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Best Ski Slopes: Marmolada, Dolomites

The Queen of the Dolomites, the best ski slope in the Dolomite Super Ski Area

 

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Marmolada ‘Bellunese’

Grading: Red.

Length Approx: 7.5 miles / 12k 

Vertical: 5,981ft / 1,823m.

Our View: Super Long, constant, good gradient.

Best Time of Day: First Lift

Most arrive here much later in the day and only to find a well skied slope.

Standing atop the Queen of the Dolomites at 8.50am, is a privilege experienced by a few.

 

From this prime 3,265m (10,712 feet ) ASL vantage point, stand on the slope edge and pivot on your heels and absord the 180˚ panorama before you. This is a real life, a 3D version of your pocket-ski map.

Look down upon the Sella Groupo immediately before you, then broaden your gaze to the great expanse of the mighty Dolomite ski area. Cortina, 5 Torri and Lagazuoi to your right, the Val di Fassa and Val Gardena to your left.

The views, of course, remain the same throughout the day, only the light changes … and the slope!

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Treasure Every Foot of this 7.5 mile Super Slope

At 8.50am you have the place to yourself. The pristine ‘Bellunese’ slope, crisp early morning light, which at this time of day, fully illuminates the slope, invites you to drop-in and treasure every meter of this 12k (7.5 mile ) ski slope and nearly 1,900m ( 6,233ft ) of vertical.

On one occasion, we arrived here on the first box to find an immaculate 5 inch powder blanket to give a once in a lifetime ‘Marmolada Morning’ ( actually, this happened again in 2014/15 ), the name we give to this very special Dolomite Ski Safari experience.

The Marmolada ‘Bellunese’ slope delivers, time after time, but only to those who arrive before the masses.

Arriving here after mid-morning is a very different experience.

Access the Marmolada from the main Dolomites ski area, head to Arabba and then towards Malga Ciapella. From the top of the Passo Padon, down to the lift station, is a long ski. Mind the short drops which become moguled quite quickly. Take care on your return journey through Padon shute, as the slope will be well skied, icy and moguled.

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Wide, Few Corners and Constant Gradient

The Marmolada ‘Bellunese’ slope is wide with few corners and a constant gradient which invites you to carve turns at your own comfortable frequency.

Typically, on The Dolomites Ski Safari, we stay at one of the local rifugios, just a five minute ski from the lift station and because of this, we typically ski Marmolada twice, by 10.30am! Within a couple of hours our Dolomites Ski Safariers have bagged around 15 miles / 24k skied and nearly 12,139 ft / 3,700 meters vertical.

What a way to start your day! Marmolada ‘Bellunese’ is featured on The Dolomites Ski Safari, Day 3.

 

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