Arabba Marmolada Ski Stats
Summit Elevation 3,342-meters, 10,964’ Marmolada
62 Kilometers of prepared trails, 99% snowmaking
28 lifts, part of the Dolomiti Superski 450 lifts and 1,200 kilometers of skiing
19 on mountains restaurants, huts and chalets
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The peak of the Dolomite ski experience awaits you in Arabba and Marmolada. Here
you are at the highest elevation of the Dolomite skiing, with amazing views in
all directions, and fantastic and diverse skiing. Arabba is the heart of the
Dolomites and an integral part of the
Sella Ronda circuit that the Dolomite Super
Ski region is so famous for.
By far the most spectacular run in Arabba and the Dolomites is Marmolada, the
Bellunese, a long high elevation run reached by a three stage Cable Car to
3,342-meters. This peak, Punta Rocca, offers an extraordinary panorama at the
summit, and the most unique skiing in the Dolomites as you actually ski from the
peak - more like the Alps of Austria and Switzerland, but the ski down is not recommended for lower intermediates as it is
rather steep from the top, one consistent pitched run down Punta Rocca that
eventually divides into two on Sass Del Mul. Expert skiers will find bowls of
natural snow to the side of the Marmolada ski trail, for off-piste skiing in
this expansive area, which is unmarked and uncontrolled. Marmolada, also called
the Bellunese, is 1,000-meter (3,200’) vertical descent from the Marmolada
Glacier to the Fedaia Pass all the way to the valley floor, its absolutely
gorgeous, and typically has great snow given its highest elevation of the
Dolomites. The one run can get busy, as can the Cable Car from Malga Ciapela to
the summit with waits as long as an hour during prime ski weekend and holidays.
This is also the Grande Guerra, the World War tour, some folks just ride the
Tram up and down for the views and the sight of this historical mountain terrain.
The skiing around the rest of Arabba is sprawling from Porta Vescovo to Passo
Pordoi. Arabba has high capacity lifts, mostly on a high
plateau, and fantastic mountain huts and chalets serving lunch in cozy interiors
or on grand wood sun decks. The Italian ski lunches are the best - bellisimo.
Arabba is your link to The Sellaronda –
the 42-kilometer ski around the Sella massif that spans many ski areas
within the Dolomites. So Arabba sees many skiers passing through on their
circuit, Green is counterclockwise to Belvedere and Canazei and the next valley
of Val Di Fassa, and Orange is clockwise for the Sellaronda from Arabba to
Alta Badia’s La Villa, Corvara and Colfusco.
Instead of trying to cover the Marmolada and Sellaronda in a big hurried ski
day, we recommend exploring the lifts and trails in Arabba, taking time to break
away from the Sella circuit. Arabba, Val Di Fassa and Carezza offer a maze of
ski lifts going off in every direction from the valleys, connecting the peaks.
The Ciampac ski run in Val di Fassa is a must ski, its the World Cup Super G and
Women’s Giant Slalom all the way to to Canazei.
The Dolomiti Superski trail maps are difficult to read, with Italian and German names
fro each mountain, valley and lift company. Orienting yourself can be tricky
intersecting, even passing over one another.
You must savor a delicious Italian lunch at one of
Arabba’s 19 on mountain
rifugioi, huts or chalet restaurants in the region. There is actual a culinary
ski tour of the dozens of chalets in Arabba and Alta Badia. On cold wintry days, the interiors
of these huts are charming and cozy with fireplaces, a stube, and wonderful
homemade soups, pastas, local cheese and bread. On sunny days, the slope-side sun decks at each chalet
offer tables and chaise for sun bathing with wait service for drinks. Enjoy a cold local beer or an Aperol
spritz - orange liquor with Prosecco, along with a wonderful Tyrolean meat and
cheese board of local speck, fromaggio, pickles and bread. Don’t be surprise
when they play 70-80’s American pop, BeeGees and Madonna.
A big part of the joy
of skiing in Italy is the scene, skiing by mountain churches, farmer’s summer
cheese huts covered in snow in winter, hearing the music from the sun decks of
chalets as you pass by, and of course drinking in the spectacular views of the
dramatic jagged Dolomites. Its La Dolce Vita in Italia. The Italians concept of
skiing is a late morning start, a few stylish runs, a grand lunch in the sun,
drinks, and a leisurely long ski run to their ski village mid-afternoon.
The Dolomite Superski region is amazing, in northeastern Italy – a UNESCO World
Heritage Site. When skiing Arabba, whether you choose to do the
Sellaronda or not, you should
definitely also ski Val Gardena,
Alta Badia, and Val Di Fassa – which are all connected by lift.
Cortina is a half hour away by car and well
worth a few days of skiing in the beautiful D'Ampezzo valley with its own three