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Visitor reviews for Andalo Ski Resort
March 24, 2011
Christopher Briffith from United Kingdom
I have just returned from a ski trip in Andalo, booked via a gay-friendly tour operator. As the Italian capital of gay skiing, I have to say I felt very at home there; rainbow flags hang from the lampposts on the main street, and everyone was very friendly and accepting of me and my partner. There are also a couple of excellent gay bars in the village, Omosenssualé being our favourite with cheap drinks, an 'anything goes' atmosphere and very friendly bar staff - hi Rocco ;-)
As for the skiing it was acceptable. The mountain is nice & compact, and while there hadn't been snow for a while when we were there, the piste bashers and artificial snow kept it skiable with not too much ice. Overall, I would say the best thing about this resort is its atmosphere for our community, with the skiing coming in a not-too-distant second.
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(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 Andalo.
Public Transport: 3.0
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Andalo, (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 Andalo, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 4.0
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.0
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Andalo.
Ski in/Ski out: 5.0
(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 Andalo, (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) Andalo is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Andalo relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 5.0
(1) There are no snow groomers at Andalo, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Andalo 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) Andalo is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 4.0
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Andalo, 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: 5.0
(1) Andalo 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: 4.0
(1) The staff at Andalo are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Andalo 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: 5.0
(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: 4.0
(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: 5.0
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Andalo 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 Andalo, (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: 5.0
(1) Not even a kicker at Andalo, (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 Andalo, (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) Andalo has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 5.0
(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: 5.0
(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: 5.0
(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: 5.0
(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): 5.0
(1) Overall, Andalo 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): 5.0
(1) Overall, Andalo 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.
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February 07, 2009
Sinead from Ireland
We won a skiing trip to Andalo back in 2004 and we loved it so much we have returned every year since. We have 4 children and it is perfect for us. It caters for every level of skier. The children would be intermediate/advanced skiers at this stage and each year we go, they never complain that they are bored with the runs or that they are not challenging enough for them (age range 9 to 14). The lifts are excellent and each year it is upgraded enormously. I would thoroughly recommend Andalo for families. Am not sure it would be well suited to a group of twenty-somethings as it may not be lively enough at night time. Regardless, there are lots of fabulous restaurants to eat in and all at very reasonable prices. Andalo certainly ticks all the boxes for our needs and we are really looking forward to heading over there on 14th Feb this year.
April 14, 2008
Matt from United Kingdom
We visited Andalo in February, not for the quality of the resort but to visit family. We expected the resort to be very small and also not amazingly hard to cover the whole resort. In the 5 days we were there we had covered all of the runs, however, it was still excellent to re-visit them. The snow was fantastic, however, got slightly slushy in the afternoons (as there wasn't too much snow when we were there). The grooming service was excellent and all the runs were efficient with little queuing. The off-piste was also good.
I would recommend this resort to anyone learning to ski, or to people at an intermediate level. I snowboard and consider myself to be reasonably decent, but I would still recommend the resort of Andalo to even the more experienced skiers and boarders.
January 03, 2008
mick from United Kingdom
When we went to Andalo we went along with a school group and another school group from our area. It was brilliant. The kids enjoyed every moment and it provides safety for them to be alone for a while. I recommend it for everyone!
February 03, 2007
debs from United Kingdom
We have only just came back and the first thing I had to do on my arrival home is write a report for this resort. This resort was excellent with a lot to do in the village shops, sports center and lots of entertainment. The pistes were perfect and the snowmaking was amazing as every morning we arrived to perfectly groomed runs restored to their original quality. It boasts a large range of red slopes and most lifts are very modern. For more adventurous people there are off -piste tracks and a black that, when icy, is extremely challenging. I would recommend this to anyone.
May 29, 2005
Ben redfern from United Kingdom
Andalo is a good resort situated near Trento. The resort is about 50km in size and is ideal for beginners and intermediates. We took a school party and those pupils who had skied before soon covered the 50km. The runs are well kept and easy to ski. The town is small and friendly. The local sports centre offers swimming, ice skating and arcade machines. Other than the sprts centre, there is little to do. Ideal for first time skiers, however we are returning to Austria!!!!