Visitor reviews for Folgaria Ski Resort
March 11, 2015
Padraig from Ireland
A group of 16 spent 4 days in Folgaria in early March 2015.
The resort is well maintained and suitable for beginners. The blues were nice and easy (which suited us).
The resort is not for advanced skiers as there are only 2 or 3 black runs. The resort seemed to mainly attract Italians with not many international visitors.
We hired a bus from Bergamo airport and the journey was about 2 hours (if you are familiar with the roads). Folgaria village is pretty but requires a shuttle bus to the slopes. There are hotels right on the slopes too.
We did not see signs of a "wild" apres-ski scene.
All in all, a good experience.
Overall: 4.0. Based on 3 votes and 4 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 Folgaria.
Public Transport: 3.7
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Folgaria, (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 Folgaria, (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: 3.3
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Folgaria.
Ski in/Ski out: 3.0
(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 Folgaria, (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) Folgaria is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Folgaria relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.7
(1) There are no snow groomers at Folgaria, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Folgaria 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) Folgaria 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 Folgaria, 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: 4.0
(1) Folgaria 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: 4.7
(1) The staff at Folgaria are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Folgaria 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: 4.3
(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: 5.0
(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: 4.0
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Folgaria 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 Folgaria, (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: 3.7
(1) Not even a kicker at Folgaria, (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 Folgaria, (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) Folgaria 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: 3.7
(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: 4.0
(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: 4.3
(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): 4.3
(1) Overall, Folgaria 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): 4.7
(1) Overall, Folgaria 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.
May 10, 2013
Mr Lupo from United Kingdom
A super little resort with easy access to Madonna Di Campiglio. I went with with Equity Ski and I was well looked after by their reps - thanks Jo. Highly recommended! Would go again.
March 01, 2011
M Porter from United Kingdom
Visited Folgaria over February half term 2011. About 100km of piste is available on the lift pass, which is electronic and hands free. The area is served almost entirely by chair lifts. Some of the chair lifts are very modern, with automatic safety bars, although there are still a few rickety old chairs too.
It is a great little resort, especially for beginners. There are good nursey slopes at Costa and Fonde Grande, and plenty of easy blues to progress to. Some of the reds are also very easy, and would be blue in other resorts. For intermediates and above, the area is still fun, with a few decent reds and one black, although again, the black is on the easy side of its grading. There is a reasonable amount of off psite to be had, when the conditions are good, and lots of tree skiing. The ski school Costa 2000 were very good, with friendly and enthusiastic English speaking instructors.
The ski area is spread over a number of linked mountains and passes through a few villages, providing a sense of travel, which even beginners should be able to experience by the end of the week. The mountains are pretty, with winding pistes through the woods and views to more dramatic mountains beyond. There are a decent number of mountain huts to eat in or stop for a bombadino.
Folgaria itself is a little village with a cobbled high street and a range of hotels within a short walk or bus ride to the slopes. There is ice skating, swimming, karaoke and a disco available here, and bowling in Laverone.
September 27, 2008
Mark from United Kingdom
We stayed in Lavarone which is a small resort but excellent for those skiing for their first time. There are a few blue runs in which you can improve yourself on until you are ready to face the few red runs at Lavarone. There is a red run at the back which after only 4 days of skiing certainly tests your wits. We stayed in hotel Mirimonte ran by Matteo which is a excellent hotel for the money. The staff are very friendly and the food is fantastic.
Close by to Lavarone is Folgaria which is a massive resort compared to Lavarone. (This is the only place I have skied so cannot compare it to anywhere and takes about a 15 min drive). There are masses of runs to try and for me is more suitable to intermediate and above level skiers. Those who like to push themselves will love this place. I had only skied for 5 days prior to this location and loved every minute of it. You can ski through 3 different areas and there are NO queues. (Even on a Sunday the longest we waited was about 5 mins). Food and drink is all fantastic and the prices are very good too. Snow conditions were ok on arrival but could have been better. You need not worry though as they do a fantastic job with the snow cannons. Then we got a big snowfall and conditions were fantastic. Only downfall for this resort is in Lavarone there is no nightlife at all. However, we did not look into Folgaria on the night. I strongly recommend to give Folgaria a try as it is a lovely place wehre food, people and skiing are brilliant. Anyone else who has been to Folgaria I would like to read your reviews as I say this is the only place I have visited as I took up skiing last year and loved it. I am going somewhere again in 2009 and would like to try somewhere else if anyone has any recommendations.