very economical, including tavernas
not much snow pre christmas
I've been twice, because it's amzingly economical especially for beginners once you factor in the price of lessons. The town is quite likeable; don't let the reps outside the restaurants put you off. We spent a long afternoon havng a fantastic banquet at one of the tavernas which was very good value. The service in the hotels can be odd at times - they're pretty new to capitalism and the concept of customer service, but they're mostly well natured. I'd advise accomodation towards the top of town close to the gondola- there's plenty of it. The ski area is Ok. Not amazing for experts, though there is a world cup run and a steeper (>45 degrees) black. The tuition is reasonable, although I think they struggle for communicative English speakers. There are snow cannons on the pistes, and when I was there the week up to new year 2010/11, they could only open a couple of pistes, so it was a bit busy hence intimidating for beginners. This was a shame cos I know it's fine when there's snow. Something else to take care with is New Year celebrations, especially if you have a young family; health and safety hasn't hit home here, so anyone can let off fireworks in the square and in any direction! Diving for cover might not be so much fun if you have the family in tow.