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Dolomites 2019/20 News Unofficial Thread

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Snow today on the Danterceppies webcam 11.30 3/11/2019, come on!!!!
https://www.dolomitisuperski.com/en/Experience/Ski-areas/Val-Gardena/Webcam
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Some Alta Badia News: (translated)

Snowmaking and water reservoir expansion:

There is no lack of various interventions on the artificial snow front with the renewal of the one on the Sponata slope between La Villa and Badia, accompanied by a new pumping station at Plan Sponata.

In Corvara the Vallon pumping station is strengthened and the expansion of the Planac water reservoir from 40,000 to 60,000 m3 is planned to improve the availability of water in the area. Finally, on the Biok-Pralongiá II runway, action was taken to upgrade the programmed snowmaking system.


Other Changes

Among the other innovations we find in the La Villa-San Cassiano area the increase in capacity of the Ciampai 6-seater chairlift in San Cassiano, which increases from 2200 to 2400 p / h and the extension of the last section of the red Alting and Gardenaccia 2 slopes .

In Badia a new and easy variant was created on the Santa Croce slope to make the area more accessible to beginners, while in Corvara new chairs were installed on the Braia Fraida chairlift to increase comfort


News Link

https://www.skiforum.it/skinews/789-alta-badia-novita-2019-20.html
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Anyone know if they ever plan to put a chair from bottom of Nives lift up over the road to link into Dantercepies gondola (in Selva)?

The button lifts Nives and Biancaneve are a nightmare for queues.
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Have you all seen the snow due this week??? If it comes as forecast hopefully it will give a sufficient base to last until some proper winter snow
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@sheffskibod, Too be fair these were only ever intended to serve the Beginners. Cant see them changing any time soon
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Can anyone advise how to get by bus from Cortina to Alleghe? I understand there is a bus connection via Cinque Torri/Fedare?
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@GingerWizard, yes there is a bus connection between the rear of Cinque Torri (i.e Fedare) to Pescul, from where you can use the Civetta area lifts and pistes to ski all the way down to Alleghe. So it's perfectly possible to travel from Cortina to Alleghe by a combination of bus and skiing (bus from Cortina to front side of Cinque Torri, ski down rear side of Cinque Torri to Fedare, bus from Fedare to Pescul, ski from Pescul to Alleghe). However that's only possible if you don't have luggage with you, if you do then you'd probably need to use a taxi.
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Thanks for the info. Does the bus from Cortina to Cinque Torri leave from the main autostation? We will be arriving by Cortina Express. We won't have luggage so plan to ski from Pescul
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There is a bus from the Olympia slope car park which I think runs between their and 5torre
There may be a bus the whole way but it’s more fun to ski as far as you can
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We've never skied in Cortina before so given that we need to end up in Alleghe in the evening, where should we start?! Which is the best ski area to catch the relevant bus from? Is there a lift from the centre of town? Cortina doesn't seem that 'joined up'.
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If I remember correctly you ski on the Tofana side to a layby where the free ski bus takes you to the cinque Torri lift. The Tofana lift goes from near the ice skating rink, there will be a small ski bus from main bus station or you can walk, 10 min.
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@GingerWizard, For information here is last year's timetable for the Fedare to Pescul bus service (it's bus service No. 2 on the map and timetable information). You'll see that there's also a bus service shown on the map as No. 3 that leaves from the Cortina bus station that stops at the Socrepes and then Pocol ski areas of Cortina and goes on to Cinque Torri. Smile If you've not skied at Cinque Torri before then I recommend spending some time there on your journey, it's a lovely little area, very quiet with stunning scenery and an excellent restaurant (Rifugio Averau) at the top, an ideal lunch spot. Smile
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there is a Bus transfer service from Airport to Alleghe

https://www.dolomititransfer.it/en/Step1.aspx

Which is you airport of arrival ?

----- Should add, I've never used it ----
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We are spending some time in Venice & then hoping to ski around the Cortina area staying in a few different places. Got somewhere booked on piste near Alleghe for our second night
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@GingerWizard, Ok, Gotcha..
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https://www.skiresort.info/ski-resort/alta-badia/webcams/
you can see the new stella alpina lift here
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HugoC wrote:
https://www.skiresort.info/ski-resort/alta-badia/webcams/
you can see the new stella alpina lift here


Well spotted!!. So looks like the acess to the lift is right beside the access to the Forcelles chair. Hope it doesn't create a busy bottleneck there with people accessing both chairs!!
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It will certainly be busier in that area but I think it will be safer as there won’t be beginners crossing the piste to get the button.
Let’s hope it stays nice and cold over the coming months - I go in feb and last year it was very warm and I do so hate spring snow.
To all reading this they are opening early, so if you’re commitment light get yourself out there ASAP (no way I can unfortunately only 5 more years of school though..)
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Crystal do Corvara/Colfosco ??

Came across this in a Colfosco 'search'

https://www.crystalski.co.uk/search/?destination=ITA_CRV&dep=LON,MID,NOE,SCO,SOE&date=20200229&flex=flexible&dur=7n&passengers=a2&p=1&s=our-picks

The resort doesn't appear in the Main page, so not sure what is going on - but you appear to be able to book a holiday …..
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@albob, yes they do, for a few years now. It's two clicks from the main page.
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@albob, yes they do, for a few years now. It's two clicks from the main page.


DOH..... My Bad --- I was just looking at the initial list where it shows 7 Italian resorts ::
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So, it does look like on Alpe Di Siusi, they have created an alternative easier slope through the trees to avoid the black off the Mezdi wall.
The new slope is to the left of the top of the Mezdi chair as you look uphill. It goes through the trees, then veers sharp left and then right onto the original track down to Sanon hut.
The top section of the orignal track to Sanon, which veered right off the black slope, now looks closed.
From the new slope, where it veers right to Sanon, I cant see if you can still go down to the bottom of the Mezdi and Sonne Chairs; but I guess you still can!!
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jimmybog wrote:
So, it does look like on Alpe Di Siusi, they have created an alternative easier slope through the trees to avoid the black off the Mezdi wall.
The new slope is to the left of the top of the Mezdi chair as you look uphill. It goes through the trees, then veers sharp left and then right onto the original track down to Sanon hut.
The top section of the orignal track to Sanon, which veered right off the black slope, now looks closed.
From the new slope, where it veers right to Sanon, I cant see if you can still go down to the bottom of the Mezdi and Sonne Chairs; but I guess you still can!!


Hmm. I don't see it on the map but perhaps the one on the Alpe di Suisi site is outdated. But that would solve the main problem in that sector. (not a problem for me, but for beginners who want to access the rest of the alpe from the cable car...)
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Hmm. I don't see it on the map but perhaps the one on the Alpe di Suisi site is outdated. But that would solve the main problem in that sector. (not a problem for me, but for beginners who want to access the rest of the alpe from the cable car...)


You can see it on the Goldknopf/punta de oro webcam, if you zoom closely towards the mezdi slope. You can see a new cutthrough through the trees on the left.
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If it is the one you are talking about, it shows on the DolomitiSuperski 3D map
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If you still have the blue and orange app don’t delete to ‘upgrade’ to the new one, it’s utterly useless, and the map is pants
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@jimmybog, I think i see it, although there's some ice on the cam. Will be checking it out when we're there in early Feb. for sure.

I love Seiser Alm but just wish there were some harder runs. But I guess you take what the terrain offers...
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Talking about the 3D windows app, which I find brilliant, has anyone else found that it now shows all the pistes as closed?
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@olderscot, it is because it is no longer supported. They have brought out a new app which is useless by comparison- I’ve emailed them 3 times but they have assured me the new app is better - I can assure you it is not...
down load the new one and see for your self. It had important pistes missing too.
I have explained to them that they have. Removed some of the excitement in the build up to a holiday.
They have removed a lot the functionality and added points of interest ie paid for listings for shops etc. Rather than focuses on what the user wants.
I think they have also built in more of a ski tracks too. Which you can of course get else where. I have an email address of on of the developers let me know if you would like it so you can complain to them too.
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Further to that is you try a simple route say from Arabba to borest it says there is no route... I think that want you to plug in your pass to get access to things
With rewards for the longest fastest etc - but like Tesco club card it has nothing to do with the customer all to do with then getting management data - you may have gathered I’m not impressed
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@HugoC, I have never yet found a truly usable ski area app. I also don't feel like taking out my phone on the lift etc. It's bad enough that my wife and kids constantly text me with nonsensical questions while I'm trying to "get away from it all." snowHead

I also am a bit old school in that I love "traditional" ski area paper maps, even though they're horribly distorted in terms of perspective. I like trying to puzzle out ways to get from point a to point b by myself.
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albob wrote:
If it is the one you are talking about, it shows on the DolomitiSuperski 3D map


Aha, I will check it out tonight!!

Reagrding the new App, lots of complaints on the Dolomites Italian ski forum. Mainly regarding the new map. They say the previous 3D one was much better!!
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If you still have the blue and orange app don’t delete to ‘upgrade’ to the new one, it’s utterly useless, and the map is pants


Luckily for me I'm still on IOS 10 and the new app requires IOS11....
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I agree on the new app. I got hopeful that the offline maps would be pdf copies of the paper ones but was very disappointed
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There are now three new webcams on Alpe Di Siusi; or at least I think they are new as I have never seen them before!!

Link below, shows the cam at the top of the Mezdi chairlift. And as I reported last week, you can see the new easy slope off the top of the chair that cuts through the trees!!

http://webtv.feratel.com/webtv/?cam=6218&design=v3&c0=0&c2=1&lg=en&s=0
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Evening all

Counting down the days to our first ever Dolomites trip! We are very excited!

We are staying in Penia in the Val Di Fassa so our main access points will be the two lifts out of Alba (the Ciampac and the Col Di Rossi). How are the lift queues in the morning generally? We are going end of Jan so outside of any school holidays etc. We generally always try to get to the lifts for between 830-9 anyway.
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Last year at the same time there was no queues at all around that time.
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@Fridge03, I find avoiding the Ski School meet times works (in any resort..) - 09.30 to 10 ?

And where you are, you have the choice of two! (the base stations are only a few feet apart)
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@Fridge03, One's a double decker that takes about 150 punters (up to the Sella Ronda) and the other's an old 'cable car' thing that (towards Pozza)

The latter can have a wait in the afternoons as Val di Fassa skiers return home but otherwise they're normally quiet in my experience
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@red 27, They replaced the cable car a couple of years ago. It is now a 10 person gondola :: no more racing the cable-car down the Alba Black.....
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