Get ready for the trip of a lifetime
Stand by for 7 incredible nights at the heart of Dolomiti Superski, a vast and uniquely beautiful winter paradise. With all the ingredients of a skier’s dream, this is the perfect week in the white stuff, a skiing holiday of a lifetime. Whether you are learning the basics or an experienced skier in search of challenging descents, an Arabba ski holiday cuts the mustard.
Get ready for the world’s most beautiful mountains, where long and enchanting tree-lined pistes link picture-postcard Tirolean resorts, whilst a super-modern lift system, with the celebrated Sellaronda at its heart, keeps you on the move.
An awe-inspiring winter ski holiday
Dolomiti Superski is a UNESCO World Heritage beauty, famed for its startling peaks, long pistes, and breathtaking panoramas. There are over 1200kms of sublime runs for you to ski, all connected by an ultra-impressive lift system that makes queueing rare. Whether you’re an intermediate or advanced skier, you’ll be able to cover amazing distances every day without repeating the same pistes.
A honeypot for experienced skiers
And if you’re seeking out steeper descents, you’re in for a treat. Arabba boasts its little labyrinth of long and steep descents. It is also the gateway to the Dolomite’s highest peak – the Marmolada (3313m) with its exhilarating 12km top-to-bottom descent.
Arabba: a snow-rich haven
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 picturesque and vibrant village is snow-rich until long after Easter.
Where you’ll be staying
Choose between either :
- The Sport Hotel – 4 star luxury a stone’s throw from the pistes and lifts
- Chalet Barbara – luxury piste-side chalet
- Chalet Brigitta – piste-side B&B 250m from village amenities
All stamped with Collett’s seal of approval.
Ready to book your Arabba ski holiday?
Book with Collett’s. With 30 years of experience running ski trips to Arabba, we know how to provide a plain sailing holiday. Our 6-Day Ski Plan is invaluable to first-time visitors, whilst all guests can benefit from the knowledge and support of our local team. To book, just enter some details in our simple booking form and get ready to experience the magic of the Dolomiti Superski.
Looking to stay in Corvara instead? Explore our Corvara Ski Holidays.
At a glance
16 December 2023 – 6 April 2024
(Saturday to Saturday)
4* Sport Hotel Arabba – from £1275
Luxury Chalet – Barbara – from £1175
Chalet Brigitta – B&B – from £725
All Abilities – nearby Corvara is arguably better for beginners.
Abundant north-facing skiing makes Arabba, at 1650m, one of the most snow-sure resorts in the Dolomites. Gateway to the Marmolada, the range’s highest mountain at 3313m.
7 Nights Accommodation – an attractive handpicked selection of half-board or B&B options. Self-catering apartments available on request.
Airport Transfers – to and from Venice Marco Polo.
6 Day Ski Plan – we guarantee first-time visitors six of the best self-guided ski days within Dolomiti Superski, whether they are intermediate or advanced skiers.
The Collett’s Winter Team – our small and knowledgeable winter team services Arabba and Corvara, settling you in on arrival and making themselves available to you at the Sporthotel Arabba for a couple of hours at least every other day. Throughout your stay, they are only ever a call (or a text) away should you need them. Their day-off is Thursday.
Please note that your ski pass and equipment hire are not included in the cost of your holiday.
Make your own way to Venice Marco Polo, then join our scheduled airport transfer to Arabba.
These take about 2½hrs and depart at 1400 every Saturday.
Your flight must land before 1330.
Expect an early start! Our transfers depart Arabba at 0700.
Your return flight must take off after 1200.
Our scheduled airport transfers are not personal taxis. You can minimise airport waiting times by booking a private transfer for a supplement. This can work well for groups of 4 or more. Contact us for details and book early.
Ski Carriage on airport transfers must be pre-booked at £15 return per set
Dolomiti Superski & Arabba
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 Tirol, 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 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 genuinely 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 really 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.
Your 6 Day Ski Plan
Arabba is a superb springboard for Dolomiti Superski, but it is a drop in the ocean in Europe’s largest linked ski area.
Good waymarking makes navigation easy… but only if you know where to go.
Our 6 Day Ski Plan is designed to help first-time visitors get the best from a skiing holiday in the Dolomites.
It gets you far and wide into Dolomiti Superski, whilst also ticking off the classic ‘must-do’ runs and itineraries.
If you do all 6 of them, we guarantee you’ll be back for more! Here is an overview…
Sat - Arrive & Settle In
Make your own way to Venice Marco Polo
Your holiday includes a transfer to Arabba. These leave the airport every Saturday at 1400 and take about 2½hrs (your flight must land before 1330).
On arrival in Arabba, check in and unpack before making a quick visit to the ski hire shop to rent equipment; and the ski pass office to buy or collect your ski pass. Now you are ready to ski, it’s time to relax and settle in before a good dinner.
Sun - Pralongia Plateau
The perfect first day is on the doorstep
It takes just a couple of runs to access the Pralongia Plateau, an endless feast of blues and reds that link Arabba with Corvara, La Villa and San Cassiano. Beautifully manicured, tree-lined pistes radiate in all directions into sensational snowy landscapes with awe-inspiring backdrops. Charming, piste-side rifugios are dotted around and it is easy to find somewhere for a good lunch, before making your way back to Arabba.
Mon - The Orange Sella Ronda
A Jewel in the Crown of Dolomiti Superski that passes right through Arabba and Corvara
Rich in startling mountain vistas, the Sellaronda is comprised of 27kms of spectacular pistes that circumnavigate the colossal Sella massif, dropping you into fabulous resorts and valleys as you go, notably the Val di Fassa, the Val Gardena and the Alta Badia. Why Orange? This is the clockwise version of the Sellaronda, waymarked throughout by orange signs.
Tues - The Hidden Valley
Today we give you the most scenic piste on the planet
Often featured in articles about superlative and extraordinary ski routes, this is a day featuring scenery that will never be forgotten. Stand by for sheer cliff faces, frozen waterfalls and panoramic viewing points. For some additional charm and fun, skiers also get towed by horses from the bottom of the valley back to the lift system.
Wed - The Marmolada
The Queen of the Dolomites – at 3343m our highest peak
Descend from the summit on a thrilling and panoramic 12km red run. Only accessible via Arabba, the Marmolada looms large above the whole region, its brilliant-white glacier dominating many a view. The summit is reached via a truly dramatic cable car experience. And there’s plenty of ski fun to be had between Arabba and the Marmolada itself.
Thurs - Ortisei
Ski the entire length of the Val Gardena to Ortisei
This fabulous day tour to beautiful Ortisei culminates on the breath-taking 10km Seceda red run, passing frozen waterfalls along the way. The tour is a feast of long red runs and mindboggling scenery. A funicular train connects Santa Cristina to Ortisei. It awaits you at the bottom of Sasslong, where you can choose the red or black, the latter being the Men’s World Cup downhill.
Fri - The Green Sella Ronda
Another 27kms of blue and red adventure
This is the anti-clockwise version of the Orange Sellaronda, waymarked by green signs and featuring some of our favourite runs in the whole of Dolomiti Superski. A fabulous and fitting note to end your week on, it will leave you wanting more.
Sat - Depart
Be ready for an early start. Our return transfer to Venice Marco Polo Airport leaves at 0700, so your return flight must depart after 1200. Private transfers are also available if you prefer to minimise waiting time at the airport– please contact us for details and book early.
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.
Chalet Brigitta, ArabbaPiste-side B&B with 8 attractive en suite rooms (two with interconnecting single room), 250m from village bars and restaurants, with hearty Tirolean breakfast buffet.
Ski Passes, Ski School and Equipment Hire
For every skier (except beginners), the full area Dolomiti Superski Liftpass is recommended, a summary of how much this costs can be found here.
Discounts apply for Juniors (born before 01/01/2016) and Senior Citizens (born before 01/01/1959). On the airport transfer to Arabba, any beginners will be able to get advice on their options from a member of the Collett’s Winter Team.
How to book
We recommend that you pre-book your ski pass directly with Dolomiti Superski so you can benefit from any offers they are promoting – such as a 5% discount if you book early. It’s very easy and simple to collect your ski pass in the resort before grabbing your first lift.
For beginners who may not need to make use of the full Dolomiti Superski pass, it’s also possible to buy local valley passes for Arabba, the Marmolada or the Alta Badia. There are also other ski pass options available for occasional skiers. These are all best bought directly from the ski pass office.
Ski School and Private Lessons
Arabba’s Ski School offers 4 or 5 day group lessons, or you can book private lessons by the hour. Book in advance of your holiday if possible to maximise the chance of being allocated one of the best English speakers. The traditional ski school package is 4 mornings (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 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.
Ski and Snowboard Hire
We recommend booking your ski hire online in advance of your arrival. 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 Under14’s (and are free to hire). Adults will pay approx. €35 for 6 days helmet hire.
How to Book
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.
Need to Knows
Our Day Off – You will not see the Collett’s team on a Thursday, as this is their day-off.
Booking Conditions – be sure to read our full terms and conditions here before booking.
At Your Own Risk – please read the important notes here.
Travel Advice – check your government’s travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination. For UK citizens, check the latest Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advice here.
Passport & Visa – any questions should be directed to the relevant embassy of your destination country; find out more here. It is your responsibility to be in possession of a full passport, valid for your chosen destination.
Travel Insurance – having adequate and valid travel insurance is a condition of booking with us. Details of our insurance partner, Campbell Irvine, are here.
Health Information – You should carry either an European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) Neither is an alternative to adequate travel insurance. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice and https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/
ABTA – Independent travel advice and help is always available from ABTA by calling 020 3117 0599 or visiting www.abta.com.