Arabba Ski Holidays

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Arabba is a cosy, traditional village within the mighty Dolomites mountain range of north-eastern Italy. It’s a charming resort with access to the vast Sella Ronda Circuit, which comprises neighbouring resorts Selva/Val Gardena, Val di Fassa and Alta Badia. 

The mountain restaurants around Arabba are of a high standard in general and are excellent value compared to those typically found in Swiss or French resorts. While there are a few nice après spots too, the scene is relatively quiet and very limited compared to resorts like Sauze d'Oulx and St Anton.

Getting There

For holidaymakers interested in Arabba, the easiest and cheapest airport to fly into is Innsbruck, which is about 2.5 hours from the resort. For absolute convenience, most of the chalets here are available with flights and transfers included. Within the resort itself, it’s nice and easy to cover everything on foot – and the charming town is a pleasure to explore.

When to Go

With groomed pistes running from around 1,005 metres to 3,275 metres above sea level, Arabba typically offers snow-sure skiing from December through to the close of the winter ski season at the end of April.


The early weeks of the winter ski season bring festive revelry and seasonal cheer to the snowy slopes of the Alps, and the spectacular peaks of the Dolomites are the perfect place in which to enjoy it all. 


January and February bring a blend of low temperatures and fresh snowfall, and of course the schools’ half term holidays mean the pistes experience more traffic than usual. Arabba sees decent snowfall around this time, and visitors coming out to the resort in the depths of winter are always well-advised to wrap up warm!


There have been recent increases and improvements in the snow-making facilities in Arabba, and the late-season skiing here can be very lovely indeed – but you do need to check conditions before committing and heading out. Visitors typically enjoy freshly-bashed corduroy pistes in the morning and softer, slushy snow in the afternoon – especially lower down toward the base of the village.

Where to Stay

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While the après-ski selection in Arabba is quite limited, there are some nice, laid-back places to grab a drink after exciting days exploring the slopes.

Bar Heidi is a sophisticated spot to savour a glass of wine, while Mister X Bar is a nice little hideaway right next to the Burz lift – great for a drink and a burger.

For something a bit more vibrant, Bar Peter is an Austrian-style joint that gets nice and lively around après time.

Eating out

Hungry skiers will find some excellent places to dine in Arabba, from elegant hotel restaurants to charming mountain huts. Better yet, the prices are generally very affordable compared to restaurants in the French and Swiss Alps.

On mountain, Rifugio Burz offers a winning combination of good food and fast service. Plan Boe, meanwhile, has a nice traditional feel and plates up hearty portions. Rifugio Fodom is another great option for delicious food, great service and stunning views.

In town, the lovely restaurant in the Hotel Pordoi is an excellent place to go for local specialities, and Al Table does everything from simple pasta dishes to pizzas and perfectly cooked steaks. Miky's Grill, part of the Hotel Mesdi, is another top choice: their experienced chefs plate up delectable cuisine that looks as good as it tastes.


While there are some exciting activities in Arabba, non-skiers may want to consider resorts like Cervinia and Avoriaz that have much more on offer.

The small ice rink is a great deal of fun, while snowshoeing is a fantastic way to experience the breathtaking mountain scenery. Those in search of an extra adrenaline hit can also test their mettle by taking a snowmobile tour.

For more information, the best place to go is the local tourist office. Of course, you can also ask your dedicated chalet host or hotel concierge.

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Family ski

Located within Italy’s famous Sella Ronda ski area, Arabba is a small resort with a challenging range of local ski slopes. Families with skiing kids of intermediate level will find plenty of exciting terrain here, but the limited range of learner-friendly slopes can make life tough. Arabba offers spectacular Dolomite mountain scenery and great value for money, and the nightlife is pretty low-key too, so it’s nice and peaceful. 

Parents looking for childcare in Arabba can turn to the Kindergarten Folly Club, home to the Mini Club and Kindergarten. This facility welcomes youngsters from the ages of two to twelve with a range of tuition in the fun park and outdoor adventure like sledging, forest walks, and more. The facility is open during the winter ski season from half past nine to half past three each day. 

Arabba’s Funslope is a family-friendly terrain of ramps, banks, bridges and tunnels, where kids can master the basics on the snow in an atmosphere of tranquillity and safety. It sits in the Arabba-Marmolada sector on the Bes Des Rosses, with a wide range of sun-facing slopes The obstacles are complemented by a selection of sculptures and mascots to make kids’ experiences on the snow fun and engaging.   

Away from the groomed pistes, there’s plenty to do for families looking for adventure. Snowshoeing is a great way to experience the best of the Dolomites off your skis, with winding trails taking explorers deep into the snowy landscapes. You can spot deer and squirrels in their natural habitat, and of course hiring a guide helps families get the most out of their snowshoeing experience. 

There’s also a lovely ice-skating rink in Arabba where parents can enjoy outdoor adventure with the kids. Take to the ice beneath the soaring peaks of the UNESCO–listed Dolomites world heritage site, and enjoy family adventure in Arabba. You can walk to the ice rink easily from the centre of the resort. Off the ice, there’s also a wide selection of playgrounds and adventure parks where kids can let off steam in safety. Across the sectors and resorts of Alleghe, Selva di Cadore, Val di Zoldo, Falcade, Arabba and Marmolada, a whole host of colorful swings, slides and see-saws offer fun and adventure to kids in search of adventure off the snowy slopes. 

Group Ski

The Italian resort of Arabba is a peaceful and tranquil spot, beautifully located near Selva on the famous Sella Ronda ski circuit. The resort offers easy access to a huge range of slopes, and overall it’s perhaps best-suited to groups of intermediate-standard skiers and snowboarders – with a wonderful selection of blue and red pistes to explore. For groups of experts, the off-piste offerings are minimal and for beginners, the crowds and slightly slower lifts can be a challenge. 

Arabba works particularly well for groups in search of a little relaxing peace and quiet. The après ski scene here – like the selection of dining options – is slightly limited, so groups looking to hit the bars and clubs are far better off elsewhere. There’s also a comparatively limited range of activities to engage in away from the slopes, so groups with non-skiers should bear that in mind. 

Where Arabba excels for groups is in the breadth of the ski area, and the snow coverage – which, at a base altitude of one thousand six hundred metres, is impressive. Add to this a great range of tuition among the ski schools and glacier skiing available close by, and you’ll see Arabba does have a great deal going for it. It’s also widely considered to offer some of the most beautiful valley views, with spectacular panoramas over the soaring peaks and valleys of the Dolomites. 

Arabba also offers great value for money compared to many other alpine destinations, and with increased group discounts available for larger groups of skiers and boarders, the value is generally very good indeed. There are plenty of great accommodation options to choose from, but one we often recommend to larger groups is the Olympia – with town centre and the ski lifts all within easy reach. There’s also no need to carry your skis all the way back as these can be left in the hotel’s handy ski locker in town. 


Arabba is quite limited when it comes to childcare facilities. There is one daycare facility in town that accepts children aged two-years-old and up. Kids aged five and over can join the ski school, where they will learn in a safe and supportive environment.

Of course, as Arabba is best suited to intermediates, skiing families looking for more gentle slopes and dedicated in-house childcare may want to consider resorts like Obergurgl and Courchevel.

The Piste

While all experience levels will find something to like across the 1220km Dolomites Superski domain, the area is best suited to intermediates looking to get some serious mileage under their skis. Likewise, as a base, Arabba and its 52km of local pistes are best suited to those eager intermediates and advanced skiers: the area has some of the steepest slopes in the whole Sella Ronda Circuit, and beginners may struggle.

The Dolomites can be a little bit hit and miss in terms of snow coverage, as it relies on storms coming up from the Mediterranean rather than the more frequent storms that come from the Atlantic, however Arabba makes up for this with the nearby Marmolada glacier offering high-altitude snow-sure skiing. The glacier also boasts breathtaking views, but do check the weather forecast before heading up as there are no trees to shelter in if the conditions take a turn for the worse. 

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