St Edmund Campion
Hotel Garden - Folgaria
2nd - 8th March 2024
You will get many WOW experiences. Words like “spectacular & breathtaking view”, “amazing & unforgettable landscape” will be used a lot during your holiday. The Dolomites are the perfect setting for a ski holiday. Here, UNESCO-protected landscapes combine with a sunny climate and immaculate pistes to create one of the world’s most beautiful and enjoyable ski regions. Meanwhile, state-of-the-art snowmaking systems ensure the slopes are fast and fun, whatever the weather.
Hotel Garden is a traditional family-run 3-star hotel steeped in charming hospitality and they specialise in making guests feel at home during their stay.
The hotel is perfectly located on the outskirts of the small Italian village of Costa, a short walk from the the ski slopes and the rental equipment shop. You are also just a few minutes away by bus from the partly pedestrianised village of Folgaria which houses beautiful Italian shopes - perfect for those souveniers, outstanding pizzerias and the Olympic size Ice Skating rink.
The hotel has small but cosy communal areas, that offer a lovely place to relax after a busy day skiing up a storm. These are tastefully decorated in keeping with beautiful surroundings of the mountains. The guest rooms are all furnished with a parquet floor and are comfortable, impeccably maintained and have a variety of bed configurations.
The hotel restaurant caters for a variety of tastebuds with the plentiful breakfast buffet full of locally sourced meats, cheeses, and breads, this continues at dinner with a buffet of salad, vegetables, and delicious main courses. The kitchen specialises in combining Trentino delicacies and unique regional flavours to create exquisite homemade dishes.
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.
Mountains of the Champions
It is official, Alpe Cimbra ski area 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 ski area as one the best destination for training purposes.
Men’s Alpine Team Finds New European Home Base in Italy
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.
A pit-stop in Verona
On your way back to the airport at the end of your ski week, stop off and explore the historical city of Verona. Famed for featuring in the literary works of William Shakespeare, this city is rich with Roman antiquities and is often thought of as little Rome. Here you will discover the wonders that it has to offer with an English-speaking guided tour. You will be taken to Juliet's balcony and her statue, famous for the great love story of Romeo and Juliet and you will also see the symbol of the city which is the Arena di Verona (Roman Arena), a beautifully preserved Amphitheatre and find out what it was used for and how it is still used in modern times. Finish the day with a traditional Pizza for lunch in Piazza Bra and soak up the rich history of this city.