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Arabba Ski Resort Guide

Arabba, Italy

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForIntermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders and Snowfall!
Total Piste Length52km
Highest Lift2,950m
Resort Height1,600m
 Nearest AirportsBolzano and Innsbruck Airport
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One of the most famous resorts on the Sella Ronda circuit, having some of the area's most challenging skiing. Sella Ronda is a huge mountain massif and it is possible to ski around it via Corvara and Canazei. The pink Dolomite rock of the area forms some spectacular scenery.


The Italian ski resort of Arabba is in the Italian Dolomites at an altitude of 1,600m, with 52km of marked runs.

Arabba is part of the Dolomiti Superski area with access to 1,420km of downhill skiing, with 668 marked pistes, served by a total of 488 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Arabba itself (52km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Dolomiti Superski ski resorts of Alpe di Siusi/Seiser Alm, Alta Badia, Alta Pusteria, Bruneck-Kronplatz, Civetta, Cortina d`Ampezzo, Marmolada, Obereggen, Predazzo, San Martino di Castrozza, San Vito di Cadore, Val Gardena, Val di Fassa, Val di Fiemme and Valle Isarco.

The ski resort itself is at 1,600m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 2,950m, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Arabba?

The next notable snow forecast is 1cm, expected on 7 August, with around 9cm forecast over the next 7 days.

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Ski Area Stats

Arabba Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 3 7km
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Total Length
Cross Country
Total Length
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

Dolomiti Superski Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Total Length
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Arabba Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,950m
Resort Altitude (Arabba)1,600m
Lowest Piste1,450m
Max Vertical1,500m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Arabba
Intermediate Skiers

Arabba Overview

One of the most famous resorts on the Sella Ronda circuit and indeed in Italian skiing, Arabba has some of the country's most challenging terrain. It's a traditional old mountain village that has grown up on a hillside in a relatively compact formation with buildings in the Tyrolean chalet style, making it rather picturesque beneath its white spired church. Arabba is also one of the few resorts in the area that attracts serious skiers and 'boarders as well as families, because it has some steep and exciting terrain, as well as the kilometres of intermediate cruising.

The Sella is a huge mountain massif and it is possible to ski around it in a day via Corvara and Canazei. The largest inter-linked area on the huge Dolomiti Superski lift pass, it also provides lift-linked access into the valleys of Alta Badia (Corvara, Colfosco, La Villa and San Cassiano); famous Val Gardena with Selva, St Christina and St Ulrich and the upper section of the Val di Fassa (Canazei and Campitello). Another skiing benefit is that Arabba is close to the lifts up to the Marmolada glacier which gives more excellent high-altitude skiing. A final benefit is the glorious vista all around, with the pink rock of the Dolomites formed into towering cliffs and spires to create some spectacular scenery.

Arabba itself is located at the extreme end of the Alto Agordino area, in the territory of Livinallongo del Col di Lana with pistes leading right back to the village. Settlement here goes back many generations, and on Livinallongo meadows there are the thousand year old ruins of Andraz Castle, a rock transformed into a fortification. Abandoned two centuries, ago it is currently being restored by the Italian State government.

At 1602m it is one of the highest resorts in the region, and one of the highest traditional resorts in Italy, and its largely north facing slopes have some of the best natural snow conditions in the entire Dolomites. An Avalanches Experimental Centre, which carries out research into ways in which to minimise the dangers of avalanches, as well as warning about current dangers, is based here.

 Notable Ski Runs

The most difficult run is the 'Pista Fodom'.


Six lifts depart in two groups of three from Arabba making queues almost unheard of. A two stage gondola and a single span cable car head up to Porta Vescovo and access both the Marmolada glacier and the 26km (17 mile) Sella Ronda circuit heading clockwise via the Passo Pordoi. The third lift, a chair, reaches Portados at the top of the treeline. The runs back down to Arabba from this sector include some steep reds and blacks. Above the village a chair and a drag serve gentler wide sunny slopes protected by snow making. A lift accesses a run down to Passo Campolongo from where you can carry on to Alta Badia's Corvara and San Cassiano on the anti-clockwise route around the Sella Ronda.

For beginners the nursery slopes are right by the village and, thanks to snow making, high elevation and an overall good snow record, this area is normally open throughout the winter. Intermediates inevitably have the most to enjoy, with few areas in the world able to offer the wonderful sense of lift-served touring right over to Selva in Val Gardena and back so long as you ensure you start out early and don't leave your return too late. Both this epic journey on skis and the Sella Ronda circuit all the way round can be completed in a day by a reasonable intermediate skier on blues (mostly) and a few reds.

An interesting new route, the 'Great War Tour' takes in places in the area of significance to the Italian Resistance of World War One, including the beautiful natural gorge of Serrai. Apart from the huge choice of skiing lift linked around the Sella Ronda, the Dolomiti Superski Pass covers yet more skiing a short bus ride away, including the 80km (50 miles) of mixed terrain above neighbouring Alleghe. Experts have some of the best skiing in the Dolomites in Arabba. The north facing Porta Vescovo runs have legendary snow conditions after a good fall, with a particularly challenging long black beneath the cable car.

The World Cup run on the other side of the area down to La Villa is another on most good skiers' 'must do' list and the trip over to Selva also gives access to the Val Gardena World Cup downhill if not closed off for training. The Marmolada glacier is another option, and off piste routes such as the famous Hidden Valley run from the top of Sella down Val Mesdi to Colfosco is not for the faint hearted. If all that's not enough there's always the heli-skiing offered through the ski school.

Arabba offers good sking, particularly, for Intermediate and Beginner skiers.


Something of a cult 'boarding destination as it is for skiers, Arabba has it all - just about. There's the wild and varied terrain to suit all standards including the high altitude steep powder bowls and glacier runs above; then there are the wide sweeping cruise runs coming down through the woods with natural terrain features all around.

Where Arabba may not match the complete wish list of some 'boarders dream resorts is its lack of a thumping nightlife, but on the up side there are plenty of high value bars and places to eat and sleep. Lessons are offered by the ski school.

Location and Map

Where is Arabba?

This ski resort is in the Italian Dolomites in Livinallongo del Col di Lana, Province of Belluno.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Arabba is Bolzano, 80 minutes drive away.

Innsbruck Airport, Venice, Treviso, Verona and Trieste airports are all within three hours drive.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 29 ski lifts are able to uplift 33,500 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 55km of ski runs, with 134 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Arabba open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is early December, and usual closing is Mid April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Arabba, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

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Aprés Ski

Not known for its lively nightlife, Arabba none-the-less has more than 20 bars - many of them parts of hotels or restaurants - to choose from. Peter's Bar is one of the more popular whilst the Pub La Stube near the Hotel Portevescovo tends to attract most of the 'boarding fraternity. Although there is no night club here the Sporthotel Arabba has a popular Austrian bar that opens at 9pm and stays open until late; live music is performed here regularly. The nearest late night discothèque is in Corvara.