Visitor reviews for Folgarida-Marilleva Ski Resort

Folgarida-Marilleva Ratings

Overall: 3.9. Based on 10 votes and 20 reviews. Vote

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) Folgarida-Marilleva is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

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.

Off-piste: 2.5

(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.

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.

Access: 3.7

(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: 3.6

(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.

Accommodation: 4.5

(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: 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: 3.9

(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.

Childcare: 4.5

(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.

Snowmaking: 4.6

(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: 4.6

(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.

Shelter: 4.1

(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: 4.0

(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: 4.3

(1) The staff at Folgarida-Marilleva are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Folgarida-Marilleva 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: 4.5

(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: 4.4

(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.

Beginners: 4.3

(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: 4.6

(1) No intermediate terrain at Folgarida-Marilleva, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 3.8

(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: 3.4

(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.

Cross-country: 2.7

(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.

Luge/Toboggan: 1.5

(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.

Eating: 3.7

(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: 3.1

(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: 3.2

(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: 2.9

(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): 4.1

(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): 4.1

(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.

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January 09, 2004
paul darby from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
As an experienced (12 weeks) intermediate (who has skiid at Val D'Isere, St Anton etc) Folgarida's slopes are largely for cruising & not all that challenging. HOWEVER, whenever I've organised a group of mixed ability I've always gone back here (3 times now). WHY ? First, the Dolomites are stunning and the blue runs back to town are equally gorgeous being through thick pine forest. Second, the beginners slopes are fantastic up at mid station surrounded by pine forest. Third, mountain restaurants are fantastic value for money. Fourth, snow making is the best i've ever seen and all the slopes are N and NW anyway. Finally, the inexpensive skiiable link to Madonna Di Campiglio offers plenty of harder skiing and boarding for the more experienced. The 'village' is small and purpose built consisting of about 8 low rise wooden hotels (not ugly)and a few new chalets & appts. Apres and eating out is VERY limited but the TNT bar is good fun and full of Italians not Brits. Madonna Di Campiglio 8KM up the valley offers a lot more, including Gucci, Versace etc boutiques, but is quite pricy by Italian standards. Overall great value for money, great scenery and good snow, but definitely not for the hard partying crowd.
February 23, 2005
Vikki Leedham from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
For a month or so before we left, we were getting gradually more concerned with the lack of snow that had decended on Folgarida....however when we got there we realised we needn't have worried. They keep the pistes in fabulous condition, with snow cannons on most of the runs whic occasionally opperated during the day while we were there, which added a certain ammount of varitey to the skiing! As for the pistes themselves, I personally have skiied better, although once you cot over the other side of the mountain they were fab - wide, open, and a variety of scenery (because the view is oh so important). A good range of blues and reds of varying difficulty - not for the novice skier. As an intermidiate I found quite a few of the slopes an enjoyable, if slight challenge - however my mum, who has less confidence, found most to be too steep for her liking. The ski school teachers we had were great - mine owned the local bar (which is a great bar by the way 'Eta Beta')and were alot of fun. If I had one critisism it would be the hastle of having to get a cablecar up the mountain before donning one's skis, and the blue run back to the village (there was a black too, but a big challenge!) got very chewed up due to the heavy amount of skiers. On the whole it was a lovely resort - quiet, but still fun. The skiing was pretty good for middling skiiers, but there was the opportunity to go to other resorts close by, which certainly widens the range of pistes. A great holiday!!
January 22, 2006
Rebecca from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
A great little resort for beginners and early/lazy intermediates, with impressive lift system and snowmaking capacity. The village is very quiet with only a couple of bars and a pizzeria which make an effort to provide some liveliness. Worth getting an extension on at least one day to Madonna which offers more challenging skiing. Very few drag lifts so a good resort for snowboarders, some stunning scenery and a lovely long blue back to resort to make you feel you've earned your bombardino..
January 31, 2006
Dave from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just returned from Folgarida. I agree with Rebecca, it is a small resort. Folgarida is split into 2 parts - 1300 & 1400, about 20 mins apart to walk. Mid January seems to be very quiet, only 6 in our hotel and another had only 3! No hotel is more than 5 minutes walk uphill to the cable car station ( apart from a couple that offer doorstep skiing off the side of a blue run). All the hotels seemed newish but not unsightly and are kept clean. Resort is mainly used by Italians so tends to be pretty quiet of an evening anyway. There is the Eta Beta Bar which has karaoke nights but the accompanying organ sounds very cheesy. The Dream Bar in 1400 is loud. You can feel the bass vibrating your trousers but this seems to be a friendly place and fills up after midnight with local workers. The only British tour operator that goes there is Equity/Rocket ski which are a well organised company which I have used twice and would definitely use again. Skiing is great here for beginners and intermediates. Snow permitting, you can ski back from the midstation via a 3km blue or a shorter black. Excellent snow making equipment almost guarantees that there is enough coverage on most runs during the season. The pass also covers Marilleva. The extension pass gets you over to Madonna which is bigger/pricier ( Michael Schumacher and the Ferrari team were there the previous week ). At Madonna there is a world championship run and some more blacks and a cable car that takes 25 mins to get to the top of one of the peaks. The extension pass also covers you to ski in Passo Tonale for 1 day which includes a free bus but you will need to arrange this via the tourist office. Other smaller areas are also covered but I am not sure how you would get there. Locally produced Toraldego red wine is a definite hit! Anyone going there this week will have 1 metre of new snow that was dumped over last weekend. Lucky S*ds!
March 01, 2006
laura from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
It actually takes 11 mins to get to the top of Madonnas Championship run. Is beautiful in Folgarida at the moment, especially if you enjoy lots of snow, as it had snowed every day last week.
February 06, 2007
fiona from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I went to Folgarida last year with a small UK Tour Operator called Max Ski (highly recommended!)and stayed in a wonderful hotel called the Hotel Luna. I thought the hotel and resort were excellent and are a great place for a family based ski holiday. Not the liveliest resort in the world and not the place for a bunch of lads looking for wild nightlife, but our family will definitely go to this lovely resort and much underated ski area.
November 12, 2007
Coffeegrind from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I love skiing in Italy, the Dolomites make for great scenery, the food and wine is twice as good as France and half the price. Best of all is the snow which has been just great for the last 3 years in Marileva. It seems to have 3 big dumps pre-Xmas; at the end of February and then the end of March. Last year, at the end of March, 1.2m of fresh powder fell in three days. The resort is really a family place with few bars and just one club. Marileva is pretty much all Italians so bring your phrase book, that said the Italian instructors speak English and are great with kids. The piste is tree lined and there is plenty of skiing for a weeks holiday in Marileva/Folgardia which is effectively one resort. The most challenging black is Folgarida Nera which has been a world cup run and if you can gather some pace has some hairy drops. There is big half pipe and small boarder-cross course if that's your thing. If you fancy further a-field it’s an easy ski over to Madonna Di Campiglio which is full of beautiful people and has great clubs and bars (Madonna has some great clubs too) The mountains here are beautiful and if you like getting off into the wilderness and getting some off-piste you need a guide but won’t be disappointed. With a bit of snowshoeing at the beginning we skied from a hut at about 2200m all the way down to Marlieva 900, all through trees and in great snow. There are two or three good pizza restaurants in Marileva 1400 and if you venture down into the valley, which is a twenty minute drive from 1400 or 5 minutes from 900, there are a number of really fantastic restaurants. Decent ski hire is available on the hill but choice is limited during busy periods. I am lucky enough to live in France, within easy reach of some classic skiing, but love the Dolomites and this area in particular. Marileva/Folgarida is a great family resort with some challenging skiing and great cuisine. I will be back again this season.
February 28, 2008
Paul & Family from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just returned from a fantastic week in Folgarida. Mainly helped by the unbroken clear skies and sunshine. However, the snow was good and was holding up very well despite the sun. Even though it was busy... it is peak season after all.. the queues weren't too bad. Only serious delay is the slight 'bottle-neck' getting from the Madonna side back to Folgarida at the end of the day, but still only 15 minutes. If they could up-grade that one part of the lift system it would make it an even better area than it is. Loved the new run and lift at Val Mastellina... classic big cruising slope. The really good thing was that despite being half-term it didn't cost a fortune... Ryan Air to Milan-Bergamo, car hire (needed this for shopping as well as transfer) and appartment booked direct through Sole Neve Viaggi. All-round brilliant week!!
March 10, 2008
chris from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just come back from a week in Folgarida. Stayed in hotel Luna. Great food, good rooms, swimming pool etc and really friendly place. The plus side is that this place is such good value for money with the Euro being so strong against the pound. The drinks here are cheap and meals out are great value. For skiing, this place is one of the few hidden secrets except from the Italians. Come here soon for good snow and really good long, quiet runs before everyone discovers we are being ripped off in France, Austria and Switzerland.
April 05, 2008
Ellie from Ski United Kingdom 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 !