When considering what resort to visit this winter it is easy to be swayed by the big ski resorts offering hundreds of kilometers of skiing, dozens of fast lifts and vibrant apres ski scene but it is just as easy to miss the 'hidden gems', authentic unspoilt mountain villages with lovely bars and restaurants, a ski system with an excellent variety of slopes and a great snow record, sometimes quality really does outweigh quantity!
Only 95km or about 90 minutes from Verona airport, Folgaria is a mid-sized resort in the Trentino region of northern Italy that has a reputation for being in a snow pocket. It also has impeccable ski history credentials, as the first ski lift in Italy was built here, in the 1930s, and a full ski resort created shortly after the war.
Since then the pistes, accessed by chairlifts, have grown to cover 104km. About two-thirds of that is local to Folgaria itself; the other 30km is above the neighbouring villages of Lavarone and Luserna, a short bus ride away.
Folgaria is a gem, with an excellent variety of slopes it is ideal for a mixed-ability groups and perfect for beginners with 37 flattering easy-to-intermediate red and blue runs carving down through the trees plus a handful of testing blacks.
Distance from slopes:
90km from Verona Airport
60 km (60%)
34 km (34%)
6 km (6%)
35/50/81/26 cm per week
If you are looking for a lovely hotel in a lovely village with lovely skiing perhaps this is a destination to consider.
The hotel describes itself as a beautiful example of bio architecture, and if like me, you do not know what that means please let me clarify - bio architecture is a mix of art and architecture blended together with biomimetics, a hint of bioinspiration and a dash of biomimicry - all clear ?
I would describe it as a stunning, modern hotel with stylish rooms, a gourmet restaurant, a gorgeous spa and just a short walk from the classy centre of the village of Folgaria.
Folgaria - Blu Natura Hotel & Spa 4 Star
Mountain of the champions
It is official, Alpe Cimbra skiarea is the new training centre of the US SKI TEAM for the next 4 years.
The decision of the US Ski team is no coincidence.
In the last couple of years, many World Cup teams trained here.
The technical features of these slopes coupled with the optimal conditions of the terrain resulting from the professional grooming techniques of the ski lift company led to spread the popularity of the skiarea as one the best destination for training purposes
AKT II 2023
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Every year national teams from all over Europe come to Alpe Cimbra to train: the Italian, Austrian and Swedish national teams to name but a few.
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