Visitor reviews for Folgarida-Marilleva Ski Resort
March 06, 2017
c roberts from United Kingdom
just back from Folgarida; fab resort with lovely runs back to base at the weekend. Not the best snow in the Dolomites this year but the lower runs were faultless back to resort after the good year for making the artificial snow. Whenever I ski in Italy the pistes hold up much better than the French and Austrian resorts, staying clean up until tea time so none of the massive mogul slush you get in the busy places like 3 valleys, La Plagne etc. Didn't realise the ski area was so vast and much better than the piste map suggests. Spent 4 days skiing over to Madonna-di-Campiglio and still failed to do all the lifts and runs. Stayed at Park Hotel with Crystal which was ski in and out so no walking and it has its own ski hire shop in the hotel (bargain) although out of the village so no good for non skiers in a party. Good food on offer but late t leading to a bit of a ruck when the restaurant opened. Swimming pool sauna etc so great for relaxing après ski. Childrens' entertainment nightly by a great group of guys who really appeared to enjoy what they were doing. Would I recommend the resort? Definitely, as Italian snow is better and the prices on slope are much more sensible (unlike France). Probably, if I returned, I would stay in Madonna as more town feel. Extra info: half term and little queuing for lifts only on the slow 3 seater link lift to get back to Folgarida but the posters say there's a new 4 seater express lift going here in the summer anyway. 9 out of 10 for this place.
Overall: 3.8. Based on 8 votes and 19 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 Folgarida-Marilleva.
Public Transport: 3.4
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Folgarida-Marilleva, (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 Folgarida-Marilleva, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.9
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 3.6
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Folgarida-Marilleva.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.5
(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 Folgarida-Marilleva, (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) Folgarida-Marilleva is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Folgarida-Marilleva relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.5
(1) There are no snow groomers at Folgarida-Marilleva, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Folgarida-Marilleva 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) Folgarida-Marilleva is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 3.9
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Folgarida-Marilleva, 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: 3.9
(1) Folgarida-Marilleva 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: 4.2
(1) The staff at Folgarida-Marilleva are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Folgarida-Marilleva 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: 4.3
(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: 4.3
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Folgarida-Marilleva 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 Folgarida-Marilleva, (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: 3.5
(1) Not even a kicker at Folgarida-Marilleva, (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 Folgarida-Marilleva, (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) Folgarida-Marilleva has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.1
(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: 3.4
(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: 3.0
(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: 4.1
(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): 3.9
(1) Overall, Folgarida-Marilleva 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): 3.8
(1) Overall, Folgarida-Marilleva 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 07, 2016
Owen from United Kingdom
We booked via Brentaski (what was Folgarida.co.uk) and had no problems at all with them as they kept us up to date and the rep was very useful when one of us needed medical attention.
Before going, the Folgarida webcam looked like there was little snow but the whole area was great. Unless you are a new skier I would recommend getting the whole area lift pass as there is lots to enjoy.
We stayed in the Hotel Renzi (Folgarida) which had a great location, was clean and had friendly staff but the food was the worst we have had on ski trips and we've done the cheaper resorts! Even though we were half-board we decided to eat out as it was that bad but, thankfully, LaBuca restaurant was really nice be it pizza, pasta or fillet steak. Over all, it was a great place which we'd be happy to return to though probably staying in Madonna.
January 10, 2016
John from United Kingdom
I have been, in March, at least 10 times to Folgarida/Marilleva/Madonna. Mostly by car with overnight stops in Netherlands and Germany but also flying to Bergamo or Verona with a hire car to the hotel.
The snow conditions have always been brilliant yet with blue skies. Skiing, using the 3 linked areas, is superb for intermediates.
I have had a few lessons with Claudio of the Aevolution ski school which were a life-changer; absolutely brilliant.
Good modern lift system and few queues.
We always stay at Hotel Vittoria in the village of Dimaro; a delightful family-run homely hotel which is a few minutes from the Daolasa gondola using the free hotel skibus. No apres-ski but a lovely spot. If you have a car you can drive 15 minutes into Folgarida itself and ski right back to the car park.
May 10, 2013
Mr Lupo from United Kingdom
An excellent resort with a modern lift system, plenty of runs - mostly intermediate, easy access to Madonna Di Campliglio but lacking in night life. I would recommend the resort to others. We went with Rocket ski who were fantastic, especially Jo our rep.
I Hope to return again some day.
March 17, 2011
dont book with folgardia.co.uk from United Kingdom
Returned from Folgardia (Folgarida-Marilleva) after a skiing holiday with friends. Folgardia is a lovely resort, however if you are a good skier I would definitely get a pass to go over to Madonna as the resort has a more extensive range of slopes.
In terms of the company we booked with (folgardia.co.uk) all I can say is never again. From the moment we booked with them there was a catalogue of problems:
1) they didn't tell us about the surcharge for flying from a different airport.
2) they told us when we booked the transfer was 2.5hrs but was in fact 5 hrs - one of the children we were with was sick on the bus.
3) when we suggested they make sure they tell people an accurate transfer time when they book - we were told they only want positive feedback and were told to go away!!
4) The reps were flown in for the week (half-term) and knew nothing about anything we asked them. It was a complete waste of time having them there!
Shame about the company but a fab place to ski!!
January 15, 2011
thelma heath from United Kingdom
Returned from Folgarida (Folgarida-Marilleva) last week having booked with the Folgarida web site. Was a little sceptical as have spent last 3 years in Courchevel but I was travelling with a friend who hasn't skied for 13 years, her son of 10 who had never skied, my granddaughter (10) and myself who are fairly experienced skiers although I am a bit long in the tooth. We all booked ski school as the price was very competitive.
Stayed at Hotel Renzi which was only a short walk away from the main lift. The accommodation was comfortable and adequate and the food was very good. Would stay there again.
The skis were fine even though I didn't upgrade. The instruction was excellent. The first time skier only had 2 in his class and so therefore was skiing red runs by the middle of the week. The rest of us had max of 4 so even slight difference in skills didn't matter as we were all learning good technique and meeting other skiers.
We didn't ski over to Madonna as you needed to allow a day to obtain full value and the last day we still found new runs to explore in Folgarida. I would advise extending lift pass for intermediate skiers not going to ski school although there was a challenging red run to get back. The snow was great even though it rained in the resort on the last day it was snowing on the mountain. We had to queue at times but I think that it was a busyish week with a lot of Italians. We didn't experience night life as these days I pay to ski not to party - I can do that at home! I enjoyed this resort and would return. Excellent for families. Many thanks to Wayne and his team from Folgarida.co.uk
January 12, 2011
Mark Hunter from United Kingdom
I went to Folgarida (Folgarida-Marilleva) in 2009 for the first time and am returning with friends mid-Jan 2011. In 2009 (end March) the snow was outstanding. In 20 weeks of skiing, I've never seen so much coverage - not even traditionally high/snow-sure resorts. Quite outstanding! The skiing is certainly intermediate with fabulous beginner areas and some nice progressor slopes. Outside of the peak periods (when I was there), it was fairly quiet with no queuing for lifts anywhere. If you like the idea of blasting around on red runs with almost no-one about, as the piste winds down through pine forests, this could be the resort for you!
I'd recommend getting the extended area pass to encompass Madonna di Campiglio. Intermediates will probably want more than just the Folgarida-Marilleva area. Beginners/early intermediates will find more than enough to keep them occupied in the smaller area.
As has been mentioned, Folgarida is split into 1300 and 1400. The livelier bars seem to be at 1400, although the Eta Beta at 1300 can be fun when a bit busier. This isn't a party town resort - it is one that caters to families quite well. It would suit mixed groups well owing to the variety of skiing available. Probably not a place for off-piste thrill seekers, although there are opportunities for those who like to push occasionally.
February 21, 2010
Hollie from United Kingdom
Folgarida (Folgarida-Marilleva) is cool. Lots of snow. Just come back from Folgarida (Folgarida-Marilleva).
February 10, 2010
pisternnuer from United Kingdom
Got back from Folgarida (Folgarida-Marilleva) a few weeks ago and the skiing was awseome. All the locals there were very kind and our hotel was fantastic - just a 1 minute walk from the nearest piste. Stayed in Alpe Hotel Taller and would highly recommend.
April 05, 2008
Ellie from United Kingdom
I have just arrived back from Folgarida and it was amazing ! You couldn't ask for better views ! It is such a lovely place to be in, the people there are so lovely and the skiing is amazing ! I want to go back right now ! I would recommend it to everyone for all ages ! If you have never been skiing and you want to go somewhere with your family, Folgarida has some ski slopes and they are so lovely. I couldn't have asked for nicer, polite and helping people !