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Visitor reviews for Foppolo Ski Resort
April 01, 2010
Garry Doylland from Italy
We went to Foppolo for the weekend 26th-28th March, flying in Friday evening and out again on the Sunday. Two days skiing, good snow and all the main lifts running. The two chair lifts up from Foppolo were 4 chair and slow but adequate for the number of people skiing (very few). Snow was heavy and spring conditions but hard in the morning, good around middle of day and sugary in the mid afternoon. Stayed at the hotel Cristallo, right next to the ski lift, used by Equity ski company for a school group. Hotel very good, cost us 180 euros for the two days including ski pass and half board. Ski and boot hire very close by as well. Food at the restaurant at the top of the chair was superb. We took a varied group, 1 absolute beginner learned enough to ski blue run 3 times by end of second day, two intermediates who found the mainly red runs (so labelled) hard going when hard and two advanced who skied everything in sight including the off-piste blacks/reds and anything else that would move. The snow pack was solid and meant off-piste was like skiing on the heavy piste. Two days was enough to cover everything and have a really good time. The lift pass covers you for Foppolo and the connecting village Carona (I think) but to get to San Simone the third area covered by the lift pass would need to travel by ski bus or drive about 15-25 minutes. We didn't have time or transport adequate to carry skis to do that. Transfer time was one and a half hours from Bergamo.
Overall: 3.4. Based on 4 votes and 12 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 Foppolo.
Public Transport: 2.8
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Foppolo, (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 Foppolo, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.5
(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 Foppolo.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.0
(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 Foppolo, (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) Foppolo is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Foppolo relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 3.8
(1) There are no snow groomers at Foppolo, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Foppolo 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) Foppolo is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 2.8
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Foppolo, 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: 3.8
(1) Foppolo 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: 3.8
(1) The staff at Foppolo are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Foppolo 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: 3.5
(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: 3.0
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Foppolo 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 Foppolo, (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: 4.2
(1) Not even a kicker at Foppolo, (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 Foppolo, (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) Foppolo has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 3.5
(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: 3.2
(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: 2.8
(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: 3.0
(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): 3.5
(1) Overall, Foppolo 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): 3.5
(1) Overall, Foppolo 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.
March 10, 2010
Pete Ellison from United Kingdom
Foppolo is a good little resort for short breaks, but lifts to the left "Toro" side were not running or pisted, and the lower lift to Hotel Deux Alpes was closed with no wire on it so looked a little long term.
We stayed at the Hotel Rododendro, which was basic but clean and welcoming with good food, cooked breakfasts, and it's own 2 man chair 50mtrs from the door up to the main lift area made it most convenient
Good value at 360 Euros pp for 4 nights H/B with 3 days ski pass and airport tranfer included. Transfer takes 1.5 hours in peak times from Bergamo Airport.
No lift queues midweek and good snow conditions 1/3/10
January 19, 2010
V M from United Kingdom
Foppolo is a great resort with lovely atmosphere and amazing mountain food.
The piste map on your site is a little out of date, lots of work has been done.
The Italian National ski team trained at Foppolo for the Adelboden GS.
March 08, 2007
cf from United Kingdom
This is a great little resort!
Designed for the beginner to intermediate (you need to ski reds to get to other blue runs). Enough runs to keep you busy for 3/4 days as the ski pass includes the 3 resorts Foppolo, Carona and San Simone.
I stayed at the Hotel Des Alpes and thought the hotel was great! Good price, good hotel, great location, great food and fantastic hosts in Fausta and Gian Franco.
Would definately recommend it!!
(Although the Christallo is located at the bottom of the slope, it frequently has large Italian school trips in the hotel. Something that would put me off.)
February 14, 2007
Kevin Clausner from United Kingdom
Just got back last night. This place is fantastic. These Italians really know how to look after you. Families will love this place. Our 4 kids have never laughed so much. Even the strange Italian music on the bus each morning was fun to sing along too. Half-board,transfers,ski bus,lift pass was all for £50 a day/night - Value for money at an extreme. We had a great stay at the Hotel Pendretii in Branzi (30 mins from Foppolo). See it all on the foppolo.com website - Don't tell too many people!!
January 14, 2007
Eileen from Ireland
We are definitely going, I'll write a review when I get back.
January 11, 2007
pete stack from United States
Eileen most off the hotels provide a minibus service it takes approx 45to 60 mins. or go to Ryanair transfers it isn't far just winding rd. Good luck.
March 27, 2006
alan from United Kingdom
Been to Foppolo 4 times in 3 years with family and mates. I think you can't beat it for value. Stayed in hotel Cristallo every time. All the staff are friendly. Rooms are basic and clean. Great for kids, the resort has good ski school and is not too rowdy.
February 14, 2006
pete stack from United Kingdom
I stayed at Hotel des Alpes early Dec. Half board with lift passes 180 euros. Superb weekend break. Easy drive from airport. Hotels beside slopes .
January 27, 2006
Andy Somers from United Kingdom
I stayed at the Hotel des Alpes and it was brilliant. They pick you up at the airport,very cheap Ryanair flight and then 1 hr away from the hotel. Always great snow, food is excellent and all in the price which also included our ski passes. We liked it so much that I have now bought an apartment in Foppolo. Very cheap prices for apartments, to buy or rent.