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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I live in San Francisco, CA and am visiting Innsbruck and Cortina in February & March. I'm an advanced skier and am usually seeking moguls, trees and shutes, but also like variety in runs. Does anyone have any recommendations on the best possible ski resorts to visit near Innsbruck & Cortina? I'm willing to drive a bit if necessary. Thanks!!
post #2 of 14
Cortina and the Dolomites are beautiful but from my trip there 5 or so years back the skiing was generally mostly intermediate. I would definately plan a few days at St Anton (hour or so outside of Innsbruck) where there is some extremely challenging terrain specifically off the Valluga lift and the back side down to Lech.
post #3 of 14
Dan
Keoki is quite right, though the scenery in the Dolomites is unique (pink rock cliffs), stupendous and not to be missed.
Some of the most testing skiing in the vicinity of Cortina is at Arabba on the Sella Ronda circuit and I recommend it. Thin snow is often a problem in that area, so check the reports.
As for St Anton, I agree that this is the best skiing within striking distance of Innsbruck and the snow usually lies deep (this year being no exception). Also worth a look are Ischgl and Solden. But St Anton is the greatest. The mountains can get very busy there, so ski midweek if possible. And when you go there, focus on the Albona (above Stuben) and the HintererRendl.
If you're a hot skier, join the St Anton ski school top classes. They ski off-piste all day - as good as skiing with a guide, but better value, though there may be about 8 in the group.
post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 
Keoki & David,

Thank you for the information. I will definitely visit St. Anton. I've heard Kitzbuhel is outstanding too? How do you rank it compared to St. Anton?
post #5 of 14
Dan
Kitzbuhel is the first place I was lucky enough to ski, at age 6, so it has a special place in my heart.
But it's a risky place for snow, because of its realtively low altitude slopes. The terrain has less drama of St Anton, but it's certainly worth skiing if you can be sure of the conditions.
Lovely town, too.
P.S. When you go to St Anton, make a special effort to rise early. Assuming they still run the lifts at 8am up to Galzig and Gampen, the first hour enables you to ski empty mountains in the company of a few fast skiers, instructors etc. Even when the resort is jam-packed, only a handful of skiers are keen enough to get up that early.
Magic!
post #6 of 14
As has been mentioned in the Val d'Isere thread, the British ski club (www.skiclub.co.uk) has good snow reports on all the European resorts so you can check to see what snow in Kitzbuhel is like.
post #7 of 14
When in Innsbruck check out Axamer Lizum. Its about 20min away and a good resort. Site of the 1976 olympics. Kuhtai could be fun, was never there but pretty snowsafe. Seefeld is also nice snow permiting, there are some really good chutes there. All the Gletschers are good right now as the snow down low is leaving us, but with snow avoid them. Weather can be very inclement up at 3000 meters. Dont know so much about italy so no advice there. Innsbruck is the best ski city in the world man. I dont mean ski town cause it is a real city. Cant think of another ski town that can boast that anywhere. Anyone?
post #8 of 14
Dan, here are couple of web cams:

Cortina : http://www.dolomitisuperski.com/cortina/livecam.asp?L=1

Places reachable skis on foot/public transportation from Cortina (when there's enough snow)
Dolomiti Superski webcams (Italy)
Altabadia: http://www.dolomitisuperski.com/alta...ivecam.asp?L=1

Arabba: http://www.dolomitisuperski.com/arabba/livecam.asp?L=1

Plan de Corones: http://www.dolomitisuperski.com/cron...ivecam.asp?L=1

Valgardena : http://panpic.feratel.at/panpic/inde...D=6119&adv=off http://www.dolomitisuperski.com/gardena/livecam.asp?L=1

A little bit further away, Val di Fassa/Carezza: http://www.dolomitisuperski.com/carezza/livecam.asp?L=1 http://panpic.feratel.at/panpic/inde...ORI=on&ADV=off http://panpic.feratel.at/panpic/inde...ORI=on&ADV=off http://panpic.feratel.at/panpic/inde...ORI=on&ADV=off


Near Sant Anton and Ischgl, Silvretta/Galtür, Tirol, Austria: http://www.galtuer.com/
(then look on the right for "livecam Galtür" and select it)

Galtur is a grat place for families, no risk of losing your kids...Ischgl is great for singles, plenty of après skis.
We hope it will snow!!!
post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thank you for the outstanding info. I've heard some of Valgardena, but don't know where it is located. Do you know how far from Cortina it is? What type of a mountain is it? Is it worth the trip? Thanks again!


<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by M@tteo:
Dan, here are couple of web cams:

Cortina : http://www.dolomitisuperski.com/cortina/livecam.asp?L=1

Places reachable skis on foot/public transportation from Cortina (when there's enough snow)
Dolomiti Superski webcams (Italy)
Altabadia: http://www.dolomitisuperski.com/alta...ivecam.asp?L=1

Arabba: http://www.dolomitisuperski.com/arabba/livecam.asp?L=1

Plan de Corones: http://www.dolomitisuperski.com/cron...ivecam.asp?L=1

Valgardena : http://panpic.feratel.at/panpic/inde...D=6119&adv=off http://www.dolomitisuperski.com/gardena/livecam.asp?L=1

A little bit further away, Val di Fassa/Carezza: http://www.dolomitisuperski.com/carezza/livecam.asp?L=1 http://panpic.feratel.at/panpic/inde...ORI=on&ADV=off http://panpic.feratel.at/panpic/inde...ORI=on&ADV=off http://panpic.feratel.at/panpic/inde...ORI=on&ADV=off


Near Sant Anton and Ischgl, Silvretta/Galtür, Tirol, Austria: http://www.galtuer.com/
(then look on the right for "livecam Galtür" and select it)

Galtur is a grat place for families, no risk of losing your kids...Ischgl is great for singles, plenty of après skis.
We hope it will snow!!!
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post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 
A buddy of mine mentioned Axamer Lizum too. Sounds like a good call. What type of a mountain is it, advanced, intermediate, etc.? Thanks again for your info.

<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by GAPer:
When in Innsbruck check out Axamer Lizum. Its about 20min away and a good resort. Site of the 1976 olympics. Kuhtai could be fun, was never there but pretty snowsafe. Seefeld is also nice snow permiting, there are some really good chutes there. All the Gletschers are good right now as the snow down low is leaving us, but with snow avoid them. Weather can be very inclement up at 3000 meters. Dont know so much about italy so no advice there. Innsbruck is the best ski city in the world man. I dont mean ski town cause it is a real city. Cant think of another ski town that can boast that anywhere. Anyone?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks David. You must spend a lot of time in the area. If you ever need tips on the Lake Tahoe or Utah areas, let me know. Sounds like St. Anton is our best bet. We're traveling from Zurich to Innsbruck, and I believe St. Anton is in between the two, so perhaps a stop along the way is the way to go.

<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by David Goldsmith:
Dan
Kitzbuhel is the first place I was lucky enough to ski, at age 6, so it has a special place in my heart.
But it's a risky place for snow, because of its realtively low altitude slopes. The terrain has less drama of St Anton, but it's certainly worth skiing if you can be sure of the conditions.
Lovely town, too.
P.S. When you go to St Anton, make a special effort to rise early. Assuming they still run the lifts at 8am up to Galzig and Gampen, the first hour enables you to ski empty mountains in the company of a few fast skiers, instructors etc. Even when the resort is jam-packed, only a handful of skiers are keen enough to get up that early.
Magic!
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post #12 of 14
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Dan Ojeda:
We're traveling from Zurich to Innsbruck, and I believe St. Anton is in between the two, so perhaps a stop along the way is the way to go.

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Yes, that's correct. St Anton from Zurich by train is also a very practical proposition, if you don't need a car. And St. Anton to Innsbruck is just a continuation of the same line, for about an hour.
St Anton is actually on one of the strategic train lines through Europe - I believe the famous 'Orient Express' to Venice still passes through the village.
post #13 of 14
Axamer is good for all types of skiers, short hikes to big lines an olympic downhill course, simply fun for all. Check it for a day or two. But dont expect much powder wise right now
post #14 of 14
Dan, I'm mighty sorry!
I noticed only today your question! At the time, I just lost the pointer to this topic,
and forgot about it.
I know it's too late but, FWIW today...
Valgardena can be reached skis on foot from Cortina.
Take a bus, or a taxi, from Cortina toward Passo Falzarego.
Ski down the Falzarego (it's a 6-7 km run) until you reach Armentarola/S.Cassiano
From there you can then proceed and ski to Corvara, then take the lifts which will bring you to
the Passo Gardena, and you're there, then you can choose to ski this bit of Selva,
or go further and reach S.Cristina (seat of one of the DH races).
This can take well all your day, so think about getting back with a taxi (expensive!)
or a bus or, go really fast on skis, don't loose your time watching the scenery,
travel light and with an homogeneous skiers (as far as skills is concerned) group...
But the risk to remain "without lifts" in the middle of your way back is real...
Another option would be to take a car, drive along the same path I mentioned above
(on the road, not on the skiing fields [img]smile.gif[/img]) and reach the Passo Gardena,
put your skis on and proceed from there.
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