Alta Badia. Sella Ronda. Alpe di Siusi, Plan de Corones.
We are both absolutely in love with skiing and winter mountains. Although we sure have mountains and skiing back home in the Czech Republic, it can’t compare to skiing trip to the Alpes. Most of the time, we and the majority of Czech people go to Austrian Alpes, mainly because it’s closer and it is worth even for weekend or 3 days skiing trip. This time however, we took longer, but rapid autobahn drive through Germany, so we blasted all the way up to Badia in Italy in almost no time. Main advantages of skiing in Italy are: much higher chance of sunshine, better snow conditions, importantly even when it is low year for natural snow, as they have cutting edge snowguns everywhere, and last but not least, there are so many skislopes, that anywhere is generally much less packed. And even, with a bit of searching and luck, you can find one just for yourself alone. That is really cool, isn’t it? Highlight of this area is Sella Ronda, basically a big round trip on your skis around mighty Sella massive. 26 km of just downhill and all super convenient using single Dolomiti Superski skipas.
You better start early, as it takes the whole day, if you want stop for lunch and few beers, glühwein, or Italian Alpes signature drink, Bombardino. You can hop in any place and take it at clockwise or anti-clockwise direction. But here, is better to avoid weekends and holidays, as it could get packed at narrower hubs, especially with not so experienced skiers. As for difficulty, it is quite allright even for less then average skier, but I would say really not for beginners. The route is taken on blue (easy) and red (medium) slopes, althought you can occasionally spice it up with alternative route on black (hard) slope, if you are like us so inclined.
This is a short GoPro video of all this winter paradise.