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This is a gorgeous, ski-in ski-out hotel and somewhere you'll feel at home in straight away. It's very convenient too as it sits right next to a blue run and just moments from the Arlara lift.
After a big day on the mountain, head straight to their stunning spa and wellness area and take advantage of the pool, sauna, steam room and hot tub. There's also a small fitness area if you haven't quite done enough exercise on the slopes.
The Sporthotel has 24 hour reception and that's just another example of their hospitality. Room service and a children's menu mean any member in your party can find something to eat, whenever you need it.
There's a large wine cantina stocked with plenty of fine wines and you have a choice of relaxing bars and lounges - even a library room, so don't forget your book! Overall, it's a wonderful choice that's sure to please.
Nearest slope: Next to the hotel
Nearest lift: 100m to Arlara chairlift
Tuition meeting point: 1km
Resort centre: 1km
Hotel shuttle bus stop: Outside the hotel
Resort bus stop: 700m
Corvara is a chic and vibrant base in the Dolomites. You have really easy access to the infamous 40km Sella Ronda circuit and also the Marmolada glacier. It's also one of the most picturesque resorts in Europe with 1220km of glorious pistes on your doorstep.
It's perfect for both intermediate and advanced levels of skiers and boarders, and you'll never have the chance to get bored due to the amount of pistes you'll have access to. Beginners will also be taken care of due to the abundance of gentle slopes close to the village.
Friendly, relaxed, but chic, Corvara is an ideal winter retreat for skiers and non-skiers alike. It's got great buzz - loads of wines to tastes and treatments to try out, cakes to eat and stuff to do! Of course there's lots of skiing to do, but there are many activities to do off mountain, ranging from a quiet aperitivo to the infamous 'boot bop' and champagne cocktails.
Area size: 1220km
Resort altitude: 1600m
Skiing altitude: 1600m to 3342m
Number of runs: 42 locally
Range of runs: 3% green, 49% blue, 32% red and 16% black
strong>Lifts: 5 drags, 15 chairs and 7 gondolas
Night skiing: No
Cross country trails: 15km
Snowmaking: 90% of runs covered
Resort bus: Yes
The half board at the Panorama helps you get off on the right foot with a filling hot and cold breakfast buffet with lots to pick and choose from. The evening meal is a four-course dinner so there's no chance of going to bed hungry. Your Christmas and New Year Gala dinners are included too.
The Sport Hotel Panorama doesn't scrimp on luxury when it comes to its 52 rooms. They are spacious, comfy and finished to a high-standard, with a focus on lovely fabrics and lots of natural light. The rooms are well-appointed with satellite TV (including English channels), Wi-Fi, a mini-safe, a minibar and a bathroom with bath and shower as well as the all-important hairdryer.
The Col Alto rooms are stylish double rooms with lovely views over (you guessed it) Col Alto mountain, while the gorgeous Panorama rooms are in an annexe building (connected to the main hotel by an underground passage) with views across the resort and the surrounding mountains. Suites are also available on request.
Official rating: ****
Large wine cantina
Multiple relaxing bars and lounges
Indoor pool, sauna, steam room and hot tub
Small fitness area
Heated boot room
Departure airports: Gatwick or Manchester
Departure day: Saturday
Arrival airport: Innsbruck (in Austria)
Flight duration: 2 hours to 2 hours 15 minutes
Transfer time: approx. 2 hours 30 minutes