Originally Posted by Downhilldai
Very different resorts, cookee. Cortina is a big town with poorly prepared, busy pistes, served by an antiquated lift system, while Arrabba is a small expanding village at a crossroads of a busy ski circuit. Not much to do there for a non skier. Selva or Canazei would better suit your potential requirements.
A brilliant ski area, wherever you choose to stay in the Dolomites.
You don't go to Arraba for the bustling night life & après-ski. You can walk around the village in 10 mins. Half a dozen bars (Petes bar
) & a couple of restaurants. Most of the "night life" is hotel based. The skiing, however is superb, as DHD says, the village is on a major junction of the SR & is the closest access to the Marmolada Glacier, when it's open
. We didn't go into Cortina town, so can't comment, but the Cinque Torre (spelling?) ski area is stunning.