17 August 2022.

Marmolada, Skiing & Snowb...

Marmolada is the highest mountain in the Dolomites and as a result can lay claim to some of the best snow conditions in the region. Marmolada not only benefits from the elevated altitude but also its glacier which helps maintain the snow pack. The challenging terrain is more suitable for intermediate and above skiers and snowboarders, most of the marked runs being red with the remainder being off-piste.

Marmolada is linked by lift and slope to Arabba, one of the ports on the famous Sella Ronda circuit as well as being covered by the Dolomiti Superski lift pass giving access to 1220 kilometres of marked runs.

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Marmolada is not particularly suitable for first timers due to the lack of easy terrain. There is one long blue run which is suitable for improving beginners but that is it.


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Marmolada is an ideal location for intermediates that are happier riding more challenging terrain. The majority of slopes are graded red or black with only four in total being graded blue. Beyond Arabba you enter the famous Sella Ronda circuit with its gentler terrain and fabulous scenery. The circuit can easily be completed if your start and finish point is Malga Ciapela, although in high season beware of the queues which can seriously slow you down. On a good day the circuit takes 3 ½ - 4 hours to complete starting at Arabba. You will have to factor in the time it takes from Malga Ciapela to Arabba, usually 30 – 40 minutes and the time back from Arabba to Passo Padon en route to Malga Ciapela, usually 20 – 30 minutes.


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Advanced riders will relish the fields of powder that sometimes cover Marmolada and the slopes below Passo Padon and Porta Vescovo. The Passo Pordoi cable car above Canazei in Val di Fassa gives access to some of the most challenging off-piste routes in the region. Many of the classic off-piste itineraries require local knowledge so it is essential to hire a guide.

Arabba also boasts several black pistes. Starting just under the Porta Vescovo cable car one of these blacks in particular is a thigh burning top to bottom charge descending over 800m (2625ft).

Freestyle, Skier and BoarderCross

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Freestylers will find a park over in Canazei as well as loads of natural hits popping up all over the place.