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Sella Ronda orange or green ?

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So, like it says - which way is considered better, or is it worth going both ways? I've watched a few YouTube vids and there seems to be a lot of riding the lifts so is one way preferable? Is there better skiing to be had by simply exploring the various small ski areas ?
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Orange defo. Green is pretty much all lifts from Corvara back up to Dantercepies (5km). When I first skied the SR it was a full day out, now it's 3/4 hours thanks to lift upgrades. You could do both ways in a day at a push. Madeye-Smiley
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Skiing the two directions you're (obviously) skiing completely different pistes so yes it's worth going both ways. Even the views change when you're on skis vs being in the gondola / chairlift.

That said, exploring the various small ski areas (linked or not), some of which are not that small, would be a better and more efficient use of the majority of a week.

Damn. You reminded me that I have friends going to the Dolomites in Feb and I can't join. (I'd be annoyed if I didn't realise that the reason I can't go is that I have several awesome ski weeks lined up.)
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@Roguevfr, I like to go both ways and I doubt I'm alone on here.

The Sella Ronda is more about the crafty detours than the circuit itself - so yes, explore the various smaller areas would be my advice.
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Either way it's nothing spectacular, at least as far as skiing or better to say "skiing" is concerned. In whole loop there are maybe 3 or max 4 really good tracks, and rest is just cruising from one lift to the other. So unless you just have to do it to brag you made it around (no big deal, as it can be done in less then 4h, when you go those 3 good tracks several times), I would personally suggest to stick with some fun runs and don't bother going around.
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Also note the SR itself tends to have heavier traffic because folks like to do the SR. We generally try to avoid it (at times) for that reason.
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essex wrote:
Also note the SR itself tends to have heavier traffic because folks like to do the SR. We generally try to avoid it (at times) for that reason.


I agree. The SR itself has to be done for the first time visitor because it's there and well known. From then on, treat it as the M25.
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I think Ronald did it 3 times in a day once.
It is more lifts than skiing and far better to shoot off as everyone says. The ski Panorama and Great War Ring, however offer awesome skiing and should not be missed.
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Anticlockwise was better for lift queues. Nothing to choose otherwise for me snowHead
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Slightly OT, but I'm not keen on that new lift over the valley in Arabba.

Takes away some of the character of that part of the clockwise circuit for my money and as others have said, it's not as though the SR is short of lift-time already
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What does the Great War Ring involve?

For me the best bit of the sella ronda was the steep red from Porta Vescovo above Arabba (orange circuit)...as other have said there is a lot of lift time. There are bits which are easy to tack on, e.g. the black from Vallon above Corvara is worth a quick crack.

Due to 3 out of 4 days last time I was there being blizzard on blizzard, we had fantastic skiing in Val Gardena but didn't get to explore too much. I'm pretty tempted for a return trip, i was gutted not to make it over to the hidden valley and Marmolada during the last trip
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essex wrote:
Also note the SR itself tends to have heavier traffic because folks like to do the SR. We generally try to avoid it (at times) for that reason.


This exactly.

If you can ski fast and know where you are going, you can easily get around it 2 or 3 times a day (without traffic!) - But thats not the point, to me its finding the little off shoots that you wouldn't normally ski, and on those off shoots are some cracking quiet slopes.
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red 27 wrote:
Slightly OT, but I'm not keen on that new lift over the valley in Arabba.



I can see why you’re not keen on it for the reason given but it is good for those staying in Arabba. I’m sure it hasn’t been good for some of the bars etc. there.
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hollando wrote:
What does the Great War Ring involve?

For me the best bit of the sella ronda was the steep red from Porta Vescovo above Arabba (orange circuit)...as other have said there is a lot of lift time. There are bits which are easy to tack on, e.g. the black from Vallon above Corvara is worth a quick crack.

Due to 3 out of 4 days last time I was there being blizzard on blizzard, we had fantastic skiing in Val Gardena but didn't get to explore too much. I'm pretty tempted for a return trip, i was gutted not to make it over to the hidden valley and Marmolada during the last trip


Do it.

Also Santa Croce, Gran Risa and Cinque Torri.
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agw wrote:
hollando wrote:
What does the Great War Ring involve?

For me the best bit of the sella ronda was the steep red from Porta Vescovo above Arabba (orange circuit)...as other have said there is a lot of lift time. There are bits which are easy to tack on, e.g. the black from Vallon above Corvara is worth a quick crack.

Due to 3 out of 4 days last time I was there being blizzard on blizzard, we had fantastic skiing in Val Gardena but didn't get to explore too much. I'm pretty tempted for a return trip, i was gutted not to make it over to the hidden valley and Marmolada during the last trip


Do it.

Also Santa Croce, Gran Risa and Cinque Torri.

A trip over to Val di Fassa is a must. snowHead
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A slightly different question
I've been to Alta badia for a couple of years and haven't done the sr
Due to ski school timings my youngest 10 will be skiing for her third week
Which way is easier? I have concerns about those reds round arabba
And find the reds can vary hugely from almost blue to black
And I know I don't want to get stuck on a gnarly busy red with a tired child and probably a wife reverting to snow plough too
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@HugoC, The green route is definitely easier and you miss the runs on the Portavescovo side of Arabba.
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The Great war ring is best done anti clockwise. It involves to buses and a horse drawn lift.
You basically ski to the bottom of the Maramolada cable car, cross the road and get the bus to Alleghe. Ski. Back on yourself down to the bottom of Alleghe though as its epic, before going back up and skiing over the top to get the bus up to CinqueTorri.

Then ski the hidden valley back to to the horse drawn lift to Alta Badia. We did it in a day with a trip up Marmolada first and a switch back at Alleghe a drew wonderful runs down through The trees and cinque Torri.

The Skia Panorama route is basically out of the back of Alba, over Val di Fassa and a loop over the other side. There are seriously nice black en route. The black back to Alba is almost always empty. The new cable car at Alba makes it much easier to do now too.
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