Overview of Folgarida
Folgarido is a peaceful, family-friendly ski resort located in the Campiglio Dolomiti di Brenta ski area, which is part of the Dolomites but not under the Dolomiti Superski area. Set in a huge pine forest, Folgarida is a beautiful, purpose-built ski resort that is perfect for all visiting demographics especially families thanks to its small, friendly atmosphere and its abundance of family-friendly activities both on and off the slopes as well as in the resort. It is also a great holiday destination for skiers, snowboarders, freestylers and all winter sports enthusiasts owing to its fantastic snow-sure pistes and modern, fantastic lift system.
As part of the Campiglio Dolomiti di Brenta ski area, at Folgarida, you have access to 150 kilometres of daily groomed pistes across the area. It also has very easy access to the elegant Madonna di Campiglio, a well-known ski area in the region and part of the Campiglio Dolomiti di Brenta ski area. With access to the entire ski area and its efficient lift system, you can enjoy all 108 different runs on varying altitudes between 850 metres to over 2,500 metres.
Despite its development as a purpose-built ski resort, Folgarida still has bags of cultural character to it. Its location is great because it benefits from the stunning Alpine scenery within the pines. Its buildings were also designed in authentic Alpine style which further enhance the atmosphere in the resort. You can also feel the charm in the evenings, with events often taking place at the “Alla sosta dell’Imperatore" congress centre which feature local plays and cultural events from time to time. From the resort, you can also admire the panoramic views of the Dolomites or the rolling landscape of the Val di Sole valley.
Skiing in Folgarida
Folgarida is truly a skiers paradise. It's fantastic connection and links to the neighbouring Madonna di Campiglio, Marilleva and other parts of the Campiglio ski area make it very easy to access all 150 kilometres of slopes and the snow parks across the area. The slopes across the ski area are also very well maintained on an almost daily basis. We have listed a few pointers for visiting skiers below.
For beginners, get the gondola from the resort centre and get off at the mid-station as the slopes are nice and gentle there. Beginners can also find several easy blues around the Monte Spolverino nursery slopes. There are also gentle blues that cut through the wooded areas leading back to the resort base that is perfect for beginners looking to gain some confidence.
With the runs just above the resort mostly blues, intermediate skiers looking for challenge and variety can take advantage of the ski pass and head over to Madonna di Campiglio to access its numerous reds.
Expert and well-seasoned skiers should head over to the black run that takes you to Marilleva; it's a very steep slope but the snow there is always fantastic. There are several off-piste opportunities across the ski area; some of which can be found on the off-piste itinerary around the back of Monte Spinale. Additional black runs in the area worth trying are the steep Nera Folgarida at 1,850 which is accessible via the Belvedere gondola as well as the Nera Marilleva at 1,800 metres.
Snowboarding in Folgarida
Folgaridas links to the rest of the Campiglio ski area will be splendid news for most advanced snowboarders and there aren't too many challenging runs for them at the resort.
Beginners, however, will find Folgarida to be ideal with a wide selection of multiple gentle slopes to practise on, including its nursery areas. Most of the terrain is perfect for beginners with gentle runs to grow confidence on.
Freestylers will be delighted to learn that there are snow parks at Madonna di Campiglio and Marilleva - Val Panciana; both of which are easily accessible from Folgarida. They may be able to also find a few natural hits around the slopes at Folgarida.
Snow Conditions in Folgarida
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Snow conditions at Folgarida are excellent. The majority of the slopes here are north-west facing, allowing for the longer natural snow preservation away from the sun. The area also has an impressive snowfall record, averaging 191 centimetres of snow per annum over the last decade. The resort is also very well equipped with state of the art snowmaking facilities capable of covering up to 95% of its slopes if there are any shortages.
Apres-ski in Folgarida
Apres and general nightlife in Folgarida tend to be rather relaxed and is an overall casual affair. It’s not particularly set up for party animals and nocturnals, however, it does have a few cosy bars which get lively, especially at weekends. Most of the bars and lounges here are within hotel bars, with a few others dotted around the resort. There are also a number of mountain huts on the slopes to kickstart your apres evening at Folgarida, on your way back down to the village.
Perfect place to finish up on the slopes and kick start a lively apres ski evening. MAU is located on the Malghet Aut on the slopes at 1,885 metres altitude. Easily accessible via the Belvedere di Folgarida cable car, it's the ideal place to experience a traditional apres-ski of drinks, great music and dancing. It has a fantastic light system which allows the party to carry on until almost 8 pm; with usual slope bars and parties are known to close up by 5 or 6 pm at the latest. The descent serves as an additional attraction with the illuminated mountainside revealing a romantic night time spectacle.
One of Folgaridas only late nightclubs. Open every day from 9:30 pm, Dream Pub is the ideal place for late-night dancing and partying. With Themed parties, happy hours, karaoke and some fantastic music, Dream Pub is a party animal's dream! Party doesn't stop until the early hours.
A traditional Italian-Alpine restaurant, bar and pizzeria, La Buca is a lovely place to visit for some delicious pizza, delicious local cuisine and even some desserts like strudel or tiramisu. After a lovely dinner, stay longer with a few more glasses of wine or enjoy some beers and conversation. It is not a typical bar but it does have a warm and friendly atmosphere and is appreciated by visitors and locals alike.
Facilities in Folgarida
Despite its size, Folgarida has an impressive amount of facilities to ensure that all skiers and holidaymakers are very well taken care of. It has an updated lift network, very good accommodation and wellness facilities, efficient ski cannons for snow coverage and a good range of shops and restaurants.
Ski Equipment Hire at Folgarida
There are a few shops where you can rent your ski equipment when visiting the Folgarida. If you’re visiting on a short holiday and would prefer not to travel with your personal equipment with the intention of hiring some at the resort, you can also simply pre-book your equipment directly from us as well. It is by far the best and most convenient method of hiring your ski equipment for your holiday at Folgarida. Simply select the option for ski equipment hire on our website, select the equipment you need, add to the cart and proceed with the holiday booking. We partner with some of the best ski rental companies in the Alps and upon arrival at the resort, your equipment will be ready and waiting for pick up at any of our partner's stores at the resort. Check out our ski equipment hire page for additional information on rental of your ski gear.
Ski Passes in Folgarida
If you are making your holiday booking to Folgarida with us, you don't have to wait until you arrive at the resort to book your ski pass. Avoid all the queues at the ticket offices or the ticket machines at the lifts and book your local Folgarida Marilleva ski pass or Superskirama ski pass directly from us online. We will add this to your overall holiday booking. There is also no additional booking charge as the ski pass costs exactly the same as it does at the resort. For more information on your Folgarida ski pass, check out our ski pass pages.
Spa and Swimming Pool in Folgarida
Enjoying an evening spa or swimming pool session after a long day on the slopes is a popular pastime and trend of holidaymakers not only at Folgarida but across the Alps. A steam room or hot sauna seems a perfect relief from the cold and wet snow outside and Folgarida has an excellent selection of hotels and wellness centres with fantastic spa, sauna and swimming pool facilities. For example, consider Hotel Madonna delle Nevi, which has an excellent spa and swimming pool facilities. It has an indoor, heated, 75-metre swimming pool which comes complete with a hydromassage area, cervical waterfall, floor geiser flow and a back wall massage. The wellness centre also has a Finnish Sauna, Bio-sauna and a Turkish bath. In addition, you can book sports and anti-stress massage treatments from professional masseurs at the Hotel Madonna Delle Nevi. Another spa and swimming option would be Park Hotel in Folgarida. It has a wonderful wellness area with a large indoor pool and gym. The wellness area also includes a sauna, outdoor solarium, Kneipp path, gush shower, Turkish bath, whirlpool and mini hot tub and relaxation area. The wellness centre also has beauty treatments such as pedicures, manicures and other beauty treatments.
Shops in Folgarida
Folgarida is not a large resort and the shops here are few and far between, however, it does have shops and restaurants to cater to the basic needs of visiting skiers and tourists alike. The village itself is very attractive and always makes for a lovely stroll through the resort centre for some window shopping. There's still a good variety of shops from small family run local shops selling fresh produce to snow sports shops from some well-known brands and across to retail stores and pharmacies.
Facilities for Children in Folgarida
Folagarida has great facilities for children's entertainment and overall welfare. It's a great family-friendly ski destination that has an adequate amount of activities for children on and off the slopes.
Ski Schools in Folgarida
Folgarida has a good number of ski schools at the resort. At Erna Low, we partner with some of the most well-recognised ski schools and instructors in the Alps. This allows us to offer you an option to pre-book you and your children ski lessons directly with us as part of your overall ski holiday booking. It is a very simple process and it doesn't cost any more than the amount at the resort. It also saves you a lot of precious time, so that when you get to Folgarida, you don't have to worry about looking up any ski schools or instructors. It also means that you get the absolute best ski lessons for your children as we partner with well known and reputed schools across the Alps.
Children's Entertainment in Folgarida
Folgarida has great fun and entertainment for children. The resort has a fantastic family park ( The Family Park Folgarida ) where children and accompanying adults have a large play area to enjoy together. The children get to meet Snowy the mascot and partake in a host of games and activities. It is a winter wonderland that includes Snow slides, snow tubes, merry-go-rounds, magic carpets, music and more. The snow tubing slope is a particular favourite among families with young children. Folgarida also has an outdoor ice skating rink which is another big favourite with families. The resort does not have an aquatic centre but the majority of the hotels here have swimming pools that are open to all family members. Some of them may have adult areas but most have swimming pools that grant access for all family members. Some of the hotels like Hotel Park Folgarida also have children's entertainment and play areas which have books, games and live programme shows for children aged between 2 and 11 years old.
Childcare in Folgarida
There are few childcare facilities in Folgarida offering fantastic services; most notably Kinderland in Folgarida which can be easily found at the foot of the slopes. They have accredited, English speaking childminders who take good care of the children. It offers a wide range of services and entertainment for children. For additional information on childminders in Folgarida, contact the tourist offices for more recommendations.
The mountain ski area of Folgarida, Madonna di Campiglio and Marilleva covers just over 150 kilometres of pistes combined. Most of the slopes on Folgarida are north-west facing, with the resort sitting at 1,300 metres.