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La Villa (Alta Badia) Resort Reviews

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Visitor reviews for La Villa (Alta Badia) Ski Resort

  • January 20, 2007
    from United Kingdom

    Fantastic and very varied skiing, caters well for beginners and intermediates. Top class ski instructors and the Gran Risa is a nice way to finish the days skiing. Locals friendly.
    Looking forward to going back next year.

  • La Villa (Alta Badia) Ratings

    Overall: 4.0. Based on 7 votes and 2 reviews. Vote

    Access: 3.4

    (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 La Villa (Alta Badia).

    Public Transport: 3.0

    (1) There are no buses or taxis to La Villa (Alta Badia), (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

    Scenery: 4.3

    (1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

    Accommodation: 5.0

    (1) No places to stay in/near La Villa (Alta Badia), (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

    Cheap Rooms: 4.9

    (1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

    Luxury Hotels: 4.7

    (1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in La Villa (Alta Badia).

    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.

    Childcare: 4.0

    (1) There are no child care facilities at La Villa (Alta Badia), (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

    Snowsure: 4.3

    (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) La Villa (Alta Badia) is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

    Snowmaking: 4.0

    (1) La Villa (Alta Badia) relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

    Snow Grooming: 4.9

    (1) There are no snow groomers at La Villa (Alta Badia), (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at La Villa (Alta Badia) are groomed daily.

    Shelter: 4.3

    (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) La Villa (Alta Badia) 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 La Villa (Alta Badia), 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) La Villa (Alta Badia) 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: 4.4

    (1) The staff at La Villa (Alta Badia) are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at La Villa (Alta Badia) are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

    Crowds/Queues: 4.0

    (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: 4.8

    (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: 4.7

    (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) La Villa (Alta Badia) has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

    Beginners: 4.7

    (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.

    Intermediates: 4.9

    (1) No intermediate terrain at La Villa (Alta Badia), (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

    Advanced: 3.6

    (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: 2.7

    (1) Not even a kicker at La Villa (Alta Badia), (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

    Off-piste: 2.8

    (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.

    Cross-country: 3.5

    (1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around La Villa (Alta Badia), (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

    Luge/Toboggan: 3.0

    (1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) La Villa (Alta Badia) 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.

    Eating: 4.3

    (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.

    Apres-Ski: 3.1

    (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: 2.8

    (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.

    Entertainment: 2.8

    (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: 4.1

    (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): 4.1

    (1) Overall, La Villa (Alta Badia) 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): 4.3

    (1) Overall, La Villa (Alta Badia) 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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  • June 27, 2006
    from United Kingdom

    If you are looking for a top-notch skiing resort,this is as good as it gets. Located in Val Badia, in the heart of the Dolomites,La Villa boasts the Alpine Ski World Cup's toughest giant slalom run,the famous Gran Risa (slope: 36% average, 53% maximum) and is connected with 130Km of runs in the valley. The resort is a perfect base for an incredible variety of alternative ski tours across the Dolomites: aside from the well-known Sella Ronda, you can take the 90Km, 8-hour 1st WW ski tour all the way to Alleghe and Zoldo (try the excellent 63% slope black called Laghetto over there!), or ski through Arabba as far as Falcade and Moena in one day! The neighbouring valleys Val Gardena and Arabba also offer world-class black runs, such as the Saslong and Fodoma, respectively. The trendy life and skiing of Cortina are also within reach and next year - once the new Piculin gondola is completed - it will take only 20 min by skibus to access the large resort of Plan de Corones/Kronplatz and its well-known Sylvester black runs. In short, you could ski for 7-10 days without taking the same run twice! Beginners and intermediate skiers and snowboarders will enjoy the very long and generally blue or red runs of Val Badia itself, thanks also to the valleys world-class ski school. The valleys have breathtaking landscapes. Do not miss the incredible scenery on the Lagazuoi run and the unspoilt spots will also give eager photographers a run for their money. Nightlife tend to be subdued, making the place more suitable for families with children and couples looking for romantic dinners.