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Folgarida

This quiet ski town in West Trentino’s Val di Sole is a perfect place to bring the brood, with a fantastic learners’ facility being one of the resort’s highlights. With lift connections to Marilleva and Madonna di Campiglio, the area has plenty of opportunity and as a purpose-built resort strictly based on traditional design; it’s an attractive village with plenty of modern amenities.

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At a glance: • Purpose-built resort • Linked ski area • Excellent learner facilities

Great for: • Beginners • Value for money • Families

This quiet ski town in West Trentino’s Val di Sole is a perfect place to bring the brood, with a fantastic learners’ facility being one of the resort’s highlights. With lift connections to Marilleva and Madonna di Campiglio, the area has plenty of opportunity and as a purpose-built resort strictly based on traditional design; it’s an attractive village with plenty of modern amenities.

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Folgarida Resort

Nestled amongst the dramatic landscape of the Brenta Dolomites, Folgarida is one of the villages belonging to Val di Sole at the far west end of Trentino.

Far from the concrete jungle that usually springs to mind when you hear ‘purpose-built’, the resort has been carefully designed to blend in with the natural environment and look as traditional as possible. With its name translating literally to ‘land of the ferns’, the village is surrounded by a dense forest and National Park regulations make sure that no structures rise above the tree line. This way, you have the accessibility and modern facilities of somewhere that’s been built for skiing whilst still being in a picturesque mountain village. Combining a relatively low altitude town with some runs exceeding the 2000m mark, the set-up offers a great fusion of high skiing with pleasant evening temperatures – perfect for exploring by day and night.

Host to an almost exclusively Italian clientele, this is a bit of a hidden gem in terms of international tourism and has a wonderfully authentic and friendly atmosphere.

The village starts around the bottom of the Belvedere cable car at 1400m and runs linearly down to 1300m with some shops, restaurants and hotels lining the strip of road. At the bottom of the road is the main cluster of accommodation, restaurants, bars and shops. From both ends, lifts take you up to the Malghet Aut ski centre, where you’ll find more bars, restaurants, rental shops, childcare facilities and a giant nursery area.

At its most limited, the ski area consists of the network of slopes up to Monte Vigo and those connecting to neighbouring Marilleva. The pistes belonging to the larger resort of Madonna di Campiglio can also be accessed if you upgrade to the Campiglio Dolomiti di Brenta area and there’s also the option of the Superskirama pass for even more villages including snow sure Passo Tonale.

Stats & FAQ

Location: Trentino, Brenta Dolomites, Italy

Established: 1965

Open: December - April

Downhill: 62km

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Nearest Airport & Transfer Time:
Verona161km, 2hrs
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  • 19.8km 32%

  • 30km 48%

  • 12.4km 20%

Top Altitude:2,179m
Bottom Altitude:1,344m
Resort Altitude:1,344m
Longest run:Monte Vigo - Marilleva 1400 4.8km
Slope Orientation:NE/NW
Vertical Drop:853m
Skiable Vertical:853m
Night Skiing:Yes
Glacier:No

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Downhill Runs:62km
Beginner slopes:32%
Intermediate:48%
Advanced slopes:20%
Lift Pass Price: Folgarida Marilleva 159€
Campiglio Dolomiti Di Brenta 212€
Superskirama 220€
Nearby resorts: Madonna di Campiglio, Passo Tonale

Skiing/BoardingSkiing in Folgarida

Learners should be extremely well catered for and the five local schools usually meet in the town or at the Malghet ski centre. The Family Park at the summit of the Belvedere and Folgarida gondolas is without-doubt the best learners’ facility in the valley – conveniently served by two magic carpets, the wide nursery slope is perfect for practicing parallel turns. The majority of the blues are forgivingly gentle (we like Bamby 34 and Punciana at Marilleva), letting novices get a proper feel for their ski legs before setting off on something more challenging.

Pretty much all of the red runs also have blue alternatives, making it possible to get on to exploring the mountain as your confidence grows. The steeper Azzurra run from Malghet is a nice challenge to work towards.

Almost half of the runs are medium difficulty, so intermediates should be more than happy here. Try the Orso Bruno in the Monte Vigo area for a steep technical ride - it continues via numerous other runs into the village – spanning a total distance of 8km.

The expert runs aren’t quite so plentiful, although you can find some quality descents on Marilleva. Orti begins at the summit of Dos de la Pesa and feeds into the Nera Marilleva, a technically demanding spree through the woods. Nera 1 is as good as it gets when it comes to tricky blacks; designed by the 1967 technical director of the FISI National Ski Team, the course fuses complex technical features with modern artificial snowmaking for a perfectly tuned mountain challenge.

There’s a small park at the foot of the Provetti ski run and Marilleva has historically been known to dig out a halfpipe now and again. The real jewel in the valley is in Madonna di Campiglio, where Europe’s largest permanent board park has hosted the top events like the World Championships.

Folgarida Apres Ski

On the mountain, Malghet Aut has a number of bars with a shared sun terrace - a great spot to end the day’s skiing. It’s worth noting that non-skiers can also come for drinks here as the area is adjacent to the top station of the gondolas. Grownups can relax on a deckchair with a Bombardino and watch everyone come down the piste, while kids explore the outdoor playground.

The Eta Beta at 1300 is the main venue for après ski and nightlife. Known for putting on karaoke and quiz nights as well as themed parties and a daily happy hour, it’s open from around 3:30pm and things get really lively around 11ish (the Italians don’t tend to go out till late!). Eta Beta also has pinball, billiards and WiFi to keep youngsters happy as well as a fast food menu for hungry stomachs.

Eta Beta aside, the town’s watering holes come mostly in the form of hotel bars, which are quite lovely for chilled group gatherings over a nightcap.

You’ll find a friendly atmosphere in the various restaurants and bars - La Buca is a superb pizzeria and steakhouse in the lower village, while most hotels open their doors to non-residents for an excellent value meal.

As far as evening activities go, night skiing is available some nights, most impressively on the resort’s black runs. A short bus ride away is the Ice Stadium for a spot of skating, whilst entertainment evenings are often hosted in the local hotels.

Best time to go

Best time to ski Folgarida

When is the best time to ski Folgarida?

The geography combined with the relative anonymity of this resort is pretty special in the way that it offers uncrowded skiing for pretty much the whole season. In the coldest months, the resort’s low altitude and pistes beneath the treeline means a day on the slopes shouldn’t be unpleasantly chilly. Blizzard conditions and rotten visibility are rarely a match for the dense forest sheltering many of the runs, whilst 95% snowmaking gives nearly the whole area a decent dusting if needed. Later on in the season, the shade from the trees usually does a good job preventing the snow from turning slushy – which actually shouldn’t be too much of a problem, thanks to NE and NW-facing slopes.

Peak Dates

Forested surroundings and an authentic village atmosphere make Christmas in Folgarida a perfect winter wonderland setting, with festive things to see and do complimented by the gift of some great skiing. Browse Folgarida Christmas ski holidays ‣

The dramatic backdrop of the Dolomites is a pretty spectacular destination when celebrating the New Year in Folgarida. This quiet village is the ultimate place to escape to at the end of the year, and the neighbouring resorts have a fantastic set of activities to get stuck in to if it’s a party you crave. Browse Folgarida New Year ski holidays ‣

The Italian schools don’t have time off so in Folgarida at Half-term you shouldn’t be resigning yourself to queues aplenty like in other European resorts. The area’s an idyll for quality R&R, with a range of gentle, sweeping runs and loads to keep the kids occupied. Browse Folgarida Half Term ski holidays ‣

To catch the last snow of the season, jetting off to Folgarida at Easter is a wise choice. The striking peaks of the Dolomites are a great vista as you bask in the sun. You might even want to try skiing... in which case the snow is usually pretty good quality thanks to the resort’s orientation and sheltered runs. Browse Folgarida Easter ski holidays ‣

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Families in Folgarida

Folgarida’s opportunities for families are what really set it apart from other European resorts. The Park Hotel (which is ski-in, ski-out for intermediates) is right by a bus stop, and is served by shuttles which take guests directly to the Belvedere gondola and town centre.

The Family Park at Malghet Aut has a great nursery area and loads of ski schools based here to help little ones find their confidence on the slopes. There’s also the Kinderland facility, which provides indoor and outdoor play areas (as well as child-minding for kids too young for ski school), whilst the Kinderheim project involves morning lessons followed by games and adventures in the afternoon. The Ursus park over in Madonna is a great destination for daring teens, who can get to grips with various kickers and rollers, and perhaps learn a trick or two.

There’s a brilliant snow-tubing course on the mountain to enjoy after ski school has finished for the day, and if you don’t mind the journey, there’s an ice rink in Andalo which is a hit with kids of all ages. For a family meal, pizza can do no wrong (try La Buca which we’ve heard is lovely!), then once any youngsters have gone to bed, the grownups can kick back in their hotel bar without having to worry about being too far away.

GroupsGroup Holidays Folgarida

Groups will love the range of skiing at Folgarida. Beginners can confidently find their ski legs on the gentle, sweeping nursery runs like Malghetto, while experts are able to challenge themselves on the Nera Folgarida and Orti. Intermediates, though well-catered for on the moutain’s uppermost pistes, always have the chance to extend their lift pass to ski the wider area of Madonna di Campiglio for a decent medley of testing reds.

There are heaps of mountain huts where group members can convene for lunch – most of which are accessible to all levels given that there tends to be a blue slope for every red. The fantastic Malghet Aut area at 1860m is probably the best place to meet with its huge selection of restaurants and bars, and can be found at the bottom of (blue) Brenzi and (red) Delle Rocce pistes. There are a few sun terraces with deckchairs to choose from here (great for gathering everyone together for a round of Bombardinos!) whilst being next-door to the top stations of the resort’s two cable cars, non-skiers can easily get up to join the party.

Off the slopes there are a few shops, in addition to hotels with swimming pools and wellness facilities to occupy those who prefer to spend their holiday exploring the resort. There are also a number of drinking holes in town to discover in the evenings. For something pretty lively, Eta Beta opens around 3.30pm and tends to get busy when the Italians rock up around 11pm. The bar usually puts on quiz nights, so it’s worth thinking up a team name in advance and checking out when these are during your stay. Otherwise, quite a few hotels in the resort have their own cosy bars to meet up in - try the ambient Gaglioppo wine bar at Hotel Caminetto, or the relaxed atmosphere of Hotel Splendor’s Dream Pub for drinking games and discussing contenders for ‘Wipeout of the Day’...

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