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Corvara to Ortisei and back

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Hi .
I am looking to do the James Bond run while we are in Alta Badia in Feb half term. I will be with a group of competent but slow skiers . Looking at the route planner it looks like 40 minutes of ski lifts and about 29 kms .
I was wondering how long this loop would realistically take us ? The pace will be slow ; Corvara - Ortisei and back to Corvara?
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We did that exact route a couple of Christmases ago and we had one fairly slow member in our group. We set aside a whole day for it. Only did the James Bond once but played about a fair bit at Seceda as the snow was better and it was in the sun. Also had plenty time for a decent lunch stop whilst up there. iirc we had time to play about a bit on the way back too. Certainly never felt rushed.
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We did it from Arraba a years back on the Bday bash. Not a push for time. We also doubled back down Sass long on the way back. The only thing that held us up a little was the queue for the Cable Car at Ortesei.
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A few folk did it from our hotel in Arabba last week
They were a bit tight for time getting back but were not that quick out in the morning and from what they said had a "nice lunch" wink
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Well worth doing. One of the most characterful and fun ski runs anywhere, in my opinion.
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@Spyglass, while I cannot help with an estimate of the route time there are a few considerations or suggestions that may help.

From Corvara you will most likely be going up over Passo Selva and down Dantercepies. Realistically there is minimal skiing between Corvara and the top of Dantercepies but you have 2 gondola and 3 chairlifts to get there. You could consider investment in a taxi to take you to the base of the last chair in the morning at opening time. That way perhaps get into Selva for the Ciampinoi gondola before queues really build up there. Save time but at cost.

On the way back returning via same route, in essence the critical lift for you is Dantercepies gondola as once at the top the worst case is you get as far as Colfosco and have a short bus or taxi back into Corvara. Yes it would not be popular with the group but that is the backstop.

Having said that, I think once you are at Col Raiser you can make a fair judgement of time needed to get back to the top of the underground funicular to get to Santa Christina. 2 min ski plus 5 min chairlift plus whatever queue time at the lift will get you to the top. Say 30 min down the longia (James Bond) then 30 min to get back up via gondola and cable car with some queues. Then 20 min slow ski down to funicular? If you round it up to 1.5hrs then arriving there by eleven lets you have lunch once out of that area and should be plenty of time to get back to base.
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Thanks for all your responses .
We will try leave as early as possible and just see how we get on . Once we have got down the Sasslong , we can make a call . Any recommendations for lunch spots on Col Raiser / Secada?
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Corona, little hut near the top
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@Spyglass, Yet to find a bad 'hutte' in the area. I like the one at the cable car station on Seceda - top views.

my only comment on your route : In the PM all pistes off the top of Ciampinoi are churned up and icy underneath (with only reds available..) ; Depending on how your group are feeling, consider getting a bus from the Santa Christina funicular to Selva (crystal bridge) or taking the gondola from Ciampinoi down into Selva
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