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

By on March 4, 2007 in Italy

Wow!  What a great day skiing Corvara, and what a fantastic ski area.  So much to do.  So many runs. Corvara (Italy) – which is in the Alta Badi region of northern Italy and part of the Dolomiti Superski, is a fantastic ski area.

The day started (and ended) with beautiful clear blue skies and sunshine.  I got my first views of the surrounding mountains from the enclosed balcony on the room at Ciasa De Munt; the views were stunning.

Breakfast in the hotel (Casia De Munt) was typically continental, i.e. cereal, fruit juice, tea and coffer, cold meats, cheese, bread and boiled eggs.

From the hotel, we walked into town (10 minutes) to get the ski pass (€202 Euros for six days, cover the whole area).  The passes were electronic, so no photos were needed.  Skis, boots and poles were hired from the ski shop next door to lift-pass place.  I hired a pair of Head skis for €125 Euros (6 days).

View down the street past our hotel - skiing corvara

View down the street past our hotel

The closest lift to the Casia De Munt was about a 5 – 10 minutes walk (about 300 m), up a slight hill to a small bridge. One thing that was annoying was that the last snow fall had not been cleared, so there is a lot of ice on the roads and the bridge.  The ice was particularly bad up the last piece of the path to the ski area – most tricky in ski boots.

Top point of the Boe Gondola - the Boe is the closest lift to the Casia De Munt hotel - skiing corvara

Top point of the Boe Gondola – the Boe is the closest lift to the Casia De Munt hotel

Corvara ski area - skiing corvara

Corvara ski area

We hit the slopes at 10 am and were surprised at how quiet it was. The lifts were very good and the queues not too bad. One slightly odd thing was there seemed to be a lot of gondola/bubble cars, and some of them were very short – why bother, why not put in a chair lift?  All the taking of skis on and off was quiet tiring….

The main ski areas are above the towns in plateaus below the pointed peaks. The scenery is amazing.  Lots of jagged peaks, cliffs and out-crops of rock.

The main ski areas are above the towns in plateaus below the pointed peaks. The scenery is amazing.  Lots of jagged peaks, cliffs and out-crops of rock.

Looking towards Corvara - skiing corvara

Looking towards Corvara

There were lots of wonderful runs to do.  Conditions were very good considering they had not had snow in the last week.  The piste consisted of packed powder with some loose material on top – very skiable. Very little ice. Late afternoon some of the slopes became quite slushy, and it was almost like spring skiing, which was worrying for early February.

Perfect Conditions - skiing corvara

Perfect Conditions

We stopped at a nice bar for a mid-morning coffee, and we had lunch at a restaurant near the at the top of one of the runs.  Excellent views. The ski area seems well served with bars and restaurants.

One complaint (there is always something to moan about): the piste maps lack detail and were difficult to read, runs don’t seem to have names or numbers. Hence there were limited signposts.

One thing that I spotted that is a bit odd is there seems to be a lot of people camping.  Just below one of the ski lifts was a large camper van park and there seemed to be a surprising number of vans parked up, clearly with people living in them.

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