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My first ever ski resort inspection visit…in summer!

Last updated: Jan 30th, 2019

Having joined Rayburn Tours less than two months ago, I feel lucky to have had the chance to go on an inspection visit so early in my journey with the company.

I’m delighted to conclude that Folgaria and the whole Alpe Cimbra area, though not as famous as other Italian big-name resorts, will give you all that’s needed for an incredible ski trip.

Valeria Deiana, Tour Co-ordinator, Ski & Sports Tours

After a very early 3AM start, we flew into Milan Malpensa, drove northbound towards Trentino, and suddenly found ourselves surrounded by majestic mountains – although incredibly beautiful, it’s a very different landscape from the winter wonderland you’d be expecting. June isn’t exactly the month people think of in regards to skiing, however summer is when all the behind the scenes planning and visits happen.

The town of Folgaria is a little gem made up of just over 3000 people; dotted around with many hamlets, this area has managed to keep its traditions and culture in place which makes for an incredible atmosphere. The town centre is in a traditional mountain village setting, yet also marked by a few modern-looking bars, shops and restaurants (après alert!). If you’re looking for a safe and welcoming environment, then this is certainly the right place for you and your group.

The ski area, named Alpe Cimbra, offers a whole 104km of pistes: 74km in the Folgaria area and the remaining 30km located closer to the nearby town of Lavarone – all accessible with one ski pass! The slopes are mainly suited for beginners and intermediate skiers, but rest assured that the few expert runs are not to be underestimated.

From swimming a few lengths in an Olympic swimming pool to snow tubing or ice skating on the frozen waters of Lake Lavarone (yes, really!), in terms of après ski activities there’s plenty to do! And of course, being in Italy, there’s always time for pizza and gelato!

“These few days spent in my home country gave me a deeper understanding of the skiing world here – and I can’t wait to visit again in the middle of winter!”

Valeria Deiana, Tour Co-ordinator, Ski & Sports Tours