Ski resort Civetta, Snowboarding and skiing in the Dolomites

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I’ve spent six days in this resort. It’s named after the mountain Civetta – which you are able to see from different angles depending at which valley are you snowboarding or skiing. There are three main areas connected – Aleghe, Pescul and Zoldo. All connected it offers 80 km of slopes.

Quick overview of the resort

chair-lifts-at-arabba-smallIt does not sound like much but it does have a lot of variety. Few black runs, many reds and many blues. Decent condition, very average snow park and a really nice Big Air Balloon to which you can perform any tricks you like and land softly. Nice touch!

Getting there.

Accessibility is difficult. There is no easy way of reaching the place. considering you must drive by passing over one mountain. Going up to 2.5km height with your car is difficult even at the best of weather conditions. Now, imagine if it snows? Good luck to you… It is a nice challenge though, if that is your kind of thing…

Backcountry heaven

However I am going to talk about off-piste mighty powder runs. There were plenty of those! Very few backcountry-slope-smallsnowboarders go to backcountry here, therefore condition of fresh powder remains fairly untouched. I located at least 6 decent off-piste runs. Yes, I had to climb uphill a few times and some slopes were narrow but it was all worth it! Luckily it was snowing almost every day – I had fresh powder every other morning. This was so far my best backcountry trip ever.  Funny enough they are not marking those slopes as they may be too dangerous or not recognized by the owners of the resort. I was not expecting to find anything yet it was a really nice surprise. Still if that is what you are aiming for, you might need to spend one day looking as first it takes time to find.

Selva Di Cadore

rising-sun-morning-smallIt’s the name of the village where I lived. It is tiny. I do mean it, there is one shop, one pizzeria and gelato shop. People are living all through the valley fortunately, so there is more if you don’t mind driving further down into town. However if apres ski is your thing, shopping or other this won’t provide any of it. On the other hand Aleghe is bigger and located on the other side of the resort. It has much more to offer and livelier. This could be a better choice if you are looking for action after boarding.

Public transport

They do have ski buses going fairly often but it is not included into your ski pass. Every time you need to use buses, it is necessary to buy tickets separately which is rather annoying. The answer? Drive. Only uses buses as your last resort as it is not convenient, hard to understand and poorly marked.

Restaurants & Food

There are many restaurants in the resort but some of them do not accept cards. Be aware as otherwise you might end up ordering things just to realise you can not pay. It should be marked at the door when you enter so keep an eye out. It is very difficult to understand many things there as English is not their strongest asset. Good news are – food quality and value is pretty good.

Leisure & Wellness

Few hotels are offering sauna and pool / whirlpool action for public use. The one I went for is called Nigritella 3 starred hotel. They have a fairly large pool there. Sauna is nice too. However you must pay separately for both. Therefore if you only pay for the pool you won’t be able to use sauna and vice versa.

Pros

Epic powder runs, amazing backcountry experience, good value, very calm place, not crowded, nice variety.

Cons

Hard to access, no night life, bad transportation system, might be boring if would only stay on the slopes.

Extras

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On top of this, you should definitely consider buying a 4+2 or Dolomites superski ski pass. This would enable you access to any resort within reach, summing to a whopping 1200km of slopes. You could easily go up to Marmolada which is the highest mountain in Dolomites. Can be done in about an hour which is convenient.

1 Response
  • Daiva Sabaliauskiene
    February 23, 2016

    A bit critical :0

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