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The Corvara Summary – A roundup of my ski trip to Corvara, Alta Badia, Italy

By on February 11, 2007 in Italy

Six days of skiing at Corvara, which is in the Alta Badia region of Italy and is part of the Dolomiti Superski area.

So, the Corvara Summary:

Travel: We flew from Heathrow to Venice and then drove (200 km, ~120 miles) to Corvara, the drive took about 3 hours. The first 100 km of the drive was on a good, fast motorway (one toll of €4.50 Euros) and took an hour; the second 100 km is along some very windy narrow mountain roads through some very nice little Italian villages, this part of the drive took about 2 hours.

Car hire: Cars were hired from Hertz. Service wasn’t great. Even though I had hired a car with snow chains I was disappointed that it wasn’t winterized, i.e. the washer system just had water, and there was no scraper or brush for removing ice and snow. Service at the airport was slow.

Hotel: The Ciasa De Munt hotel was a nice, warm, clean, modern place to stay. The lack of lift to the 5th floor (particularly with painful ski legs!) made getting to the room a bit of a chore. The cost of the hotel was around €58 Euros per person per night and included breakfast. The hotel also had a steam room, plunge pool, etc. No one in the hotel spoke English (not a problem). If I had one complaint, it would be that we weren’t made to feel welcome.

Ski area: Fantastic. The main ski areas are above the town and are accessible from Corvara by at least three lifts. There is also a connecting lift to the next village (and ski area), Colfosco. The ski areas seem to blow a lot of snow and look after the piste, so despite limited snow fall all trails were open, and the skiing conditions were great.

One thing I did notice was that there were not many snowboarders. Also, I did not see a snowboarding park in any of the areas we skied.

Mountain food: There are lots of small bars, cafes and restaurants scattered around the ski areas. Some areas seemed to be better served than other. The food was cheap and very good.

Bars: Most hotels had bars, and there were some good bars around town. A personal favourite was the Underground, which was close to the hotel (see the post on night-life).

Nightlife and Apres Ski: The town was quiet. We found three Apres ski bars – the ’round bar’ (see earlier post), LMurin and the Posta Zirm Hotel (see the post on night-life).

The town: During our stay (3rd – 10th Feb 2007) the town was very quiet. There didn’t seem to be many people around, and the bars and shops seemed quiet. Having spoken to a few people in bars, I was told that the town was quiet as it was another two weeks to the peak of the season when Italians take their annual ski break.

For the full-story, and not just the summary, see all the posts on the trip:

Day 1: Heathrow to Venice, and on to Corvara, Italy

Day 2: Skiing Corvara, Italy – a great day of skiing in perfect conditions

and

Day 2: Drive from to Corvara to Bolzano Bozen, Italy

Day 3: More on skiing Corvara (Alta Badia), Italy

Day 4: Skiing the Sellaronda, Corvara, Alta Badia, Italy

Day 5: Skiing in Corvara, Italy – exploring Corvara

Day 6: Skiing Corvara and Colfosco, Italy

Day 7: Last day skiing Corvara, Italy – some new snow and sun

Day 8: Corvara to Venice and on to Heathrow – Italian Petrol Pump

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