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post #1 of 20
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Well, this summer has been full of travels for me, at last.
Apart the "usual" two/three weeks in June by the mediterranean sea w/ the kids ( that's an understatement, they are nearly as "tall" as me and weight the same) and one July week in Egypt snorkeling in the Red Sea I took a sudden long for the mountains, so on the 14th we (GF and me) packed a few things and headed for the Dolomites "alla Garibaldina" (Garibladi style in Italian means to make plans while already in flight, to improvise things).
After a quick mid afternoon stop at a friend's place on lake Garda we took the motorway and headed north, exiting it at Chiusa and driving toward the "Passo Gardena"
My GF, who, having never had time to take a mountain vacation in her life, had yet to see the Dolomites.
We reached the area of our intended stay at dusk, which, in good weather it's a magnificent view (the Dolomites at dusk are subjected to the "Enrosadira", all the bare rocks and peaks turn pink thanks to the setting sun rays) but given it was cloudy, all peaks were instead of an un-settling / un-nerving (to my GF) gray.
For me, pink/no pink gray/no gray cloudy/sunny winter/summer was all the same, it was almost like coming home anyway...
Since it was 21.00 we ate and went straight to bed, getting the well earned night rest (well, not me, I woke up at 2 am and did not sleep anymore, sigh) morning weather was not better than the previously evening, the sky was gray and cloudy, so me took a stroll through the village (which is situated at 1660 mt a.s.l.)
and remembering quite a few conversation here about walling during the summertime the snow void runs took a few path along a couple of those. While reasoning about the differences and walking down a run, now populated by grazing cows, it started raining, so we headed back to our room and took a couple umbrellas and went down to the main part of the village (at 1568 mt a.s.l)
Here I received a bit of a disillusionment, Corvara/Colfosco has transformed in a scaled down copy of Cortina and/or of Madonna di Campiglio, with fashion stores (one was selling Armani ski suits ad stratospheric prices!!! )
The drizzle transformed in a heavy storm, so we had no choice but to stop at a restaurant and eat an exquisite lunch (we had to wait a bit but the polenta and mushrooms I ate were , mmmh, delicious)
Nothing much to do, it rained for the rest of the afternoon and we reached our room soaked wet...
Next day, when I woke up, the peaks were white with snow (in fact weather forecast was giving snow above 2000 mt)
Still the air was cool, no rain in sight, a shy sun, we restarted our
runs wandering...
I made, slowly because I saw no need in over stressing my untrained self, to the "mid" station area at 1822 mt a.s.l. ...
When I reached the area and read the name of the chair lift on its "base" station (the Forcelles) I felt like Rocky (remember that scene when he reaches the top of the steps and rejoices?)
It's amazing how steep appears a run in summer when one has to walk uphill (but even downhill, my knees were giving me hell)
compared to how flat it appears when one skis down it in winter (it was a blue run, a very easy one).
From there I could spot the top part of Val Mesdì (its "entrance at 2611 mt a.s.l.) white with snow, aah memories!
Well, being satisfied with reaching that point I had to celebrate with a cappuccino at the Edelweiss Hutte.
I was starting to eye the path leading to the top station of the "Forcelles" lift, but judging I had already spent enough energies and looking forward a lengthy drive home decided to follow GF advice and go back down to the village.
Well, we have another person captured my the "mountain illness"
while heading back GF was speculating about going there this winter and next summer!
Ouch, ouch, ouch, I now have to work hard to get ready for that.
post #2 of 20
My wife is from near there (Val Di Non). I'll have to show her this thread. I'm sure it will bring a smile to her face. Thanks for posting.
post #3 of 20
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Ski Dork, I sure hope she will!
post #4 of 20
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Me...Rocky

Me with in the back the Val Mesdì (above my left hand fingers there's the Entrance to it)



post #5 of 20
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Forcelles!
post #6 of 20
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A winter MAP of the area is to be found at our friends skimap.org site..
post #7 of 20

Lago Di garda

I just got back from a week in Arco/Riva del Garda. I had been there in the early 80's - it was a really a beautiful place.

Flip side is now everyone knows about it. The lake has turned into a giant amusement park - literally... I rode my bike around the lake and discovered 'Garda Land' (modeled after Six Flags). Every square meter around the lake now has apartments, hotels, condos, and businesses.

There is a 'tourist train' that runs through the old center of Arco, right down the middle of very narrow streets.

It's depressing. I miss the old Arco.


I've never been there in the winter to ski the Dolomites, but that is on my list.

Dave
post #8 of 20
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Yah Dave I know your "pain". Gardaland has been there since a long time (mid '80 I think, so you left just in time) . Money to start the busienss comes from Germany...since the Lake Garda is mostly crowded with Germans in the summer months.
After that came Caneva world (a water park with tubes and so on) then Movieland then...then...
post #9 of 20
Nice pictures, but I prefer it looking like this!




post #10 of 20
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Nice! which hotel were you staying at (from the position it could be a B&B but I am very tempted to say that it was the Gran Ciasa)?
So, you prefer like this (from Jan 2004, my old and not complete skiing "crew" )
post #11 of 20
Garni Larix. A pretty nice spot.
post #12 of 20
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Or these (sorry, it's pretty big) :
My kids off-piste beside the Forcelles run in Colfosco (jan 2004)
post #13 of 20
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Lagazuoi

post #14 of 20
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Same place as pic of post 12 but 11-12 years earlier

post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by newfydog View Post
Garni Larix. A pretty nice spot.
Never been there, I usually stay at the Sottara Garni. Pretty nice as well, plus the Landlady has become a friend.
My mother who like her comfort stays at the Gran Ciasa (literaly "Big House" in Ladin language, and here, surprise, according to this site http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=lld it's also spoken in the USA ?!?) Hotel.
post #16 of 20
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Hey, where have my pics gone?!?

In the this thread I have put links to pictures in posts 4-5-10-12-13-14...
Initially all pictures were there, but after a couple of minutes they're gone!
Not only, even the links to those pictures are gone from my posts! No trace at all that I had included pictures in there.
How comes?
BTW, pictures are to be found here (listed in the order I had put in the thread):
Post 4
Post 5
Post 10
Post 12
Post 13
Post 14


Any Idea?
post #17 of 20
I still see them. Maybe you have become a nobody or a vampire or something and your photos don't show up on a computer screen.
post #18 of 20
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Pics are back...maybe 'twas my computer.
post #19 of 20
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Originally Posted by Nobody View Post
A winter MAP of the area is to be found at our friends skimap.org site..
This is a part of the world I have long desired to ski and with a sister living temporarily in Italy the next couple of years may be my best chance.

Thanks for posting
post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by Jamesj View Post
This is a part of the world I have long desired to ski and with a sister living temporarily in Italy the next couple of years may be my best chance.

Thanks for posting
Right Jamesj, a relative living here is a good "base" to start to "safely" explore Italy . Out of curiosity, where is she going to live?
Not that distances here could matter much for a NA as Mr. prickly has said.
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