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Badia opinions

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We're heading to the Dolomites for New Year - family of 10 mixed ability including 1 total beginner. One of the accommodation possibilities we're looking at is in the village of Badia itself. The accommodation looks totally fine but i'm a little concerned whether we're too much out on a limb for reasonably quick Alta Badia and Sella Ronda access. The furthest i've been within the area previously to the bottom of run 17 in La Villa but at the time wasn't really thinking about the practicalities. Anyone stayed in Badia before who can advise?
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I stay in San Cassiano, nearby. I don't think Badia would be considered a "reasonably quick" location to AB and SR, its a bit peripheral but definitely doable. It also lacks charm; its a real town, not a postcard ski village. Bear in mind that the best skiing in the Dolomites is not the Sellaronda, which is just a fun, contrived way to ski a loop around a big massif. Its a good way to spend a morning nosing around early in your trip to see what you might want to come back and focus on later. Badia does set you up for a quick bus/drive to the seriously underrated Kronplatz, which would be a great area to ski for your group.
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Yes Kronplatz is amazing and only 20 minutes away by bus. the church and refugio at Sante Croce opposite Badia is always a pilgrimage for us on holiday from Corvara and the two km run down is great. The two red runs back to la Villa and the runs down from piz la lla into la villa are all good. From there you have the huge Alta Badia to ski with all its options and links. I’d say if the accommodation in Badia is good (Collets ?), then go for it. Couldn’t think of many better places to be for a weeks skiing at New Year Cool
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It is a bit of a trek and hard work when I was there in March a while back as some of the return pistes get very slushy later. The same at Kronplatz. The return piste to get the bus back from Kronplatz can be quite hard and icy and is not beginner territory but I think you can download on gondola. Last bus is 4pmish which restricts the day a bit. I think stay in San Cassiano would be best for a beginner or somewhere linked to Kronplatz and its amazng blues - nearer greens - width and length are huge benefits to building confidence and technique.
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For a total beginner somewhere with easy travel to and from ski school meeting place - and not too much walking in skiboots - is essential or they'll have a miserable time.
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countryman wrote:
It is a bit of a trek and hard work when I was there in March a while back as some of the return pistes get very slushy later. The same at Kronplatz. The return piste to get the bus back from Kronplatz can be quite hard and icy and is not beginner territory but I think you can download on gondola. Last bus is 4pmish which restricts the day a bit. I think stay in San Cassiano would be best for a beginner or somewhere linked to Kronplatz and its amazng blues - nearer greens - width and length are huge benefits to building confidence and technique.


San Cassiano would have been our first choice but there is just no suitable available accomodation for our group.
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Inghams have a chalet hotel (Al Pigher) in La Villa = might suit your group?
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