A BIG THANKS to Curtis Bell for writing the following report on our 2013 trip to Madonna Di Campiglio, Italy.
Italy 2013 – by Curtis Bell
The Warren Ski Club traveled to Madonna di Campiglio, Italy, a small beautiful town nestled in the Italian Alps, excited about the 94 miles of ski runs that awaited them. We stayed in the wonderful four star Hotel St. Raphael, which served us excellent dinners each evening and great Breakfasts each morning. We were located a very short walk from the gondola which allowed us to start our day in a magnificent ski area offering us long beautiful runs with a spectacular view of the Dolomite region.
Madonna di Campiglio is a small town that lies in a valley surrounded by ski runs going in all directions. This small town is filled with wonderful shops and night clubs, offering you a variety of things to do in both the day and night. It is a small town that is popular with skiers from Great Britain and other European countries and is just now being discovered by Americans as a great place to come and enjoy the wonderful ambiance that Europe has to offer skiers from North America.
The first two days were beautiful cloudless sunny days with perfect conditions. This made it perfect for getting beautiful scenery pictures in an attempt to capture some of the beauty that the Italian Alps have to offer. The next few days had snowfall mixed with some clouds, offering tremendous ski conditions for everyone. Richard Byrd aka “Birdman” once again captured some great video of everyone skiing with his GoPro camera. The week ended with another beautiful sunny day to end on.
After skiing each day our members were offered a variety of way to relax at the hotel with its sauna, solarium, hydro massage, pool and Turkish bath. With a nice variety of night spots our members had places to go before or after dinner. Dinner each evening at the hotel offered a nice selection of choices, all which tastes great.
After a week of skiing we then headed for Venice for three days of sightseeing this beautiful historical city. We went on a gondola ride to capture some of the magic this city had to offer. We also enjoyed eating at restaurants along the river. We also went to the island of Murano to see and even purchase some of the beautiful handmade Murano glass that is made there.
Several people on this trip said that Madonna di Campiglio offered the best skiing they ever experienced in Europe with its wide long open runs.