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Madonna di Campiglio mid March / early April

post #1 of 8
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I have use of a chalet near Madonna di Campiglio (Pinzolo actually) either mid March or early to mid April this year....anyone have any ideas how well the snow pack should be holding up? I've never skied there, a new adventure!

I would also be interested in meeting anyone for some runs, I have an extra bedroom available one or two nights.

Ciao:

 

Da Flav

post #2 of 8
Hello Flav!

Well well well, this winter is becoming interesting with all these Bears coming to bark in Italy...ehehehehe
Welcome!
Now, let me think a bit about it....
Mid March?
Early April?
Let's start with early April...IIRC Easter is around that time...Yes, April 4th and 5th. So, that week end/week will be overcrowded. I'd think I might want to avoid theperiod, if crowds are a major issue
Weatherwise should be a brilliant time. Lots of sun (unless a late winter storm settles in the area), warm weaher, lots of light, runs ought to close late. Madonna then, is a cool little town.
But, if temperature will rise and no low temp or a storm will come, you could find less than ideal snow. Sure, one can take the car and drive to ùPasso Tonale and ski there, as an example...

I'd say that mid March could be better from a crowd and weather (snow) perspective..
Don't take all I've written as absolute, I've been there (Madonna, that is) to ski only once, in April, many, many years ago, so...
As for coming, thanks for the offer, I don't know if I'll be albe to, but I'll see if I can manage to come and ski for at least a day...
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Hello Flav!

Well well well, this winter is becoming interesting with all these Bears coming to bark in Italy...ehehehehe
Welcome!
Now, let me think a bit about it....
Mid March?
Early April?
Let's start with early April...IIRC Easter is around that time...Yes, April 4th and 5th. So, that week end/week will be overcrowded. I'd think I might want to avoid theperiod, if crowds are a major issue
Weatherwise should be a brilliant time. Lots of sun (unless a late winter storm settles in the area), warm weaher, lots of light, runs ought to close late. Madonna then, is a cool little town.
But, if temperature will rise and no low temp or a storm will come, you could find less than ideal snow. Sure, one can take the car and drive to ùPasso Tonale and ski there, as an example...

I'd say that mid March could be better from a crowd and weather (snow) perspective..
Don't take all I've written as absolute, I've been there (Madonna, that is) to ski only once, in April, many, many years ago, so...
As for coming, thanks for the offer, I don't know if I'll be albe to, but I'll see if I can manage to come and ski for at least a day...


 

Hello Nobody!

Thank you for your comments, much appreciated. I suspect I will be in Madonna in April....a question....which is a more challenging area to ski: Madonna or Passo Tonale?

Hope to meet you!

Ciao!

da Flav
post #4 of 8
Now, I don't know Pinzolo and I've skied at Madonna too many years ago, but to my recollection there's some good black runs to ski
there. The 3tre on one side and in the Grosté area on the opposite side (Madonna lies at the bottom of a valley, with two "separate" ski area)
Maps here :
http://www.skimap.org/SkiAreas/view/2073

Madonna is now linked with Marilleva and Folgarida, making it one skiing area, crossing a divide, one can reach
Marilleva, which is in the valley leading up to Passo Tonale.
Tonale, a bit higher in elevation, hasd both easier and more challenging runs, there's a small glacier on top, and its runs are connected to Ponte di Legno and Temu' area

But the two areas aren't connected.
If one is to look at a map, say google earth, for Madonna di Campiglio, would immediately see that, as the crow flies, Madonna, Marilleva, Folgarida and Passo Tonale aren't far form one another, but the thing is, there's a mountain in the middle, so to reach Passo Tonale from Madonna will involve skiing to Marilleva and then to take a car (or a cab, which will co$t), then to buy a second pass. Or to take a car and drive round the mountain...
It depends how many days you'll be staying there. A week ? Well, I reckon Pinzolo ski area will last one/two days. Madonna/Folgarida/Marilleva maybe 2-4. There, you've covered the area, staying on the groomed only (and maybe a little of side-piste, woods and the likes)

If you'd like some off-piste adventure, Tonale, to my recollection, offers both heliskiing and cat skiing, but I don't know the details.
I don't know if there is a similar offer on the "other side" in Madonna, but  suppose so.
I warn you. The media is crucifying freeskiers this winter. There's a feeding frenzy to report with hype and drama even the smallest avalanche, each death and each accident. There's a big focus on freeskiers. So, if you plan to ski off-piste far from the resorts (unless you're skiing side-piste, but even there...if there'd be avalanche risks, town mayors could declare all off-piste to be forbidden), do it with a guide and rent the APS pack (Artva, Pala, Sonda = Beacon, Shovel, Probe).
post #5 of 8
It looks like there is a single pass for the locations.
Check out http://www.skirama.it/EN/home/?s=0&
Still, there's no physical connection, ski on foot I mean, beween Madonna di Campiglio and Passo Tonale..maybe in a remote future (?)
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It looks like there is a single pass for the locations.
Check out http://www.skirama.it/EN/home/?s=0&
Still, there's no physical connection, ski on foot I mean, beween Madonna di Campiglio and Passo Tonale..maybe in a remote future (?)
 

Thanks Nobody....

I'm looking at being in Pinzolo April 7 through 12th, I will have a car so driving to Passo Tonale will not be a problem. I rather doubt if I will go off piste for a variety of reasons, but I appreciate your advice!

Cheers


 

Da Flav

post #7 of 8
It looks like you are coming here about one year too early...
I bought the current issue of SCI magazine (March 2010) and plans for next season are promising.
The plan is to link, skis on foot, Pinzolo ski area with Madonna di Campiglio and as a consequence Marilleva & Folgarida...
This is looking more and more similar to the Sella Ronda, with all stations linked by lifts and runs...
I don't know if in the long run Passo Tonale (and Ponte di Legno&Temu') will be linked to Marilleva too, but if it will be the case,
270 degrees of an "Adamello Ronda" will be at hand (the Last strech, Tonale<->Pinzolo, I don't even want to take it into account, if - big if- it will ever be taken in consideration, will be so far in the future that...)
post #8 of 8
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Thanks Nobody...perhaps I will have a good reason to return in a year or two....I will be in Pinzolo on Friday and have a week for visiting the area.

Cheers!

Da Flav
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