Italy 25 March - 01 April 2017 : Recommendations Please

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  1. Mike Pow

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    Good morning one and all.

    I had excellent advice from members of this forum for a family ski trip to Austria this past Easter holidays. Many thanks once again.

    After weighing up all the pros & cons we chose Hotel Lasinga, Fiss in the Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis ski circuit.

    Brilliant time for me, my partner Nerys, my brother Matt, sister-in-law Laura, and my 7 year old nephew Sam.

    TR here
    http://forums.ski.com.au/xf/threads/sefaus-fiss-ladis-tirol-austria-19-26-march-2016.74548/

    Pics here (Facebook playing up)
    https://www.facebook.com/mike.richa...10154102243683624.1073741876.506688623&type=3


    So successful that my brother & sister-in-law want me to organise the 2017 Easter trip :)

    Their criteria:
    Italy
    Similar ambiance and feel as Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis
    Ski-in, ski-out (can be swayed to very short walk to lifts if there are lockers)

    My criteria:
    Children terrain park and themed runs like Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis would be excellent
    Good off-piste
    Reliable snow record

    They've been to Champoluc and Cervinia so those are out.

    I've skied Civetta, San Martino Di Castrozza, Corvara, Marmolada, Trafoi, Pejo 3000 & Solda so know the merits, pros & cons of those areas.

    Resorts on my radar are:
    Madonna di Campiglio
    Marilleva (Val di Sole area)
    Madesimo


    All recommendations gratefully received.

    Many thanks in advance.

    Mike
     
  2. Mike Pow

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    Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? ;)
     
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  3. Heinz

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    Sorry, Italy is not my speciality. I've only been to Cortina & Sestriere and I'm not sure either really fit the criteria. You have probably been to more places in Italy than most people here, not surprisingly seeing you have far less distance to travel, so you may have to make your own call.
     
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    My Italy experience is limited to the Courmayeur and Monte Rosa areas.
     
  5. Mike Pow

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    Thanks Heinz and CarveMan
     
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    go Dolomites...Selva Val Gardena.... no.substitute IMO... been 3 times in 6 years... magic skiing, views, food....
     
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    look at those smiling faces
     
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  8. Mike Pow

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    Thanks NewTurns
     
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    yep, Italy is good
    ski-in ski-out might not be so easy - maybe Arabba?
    if you stay somewhere like Canazei or Campitello there's a big gondola to get to the ski fields
    that's good too - just you and 120 brand new friends going up together
     
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  10. Mike Pow

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    Thanks person s
     
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    I have little experience but The Dolomites are great. Good food and vistas. Only down side is snow quality and quantity is variable. So it is a bit of luck but if the snow is good, it is fabulous. But if snow reliability is a requirement then it is out. How about Cervinia? Not very Italian but it is in Italy. You can ski Zermatt from there and Zermatt is great. Not seen a terrain park there though.
     
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    Thanks. They've visited Cervinia a couple of times, so looking for somethng new.
     
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    The higher slopes of Belvedere and Pordoi above Canazei/ Campitello are good for late season. Can quickly access Arraba and Malmolada too.
     

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    Stelvio, but it could get a bit boring. Though the drive there isn't :)
     
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    Many thanks as always
     
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    Too early for Stelvio.

    Skied Trafoi and Solda in that area in March. Excellent.
     
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    Late season might reduce a few options on the southern side of the Alps, but one place that comes to mind is Livigno. Bit of a cool microclimate, tucked into the Alpenkoofdam, ski in, reasonable size village, nice atmosphere, much better food than Serfaus, plus the locals even have a sense of humour! Great safe terrain for kids, but plenty to keep more adventurous occupied with lots of fun open off piste and plenty of terrain features to ride. I believe they have a few 'progetto' lifts on the go to link some of the current 'side country' runs & from what I've seen, is fairly reliable for snow as far as the Wog side of the Alps goes.

    Bit convoluted to get too, but easy tunnel connection to Schweiss, if your wallet feels too heavy. Certainly a place I'll go back too.

    Photo is from Feb this year, on a day when it was 21C at the base!!

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  18. Mike Pow

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    Sulden season runs till 1st of May. Base at 1900 metres
     
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  20. Mike Pow

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    Great area. We had a ball this past March.

    Didn't look like there was any ski-in ski-out / very short walk accommodation?????
     
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    Earlier this year my wife and I went to Europe for our honeymoon, Italy was one of our first landings. Being of research mind, my wife decided St Vigil (San Vigilio) in the Dolomites as our first skiing destination.
    I had no idea what to expect, but I do say I was blown away!
    I do say with family in mind I have never seen such a family focused resort, beautiful village with close ties with its Laden heritage.
    Food was phenomenal.. I could go on and on
    As for accommodation we stayed at Ciastel, that was an experience that I have to say has to be lived!
    Family owned, they pride themselves on making you feel welcome and at home, Michael was our host for most of the time, he being the eldest of the siblings of the family, he spoke fluent English, Italian and German. His mother is the in house chef and her food is outstanding. Michaels father had a great deal in the architecture of the buildings and is a very pleasant man.
    The accommodation is a short walk, 500m walk to the Miara ski lift, ticket box, ski school and hire facilities
    There is a shuttle bus available too, and the Miara hire facilities also have lockers and overnight ski hold, but the place in its glory is too hard to pass up on the casual stroll and I had no worries walking it each of the days I skied.
    Terrain variety was huge, free wifi across a large portion of the resort and on selected lifts, huge ski runs I mean HuGe
    And if that's not enough there's the Dolomiti Superpass that will grant you access to neighbouring resorts. If we ever have the coin, I would make a return, the place was epic!
     
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  22. Mike Pow

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    Many thanks
     
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    Wonderful area. Kronplatz has so many Gondolas. Have relos just north of there. Speikboden ( Near Sand in Taufers) is also awesome and quite a bit higher. I skied there one late spring top to bottom when Kronplatz was already closed and mostly grass.
     
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    It is all so good. Go back in a heartbeat....
     
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    Mate is going climbing in Dolomites in september. So Jelly.
     
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    Thread resurrection.

    Dates have changed due to Nerys' work schedule.

    Flying into Milan Malpensa on Sunday 19 March, flying out on Monday 27 March.

    At this stage we're loooking at Madesimo.

    Possibly the whole time with day trips to St Moritz and Lake Como.

    Alternatively first half in Madesimo and second half skiing San Domenico and Macugnaga in Piedmont.
     
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    Awesome region, great time of the year, I lived in Milan for 2 years, If you are going to get down to Como, try Piani di Bobbio just for fun, its kinda small but the view is amazing, we used to ski it a bit cause it was 20 mins from home. (maybe a bit late in the season)

    Gressoney-La-Trinité, Aosta Valley, (2 x terrain parks) is 4.5 hours drive from Madesimo, also pretty nice, I recall it had good snowmaking. But you will find other small resorts around the lakes.
     
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  28. Mike Pow

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    Piani di Bobbio looks great. Thanks
     
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    Some weird weather hitting the area from Monday 20th March.

    Lots of precipitation, but the freezing level is hovering around 2000m :(

    At this stage it looks like San Domenico on Monday, maybe Bettmeralp-Aletsch on Tuesday.

    Who knows Wednesday, then Madesimo Thursday-Monday.
     
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    Make sure you duck out to the island on Lago Maggiore and lunch at a restaurant in Bergamo Alta is also a pretty cool thing to do. Keep right and drive like an italian for the most authentic experience :)
     
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    Thanks. Will have a look.
     
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