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For those of you who saw my previous post about Courmayeur, let me say we had a great time.  Days 1-3 were in Courmayeur and admittedly the weather was somewhat awful.  Snow (good), fog (bad) and whiteout conditions (terrible).  That said, during that time I had a chance to take a lesson with a phenomenal instructor to fix some bad habits and shake off the rest.  Very worthwhile investment.  Day 4 was perfect weather in La Thuile and day 5 was Pila, also splendid!

 

So, now I'm thinking of a mid-March trip for 2016.  What are some of the more snowsure options in Italy?  Cervinia I know is on top of the list.  There's Passo del Tonale but it does not appear to be the best overall option for a family.  What other suggestions would you have?  What about in the Dolomiti?  I am very interested in going back to Selva for the first time in years.  Thoughts?

post #2 of 15

Dolomites in May should be fine. Remember the runs have had all the rocks removed so not much base is needed. Also their snow management skills are the best in Europe.

 

In my latter skiing days when I was just a groomer zoomer I was drawn back again and again to the resorts around the Sella with Arrabba being my favorite.

 

Sauxe d,Oulx is worth considering. However the link to Sestriere is not always open and the runs down from the link are fairly testing.

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I'm assuming you meant March instead of May.  I do keep reading how great they are in the Dolomiti about managing the snow so that bodes well.  My only experience skiing in Selva was an eternity ago but it was mid-March and the snow was solid but that certainly varies year to year.  Its such a beautiful area and just hard not to try to go back.  Sestriere looks good but the village just looks flat out bland.  As much as I'd like to go there since we have friends who live nearby, I don't know.  I wouldn't mind La Thuile again but my mind gut telling me the Dolomiti.

post #4 of 15

Typo  - I meant March.

post #5 of 15

Via Lattea n Piemonte is great for carving; huge system with some of the inmo best runs going down to Sansicario, they were used as women's Super-G and downhill in Torino 2006. What many don't talk about is the seriously good tree skiing, easily available. Larch grow in this region and it grows high up, so even if you have bad weather you can go over 2000 mtrs. Sestriere has a few great pistes as well. A few irritating bottle necks in the lift system that could/should easily be sorted out.

 

Another great area is Monte Rosa (also in Aosta) which I visited for the first time this year. Mostly known for off piste skiing, but it has quite a lot of nice long pistes as well. The run down to Alagna is great and about 6-7 kms long (4+ miles), first mile(s) black and the rest red – cont's drop 1700 mtrs, 5100 feet.


Edited by Karlsson - 4/21/15 at 1:14am
post #6 of 15

Did the Sella Ronda in early April in 2012, plenty of snow, you will be fine in March unless something goes terribly wrong.  Do the Dolomites.  You will not regret.  

post #7 of 15

Sella Ronda is great, but you could also have a look at Madonna di Campiglio. In itself a great destination - even more stunning scenery than the Sella rock or the Sassolungo, IMO. Also, have the bigger Super Skirama ski pass and you can ski Tonale as well. For some great powder.

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Sella Ronda is great, but you could also have a look at Madonna di Campiglio. In itself a great destination - even more stunning scenery than the Sella rock or the Sassolungo, IMO. Also, have the bigger Super Skirama ski pass and you can ski Tonale as well. For some great powder.

Really Cheizz, and Madonna di Campiglo is even more spectacular - got to check this out. 

post #9 of 15

Italo Skier:

 

Maybe, depends on many variables.  March '16 is 11 months out.  Never been to Europe, always wanted to go.

I'm sure I could just rent some good boards over there?  I wouldn't want to deal with the hassle of bringing my skis over there.

post #10 of 15

Renting skis is not a problem anywhere in the Alps: always the latest models. Just don't expect too many skis over 75 mm underfoot.... In that sense (also in ski length advise) they live in 2000.

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Renting skis is not a problem anywhere in the Alps: always the latest models. Just don't expect too many skis over 75 mm underfoot.... In that sense (also in ski length advise) they live in 2000.

You maybe right given the number of folks on wholly inadequate width skis, usually tourists from the UK and parts yonder in Europe, but the pros and the connoisseurs were to the woman on fat skis. And rental shops in Tignes Val Claret and Tignes Le Lac were stocked to the gills in big-mountain skis, fat, rockered and yup, the latest and greatest...though for me the Dynastar Cham 87's were unbelievable, the huge rocker made them ski short, and the big shovel made them perfect for the powder, soft snow, cut-up snow, and they were ok in the hard pack as spring hit full swing.

post #12 of 15

Via Lattea is where I learnt to ski. I'll always love it & it's great value for money with 400km of piste available, and as pointed out, very accessible trees! But it's not as snowsure as Cervinia, or Passo. Passo is excellent for families. At least British families love it. I've stayed there a few times, although never skied and the friendliness of the locals, facilities and amount of children seen in general is very encouraging. 

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For those of you who saw my previous post about Courmayeur, let me say we had a great time.  Days 1-3 were in Courmayeur and admittedly the weather was somewhat awful.  Snow (good), fog (bad) and whiteout conditions (terrible).  That said, during that time I had a chance to take a lesson with a phenomenal instructor to fix some bad habits and shake off the rest.  Very worthwhile investment.  Day 4 was perfect weather in La Thuile and day 5 was Pila, also splendid!

 

So, now I'm thinking of a mid-March trip for 2016.  What are some of the more snowsure options in Italy?  Cervinia I know is on top of the list.  There's Passo del Tonale but it does not appear to be the best overall option for a family.  What other suggestions would you have?  What about in the Dolomiti?  I am very interested in going back to Selva for the first time in years.  Thoughts?

 

Ciao,

Yes easily the Dolomites! Great for everything especially a family ski holiday. Mid March is prefect timing there's always snow as they have an excellent man made capability if needed. Staying in Selva would be an excellent choice as there is a pool, climbing wall, skating rink, etc plus many great restaurants and a huge choice in lodging. Good ski schools and easy access to skiing as well. Hands down favourite.
Francis

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post #14 of 15
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We've been to Selva in the summer and I last skied there as a 15 year old.  Its not quite as snow sure but it is beautiful beautiful beautiful.  That said, we wanted something snowsure and we ended up booking a holiday in Obergurgl.  About as close to Italy as you can get :)  I've heard nothing but great things and it looks beautiful.  

post #15 of 15

Have a look at Bormio. Four mountains to ski on Bormio St. Caterina, S. Colombo, and Cima Piazzi (Oga). All are very different from each other with some great of piste and wonderful food at good prices in the refuges. Bormio is a vert beautiful medieval town which is well worth a walk around.

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