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..
March 17, 2011
dont book with from Ski United Kingdom 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 ( 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!!
May 10, 2013
Mr Lupo from Ski United Kingdom 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. Mr Lupo.
February 26, 2019
Ian Davey from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
If you want a resort that is affordable but has access to a more upmarket stunner then this is the place. Folgarida has some super runs; both runs back down to Folgarida are nice cruisers and if you venture towards Marilleva the black and red runs down are superb. Its a quick connection over to Madonna and if you get the first lift in a morning you can reach the top of Groste not long after 9am. On the Folgarida side there is a bottleneck. Everyone uses the Urso Bruno lift to get to the top of Marilleva and despite being a quick 6-man there can be huge queues in a peak week. Over in Madonna the lifts at the bottom of Groste get packed in the afternoon as skiers attempt to return over to Folgarida. Its currently 31 Euros to extend your lift pass for a day over in Madonna. Madonna's runs are beautiful and there is plenty in Folgarida for an experienced skier: off-piste through the trees and a couple of decent blacks but I would suggest getting a whole area pass as Madonna is so beautiful. Beginners beware, its a tough red back to Folgarida from Madonna. Buses back from Madonna cost about 2 Euros! And a taxi is 20-30 Euros!
February 07, 2016
Owen from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
We booked via Brentaski (what was 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 12, 2011
Mark Hunter from Ski United Kingdom 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.
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.
January 15, 2011
thelma heath from Ski United Kingdom 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