Arabba Skiing

Arabba's skiing can be divided into three distinct areas:

  1. The area directly above the village on the slopes below the Porta Vescovo
  2. The lifts linking up to the Passo Pordoi and Canazei
  3. The links linking up to the Passo Campolongo and Corvara

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Skiing the Porta Vescovo

The complex of lifts on the "shady" side of Arabba leads up to the most extensive network of intermediate and expert runs above the village.

The gondola furthest to the left is the Europa I - using this is the start of the route through to the Marmolada which is described on the separate Arabba to Marmolada page. Alternatively skiers can carry on to the second stage and up to the Porta Vescovo. The red run underneath the gondola is the Ornella piste which continues the entire way back to Arabba.

The other lifts are the two cable cars heading up to the Porta Vescovo. As well as stunning views, the lifts open up a selection of long red and black runs through the trees, where the snow is normally in good condition because of the little direct sun it receives on this side of the valley.

The easiest route from the Porta Vescovo is probably to take the Salere red run over to the base of the Fodom chair and then follow the long blue Pordoi path back down to Arabba.

This lift and the Burz lift on the other side of Arabba are used as a part of the Sella Ronda and these areas will be covered in the next section.

Skiing the Sella Ronda from Arabba

From Arabba to Canazei
Skiers travelling in the direction of Canazei should take one of the cable cars as described above and follow the run to the base of the Fodom chair. This lengthy chairlift heads up to the Passo Pordoi (although, strangely, it finishes a few meters from the buildings of the settlement at the pass requiring a walk up the slope or another ride on the Saletei chairlift).

From here the Sass Pordoi cable car can be seen heading up from Passo Pordoi onto the Sella group. This cable car accesses the famous Val Mezdi ski route (only to be attempted with a guide) through to Colfosco, as well as a few extreme ski descents.

Back on the piste, the route through to Canazei goes via the other chairlift at the base of the Saletei chair. The Lezuo Belvedere chairlift rises to the ridge from where the skier can look down into the bowl above Canazei and Campitello. Skiers coming in the other direction on the Sella Ronda can ski from here all the way down to Arabba and the base of the cable cars. In either direction there is a short walk across the centre of Arabba to the base of the next lift on the circuit.

From Arabba to Corvara
Skiers heading to Alta Badia and Corvara need to take the Burz chairlift on the other side of the valley from the cable cars and gondola. From there it is a short run through to the Le Pale chairlift up to the Bec de Roces and the junction with the run down to Passo Campolongo and the Corvara area. Those coming from Corvara can ski all the way to Arabba from the top of the Bec de Roces chairlift.

Arabba Ski Photos

Aerial view of Arabba
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    Aerial view of Arabba
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    View over to Alta Badia from the Porta Vescovo
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    The Rifugio Luigi Gorza cable car
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    View to the Sass Pordoi
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    View from the Belvedere to Canazei and Campitello ski areas
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    The Burz chairlift
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    Le Pale chairlift
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    View to Arabba from the Rientro blue run