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Arabba Marmolada

Arabba Mamolada Family Ski Vacation Guide - Dolomites, Italy

Cortina l Alta Badia l Arabba Marmolada l Kronplatz l Plose l Gitschberg Jochtal l Val Gardena

By far the most spectacular skiing in the Dolomite Super Ski Region is Arabba and the Marmolada, 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 a long descent on the Bellunese, 1,000-meter (3,200’) vertical down the Marmolada Glacier to the Fedaia Pass. The skiing around the rest of Arabba is sprawling from Porta Vescovo to Passo Pordoi. Arabba offers wonderful family skiing, high capacity lifts, mostly on a high plateau, with fantastic mountain huts and chalets serving lunch in cozy interiors or on grand wood sun decks.

Arabba is part of the Sellaronda – the 42-kilometer ski around the Sella massif that spans many ski areas within the Dolomites, which many people like to ski in a day - in 14-16 lift rides. So Arabba sees many skiers passing through on their circuit, Sellaronda Green Route is counterclockwise skiing towards Belvedere and Canazei and Val Di Fassa, while the Orange Route is clockwise for the Sellaronda from Arabba to Alta Badia’s La Villa, Corvara and Colfusco. You must do it, a skier's bucket list item...but it can get crowded.

After skiing Sellaronda in a one big family ski day, we recommend exploring the lifts and trails in Arabba, the fun parks, 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 trail maps can be difficult to read, with Italian and German names, and lifts intersecting, even passing over one another. But the views are stunning in every direction too.

You must savor a delicious Italian lunch at one of Arabba’s 19 on mountain rifugioi, huts or chalet restaurants in the region. On sunny days, the sun decks at each chalet offer tables and chaise for sun bathing. Don’t be surprised when they play 70-80’s American pop, BeeGees and Madonna.

A big part of the joy of skiing in Italy’s Dolomites 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.

For 4-star family friendly lodging near Arabba's ski slope in San Cassiano, the Hotel Ciasa Salares has a beautiful spa, pool, excellent dining and mountain views. A family ski trip to The Dolomites should include skiing Alta Badia, and Val Gardena – which are all connected by lift in the Dolomite Super Ski Region. You can also visit Cortina, on the same lift ticket, but not interconnected by ski lifts.

Arabba Marmolada Ski Stats
Summit Elevation 3,342-meters, 10,964’ at Marmolada
62 Kilometers of prepared ski trails, 99% snowmaking
28 lifts, snow parks
19 on mountains restaurants, huts and chalets
See Photos of Arabba Marmolada Skiing and Ski Videos of Marmolada

Cortina l Alta Badia l Arabba Marmolada l Kronplatz l Plose l Gitschberg Jochtal l Val Gardena

All Stories by Heather Burke
All Photography by Greg Burke
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