Get ready for the world’s most beautiful mountains! Ski between picture-postcard Tyrolean resorts in one of the world’s most extensive and ultra-modern ski networks with the celebrated Sellaronda at its heart.
At 1602m, Arabba is the highest resort on the Sellaronda and, in pure skiing terms, arguably the best in the Dolomites. Boasting a tantalising network of north-facing slopes, this vibrant village is snow-rich until long after Easter. Corvara, its neighbour, is the main resort of the glorious Alta Badia, one of the most scenic valleys in the Alps. Skiing from either Arabba or Corvara will enchant you. Above both villages, miles of intermediate runs radiate into a vast winter paradise.
With 30 years of experience in Dolomiti Superski, notably in Arabba and Corvara, we will find you the perfect place to stay, even if it is not one of our featured accommodations, leaving you to venture out on the Sellaronda to clock up the miles. Navigation is easy: pick a destination and follow the signs. You will soon be glad you came.
On a Collett’s Sellaronda ski holiday, we book accommodation for couples or small parties, happy and confident enough to ski independently. Once confirmed, we provide essential info on airport transfers, ski passes, equipment hire, and ski tuition. In addition, our 6 Day Ski Plan will ensure first-time visitors get the best from the area. Get in touch now and let the fun begin!
At a glance
14 December 2024 – 29 March 2025
(Saturday to Saturday)
4* Hotels – from £995
Luxury Chalets – from £895
B&B – from £595
Abundant and steep north-facing skiing makes Arabba, at 1602m, one of the most snow-sure and exhilarating resorts on the Sellaronda. It is also the gateway to the Marmolada, highest mountain in the Dolomites at 3313m.
Majestically located on the Sellaronda, this large and stylish village is an unbeatable launchpad for Dolomiti Superski, offering superb links to the Val Gardena, Arabba and its attractive neighbours: Colfosco, La Villa, San Cassiano and Badia.
All abilities, but Corvara is arguably better for beginners
Accommodation – from 5* hotel luxury to self-catering apartments – just tell us what you are looking for.
6 Day Ski Plan – this valuable aid will help first-time visitors explore this immense ski paradise. Our proposed itineraries are tried and tested gems that will take you to corners far and wide within Dolomiti Superski, including the must-do classics.
Online Handbook– everything you need to know before you go to ensure a plain-sailing, hassle-free holiday, including village map with key locations.
Not included – Ski Pass, Equipment Hire, Ski Tuition & Resort Representation.
The Choice is yours
Arabba & Corvara are served by Venice Marco Polo & Innsbruck airports.
These are available for up to 6 people from Venice Marco Polo, Innsbruck, and other regional airports. Ideal for groups of 4 – 6. Contact us for prices and details.
Scheduled Coach Transfers from Venice Marco Polo
Please book directly using links provided below.
Winter car hire prices are competitive. Parking is generally available and free. Snowchains or winter tyres are compulsory.
Rail & Bus to Corvara from Verona or Innsbruck
Travel to Brunico by rail, where regular public bus connections connect you to Corvara.
Arabba – Saturdays
Outbound Departures – 1300 & 1800
Return Departures – 0600 & 1000
Cost – €90 return / Journey Time – 3hrs.
This drops off and picks up from your hotel. Above info correct at time of publishing; full details, terms and conditions, and how to book can be found here.
Corvara – Saturdays – with the Cortina Express
Outbound Departure – 1420
Return Departures – 0940 & 1830
Cost – €70 return / Journey Time – 4hrs.
Change at Cortina (45 mins. waiting time) for connection to Corvara/Colfosco. Above info correct at time of publishing; full details, terms and conditions, and how to book can be found here.
Dolomiti Superski, Arabba & Corvara
With 1250kms of pistes, Dolomiti Superski is a vast winter paradise, rich in mindboggling mountain scenery. With the renowned Sellaronda ski circuit at its heart, Dolomiti Superski combines 12 sublime ski valleys, each with their own popular resorts. The network lies in the South Tyrol, Veneto and Trentino, giving it a vibrant mix of the Germanic and Latin cultures. Here, skiers are treated to well-groomed runs of all grades and an ultra-modern lift system that makes queueing minimal, indeed rare. Whatever your ability, Dolomiti Superski provides for everyone, from the ambitious skier eager to clock up the miles on steeper descents in each area; to the leisurely cruiser, who blissfully drinks in the staggering landscapes on rambling tree-lined blue runs, never too far from a capuccino or gluhwein.
This is the very best of European skiing. You can ski the Sellaronda clockwise or anti-clockwise from start to finish. Or you can use it like an orbital highway, dropping into outstanding ski areas, where there is so much to explore. Interspersed throughout the Dolomites, charming rifugios with panoramic sun terraces serve fabulous food and drink at fair and affordable prices, so that lunch is an upbeat focal point of each and every day.
Finally, Dolomiti Superski is a technological leader and you will appreciate this as soon as you start using its impressive lift infrastructure. You can also download the app and keep track of family and friends, whilst recording your own distance, speed, and choice of runs. Quite simply, there’s a lot of fun and awe to be had skiing in the Dolomites.
Arabba is the highest resort on the Sellaronda and it offers an intimate and vibrant mountain-village feel. At 1650m, it is nestled under an exciting series of steep north-facing slopes, which makes it one of the best and most snow-sure ski resorts in the Dolomites. Italian in character (as opposed to the more Germanic feel of neighbouring Corvara), the village is towered over by the Sella massif on one side and the range’s highest mountain (the Marmolada 3313m) on the other. Indeed, Arabba is the gateway to skiing from the Marmolada’s summit on a 12km descent that will surely enthral ski adventure seekers.
As for the village, with its alpine chalets and hotels huddled around a picturesque church, it is genuinely enchanting. After 8pm it is quite quiet with only a handful of bars to choose from, but when skiers return from their adventures mid/late afternoon, there is a pleasant apres-ski buzz, either in piste-side bars or at Bar Peter opposite the church.
The village enjoys all the essential amenities that make it an accomplished ski holiday destination. Everything is within easy walking distance of our featured accommodation. The pistes and ski lifts are even nearer, so Collett’s guests in Arabba can more or less look forward to doorstep skiing. Over the years we have seen many beginners thrive in Arabba, graduating from the village nursery slopes to the gorgeous runs above the village near the Pordoi Pass. That said, this exquisite resort excels for intermediate and advanced skiers, tempted by the tantalising ski opportunities that await them in a place that connects so efficiently with renowned ski areas such as the Val Gardena, Alta Badia, Val di Fassa and much more.
At 1568m Corvara is the principal village of the Alta Badia, one of the prettiest valleys in the Dolomites. Like Arabba, it sits right on the Sellaronda, your gateway to skiing far and wide within Dolomiti Superski. But thrills and spills are right on the doorstep with quick links to Corvara’s stunning neighbours: Colfosco, La Villa, San Cassiano and Badia.
In the Alta Badia alone, it is easy for Corvara-based skiers to thrive on runs such as:
- Gran Risa (Black) – Men’s World Cup Giant Slalom.
- Hidden Valley – celebrated as one of the world’s most scenic ski itineraries.
- Pralongia Plateau – a feast of blues and reds set against awe-inspiring backdrops.
- Colfosco Bowl – ski under monumental rock formations.
- Vallon to Corvara via Crep de Munt.
- Santa Croce, Badia – ski to a winter wonderland.
- Stylish Shops, Bars & Cafes
Corvara is nestled amidst some of the most dramatic rock formations in the world. Its signature peak is Sassongher. At 2456m it guards over the village, looming large at the northern end. Also on display are the colossal vertical flanks of the Sella massif, which soar to the sky as if frozen in mid-explosion. It is beauty without comparison and a Dolomites skiing holiday based in Corvara will surely take your breath away.
Stunningly presented, Corvara is cool and chic, a highly sought-after winter resort with well-appointed designer hotels and shops, bars and cafes, all of which generate a delightful buzz, especially in the early evening when the Italians typically take to the main street for the traditional passeggiata.
But it is by no means completely exclusive and amongst its salubriousness, the man-in-the-street can thrive. You can easily find informal places to enjoy a drink or a lunch-time pizza. Indeed, some of its piste-side bars and village cafes are as friendly and welcoming as anywhere in the Alps.
Getting the most out of Dolomiti Superski
Whilst useful for everyone, the Collett’s 6 Day Ski Plan is designed primarily for first-time visitors. Showcasing the highlights of Dolomiti Superski, it ensures you get a good insight into a vast and fascinating ski region. It includes the must-do classics and some idyllic quieter corners too. Our proposals are tried and tested gems, a mix of circular tours and ‘out and backs’ that nurture orientation quickly, whilst sending you to a different local destination every day. Ultimately, however, you choose how to spend your days. Such is the waymarking here, navigation is easy: pick a destination and follow the signs.
Day 1 - Arrive
Arrive, settle in, and get ready for tomorrow!
Collect your skipass. Sort your skis, boots and helmet. Take a short walk and familiarise yourself with the resort.
If you have booked tuition, drop in on the ski school and ask any questions.
Use the village map in your portal to identify key locations.
Day 2 - Pralongia Plateau
Not really a plateau at all – the perfect first day – glorious scenery – traditional mountain huts.
An endless feast of blues and reds radiate into sensational snowy landscapes with awe-inspiring backdrops. Beautifully manicured, tree-lined pistes are interspersed with charming rifugios. This is a good day for local orientation.
A jewel in the crown of Dolomiti Superski that passes right through Corvara & Arabba.
27kms of spectacular pistes that circumnavigate the colossal Sella massif, dropping you into fabulous resorts as you go: the Val di Fassa, the Val Gardena & Corvara.
The Hidden Valley (& Super 8 Circuit)
Today we give you the most scenic piste on the planet.
Spellbinding, sheer cliffs and awe-inspiring scenery characterise this once-in-a-lifetime descent, as it meanders down to the valley bottom where horses tow you back to the ski fields.
Queen of the Dolomites – at 3343m our highest peak.
Arabba is Dolomiti Superski’s gateway to the Marmolada and you can ski there from Corvara in 30 minutes. Today we propose skiing from the Marmolada’s summit on a 12km red run that will surely be a highlight of your stay.
A peaceful and idyllic corner of the Dolomiti Superski
Situated on the edge of the piste map, these long scenic red runs will live long in the memory. With a choice of Rifugio lunch stops, all with panoramic views. Today it is easy to include the Gran Risa (Men’s World Cup Giant Slalom) in La Villa, whether you go on the black descent or the red one.
The Green Sellaronda
Another 27kms of blue and red adventure.
The Green Sellaronda is the big-hitting anti-clockwise version of the Orange Sellaronda, featuring some of our favourite runs in the area and allowing you to clock up at least 30kms of skiing in breathtaking landscapes. Do this on your final day and end your holiday on a real high.
Day 8 - Depart
It’s time to go home.
Double-check your travel arrangements and have a safe trip home.
Your Accommodation Options
Chalet Barbara, ArabbaLuxury piste-side chalet with 17 exquisite rooms (some with interconnecting options), fine dining (at nearby Sport Hotel), fabulous breakfast buffet plus Wellness & Sauna.
Hotel Malita, ArabbaSituated in the heart of the village, this is a perfect launchpad with Arabba's main lifts just 150m away.
La TambraA traditional 3* hotel providing heart-warming food and comfortable rooms. The main ski lifts are within a 5-minute walk with a daily ski bus stopping outside.
Sporthotel Panorama, CorvaraEnjoy gourmet food, sensational views and genuine hospitality. An extensive spa includes an indoor pool, saunas and steam baths, all just 100m from the pistes.
Hotel Christian, CorvaraWith magical backdrops in all directions, this is a highly attractive hotel in an enchanting location. Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere with a sense of occasion and unassuming elegance, plus a fabulous 4 course dinner each evening.
Hotel MarmoladaThe food is gourmet; the spa and indoor pool stunning; and the bedrooms sumptuous. This is a highly desirable option for walkers who like to stay in the heart of a resort.
Pension AngeloWith sweeping views across the village Pension Angelo benefits from being just 200m from the nearest lift and blue run - offering excellent access to all levels of skier.
Hotel La Perla, CorvaraLiving the Dolomites dream. Attractively secluded at the heart of the village, this ‘ski in ski out’ treasure has a Michelin Star and is often listed in the World’s Top 100.
Hotel Col AltoThis sophisticated hotel combines the cosiness of traditional alpine design with contemporary elegance - the perfect blend of warm hospitality and comfort, with a touch of indulgence to round off the experience.
Ski Passes, Ski School and Equipment Hire
For a 7 night stay, we recommend the full-area, 6-Day Dolomiti Superski Liftpass – unless you are a beginner. Discounts apply for online bookings as well as for Juniors and Senior Citizens.
For details of costs and how to book go to the Dolomiti Superski website here. Collect your ski pass in resort at your leisure from the Pick-Up boxes; this is easy to do and your Collett’s online handbook includes a village map indicating collection points for pre-booked ski passes.
Ski School & Private Lessons
Arabba & Corvara Ski Schools
Book any ski tuition (Private or Group) as soon as you know your requirements, ideally, well before your holiday starts.
Group Tuition (or Ski School) is comprised of 4 or 5 day group lessons.
The typical package is 4 mornings (roughly 10.00 to 12.45 Mon-Thur) plus a day excursion (10.00 to 16.00) on Friday.
Group tuition starts at about €230 per person.
Private Tuition can be booked by the hour.
Book in advance of your stay and maximise the chances of being allocated to a good English speaker.
Private Tuition costs between €40 – €70 per hour (depending on the time of day and the season).
Additional people can be added to a private lesson, usually at an extra €10-€15 per person per hour.
How to Book
Book tuition as soon as you know what you require by contacting the relevant ski school below.
English is widely spoken and if you say you have booked your stay with Collett’s, you should be well looked after.
We have been sending them clients for at least 25 years!
Ski and Snowboard Hire
We recommend booking your skis, boot and helmet online in advance of your holiday.
Online bookings generally attract a 10% discount.
Ski hire starts from around €90 for 6 days, depending on the category of skis you choose, whilst boots will cost you about €40 for 6 days.
Upgrade options are generally good. Expect to pay around €150 for a good set of intermediate/advanced skis, with boots.
For snowboard and boots, you can expect to pay about €135 for 6 days.
Helmets are highly recommended for all skiers and compulsory in Italy for all Under 14’s (and are free to hire). Adults will pay approx. €35 for 6 days helmet hire.
Tip: Start this process knowing your height and weight in kgs!… and your European shoe size.
Booking your equipment online in advance of your holiday is now the norm and is generally 10% cheaper.
Visit Arabba Ski School for more details and to pre-book your equipment.
The Ski Hire shop is in the basement of the Ski School office.
We recommend 3 suppliers in Corvara, although there are several others.
Corvara Ski School
This is conveniently located in village centre and offer discounts if you book lessons and equipment together.
Sport Kostner Rent
This is also located in the village centre and it offers an online service with a 10% discount.
Ski Service Boè
This is located under the village’s main ski lift station and offers overnight storage of skis and boots – and daytime storage of your comfy shoes.
This means you can walk to and from your accommodation in comfy shoes without having to carry skis and poles.
Unfortunately you cannot book online – and remember to take ID with you for ski hire.
Need to Knows
Insurance – All skiers must, by law, have third party liability insurance. This is not included in your ski pass. Most travel insurance policies include this cover, but it is your responsibility to check that you are adequately covered.