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Visitor reviews for Alleghe Ski Resort
December 18, 2013
Rick Parker from United Kingdom
I enjoyed reading the last two comments concerning this typical Italian resort. A wonderfully relaxed and quiet pace to the skiing. It's appreciable when you ski onto the Sella Ronda 'round' how frenetically stupid skiing can become.
I've used Alleghe now for several years as a gateway to backpack ski tour round the Dolomites. Here and Falcade are excellent gateways to start a tour staying at the mountain refugios. As an average intermediate skier it's quite easy to tour the Dolomites with a 30 litre pack, staying either in valley towns like this or in high altitude refugios perched at 1000 metres or so. You're very likely not to hear an English voice on the slopes in Falcade; come 2pm you'll have the slopes to yourself as the Italians will be sat in bars taking in the sun by then.
There again you can go to France, pay twice as much, queue up for hours to ski the same slopes and go back to the same chalet/hotel...
Overall: 3.6. Based on 7 votes and 3 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Alleghe.
Public Transport: 3.6
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Alleghe, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Alleghe, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 4.5
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 2.2
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Alleghe.
Ski in/Ski out: 3.2
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Alleghe, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Alleghe is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Alleghe relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.8
(1) There are no snow groomers at Alleghe, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Alleghe are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Alleghe is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 5.0
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Alleghe, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 3.7
(1) Alleghe usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.3
(1) The staff at Alleghe are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Alleghe are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 3.8
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.7
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 3.5
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Alleghe has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Alleghe, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 3.0
(1) Not even a kicker at Alleghe, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Alleghe, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Alleghe has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.2
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 2.8
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 3.8
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 3.6
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 3.8
(1) Overall, Alleghe is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.0
(1) Overall, Alleghe is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
January 12, 2011
Ben Bland from United Kingdom
I have come to realize that it depends on what you like.
Some folk like skiing in purpose built French ski resorts where you can put your skis on at the back door of your catered chalet and clock up mile after mile of piste until you return to a bar, exhausted, where a bar maid who comes from Wolverhampton or Liverpool charges you 10 Euros to drink your beer out of a plastic beaker. It's all OK because you've only paid £300 for your holiday which will include transfers.
The Dolomites offer something totally different. They are stunningly beautiful mountains that turn a pink-red colour when the sun goes down. Around their bases are a collection of Tyrolian villages so I can't just talk about Alleghe without mentioning everything else on offer, besides another reviewer has done a great job of describing this 'little gem' of a place.
The Dolomiti Superski lift pass is the largest in the world and links the many villages that are located along the passes of what is now a UNESCO world heritage site. There are endless miles of unbelievably beautiful scenery which can be explored along the many pistes and trails that make up the network. Gorgeous little log cabins and mountain huts offer an array of mouth watering dishes and you can eat fabulously and drink your beer, served by a beauty who will definitely not have originated from anywhere in the UK, all for the same 10 Euros and I have never received my beverage in a plastic cup! I have even been collected from the side of the piste though by a horse and sleigh - to be escorted to the most delightful place to dine on fresh pasta and good red wine.
The Freeriding options are sensational. I recently bought a book written by Francesco Tremolada listing over 100 off-piste itineraries in the region including classic routes like the Val de Mezdi and it's all translated into English. Incidentally, he offers guiding which I would recommend.
So, where does Alleghe fit into this paradise that has been overlooked by so many Brits? Well, right in the middle of it, if you have a car. The Alleghe ski area offers 80 kms of piste underneath the Civetta mountain, with views to Mount Pelmo. The area is also know as Civetta ski and offers night skiing in the Zoldon Valley. You can drive 20 minutes and be in Malga which directly accesses the Marmalada glacier and Arabba. Arabba itself is 30 minutes drive away and you are straight in to the Sella Ronda ski circuit. Cortina is 40 minutes and Venice airport is under two hours. It is a nice idea to extend your holiday to take in the sights of the famous city.
The World War 1 ski tour passes through Alleghe and takes an entire day to complete. There are many more well-signed tours which take a day to complete and you never ski the same run or take the same lift twice! For people who like to clock up the miles of piste skiing this is a perfect opportunity and your electronic lift pass keeps a record which you can check up on when you get home.
Finally, there are more snow cannons in the Dolomites than anywhere else in the world so the pistes are always in great condition. Probably over 50% of all the runs fall within the tree line so on a bad visibility day you can always find a place where you can see.
OK, you might not be able to put your skis on at the door of your chalet but I think that I can live with that in such a wonderful winter environment.
February 21, 2006
Lee Jones from United Kingdom
Alleghe is little gem off the Tourist map. Relatively small with 80km of slopes but varied enough to please most tastes. There are 5 main entry points onto the ski area and the entire area is well serviced with fast chairs and fortunately only a handful of drags. Whilst small, it took us a few days to 'ski the map' and the conditions were perfect. Excellent restaurants dot the mountain (I would choose the 'proper' restaurants over self-service. The village itself is quiet and nothing to really rave about. One huge advantage is its proximity to the other areas that come under the superski pass. Arabba, Cortina and Canazei to name a few. Arabba is about 30 minutes away and Cortina about 45 minutes. Ski hire is a little limited but try Kiwi Sports outside the main gondola in Allehge. The best hotels are the Sport Hotel in Alleghe itself or the Alla Posta in Caprille (only a 5 minute free Hotel shuttle away). Both are listed as 4 stars, but they are not anywhere close to say Austrian 4 stars - this is though reflected in the price (for everything). Under 9 ski for free (need passport evidence of age) and our 8 day Superski lift passes where £350 for 2. The hotel was approximately half of the price of our normal Austrian choice. The food on the mountain was fantastic and a good meal with drinks was about €12 a head. Busy at weekends but not to much of a problem. Ski School for our 7 year old was about average. One warning - if you hire a car - don't forget the ski chains; I did and was lucky to find some locally.