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Old 10.02.2013, 19:10
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Snowboarding in northern Italy - need some tips to start

After two years in Switzerland and five in Europe, I've still never stepped foot in Italy. Looks like this year's the year, though!

We want to spend a week or so for a snowboarding trip in Italy this March. As we're just now embarking on the research to find "the" spot, I thought I'd ask ye fellow EFers if you have some knowledge to impart on some recommendable spots (or even some warnings of places not to go).

Key criteria:
  • Good terrain for snowboarding (some woods, open trails, minimal drag lifts)
  • A nice taste of local culture (good foods, good wine, etc)
  • Spa would be nice, though not necessary

Just some names of regions or resorts or whatever would be really appreciated, need something to start with. Thanks!

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Old 10.02.2013, 23:14
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Re: Snowboarding in northern Italy - need some tips to start

I've just come back from a week in the Dolomites, staying in Arabba. Never been there before but it certainly won't be the last. Magnificent scenery, cheap but excellent food and drink, great spots to ski to - Santa Croce, the hidden valley, around the Sella Ronda - something for everyone. San Cassiano would be better than Arabba if you have beginners in your group, otherwise choose anywhere on the Sella Ronda
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Re: Snowboarding in northern Italy - need some tips to start

Sounds nice, will take a gander, thanks!
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Old 11.02.2013, 10:01
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Re: Snowboarding in northern Italy - need some tips to start

Monterosa. It's quite awesome and hardly any drag lifts and very famous for freeriding.
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Re: Snowboarding in northern Italy - need some tips to start

P.S. We'd likely rent a car, so even those hard-to-reach places are up for consideration!
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Re: Snowboarding in northern Italy - need some tips to start

If it was me, I would wait a couple of days before the trip to book. Go wherever the snow is the best. Places to consider:

Sella Ronda
Limone Piemonte (not for a week though)
Bardonecchia
Alagna

With a car, you can get from one end of the Italian Alps (Limone Piemonte) to the other (Dolomiti) easily in one day. Be flexible as you can't really go wrong (unless it's dumping on the Northern side of the Alps and you are bent on skiing in Italy).
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Re: Snowboarding in northern Italy - need some tips to start

Thanks, Patxi.

We haven't decided whether we'll stay in one spot for a week, or shift to two, maybe three, but your suggestions will come in handy in any case.

It'd be nice to know why in particular you chose the places you did - what makes them above average, in your opinion?
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Re: Snowboarding in northern Italy - need some tips to start

http://www.bergfex.com/italien/

Check into Italy and look at the most recommended areas.

I hear that Cortina D'ampezzo is a nice place
http://www.bergfex.com/cortina-ampezzo/

Livigno is supposed to be a nice place for families, at least, Swiss friends here have spoke highly of it, if the snow is good.

Arraba/Sellaronda are supposed to be nice areas.

Also heard from friends here that Kronplatz is worth visiting.

I will be visiting Cortina D'Ampezzo in a couple weeks, or Kronplatz, followed by Breuil-Cervinia/Zermatt.

Good luck.
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Re: Snowboarding in northern Italy - need some tips to start

Hi!
straight from the horse's mouth
Mount Rosa book 1 week in Champoluc and ski through 3 valleys with 1 pass
Champoluc/gressoney/alagna, views of a lifetime.

Good food/wine? c'mon it's Italy!

easy access from Mont Blanc or San Bernardo, all motorway up to the very beginning of the Val d'Ayas.

Enjoy!
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Re: Snowboarding in northern Italy - need some tips to start

Our powder hound is just on his way back from 6 days at Pejo and at Madonna di Campiglio, the snow has been good there this year. However, he did also say that the "pow" (clearly it takes too long to say "powder" when you are a keen boarder) was actually better in Wengen/Kleine Scheidegg/Mürren last weekend. Dynamic situation, I know, fingers crossed for more snow in the mountains anyway.

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Re: Snowboarding in northern Italy - need some tips to start

Great thanks all.

Anyone know any good websites to find ski packages (room, board and lift tickets) in the region?
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Re: Snowboarding in northern Italy - need some tips to start

Passo Tonale was cheap and excellent inter-connected runs. We drove and our friends flew-in from Dublin.
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