Arabba is a traditional Italian village that is big on skiing. Found in northern Italy's stunningly beautiful Dolomites region, this high-altitude village offers some truly divine slopes to suit all levels, and when you consider the fact that it is easy to link up with other ski villages in the area, and it only gets better. Arabba is part of the large Dolomiti Superski network, which includes twelve different Dolomites ski areas, and it also helps to form what is known as the Sella Ronda. The Sella Ronda is a networks of lifts and runs that connect four different passes around Sella mountain. The three other ski villages that also offer access to the Sella Ronda are Val Gardena, Canazei, and Corvara.
Arraba Italy, unlike Cortina for example, isn't known for its apres-ski scene or its nightlife. Instead, this is a relatively small alpine village that is best suited for those who prefer a more relaxed and traditional experience. The ski area above town is called the Portavescovo Ski Centre, and it offers nearly 40 miles of trails for visitors to enjoy. The slopes are well groomed, and modern cable car lifts are in good supply to move skiers and snowboarders around the mountain. Should you take the lift to the summit of the Porta Vescovo Ski Centre, you will find yourself at an altitude of approximately 8,100 feet above sea level. The village itself sits at an elevation of approximately 5,250 feet above sea level, and a vertical descent of nearly 3,000 feet awaits when starting from the top of the ski area.
Rising up behind the summit of the Portavescovo Ski Centre is the tallest mountain in the Dolomites chain. This peak is known as Marmolada, or the Queen of the Dolomites. Marmolada tops out at around 10,965 feet, and should you wish to ski its glacial slopes, there are lifts in place to get you near the top. Skiing on the slopes of Marmolada is best suited for advanced skiers and snowboarders, as the changeable weather and terrain can create some difficult conditions. As for the Marmolada run of choice, it is known as La Bellunese. This run, which is one of the longest ski runs found anywhere on the planet, starts at 10,728 feet above sea level and winds its way down to the resort village of Malga Ciapela. The total length of the trail is approximately seven and a half miles, and along the way, immaculate mountain views abound. In fact, many consider La Bellunese to be the most beautiful ski slope in the Alps. The village of Malga Ciapela is linked to Arabba and offers the main lift to the upper reaches of Marmolada.
For those in need of a ski rental Arabba or a ski lesson, these can be easily arranged. There are a couple of ski rental shops in the village, and you will also find outlets at the other area villages. You can arrange your snowboard or ski rental Arabba in advance or upon arrival, and top of the line equipment is available. There is one ski school in Arabba. Should it be fully booked, others are found in nearby villages. After you secure your ski rental Arabba and maybe take a lesson, you'll be ready to shred up the slopes at this excellent ski area. You can buy the Arabba-Marmolada pass and access the slopes closest to the village, or you can opt instead to purchase a Dolomiti Superski pass and enjoy access to a much larger network of lifts and trails.
There are a number of choice ski areas in the Italian Alps, so finding one that suits your preference should be easy. When a relatively quiet ski vacation in Italy is what you have in mind, booking a stay at one of the Arabba Ski Area hotels is arguably the way to go. Among the top hotels around is the Hotel Evaldo. Found close to the town center and the ski slopes, this comfortable hotel offers well-equipped rooms and suites and a host of facilities to enjoy on the side. Included in the rates at the Hotel Evaldo and most of the other Arabba Ski Area hotels are breakfasts and dinners, so you won't have to worry about your morning and evening meals.
If you can't manage to get a room at the Hotel Evaldo when visiting Arabba Italy, you might wander over to the Hotel Alpenrose, the Hotel Garni Laura, or the Hotel Malita. These are also among the best Arabba Ski Area hotels, especially if you want to stay in the village. When staying outside of the village is the goal, the Hotel Gonzaga is a good place to start. Found on the slopes of the Sella Ronda, this cozy hotel offers similar amenities and facilities as the Hotel Evaldo and the other top rated hotels in Arabba, and the location right on the slopes is especially ideal.