Arabba (1,600m) is situated in the Veneto region of Italy in the south-east section of the Sella Ronda and the huge network of connected slopes across the Dolomites link the resorts of Arabba, Val Gardena, Alta Badia and Val di Fassa. Set between the Gruppo del Sella Massif and the Marmolada glacier, Arabba offers the most spectacular scenery as well as some of the highest slopes in the region.
Although small, Arabba offers an intimate and charming mountain-village feel as well as easy access to the ski lifts from most accommodation. Overall, visitors to Arabba can expect a more laid-back Italian atmosphere and an environment where you'll be totally absorbed by the serenity and beauty of the Dolomites. For those looking for a quiet place to relax after a day enjoying the vast Dolomiti Superski area, Arabba is the resort for you.
Resort Altitude: 1,602m
Resort Skiing: 2,478m
Total Ski Area: 63km
Blue Runs: 33km
Red Runs: 22km
Black Runs: 8km
Cross Country: 15km
Arabba’s position in the middle of the Dolomiti Superski area means that there is a huge amount of enjoyment to be had on the mountain's extensive slopes. Elevated between 1,602m and 2,476m, the 63km of slopes in Arabba, and the other 1200km of piste it has access to, means skiers and boarders won't get bored.
Skiing here is best suited to intermediates and experts. There are nursery slopes in the village, however, those looking to graduate onto the slopes further up the mountain will find the transition somewhat challenging. It is a great base from which skiers can enjoy the interconnected ski circuit, the Sella Ronda, that runs around the Sella Gruppo Massif, encompassing the resorts of Arabba, Alta Badia, Val Gardena and Val di Fassa.
Although not specifically known for snowboarders, the Arabba resort has some steep pistes for experts as well as a snow park for all ability of riders.
The Arabba Ski & Snowboard School offers a range of programs taught by instructors with 50 years of experience, for all ages and abilities. They also offer guided tours to explore the Arabba and the surrounding Dolomites area, which come highly recommended.
The Folly Club is a mini club for children between 2 and 12 years. It hosts different activities such as indoor play and sledging and is conveniently located near the ski slopes.
With its blended Austrian and Italian heritage, the Dolomites has a deep-rooted culinary tradition that is to be enjoyed in whichever resort you find yourself dining. Rifugio Fodom is a fantastic restaurant in the Passo Pordoi ski area of Arabba. Boasting almost panoramic views down towards Arabba village, it is a great place to stop off along the Sella Ronda ski circuit. Expect delicious Italian cuisine, great wine and excellent service.
Like most of the smaller resorts around the Dolomiti Superski area, there isn’t a huge après offering. Despite this, there are some gems to be discovered in and around Arabba. Check out Rifugio Plan Boe, a great place to stop on the way back to the village for a drink and some dancing on the tables. With an easy cruising blue run back down into the village, Plan Boe is a great option for those craving a bit of après on the mountain.
Non-skiers who still enjoy winter sports can choose from ice skating, snowshoeing or snowmobiling. There are also hotels that offer wellness centres as well as bookable treatments (both at a fee) for those staying in resort.