Skiers and snowboarders come to Arabba for the snow-sure north-facing slopes, the stunning scenery and the low prices...
The steep, shady slopes around Arabba offer some of the most advanced skiing on the Sella Ronda circuit - most of which is intermediate terrain.
And as the resort is also the gateway to the Marmolada glacier, that plus the availability of reasonably priced heli-skiing makes Arabba particularly popular with more advanced skiers and snowboarders looking for a ski destination in the Dolomites.
Resort height: 1,600m
Away from Arabba, there are very few black runs and off-piste routes. Intermediates will have nothing to complain about, though.
The majority of the Sella Ronda circuit is perfect for cruising and honing your ski or snowboard skills while taking in the spectacular views.
And as long as you can get down a blue (and perhaps the odd red) run, the distances you can cover from Arabba are huge - making trips to nearby resorts such as Corvara and Cortina d'Ampezzo a distinct possibility, even if you are not the most confident skier.
Beginners, meanwhile, will like the fact that the nursery slopes are right by the village, while snowboarders are sure to enjoy the varied terrain, including steep powder bowls and glacier runs as well as wide, sweeping runs through the woods.
Lovers of long runs will be disappointed, however, by the fact that there are few verticals of more than 500m.
Venice is just two hours away from Arabba, making it the most common arrival point for British visitors...
Alternatively, you can fly to Verona or take the train to Belluno, which is about an hour and a half away by car.
Arabba is a great choice for ski and snowboard fans looking for an Italian resort offering more advanced terrain...
Intermediates are also well catered for, but there are better European resorts for beginners.
A ski holiday in picturesque Arabba should leave you feeling nicely relaxed - not least because of the low prices in resort...
Arabba is more traditional mountain village than party central. There are a few lively bars and pleasant restaurants to be found, though. Try Bar Peter or Pub La Stube for après-ski and move on to the Austrian bar at the Sporthotel Arabba for later night fun.
Quiet and relaxing, Arabba is a great place to really kick back and chill out. But despite the presence of an ice-rink and the possibility of taking a thrilling helicopter ride, the activities on offer for non-skiers are somewhat limited, especially for children.
Cost of living 7/10
Arabba is not expensive, especially by ski resort standards. It is a good place to look for budget accommodation, as well as cheap places to eat out.
Attractiveness of the resort 8/10
The Dolomites are truly stunning, and the scenery around unspoilt little Arabba will take your breath away. Set between the Sella Massif and the Portavescovo Mountains, which tower above it, the village itself is also charming and rather Tyrolean in character.