Finally I got some time to write a trip report about our skiing hollidays in Italy :)
I was travelling with my wife. We had a charter flight from Riga, Latvia to Bergamo airport, Milan. We had 1 ski bag (20kg) + 1 bag of luggage (20kg) + 1 hand luggage (7kg) each. Such combination allows to take two pairs of skis for each person. That's perfect .
So... Early Saturday morning 3:00AM alarm clock rings... 5 AM checkin time. Had a coffee and bought two bottles of Riga black balsam (black currant flavoured) in the Riga airport.
We arrived in Bergamo without any adventures. It took about 3 -4 hours to get from airport to the ski resort.
Whe stayed in Marrileva 1400, Lores2 appartments. It consists of concrete block appartment houses and hotels.
Where ever you stay, it is possible to ski down to the door of the appartment house. Just can't be better.
We kept our skis in a ski box. It was really small. I could barelly fit our skis into it. We took our boots to the appartment since there were no other option for drying them.
We had breakfast and dinner in the cafe/pizzeria/restaurant next to our appartment house. Food was very tasty and portions were big. Beer - typical European lager.
We hit the bull's eye with weather. It was snowing on Saturday and a little bit on Sunday. Rest of the days were sunny.
We took our powder skis on the first day. Forests next to pistes are easy accessible. We met a guy (Filipo) from Trento who showed us some good paths through the trees. It was steep learning curve for us - no time to hesitate. A little foggy, snowing... Can't loose our guide in front of me, can't loose my wife behind :)
Easy accessible forests next to pistes quickly got packed while steeper parts remained untracked.
Here is a video from our trip
We spent first few days skiing forests and pistes on the Marilleva side. Then we switched to Madonna di Campiglio. It was less crowded.
The only problem was getting back to Marrilleva. The bottleneck was slow three seated chair lift.
Every afternoon we waited till the sun goes behind mountains then finished our grappa and skied down to our appartment house.
Another fantastic day is over :)
A bridge for skiers. It connects both sides of Madonna di Campiglio
1) Pistes were prepared very well. Better than in Kitzhbuhel.
2) Forests are easy accessible from chair lifts.
3) Both Marilleva and Madonna di Campiglio are very beginner friendly. Most of pistes are blue or red (just because there is one steep part).
4) There are very many ski instructors and students.
5) Marilleva has crowded groomers, but its a good place to stay. Madonna di Campiglio is better for skiing.
Will I return? I think I will... But with my boys. :)