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Sella Ronda - Green or Orange for a nervous Red skier

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Hi all

We are a group of mixed abilities. One in the group can ski reds but finds them challenging. With this in mind which route do you think has the “easiest” reds? The green or the orange circuit? Thanks
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@darbyrw, not an expert but have done circuit both ways. I don't think anything is very challenging. There's often (but not always) an easier alternative than a red, leading to the same point.
One thing for sure, the green direction involves lots more lifts and less skiing. The orange circuit is the opposite (fewer lifts, more skiing). Personally I found the orange way far more interesting.

Both are worth doing at least once...and of course, lead to exciting offshoots.
In what sort of resorts has the 'nervous' skier found reds challenging?
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As above I don't think either are particularly challenging, generally speaking pistes become more challenging at the end of the day as they cut up or pack down so an early start is probably more relevant than a particular direction for a nervous skier.
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I think the steep pitch in Arabba can now be completely skipped when going clockwise?
In the past I would say where your home village is determines which way is easier/harder, because as above, certain pitches get cut up a bit.
Canazei clockwise to Canazei for example used to give more mogully pitches than Arabba clockwise to Arabba.
I would say anti-clockwise is marginally easier, but none of the pistes are exceptionally challenging (except that Arabba one that I think can now be missed out). Anti clockwise certainly gives a lot of lift time with little skiing on the Corvara-Selva section.
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The initial steep pitch off Ciampanoi going anti clockwise towards Plan De Grabla could maybe pose an issue to a nervous skier? Cant think that theres a less steeper alternative from there unless I missed it?
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andy wrote:
I think the steep pitch in Arabba can now be completely skipped when going clockwise?

Do you mean by going up Portados, skiing down a bit and then going up Carpazza?
Last season that was "interesting" at times as in my view the red down from Portados to Carpazza is just as steep really as the top pitch coming off the Porta Vescovo cablecar. A fair amount of carnage from what I recall and many trying the small path to the left that then intercepts the bottom of the black coming down, but with insufficient snow coverage that looked ugly (the path). I was trying to work out from text whether this year they have made that path an official piste option - the 3D map does not show it as such.

Of course, Portados, like the top of Porta Vescovo, is a joy in the right conditions and without crowds. snowHead

But back on topic for the OP - it is probably relevant where you are starting from (good to gain confidence early on) and therefore where finishing (when might be tired).

@jimmybog yes the wonders of Ciampinoi (5) as you say are a classic breakdown point. I can't claim to have used it personally, but think there is an option to head right, don't go down towards Saslonch but keep going right so under Ciampinoi bubble and come down the ridge to the top of Ciampinoi chair and turn right onto Ciampinoi 6 - maybe less used if nothing else?
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Thanks for all the feedback. We are staying in Colfosco. Had a great couple of days so far and the skier in question would really like to do Sella Ronda before the end of the week.

Couple of us had a great day today doing the red Grande Guerra with a run up to Marmolada. Love the Dolomites
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@SteveM, Wrote -- "..I can't claim to have used it personally, but think there is an option to head right, don't go down towards Saslonch but keep going right so under Ciampinoi bubble and come down the ridge to the top of Ciampinoi chair and turn right onto Ciampinoi 6 - maybe less used if nothing else.."

Correct, but it is narrow and can become 'scrapped' during the day - However, it is less daunting than Ciampinoi 5....!

Going Clockwise, you can avoid Ciampinoi completely


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@darbyrw, in which case I would vote for orange route as more interesting, like @PeakyB says - if you start in the morning from Colfosco then the runs down into Arabba will be in good nick and your nervous skier should be fresh enough to tackle the steeper bits coming off Portavescovo above Arabba. After that lots of cruising for a good while. Remember to keep up speed after coming down from by Campitello towards Sole lift (up to Piz Seteur) as there are flats in that area.
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Anticlockwise has fewer lift queues in my experience. The biggest ever queues I have experienced have been attempting the final lift up to Selva, going clockwise. Agree there was nothing challenging on the circuit. The first time we did the circuit, we were back in Selva by lunch, - needless to say we were unsure of the timings. Enjoy the scenery, and no rush if setting off first thing snowHead
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