23 March 2016 from Nikki in 'Live from the slopes''

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The Ski Safari is off on the road again and here is the first ski report from the first stop in Val Gardena in Italy. March is, in our opinion, the best month for skiing. Plenty of sunshine, mild temperatures and long days and if you’re lucky some fresh snow. The Germans even have a special term for it: "Sonnenskilauf” which literally means “sun skiing”. And that is exactly what our Ski Safari reporters are enjoying this week in Val Gardena.

One of the best ski resorts in Italy

It’s no surprise that the popular Italian ski resort of Val Gardena is top on the Snowplaza Ski Safari’s hit list. This South Tyrolean valley is a very popular destination among Brits. Skiing with views over the incredibly beautiful Dolomites, a choice of endless ski slopes and the possibility of enjoying 'La Dolce Vita' in one of the many mountain restaurants are what make this ski resort so great. Our reporters claim this is one of the most beautiful ski resorts they have visited so far.

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Snow machines to the rescue in Val Gardena this season

Val Gardena has not been lucky this season in comparison to last year when they had meters and meters of snow. This year it has snowed very little. Despite the lack of natural snow, the pistes in Val Gardena are apparently in better condition than at the same time last season. Christina Demetz from the Val Gardena Marketing team explained "artificial snow, which you are skiing on at the moment, is much more resistant to the sun’s rays and high temperatures". Our reporters confirmed that the quality was suprising!

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The high slopes are just perfect in Val Gardena

Yesterday morning the team took the Ciampinoi gondola lift and got chatting to a group of Dutch ski enthusiasts who have been in Val Gardena for a few days. After years of skiing in Austria this is their first time in Val Gardena and they were so enchanted by the beautiful surroundings and the quality of the slopes. For expert skiers there are the famous mogul runs and plenty of slopes drenched in sunshine although the snow is rather slushy by the end of the day! But overall, the skiing couldn’t be much better!

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Val Gardena in March in an absolute winner!

Of course the Ski Safari team couldn’t visit Val Gardena without skiing the famous Sella Ronda - the most famous ski route in the Dolomites. They stopped to take in views of the Seiser Alm, take a break in the sunny mountain restaurants in the Seceda ski area and then took the longest downhill run, La Longia - 10.5 km of beautiful skiing! One thing is now clear to us after this visit: Val Gardena was and still is, an absolute winner, especially for ski holidays in the month of March!

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Full report on Val Gardena to follow shortly...

Being lucky enough to have parents who were crazy about skiing, my love for the mountains started when I was 4 years old on our first family ski holiday to Austrian ski resort of Obergurl. One ski holiday a year was never enough and tears rolled down my face as I looked out the back window of the car on the drive down the valley on the way home!