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Visitor reviews for Arabba Ski Resort
March 12, 2016
Marcus Allrighteous from Australia
Hi Snow-Forecast editors,
Thanks for posting my recent review of Arabba. I note, however, a mistake that you may want to correct. The natural snow depth at the time was between 35-45cm, not 35-45mm as I originally stated.
Overall: 3.5. Based on 15 votes and 20 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 Arabba.
Public Transport: 2.4
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Arabba, (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 Arabba, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 2.4
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 3.5
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Arabba.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.3
(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 Arabba, (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) Arabba is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Arabba relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.2
(1) There are no snow groomers at Arabba, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Arabba 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) Arabba is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 3.0
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Arabba, 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: 4.4
(1) Arabba 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: 3.9
(1) The staff at Arabba are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Arabba 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: 3.4
(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: 4.4
(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: 4.7
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Arabba 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 Arabba, (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: 2.9
(1) Not even a kicker at Arabba, (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 Arabba, (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) Arabba has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.3
(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: 2.0
(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: 2.7
(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: 3.5
(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, Arabba 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): 3.9
(1) Overall, Arabba 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.
February 25, 2016
Marcus Allrighteous from Australia
My family spent 2 weeks in late January 2016 based in Arabba which we found made a good base for exploring the Dolomites as there are direct links to Corvara and Canazei via the Sella Ronda, the Marmolada via Passo Padon and a short drive over to Cortina.
Despite there not being great natural snow depth at that time (35-45mm), due to the excellent snowmaking and grooming capacity in the Sella Ronda network nearly all lifts, pistes, refugios and restaurants were open and we found that once you were familiar with the main routes between the resorts you could roam far and wide and still make it back to your home valley before last rides. There are also ski bus and taxi services between the resorts if you do leave your last run too late.
The skiing at Arabba itself was somewhat mixed with many of the more difficult runs and most off-piste on the Porta Vescovo (south) side closed due to lack of coverage, and with not much sun on that side at that time of year we tended to ski more on the north (Corvara) side, with Marmolada an option for some high altitude (3,200m+) skiing when the weather allowed. You can purchase local resort lift tickets (Arabba-Marmolada) or for a little more the Dolomiti Superski pass for greater coverage, but some more flexible options (youth passes, ski 5 of 7 days) would be appreciated.
The scenery is spectacular and mountains more like western USA than the northern and western European Alps. Arabba itself is a fairly compact town with all the basics such as restaurants, bars, ski shops & schools, mini markets, ice skating rink and a good range of accommodation from self catering apartments to 4 star hotels, but if you are looking for lively nightlife you may be better off basing yourself in Corvara or Val Gardina. Prices were quite reasonable and being Italy, the food and drink was nearly always excellent.
January 24, 2015
Guy Pocock from United Kingdom
We visited Arabba 10th to 17th January 2015 and had an absolutely fantastic week skiing. The resort is part of the enormous Dolomiti Superski area that has 1,200 km of pistes. The ski area is divided into 7 areas with the vast majority all linked up. We skied hard all week but only managed to ski in 3 of the 7 areas.
The huge attraction of Arabba is the spectacular Dolomites. The whole resort is within the UNESCO world heritage site; so beautiful. The skiing, in Arabba, best suits intermediate skiers with areas of more challenging slopes for the more adventurous. There is also the opportunity to ski around the Sella mountain. You can go around clockwise or anti-clockwise. The views and scenery were spectacular.
We booked the holiday with a superb small family business called Simply Dolomiti, run by Alice and Mogens Kristensen. They organised all transfers from the airport, accommodation & ski hire. Simply Dolomiti also provided, as part of the package, "Ski-guiding" around the extensive slopes. I was sceptical this would suit me and my family but it worked extremely well. There were two groups "the fast group" and the "less fast group". As a family we went into the most appropriate group to take account of the previous days exertions, both groups met up for lunch and coffee! Each group had a maximum of 8 or so people so it was a really good way of seeing areas of the resort that we may have missed and meeting other people.
We stayed in Evaldo Apartments right next to the chair lift. The accommodation was ideal for what we needed with great views of the Monte Burz piste.
Arabba is relatively quiet in the evenings but there is a wide variety of restaurants to suit all tastes. The high resort has a good snow record and it also has an extensive array of snow cannons with some on slopes as high as 2,000m. The pistes were great when we visited but off-piste was limited due to the early season lack of snow.
All in all, I highly recommend Arabba ski resort.
January 14, 2015
Jackie Green from United Kingdom
Absolutely fantastic. First time to Arraba and the skiing is amazing. I recommend you go with Simply Dolomiti. An excellent company who know how to look after you. The best skiing holiday. The skiing is vast and you can not beat the scenery. It's just amazing. I will be back but only with Simply Dolomiti.
December 13, 2013
Bartok from Czech Republic
Skiing was good, as usually at Sella Ronda but the place gets pretty crowded between 10 - 15, the queues at Porta Vescovo are annoying and cannot be avoided.
There are little après ski options (no pool ...) and it is pretty shadowy for the most of the day. To get some true Italian sunshine, you have to climb high or ski to other valley. Kinda disappointing as for the known resort.
August 26, 2013
Amanda Matthews from United Kingdom
We absolutely loved skiing in Arabba. We booked with Simply Dolomiti and it was the best ski trip ever. We had no idea that the ski area was so big and that we would have a private guide for our group to show us around. We skied every day to a different place and Arabba was the best starting point. We loved the Hotel Evaldo and our afternoon bombardinos at Mister X. Excellent holiday and we are definitely coming back next winter.
June 13, 2012
Andre and Ricky Wulfse from Australia
The most magnificent scenery ever.....the place is awesome....geology is spectacular....passed a golf course this morning that we rate as the most beautiful course on the planet...the locals are laid back and friendly.....we will be back for sure......
November 19, 2011
Henry ( Sooner) Martin from United States
I have been skiing in many areas in Switzerland, France, Germany, Austria and Slovenia as well as the USA. Arabba is my favorite. I have skied in Arabba and the surrounding Dolomites for nearly 45 years and it is the best. The Hotel Evaldo is my favorite. You can ski for 15 days on so many different slopes and areas without getting bored. When I bring a group to the Hotel Evaldo in December, they are awed and 80% will sign up for the next trip.
February 17, 2011
Geoff from United Kingdom
First time skier and all I can saw is "awesome".
Visited third week Jan 2011. Arabba was perfect base to explore the Dolomites. Stunning scenery, great food, great place. Only downside was not the best place/area to learn first time skiing but achieved the aim.
I would definitely go back to this area, it is an absolute gem. Totally blown away by the scenery, ranks very high in the best places on earth!
February 09, 2011
asca from Luxembourg
No place can beat the Dolomites when it comes down to the combination of scenery, ambiance, food and skiing.. oh, skiing. And within the Dolomites, Arabba is by far the best place to make a base from which to explore Sella Ronda, Marmolada, Val Badia, Fassa, Gardena and Lagazuoi/Armentarola.
Cherz Hutte (or Rifugio Cherz), above Campolongo, organizes dinners on Thursday nights and major holidays. Book and they'll come and fetch you at Campolongo, taking you up with a snow cat. Unforgettable.
Arabba is THE place in the Dolomites. Snowsure and always a couple of degrees colder than villages in the neighbouring valleys.
Only drawback: in December-January, the village, deep down the valley (shielded to the south by the Porta Vescovo/Marmolada massif) receives 30 minutes of sunlight. Not a good base if you have kids or non skiers waiting for you. Better option is to make a base for the day at Campolongo Pass, some 5km on the road to Corvara. The Dolomiti Superskipass doesn't come cheap, but if you consider what it has to offer (modern lifts and 1200km of pistes, of which a good 250km fully interconnected with Arabba) it still rates highly in terms of value for money.
Food in Arabba: pretty good everywhere, great prices. The Tyrolean stube at the Pordoi Hotel restaurant in the main square is my fave. You must book.
One final tip, a must do for those with a car and who haven't had enough after a day on the slopes: perhaps the best night skiing in the Alps is at Zoldo Alto/Pecol (Civetta Ski within Dolomiti Superski network) 42km from Arabba across the Staulanzia Pass. It's a beautiful drive across Livinallongo, Selva di Cadore and the pass between Pelmo and Civetta. The slopes for night skiing at Pecol are groomed again between 5pm and 7pm opening time. If you are there early and are among the first to go up at 7pm you are in "carving paradise".