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Question Italy Jan 2019 question

Discussion in 'Europe' started by Ian D, Mar 30, 2018.

  1. linked_recoveries

    linked_recoveries One of Us

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    Ooh! Over the Tofana Schuss. That's a fun few moments.



     
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    It’s amazing how that snowfall will last too. We had 20cm the night we got there and it didn’t snow for the rest of the time we were there but the snow held up beautifully. We were still getting fresh tracks in places too.
     
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    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    I've got a mate in Alagna, looks pretty bony. Think your Moby Dick is going to still remain elusive.
     
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    Zeroz A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Moby Dick is a good comparison. Alagna is a fantastic off-piste area (so I'm told) but this is my 5th attempt FFS.
    Got a few weeks yet before I'm 0/5, but I'm not excited about trundling around there on piste.
    Plenty of other good Euro options.

    Call me Ishmael.
     
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    Zeroz A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    And if it snows a shitload in Feb and you get there in March for great skiing,
    I will immediately scrape off my Aussieskier arse tatt.
     
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    Pics or it didn't happen, bud
     
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    Other lifts not on google maps yet: Nr. 8Arabba Fly chaitlift, nr. 127 Alpenrose

    but can be found on map here: https://www.snow-online.com/ski-resort/arabba_trailmap.html


    The Alba station to both sides can get pritty packed later morning!
     
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    Great pics. Good memories!

    Interesting that there are no lift queues in Jan. Feb was certainly not like that, particularly early and late on the main Sella Ronda route.

    I also remember finding the skier:snowboarder ratio to be higher than in other big resorts. I guess "touring the Sella Ronda" marketing appeals more to skiers.....
     
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    LOL LOL ROFL ROFL ROFL
     
  10. linked_recoveries

    linked_recoveries One of Us

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    It's hard to keep up.

    The Alpenrose lift is on your link, but not the Fly. FWIW the attached piste map shows the Fly (short green line added beneath the "Arabba" village name). That lift simply takes you across the road and works for both routes of the Sella Ronda, whereas previously punters had to walk across the road ... slippery and a bit dangerous. The Alpenrose (very handy lift) is already on the map - circled in green [edit - my mistake; it's actually the circle in red]. That one operates for the green, anti-clockwise Sella Ronda and saves a loong, shallow, very pretty schuss down into Arabba, although that route remains an option.

     
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    Jacko4650 One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    I remember watching a very good skier stop for friends at the top of this section, but then slid, fell to her side and tumbled over and over all the way to the bottom. Friends mouths all agape. It would be awesome to watch ski racers hurtle down this section, all iced up too I presume for the race??
     
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    wonderful just looking at the pics
     
  13. Hyst

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    Make a new circle for the Alpenrose - but yes it is on google maps.(Caprpazza shown). And made the run to Arabba much more interesting - remember the long blue flat run to Arabba to well. :headbang:

     
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    linked_recoveries One of Us

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    Oh yeah. Whoops! The Alpenrose on that trail map looks like an extension to the looong gondola (which used to be a quad) going the other way, across the face of the Sella. My mistake. New red circle coming right up ... all fixed now.

    Alpenrose base at left of shot.



    And here's a stock photo showing the northern / upper station of the Arabba Fly lift. People loading in both directions. Bottom station over in the distance, the other side of the road.

     
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    Sasslungo...Monte Pana. ...Marmolada... pizza ...prosecco. ...pancetta..speck ..ciabatta

    No one rides with snowboarders :thumbs:

    So Jealous
     

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  16. Ian D

    Ian D Pool Room Staff Member Administrator Moderator

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    Just did it today on the green option. It was only the addition of one short lift to access ot. Well worth it. Will post days report soon.
     
  17. linked_recoveries

    linked_recoveries One of Us

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    Or my favourite, being spaghetti aglio, olio e peperoncino (garlic, olive oil and chili). Yum!
     
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    Jacko4650 One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    No matter how many times I visit the Dolomites, I still reckon the pizzas are like cardboard and the pastas are boring. Shoot me down, but the Italian versions in Melbourne always made it a good reason to visit that city, which I had to do on a regular basis for many a year. I reckon the blandness in the Dolomites is due to the vast number of restaurants attached to every accommodation provider, leaving little scope for specialist food outlets to thrive. To give you an example, I reckon the best Pizza I could find in Corvara, which has lots of options, was the cafe attached to the ice Hockey rink . . . just sayin . . . . In Selva di Gardena I genuinely reckon a Dominoes Pizza outlet would lift the quality!
     
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    linked_recoveries One of Us

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    Sorta depends what you like in pizzas, I guess. It's a 'horses for courses' kind of thing.

    For mine a pizza is all about the bread, and I like a wood fired oven. The oven delivers bread with something on it to 'jazz it up'; for me a simple Margherita plus anchovies, chili and black olives is a pretty standard order. The bread comes thin'n'crispy although the middle can be softer, and the ingredients on top are used a little sparingly so they don't dominate. It's certainly not rocket science. If you want a thick crust, deep dish pizza with a small mountain of ingredients on top (i.e. Dominoes' Super Supreme) well that's just not how the Italians design their pizzas.

    I've always found the food in the Dolomites to be one of many very good reasons to go there. Plus, for my spaghetti mentioned above, you get a decent lunch for around 9 euro (AUD$14) in a professional, table-service restaurant with proper cutlery, nice napkins, plenty of smiles, great service and little in the way of queues (although you might have to wait for a table in the middle of the day). Then you have to add in a 'hydration' beer and some vino, of course. Yay!
     
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    Get to know some locals or pension owners and discuss where is good.
     
  21. Ian D

    Ian D Pool Room Staff Member Administrator Moderator

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    awesome!!
    Views at 1:35 :love::love:
     
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    Sensational!!!

    Brought back great memories. Fantastic day.

    Stoked you went up the cable car at Pordoi, such an amazing view.
     
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    Fantastic. That’s a cool way to explain your day.
     
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    THIS
     
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    Takes me back. Fab.
     
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    beautiful work - congrats
     
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    I had the best pizza ever in Cortina. It’s not hard considering I’m Coeliac, but this restaurant was accredited by the Coeliac Society and their gluten free pizza and pasta was amazing. I can not eat pizza in Melbourne now.
     
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    Great clip. Were you squished in like sardines on the Ciampinoi gondola?
     
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  31. Ian D

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    LOL yep, only one all day but it was jammed full.

    Wifey needed a rest day today so the kids and I skied the side of Gardena closer to Colfosco. Both kiddies did some blacks with me today so that was awesome. Cloudy and snowing lightly so picked the day for the SR perfectly :D
     
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    Yep viewa are ridiculous the whole way around.
     
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    XTREMO Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Wow that Traverous prez is fantastic. What a day. You've definitely avoided a ban.
     
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    I constantly get shot down for saying it, but I've travelled Italy extensively, and I still reckon my favourite pizza haunts in Sydney do better pizza. Aus produce is amazing and the overall standard is high. Pasta dishes - well the standard in Aus is good but nothing beats Sicilian fare.
     
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  35. Ian D

    Ian D Pool Room Staff Member Administrator Moderator

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    Pizza is different to Aussie pizza. Different is just that. I like both.
     
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    Colfosco slopes are just the right angle for fast fanging with plenty of room and some sun taking the edge off any icy bits. Nice place for morning tea high up overlooking it all too.... strudel with vaniglia sauce and good coffee.... great skier fuel....
    So fired up to go back again reading this.. been 3 years... Jan 2020 is forming up as bugger the money let's do it!
     
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    I like both sides of that valley above Colfosco. The blue groomer on the left (as you go up) has a lovely pitch for zooming a little faster than normal, is wide enough that you won't get into trouble, and has some off piste bits / bumps to explore on each side. On the right there's a steeper black groomer which mellows as you swing wider, including both blue and green options, so something for everyone. And the views are fantastic, both down valley to Corvara and across to the Val Mesdi.
     
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    I flew my drone up the Val Mesdi. Whoops.



    Couple of other scenics:

     
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    Nice shootin'. You can ski the Val Mesdi (most years) plus some other avenues down off the Sella Massif. Book a guide and access it from the top of the Pordoi cable car.

    If you book your stay through Dolomites Ski Tours they typically operate out of Campitello (circled in the valley). Each morning you upload in the cable car so you begin / end your day at the top station (also circled). They can certainly book you into other villages, but that's their 'base case'.

     
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    Yeah if you zoom in you can see tracks in the Mesdi.
     
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    I absolutely love the Dolomites. I reckon its a bit like paying for a smorgasbord though, where you feel compelled to try a bit of everything. I means you often miss some really good runs or fail to ski other runs repeatedly enough to really enjoy them. Every time I see overhead shots I see places I can't remember or missed. There so much to explore, you just need to keep coming back and I think this is why the area is so successful without necessarily being crowded.
     
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    That's a pretty good summation.

    Last year we managed to get a group together and bus down the Val di Fassa to ski San Pellegrino and Carezza - one day each. Each of those areas is worth more than just a single day. Overall you do sense you're missing out on a lot of good stuff just 'cause the area you can play in is so huge. You can't do everything in one trip, so there's no sense in trying.

    For reference, the below is an aggregate piste map showing all the areas covered by the Dolomiti Superpass. I expect it's something approaching 100km square. And more areas keep asking to be added - especially on the far side of the valley from Kronplatz (top right).

     
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    I lost an edge big time flying down that left side. Slid for ages LOL
     
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    Last day just done. Skied the plateau above Corvara and even did the Gran Risa black Super G World Cup course. Wow, epic run!

    And so the moon rises over our time in the Dolomites. Day 21 of our Italy trip and 6 days of skiing.



    Onto Milan before heading to Switzerland and home. Damn Inter Milan have had more race riot issues and closed their next game so we can't go to the San Siro to watch a Serie A game :( - whole timing was around us being in Milan for a weekend so we could see a match and damn idiots get the stadium closed for the one match we could make :mad:
     
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    Typical soccer crowd- probably had flares... Wouldn't see that in AFL.

    Loved following your trip, that day summary map app is fantastic...
     
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    Flares are accepted and not an issue in Italy. Mind you on New Years Eve there were guys running around with multi ball shooters in their hands shooting them at their friends in an area where there were tens of thousands of people milling around so attitudes to fireworks/flares and the minor issue of major burns seems to have a different perspective in Italy!
     
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    Was the Super G icy/firm? When we were there there were some really firm patches over the rises where the course was more shaded than on other parts.
    We were there this time last year. Arrived on the 20th Jan. Geez time flies.
     
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    That was the church/cemetery when we got there.