Located at an altitude of 1,602m, Arabba is located within the heart of the famous Dolomite mountains. In the winter, locally there are 62km of pistes and the ski area extends up to the Marmolada Glacier that offers a skiing experience at 3,256 meters. It is also one of the starting points for the Sella Ronda circuit, a 40km ski tour around the Sella massif that takes in four Dolomite passes and takes you through the Ladin valleys of Val Gardena, Alta Badia, Arabba and Fassa.
The village, the main tourist destination in the Fodom Valley, is surrounded by the most beautiful mountain peaks of the Dolomites. Still maintaining its original and typical mountain character, it sits to one side of the mountains of the Massif Sella Group, Passo Campolongo and Passo Pordoi. To the other side it is bordered by the historic mountain Col di Lana as well as the Passo Falzarego and Passo Valparola.
On the mountain the ski slopes vary between tree-lined pistes and wide open, sweeping runs. The skiing best suits experts and confident intermediates, with easier slopes in nearby Alta Badia. For those who like a challenge on their skis, head directly up to the Porta Vescovo, where there is a great selection of north-facing red and black runs. A two-stage double gondola and a cable car provides swift access up the mountain, from where you can head off into the Sella Rona circuit.
In the summer the snow gives way to green pastures that become pure heaven for mountain bikers and hikers, whilst the roads provide hard earned pleasure for cyclists looking to test their legs on famous Giro d’Italia mountain passes. As always, food plays a central part of any holiday in Italy, whether it be in winter or summer, and there is a great selection of mountain restaurants, all with a backdrop of the Dolomites.