tarlenta red runs top to bottom for 8km and a vertical drop of 1600m

We did two runs top to bottom - dry, chalky packed powder in the bowl, spring piste conditions below - then had lunch at Refugio Scoiattolo at mid-mountain.

Delicious mushroom pappardelle, venison with mushrooms and polenta, mineral water, 2 coffees (25.20 euros)

After lunch we took the funivar to the top and skied home.

No queues; deserted runs; great snow conditions and grooming considering the 'low tide' year, the southerly aspect of the slopes and the warm temperature; amazing views.

I scooted off-piste in the Val della Mitte where there was toe tickling powder on a firm base. The potential for lift accessed and skin to off-piste terrain is epic.

View from the top of the Pejo 3000 funivar





Nerys skiing the Val della Mite





Doss dei Cembri





Variante dei Monti





Val Scura





Half Light


http://youtube.com/v/lew8Ri1hArs



A couple of aperols in the sunshine at the base area, delicious dinner at the hotel, and then a stroll around Peio Fonti.

Had a look at the Thermal Spa Centre and then a few drinks at Pub No.1

http://www.termepejo.it



Cracking little village with a great ski area. And part of what looks like a very varied ski arena.
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I was out in Colfosco at similar time and would simply add;

- we got car rental for bizarrely cheap, like 40 euro for a week for a good car, through XE at same time of year
- Otzi the iceman in Bolzano is well worth a visit, Bolzano in general was a very nice town without the tourist throng of Verona (which was also a very nice town)

Italy is such a nice place to ski in...
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Thanks. Will add to growing to-do list for next-visit Smile
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WEDNESDAY 30 MARCH 2016

We had intented to ski Passo Tonale today but the freezing level had skyrocketed overnight with drizzle to 2,500m accompanied by 'Old London Town fog' which reduced visibility to a couple of metres at times.

So it was a leisurely drive to our final destination for this trip, Solda. Just around the corner from Trafoi which I'd visited almost two weeks ago.

2 nights B&B at Basecamp Nives, Solda, Ortler Ski Arena, South Tyrol (174.40 euros through booking.com)
http://www.sulden-nives.com


Great location in the centre of the village, with the bus stop outside.
Free on-site parking.
Excellent staff and service.
Excellent breakfast. And dinner as it turned out. We ate there both nights.
Great bar area with wifi.
We had a bunk bed room which was spacious for two but might be a little cramped for four.
Highly recommended.

We took a long walk around the village before dinner.

Solda has three ski areas.

The Langenstein and Kanzel within walking distance of the main village, and Madritsch at the top of the valley - accessed by car or free ski bus - which has the most extensive skiing with the biggest vertical.

Solda/Sulden
http://www.seilbahnensulden.it/Englisch/index.php


Ortler Ski Arena
http://www.ortlerskiarena.com/en/skiing-in-italy.html





It's also home to one of Rheinhold Mesner's museums dedicated to mountain life, sport & culture.

Messner Mountain Museum Ortles
http://www.messner-mountain-museum.it/en/ortles/museum/





Hotel Post





Solda snapshot





Ortler reflection





We had dinner at Restaurant Nives and it was superb.

Deep fried camembert and mushroom ravioli for Nerys, beef carpaccio (best I've had) and steak with rosemary potatoes for me.

Add in mineral water, two glasses of prosecco, four glasses of wine, four grappas, and two coffees and it made for a fantastic evening (93.80 euros)
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Great report Mike and fantastic photos - thanks for posting.
Keen to hear how you enjoyed Solda. I'm sure that someone will correct me but I think I'm the only person who has ever posted about the place here. I spend a long weekend there some years ago and really liked it. Totally off the map for Brits. We were quite a curiosity to the locals!
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@Mike Pow,

Great report Mike and fantastic photos - thanks for posting.
Keen to hear how you enjoyed Solda. I'm sure that someone will correct me but I think I'm the only person who has ever posted about the place here. I spend a long weekend there some years ago and really liked it. Totally off the map for Brits. We were quite a curiosity to the locals!


Thanks.

Loved Solda.

Ask and ye shall receive Wink
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THURSDAY 31 MARCH 2016

Woke to clear skies and the sunrise warming the mountains but the weather moved in quickly and the mountains soon became shrouded in cloud.

Solda Church





Messner Mountain Museum





After a great breakfast we drove to the Madritsch base area and took the Seilbahn Sekt. I & II, Madritsch and Schontauf II to the top of Solda at 3250m

As we neared the top of the Seilbahn Sekt. II we broke through the cloud to a world of sunshine and spectacular peaks.

Nerys at the top of Solda





Gran Zebru Konigspitze (3859m), Zebru (3740m) and Ortler (3905m)





Nerys and Gran Zebru Konigspitze (3859m)





We spent most of the day lapping the Madritsch and Schontauf II chairs skiing dry, packed powder on piste and windblown pockets of powder on a firm base off-piste.

Nerys









Before and after lunch we skied down to the bottom of the Seilbahn Sekt. II cable car on the Madritsch variant (red 1A) passing under the face of Gran Zebru Konigspitze.

For the last run of the day I skied the Hochstein black itinerary down to the bottom of the Seilbahn Sekt. II cable car and then Kanonenrohr (black 1C) to the car park, 1250m vertical.





The perfect ending to a perfect holiday.

Solda has got so much to offer.

Above treeline skiing for those bluebird days and treelined runs and well spaced forests for when it's dumping.

Here's a good example of what's possible


GoPro: Sulden, Italy - can´t get any better than this! from Nicolas Metz
https://vimeo.com/84581999


And with 6 areas on a combined pass - Belpiano, Malga S. Valentino, Watles, Solda, Trafoi, Minschuns/Val Monastero (CH) - and Merano 2000, Val Senales and Nauders a short drive away the Val Venosta has much to offer.

We had intended going to Hotel Post for dinner but after a few aperitifs in the Nives bar it was too easy to walk across the hallway to the restaurant.

Another superb evening, and a boozy one!

Salad and Rocket Tagliolini for Nerys, mushroom ravioli and Sportlerschnitzel with fries for me. Couldn't finish it, massive.

Add in mineral water, one bombardino, one coretto, two veneziano, one Ingo, two glasses of prosecco, two glasses of wine, nine grappas, 2 cognacs and two coffees and we really pushed the boat out (118.70 euros)



FRIDAY 01 APRIL 2016

A leisurely breakfast and a leisurely and uneventful drive to Innsbruck airport.

A fabulous week and a wonderful counterpoint to our week in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis.


Costs

6-day car hire £141.53
Petrol £57.39
1-night Accommodation at Guesthouse 37 £99.32
2-nights Accommodation at Hotel Arena £143.00
1-night HB Accommodation at Hotel Zanella £74.85
2-nights B&B Accommodation at Basecamp Nives £138.59
Lift Pass £116.80
Food & drink £490.35

Total £1261.83

Per person £630.92 / 794.12 euros / US$ 895.28 / AUD$ 1160.00
for 6 nights (2 days skiing)

To convert to your currency please use this link
http://www.xe.com/
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 So if you're just off somewhere snowy come back and post a snow report of your own and we'll all love you very much
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Thank you! Glad you had fun. Agree on the range of skiing available in a small area.
And you've captured the fabulous views very well.
I think the most distinctive part of the skiing on offer is the massive amount of off-piste from the top lift of the back of the schoenlaufspitze - huge variety of 1350m descents to the bottom without any hiking. Then if you add what you can get at by hiking along the ridge...
The ski touring towards Cevedale looks brilliant but I didn't get to try it.
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 You know it makes sense.
You know it makes sense.
+1000 Smile
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 Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
Quality photos and reporting.

Absolutely top banana.

Well done and keep up the good work!
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 Poster: A snowHead
Poster: A snowHead
I only read half of it but it was great... will catch the rest later.

Thanks Mike.
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Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Goliard wrote:
Quality photos and reporting.

Absolutely top banana.

Well done and keep up the good work!


Thanks
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Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Layne wrote:
I only read half of it but it was great... will catch the rest later.

Thanks Mike.


My pleasure
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Mike, a real quality post.

Your pictures are far better than any I manage to take. If you don't mind what camera/lens do you use?
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 Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
snowfaller wrote:
Mike, a real quality post.

Your pictures are far better than any I manage to take. If you don't mind what camera/lens do you use?


Thanks very much.

Non-action stills & Action Stills not of me
Canon 7D
Canon 10-18mm
Canon 40mm
Tamron 70-300mm


Action stills of me
Sony FDR1000v Action Cam - single frame grabs from 1080p 60fps video


And last June I took an intensive weekend course with Tim Allen, the man behind the BBC Human Planet series.

Vastly improved my in-camera shooting plus my post-production work with Adobe Camera RAW and Adobe Photoshop.

http://humanplanet.com/timothyallen/workshops/
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Cheers Mike
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 Then you can post your own questions or snow reports...
Then you can post your own questions or snow reports...
Wonderful pics, thanks.
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After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
telford_mike wrote:
Wonderful pics, thanks.


Thanks.
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@Mike Pow, Just found this thread as I was away when it was first posted. Great TR, as always Smile
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Chamcham wrote:
@Mike Pow, Just found this thread as I was away when it was first posted. Great TR, as always Smile


Thanks.

Hope you had as good a time as we did Smile
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