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Italy, Marilleva and Madonna di Campiglio (February 14-21, 2015)

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Hello,

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 Thumbs Up.

 

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.

http://www.exploteam.pl/team/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/5.jpg

 

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 :)

 

My wife

 

A bridge for skiers. It connects both sides of Madonna di Campiglio

 

Conclusions:

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. :)

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Wow, that's such a relaxed TR, with succinctly put useful info of a place most of us stateside would not really know about. The terrain is beautiful, the powder wow, how cold does it get there? And with a partner who skis like that, I can see how you differ from many who would glad leave their spouses behind on the trail :cool , she's a skier with style. 

So this is also Northern ITaly in the Tyrolean Alps - yes? So not too far from Selva Gardena and that cluster of ski areas?

 

Very cool, thanks for posting, always great to see parts of the world, we need to visit on skis but so little time and of course resources !

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R: Italy, Marilleva and Madonna di Campiglio (February 14-21, 2015)

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Wow, that's such a relaxed TR, with succinctly put useful info of a place most of us stateside would not really know about. The terrain is beautiful, the powder wow, how cold does it get there? And with a partner who skis like that, I can see how you differ from many who would glad leave their spouses behind on the trail :cool , she's a skier with style. 

So this is also Northern ITaly in the Tyrolean Alps - yes? So not too far from Selva Gardena and that cluster of ski areas?

 

Very cool, thanks for posting, always great to see parts of the world, we need to visit on skis but so little time and of course resources !

Going by memory...
Marilleva can be pretty cold by "our"standards, most of the ski runs are in the woods. I remember it, as a kid, as a very cold place to be on a chairlift. But so I remembered Tonale (Adamello ski) which is where I mostly skied these past 4 seasons. Instead it has not been nearly as cold as my memories were telling me. So even for Marilleva it must be the same.
And no, Marilleva and Madonna di campiglio are not part of the better known Dolomites of Alto Adige. If one is to drive north on the river Adige valley, the area is to be found on the left (east) before reaching Trento. Whereas Selva is further north and on the right (east) after Bolzano. This said the mountains there are known as "Dolomiti di Brenta". The distance by american standards is not much mileage-wise.
Depending on road conditions about 3hrs drive...maybe less.
With the same skipass (skirama) one could ski both Marilleva-Madonna di Campiglio-Pinzolo and the Adamello, althought I would suggest that only for multi-days ski trips, the two area being too far away to be lift interconnnected and skied in the same day.
With the "year long skipass" (from May 1st of year "n" to April 30th of year "n+1") one will have unlimited access to all open lifts of both areas,
Winter and Summer, plus 5 days at the Dolomity Superski.
Irafar...did you come ski the Adamello as well?
Another nice area nearby albeit small is Pejo...
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Irafar...did you come ski the Adamello as well?
Another nice area nearby albeit small is Pejo...

Hello,

No, we just skied Marilleva and Madonna di Campiglio.

We stayed on mountain. It woult take too much time if we had to go down by cable car to walley and then take a ski bus to another ski area. It took two hours to get from Marilleva to top of Madonna di Campiglio. And we started moving back at about 2PM just because of the bottle neck - slow three seated chair lift taking back to Marilleva side of the mountain. We had to wait for 30-40 minutes there.

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