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21 July 2019.

Alpe di Siusi, Skiing & S...

Alpe di Siusi is covered on the Dolomiti Superski lift pass and links into the Val Gardena ski area via the village of Ortisei. Alpe di Siusi’s ski and snowboard area has in itself 70 kilometres of marked runs 7 percent of which are graded intermediate. The majority of sport takes place on the wide and sunny Alpe di Suisi plateau itself. Also on the edge of the village of Castelrotto there is a beginner’s tow and two intermediate tows that are not linked to the main area.

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Beginner

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Alpe di Siusi offers ample nursery slopes for first timers who under the guidance of a good instructor will be sliding down the longer blue runs under the cliffs of Sciliar in no time.

Intermediate

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With 75 percent of the terrain in Alpe di Siusi graded intermediate and with 176 kilometres of piste in neighbouring Val Gardena you should be well entertained. One of the most pleasurable runs of the entire area being en route back to Ortisei from Cuca Cucasattel above St. Cristina. The run starts on open mountainside before descending into the forest along a narrow track hugging the hillside. Soon the piste widens and begins twisting its way down through the woods. Eventually it enters a dramatic gorge and you get the surreal sense that you could be in a star wars computer game – it’s like your flying through one of the surface trenches on the death star. The high rock walls help to intensify the feeling of speed. Emerging from the gorge the piste returns to forestry tracks as it makes its final descent to the village.
Although the famous Sella Ronda is within reach from Alpe di Siusi, it is not likely that one would be able to complete it on skis or board if leaving from Siusi due to the time it would take just to get to St. Cristina. However, that is not to say that it is impossible. And it would be damn good fun having a go.

Advanced

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There isn’t really anything of note in Alpe di Siusi itself for advanced and expert riders who have to travel to neighbouring Val Gardena and beyond to Passo Pordoi to attain any excitement. And unless you have a car the slopes of Arabba and Marmolada although reachable on skis or board are just too far away to get to and then spend time sampling the terrain before having to head for home again.