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Resorts on way from Bergamo to Madonna / Decathlon Rent?

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I am taking a group to Madonna Di Campiglio for a weekend (Thus -Sun) mid March. We land into BGY 10:45 -11:15, will grab cars and get off asap.

We will ski Madonna Fri & Sat and poss Passo Tonale/PdL on the Sunday en route back.

Q1 I’ve been looking at smaller resorts closer to BGY but on the way towards Madonna to maximise an ski time on the Thus afternoon. Sadly a few are not running this winter so my short list based on travel times and decent runs for c2.5hrs sking is Borno, Monte Pora and Maniva. We quite like this kind of exploratory warm up day but we’ve not been to any of these and I can’t see anything bar a sad avalanche report on here about Maniva - anyone been or got tips?

Q2 we can do a 1/2 day ski/board hire at all the en route places above but for those without own kit I’m tempted by using Decathlon Rent (v close to BGY airport) as then we’ll not need to faff around twice in hire shops (and some group members are nicknamed captain faff!) - anyone used decathlon rent before, or even the Bergamo one?

Happy to do trip report when we finally get there too if it’s useful for others
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@dgschof, nice plan. Skiing between the main resort and the airport on arrival / departure day is underrated, as long as you can find a conveniently situated ski hire shop. I had a day in Borno (Monte Altissimo) in March 2018. Trip report here. Monte Pora and Passo Maniva look good too - planned to visit one of these on the way to Madonna di Campiglio myself in 2020 but but plans were disrupted by Covid.

Out of interest, which are the resorts that are closed this winter? Also, please do report back on the Decathlon rent if you use it!

P.S. Ponte de Legno passes are up to 25% cheaper if booked as far in advance as possible.
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Thanks @Denfinella
Totally agree - a bit of an adventure on the way out or back can really add to the holiday experience. we found some cracking little resorts, with quiet slopes and often cheap excellent food too. In fact a half day for me is a good first day to get the ski legs going rather than wreak them for the rest of the trip!
Great trip review for Borno - really helps us get a picture of the place. Also a very good tip about early booking of lift passes for PdLT on the way back as the discount is still pretty significant – I owe you a beer Happy
I think to maximise the simplicity and flexibility I'm going to try the decathlon rent in Bergamo and then we can head to Maniva, Borno or stop at Temu on the way over. Pora looks like shortest transfer but increases the total journey by a little too much when starting from Bergamo I think.
I will definitely post a trip report if we do this for decathlon rent and the whichever resort we end up in depending on flight arrival times and snow conditions.
FYI - Colere and poss Montecampione closed at moment but promising fresh investment to open next season
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I was there yesterday Decathlon Seriate , and the equipment looks good . Some sizeable reductions on Ski gear, socks, jackets etc
One Con to renting in Decathlon , if you find out the boots are not comfy , bindings need adjustment etc ,you will not have that rectified locally where you ski, so check you are happy with equipment before leaving
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Thanks - yeah that’s v the risk - eg an issue with a snowboard binding or something too - all part of delicate balance!
Decathlon do list affiliates on their rental site (you can use them like eg skiset/snowbrainer etc) that are the usual local shops so I will ask if we can go to them if any issues
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