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Has anyone been riding in Alagna Italy? I'm trying to get some non official information on descents in the area and any personal views on the 'Ski Safaris' that are advertised by the guides. Particularly interested in any snowboarding descents / tours. Cheap places to stay etc.

Anything would be helpful.

gary
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Originally posted by gary:
Has anyone been riding in Alagna Italy? I'm trying to get some non official information on descents in the area and any personal views on the 'Ski Safaris' that are advertised by the guides. Particularly interested in any snowboarding descents / tours. Cheap places to stay etc.

Anything would be helpful.

gary
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Originally posted by gary:
Has anyone been riding in Alagna Italy? I'm trying to get some non official information on descents in the area and any personal views on the 'Ski Safaris' that are advertised by the guides. Particularly interested in any snowboarding descents / tours. Cheap places to stay etc.

Anything would be helpful.

gary
Gary

I have skied Alagna several times as I used to live 100 kms from the resort. The terrain is pretty good and plenty to keep you occupied for a few days. It's mostly off piste or ungroomed piste. The options for offpiste excursions are superb. The Hotel Mirella, near the cable car starting station is cheap and cheerful and well worth it. I also stayed at the Hotel Genzianella which was fine too. The last time a went there was last year with the Ski Club of Great Britain who you could use as a source of info. The guides at Alagna are extremely competent. Try and contact Andrea Enzio there. Most of the off piste itineraries are suitable to snowboarders, some of them are only accessed by rope (nothing too scary, in normal snow conditions). I am assuming you have probably seen this website already

http://www.alagna.it/home.htm

Enjoy
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Has anyone been riding in Alagna Italy? I'm trying to get some non official information on descents in the area and any personal views on the 'Ski Safaris' that are advertised by the guides. Particularly interested in any snowboarding descents / tours. Cheap places to stay etc.

Anything would be helpful.

gary
Gary

I have skied Alagna several times as I used to live 100 kms from the resort. The terrain is pretty good and plenty to keep you occupied for a few days. It's mostly off piste or ungroomed piste. The options for offpiste excursions are superb. The Hotel Mirella, near the cable car starting station is cheap and cheerful and well worth it. I also stayed at the Hotel Genzianella which was fine too. The last time a went there was last year with the Ski Club of Great Britain who you could use as a source of info. The guides at Alagna are extremely competent. Try and contact Andrea Enzio there. Most of the off piste itineraries are suitable to snowboarders, some of them are only accessed by rope (nothing too scary, in normal snow conditions). I am assuming you have probably seen this website already

http://www.alagna.it/home.htm

Enjoy
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I've never been to Alagna, but I've been to Corvara in Badia (near Val Gardena), and there is some really awesome backcountry terrain of the top of the Sella Group (Gruppa di Sella in italien, or Sellagruppe in german). If you get a chance, check out the "Val di Mezdi" aka "Mittagstal" which means "Valley of Noon." It runs 5,300' down from the top of Piz Boé (3343m) to Corvara.

It starts out with some steep snowfields on the summit cone of Piz Boé (pronounced pizz bo-eh), funneling into a tough little chute, and then opening onto the flat plateau. From the Plateau there are two main routes into the valley itself. skier's left is the easier of the two, a narrow couloir at about 45°. The other entrance (skier's right) is a little longer and a little steeper (I wanna say like 45°-50°), but both funnel into this long hanging valley.

The Valley floor is littered with large glacial erratic boulders which are good for airtime if there's a lot of snow. At the end of the valley the bottom drops out and you ski down the steep (45°) streambed to the bottom, where lifts can take you left (Val Gardena) or right (back to Corvara).

If you decide to go. Stay at the Hotel Col Alto in Corvara. It's the best food I've ever tasted.
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