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Italian beginner resorts advice

 Poster: A snowHead
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Hi everyone. I am looking for recommendations for an Italian resort for a family of novice skiers (two adults, 12 and 14 y/o). This will be our third trip in 4 years after going to La Thuile twice.

l am looking for decent blues and entry level reds. Have read about Corvara, Livigno, and Kronplatz but would appreciate your thoughts/advice on these or any other Italian beginner friendly resorts.

Two of the group do not love skiing (yet!) so l really want our next trip to be awesome. I had great guidance from the snowheads community for our first trip so would really value any suggestions for next year.

Thanks in advance.
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@daleh, St. Ulrich in the Dolomites may be ideal. There are lots of moving pavements in the town to making to and from the lifts less of a chore. Sorry but I don't really know how to make people who do not love skiing have an awesome holiday. In fact that applies to aany other holiday.
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One important thing for skiers is to accept that not everyone is going to love skiing. You can ruin their holiday if they feel you are disappointed in them! Maybe find somewhere with other stuff. And if they do want to ski prioritise quality of instruction.
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You cannot go wrong in the Alta Badia for beginners ; Corvara is probable the best positioned, but also have a look a La Villa of San Cassiano and Colfosco.

If they don't get on with the skiing, the beauty of the area should suffice...!
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Pila? It is in the Aosta valley like La Thuille but I thought it was a lot more beginner friendly. Lots of blue runs, and the reds aren't that daunting either. There is a gondola out of Aosta town, which means if you stay there you can not only ski but enjoy Italian town life (Covid permitting).

Otherwise the Dolomites, there is something about that region that the doubters in your group might still recognise as special. I can't suggest anywhere without looking for my old piste map, but I do remember some of the places on the Sella Ronda seemed to be well supplied with beginner slopes. Someone here will tell you which. And there might be the incentive of your group doing the whole Sella Ronda at the end of the week (not actually particularly difficult, a mixture of blues and easy reds, but it will take a full day for someone less confident). Or even the Hidden Valley.
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What time of year@daleh ?
Kronplatz would suit the skiers in your group especially if you base yourselves in San Vigilio as there are good easy slopes right by the town and plenty to progress to. Another plus is that most (virtually all around San Vigilio) the mechanical uplift is in gondolas so you can use them to come down as well as up.
However :
For any non skiers, a car would be helpful to get to leisure centre, swimming etc
It’s not the easiest resort to get to from the UK without a hire car and although transfer time from Innsbruck is ok (about 90 minutes) it can be a few hours from Munich Verona or Milan
Some folk don’t like gondolas
Not good low down after mid March (but probably ok high up which you can reach by gondola)
If you want to go to the main Dolomite areas, a car is useful

I do like it and do recommend it. Self catering in San Vigilio is good quality and the negative points I have mentioned are ones that don’t worry me
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Have look at this place https://www.cervinia.it/en/inverno/home

Plenty easy blues and red runs . Quite a few of the red and blue runs run parallel with each other , so if 2 want take the blue the other 2 can take the red and still end up at the same place .
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Cortina fits the bill
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@Mike Pow, Though I like Cortina I don't really think it wil be a suitable spot for a reticent skier. The busy town, the use of ski busses and the very fragmented skiing would be a real downer for me.
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johnE wrote:
@Mike Pow, Though I like Cortina I don't really think it wil be a suitable spot for a reticent skier. The busy town, the use of ski busses and the very fragmented skiing would be a real downer for me.


Deserted, well groomed wide slopes
Plenty of blues and gentle reds
Long mileage, so you don't feel like you're stuck in the valley
Loads of fabulous coffee stops & restaurants on the slopes
Unparalleled views
Great sun record
A really nice town to stroll around
Venice down the road if the two really don't get on with the skiing

Travel to and from the slopes isn't ideal compared with ski-in ski-out but plenty of hotels have shuttles which drop you right at the snow.
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Alleghe
Small but decent and pretty Civetta ski area (there are very nice snowheads videos from the pre birthday bash on youtube to show you just how pretty) with easy access to Marmolada and Falcade for the San Pellegrino ski areas and variety, even a Hidden Valley excursion could be done. I think I have heard mention on here of a quality hotel on the lake which is fairly Snowheads friendly! I have booked Alleghe for half term and it is very reasonably priced (One offer was 235 euros pp bed and breakfast in the garni across from the lifts but it has it's own brewery and that was a bit of a worry.....). Perhaps even Zoldo on the other side of the same ski area which has night skiing, a few hotels and ski storage at the lifts without the easy access to Marmolada
*edit* maybe not for a very early or late season trip if that is what you are planning
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if someone dont want to ski, then Cortina or Brunico (skiing in Kronplatz)
I think Cortina is a little bit better
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This is great -- thank you all so much for taking the time to write. There are lots of places for me to research now. Thanks all, and here's to an interrupted winter for everyone!
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wasley wrote:
Have look at this place https://www.cervinia.it/en/inverno/home

Plenty easy blues and red runs . Quite a few of the red and blue runs run parallel with each other , so if 2 want take the blue the other 2 can take the red and still end up at the same place .


I second this. Cervinia, especially if you don't go over the ridge into Zermatt is a goo resort for beginner/developing skiers. The height means its snow sure and it stays firmer longer and the pistes are wide with heaps of turning room.
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Madonna di Campiglio, Brenta Dolomites might be worth a look.

The town is charming with a bit of life and the skiing is both awesome and accessible. Loads of very cruisey blues and reds, the latter of which one wouldn’t describe as majorly challenging.

One gets a good feeling of travel, especially heading to the outlying and quieter areas of Folgarida and Marilleva.

The on-mountain eating is pretty decent. There are plenty of options in the town.
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Having stayed in Corvara (x 2) and Selva with a nervous OH, I would say Corvara would be your better option or even Colfosco....the whole area around Corvara is a wonder for beginners and improving their skills. Colfosco makes it easier to get direct onto the blue slopes.
Selva has more of a town feel to it than Corvara, whereas Colfosco is primarly a small village with a few restaurants, but is very quiet.
We loved the Dolomites that much, that we hopefully will be going early next year.....with the obvious covid issues permitting.
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@Simon94, I suspect it was Corvara I was remembering in my comment above. A big area with blue runs, and a few reds (I particularly remember one quite satisfying one).
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We love skiing in Italy. We taught the kids in passo tonale. Lots of easy stuff right on your doorstep. We stay in Ponte Di Legno which is just down the mountain and is a more traditional Italian village. The pass was the front line in ww1 and so there is plenty of history to be read about if you are into that sort of thing.

Cervinia is great also.
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