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The Italian Dolomites – A Luxury Ski Safari

The luxury ski safari offers the chance to experience the Dolomiti Superski, an amazing ski area that features 12 interconnected resorts with over 1,200 km’s of linked pistes. You will experience one of the most stunning mountain landscapes in the world – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the perfect stunning backdrop to complement your ski experience.

 

To best explore the region certified mountain guides will accompany you, taking you to the finest pistes, suited to your ability, finding the freshest snow and ensuring you experience nothing but an exceptional ski day. The region covers the resorts of Cortina D’Ampezzo, Kronplatz, Alta Badia, Val Gardena, Alpe di Siusi and Val di Fassa.

This experience can be tailored to your requirements, taking in as much or as little skiing as you like. We can customise your safari so there is more off-piste than on-piste, your own private group can ski fast and direct to take in as much of the area and as many lifts as possible. Alternatively, if your preference is to stick solely to cruising then that can be catered for, enjoying the views and taking in the delightful restaurants and terraces to sample the fine food and delightful Italian wines of the region. We can include some ski touring to really get the pulses racing and to experience the peaceful beauty of the nature and calm of the Dolomites. It is your trip, your safari and your experience.

 

All luxury ski safaris can be tailor-made. You can book your own group or you can join with others. We strongly recommend having your own guide: your own private group to really, truly get the most from this experience.

WHY GO


  • Discover the fairy tale world of the Dolomites in winter – a landscape of pinnacles and spires that sparkle with snow. 
  • Experience the unique, charming atmosphere of the rifugios – the best mountain huts in the Alps
  • Get a true taste of the Dolomites as you savour world-class gourmet dining at Michelin star rated restuarants and hearty traditional fare at charming mountain inns 
  • Enjoy the advantage of lift-service pistes to help you move from resort to resort each day – you may never ski the same run twice!
  • Experience the Dolomiti Superski – a ‘carousel’ of 12 interconnected resorts with 1,200 kilometers (746 miles) of prepared pistes!
  • A ski safari by certified guides with extensive exceptional skiing is hard to find anywhere else in the world 

Example Itinerary

 

A sample itinerary of what is available and suggested by our guides for a short three days of skiing safari. For further information please see the accommodation and itinerary sections below.

 

Day 1: Arrive in Cortina d’Ampezzo
Cortina d’Ampezzo is a charming alpine resort town surrounded by stunning peaks, uniquely sheltered from the cold winds of the north, giving it a pleasantly mild climate. Host to the 1956 Winter Olympics, Cortina enjoys a great reputation for superb skiing throughout the winter. Whatever it is you are looking for, you’re sure to find it in Cortina d’Ampezzo.

 

In the late afternoon meet your guide for a trip briefing and aperitif before dinner. Stay in the beautiful 5-Star Hotel Cristallo in Cortina d’Ampezzo.

 

Day 2: Ski in the area of Cortina d’Ampezzo – Cinque Torri
In the morning you will meet your local English speaking UIAGM/IFMGA professional mountain guide, who will take you to discover the Cortina d’Ampezzo resort and its 140km/87 miles of slopes and 42 lifts. This area offers some of the most exhilarating and beautiful alpine ski runs in the world. You will get to know all of its slopes, from the famous Olympia (where the men’s Olympic downhill events were held, and for many years the stage of the Women’s World Cup); to the superb Canalone (or Canyon in English, where the women’s downhill Olympic events took place); and to beautiful, but more tranquil, slopes.

 

Stay at Rifugio Scoiattoli in Cortina d’Ampezzo

 

Day 3: Civetta and Passo San Pellegrino
In the morning ski down to Passo Giau where you will take a transfer to the Civetta ski area. Surrounded by plenty of unspoilt views and majestic peaks, the valleys of Alleghe, Selva di Cadore, Zoldo, and Palafavera of Monte Civetta are rich in ski history and tradition. Here you will find the largest ski areas in the Veneto region.

 

The Ski Civetta area offers a wide range of slopes and attracts skiers of all levels. In the afternoon you will have a private transfer to Falcade, where you will ski at Passo Pellegrino, with more than 60 kilometers (37 miles) of slopes of varying length and difficulty, spread out at altitudes between 1,918 and 2,513 meters (6,293-8,245′), all equipped with 26 cutting edge lift systems.

 

At the end of the day of skiing this beautiful terrain, a snowmobile will pick you up on the pass and bring you to your rifugio (1,980m / 6,496′) for the night. Set in a magnificent group of isolated old huts, this rifugio is immersed in the marvellous silence of a wide valley with a view of the Pale di San Martino. You will get to taste delicious dishes typical of the Trentino region. The renowned and traditional restaurant, mentioned in several culinary guides, will be appreciated not only for the quality of the food, but also for its warmth and welcoming hospitality.

 

Accommodation in Rifugio Fuciade at Passo San Pellegrino

 

Day 4 Ski in the area of Val di Fassa – Alta Badia
On your final ski day you’ll ski a part of the Sellaronda, one of the most spectacular ski tours of the world, circumnavigating the Sella Massif: considered somewhat of a “merry-go-round” for intermediate level skiers. A modern day carousel that connects four Dolomite passes, four Ladin valleys (Val Gardena, Alta Badia, Val di Fassa, and Livinallongo), and three districts – you’ll have the opportunity to see more of the Dolomites in one day than many see on an entire trip!

 

In the afternoon you will check-in into your five star hotel in San Cassiano and have dinner at the 2*Michelin Restaurant “St. Hubertus”.
Accommodation in the 5-Star Hotel & Spa Rosa Alpina, San Cassiano

 

Day 5 Departure
Breakfast and transfer in the morning

GALLERY

These are simply a small selection and example of the types of accommodation we will use and recommend when planning your safari. Depending on the length and requirements of your trip, we will tailor the accommodation to your requests.

 

Hotel Cristallo (5-Star)

The Cristallo Hotel is the perfect combination of privacy and luxury, with a welcoming atmosphere and impeccable elegance. Its captivating setting, high-class dining, refined spa, and advanced technology, uniquely blend with the warmth of a mountain home. The 74 light-filled guest rooms and suites all have splendid views, as do the pool, veranda, cocktail bar, and restaurant. Long a destination of the international elite, the Cristallo offers refined hospitality, with a century of history. 

 

Rifugio Scoiattoli
Cortina d’Ampezzo
Elevation 2,230 meters

Rifugio Scoiattoli sits near the top of the Cinque Torri chair lift, the perfect location for summer and winter adventures alike. A panoramic terrace offers incredible vistas of the Dolomites, and every room has a sweeping view of the mountains of Cortina! The Lorenzi family built this rifugio in 1969, and continue to operate it today. They take particular pride in the cuisine, with traditional local dishes from the Ampezzo area revived in imaginative ways.

 

Rifugio Fuciade
Moena, Val di Fassa

Rifugio Fuciade is a beautiful little mountain inn located on the shoulder of Passo San Pellegrino and right next to the ski slopes! The ample wood terrace offers wonderful views of Pale di San Martino. Built in the early 1960s, refurbished and expanded in 1983, it accommodates just 20 guests. The real highlight here is the restaurant, with delicious local specialties and an evocative cellar.

 

Hotel & Spa Rosa Alpina (5-Star)

Relais & Châteaux Hotel & Spa Rosa Alpina is a romantic and chic chalet renowned for its discrete and refined hospitality. Combining traditions of the Ladin culture with elegant interiors, the hotel offers quiet glamour, poised service, and epitomizes stylish comfort. The perfect location for active luxury – walking distance to ski lifts, full service spa, infinity pool with cocktail service, superb cuisine and wines at four restaurants, including the 2-star Michelin rated Restaurant St. Hubertus.

Speaking to a member of our team for a consultation and more information.

 

In general, the longer the safari, the better the all round experience. The safari definitely allows you to enjoy the whole region and experience rifugios and cuisine you simply would not find on your own.

 

A great tip, if you prefer a shorter safari to see as much as possible in a few days, is to then tag on an extended stay at the end. This way you can truly enjoy a bit of luxury, a fine hotel with excellent food and enjoy the pistes and skiing with family or friends without adhering to a stricter itinerary!

 

The Hotel Rosa Alpina is our favourite hotel, with 5 star hotel facilities, private chalet options (within the hotel), an incredible spa and a Michelin restaurant to go alongside the traditional Italian offerings. Simply stunning and great way to finish your safari.

 

Activity Level: For everybody in good and active physical health.

 

Difficulty Level: Easy to Challenging, depending on the skiing abilities of the participants. All skiing will be lift-service, with opportunities for off-piste descents. The Dolomite Mountains boast the number one ski resort in the world with lift-service access to over 5,000 vertical feet of skiable terrain for both on- and off-piste adventures, and countless miles of backcountry trails to boot! Whether you’re a novice or expert skier, there are plenty of options to choose from for your winter holiday in the Dolomites. In the Dolomites, pistes (ski runs) are classified by a color-coded system – blue (easy), red (intermediate), and black (expert).  Easier skiing trips will stay on-piste on easier runs.  As trips increase in activity level, you will encounter more difficult pistes, off-piste skiing, and ski safaris (where your move from valley to valley skiing and using lifts).

Along with the previously mentioned “example short itinerary” you can build your own safari or take on one of the well tried and tested luxury safaris.

 

For example:

 

Day 1 Arrive in Val Gardena – 5 star hotel. Meet guide and trip briefing.

Day 2 Ski Val Gardena & Alpe di Siusi (the highest Alpine Plateau in Europe). Stay in a 5 star hotel in Val Gardena

Day 3 Sellaronda Ski Tour – huge ski area taking in four valleys and fantastic pisted skiing. Back to the 5 star hotel in Val Gardena

Day 4 Alta Badia and an off-piste day – visit hidden mountain huts only accessible off the piste. 5 star luxury in Alta Badia overnight.

Day 5 The Marmolada Ski Tour – option for off-piste. Ski to the beautiful town of Arabba and then onto the highest peak and only Glacier in the region. A wine tour and tasting can be done in the evening at one of our partner hotels, with overnight in a 5 star in Alta Badia

Day 6 Ski around the Lagazuoi and Cinque Torri area. Stunning, stunning scenery with extreme peaks and huge boulders. The ski slopes are always near perfect and always covered in snow – a great day cruising the pistes covering the whole area. Overnight stay in a 5 star in Cortina with dinner out in the resort

Day 7 Cortina ski with an off piste option to finish the week. Finishing in one of the most well renown ski resorts in Italy, if not the world, Cortina is home to World Cup runs, Olympic runs and fantastic skiing. Overnight in a 5 star in resort.

Day 8 Departure day.

 

Prices for this example itinerary range from €4,990 – €6,200 per person

 

Please see our “What’s Included” section for further information.

Each trip will be bespoke and can be tailored to your exact requirements. Al your luggage is taken from hotel to hotel where necessary by our local drivers.

 

At the very least prices will always include:

 

  • the briefing on day 1
  • All logistics in and around resort
  • All overnight accommodation in 5 star hotels
  • All breakfasts and dinners where applicable
  • Wine tasting
  • Local mountain guides for the whole trip
  • Lift pass for the whole Dolomiti Ski Area
  • Saftey equipment for off piste days
  • All transport in and around the resorts (public or private)
  • Tourist and local taxes

 

The trips will not include (but not restricted to):

 

  • Flights or resort transfers
  • Lunches
  • Bespoke changes to the itinerary
  • Food not on set menus or tasting menus
  • Drinks (accept breakfast)
  • Insurance
  • Ski Rental

The guides we work with are experienced, mountain professionals who work year round in the outdoor industry, love sharing their passion for the mountains, and are dedicated to providing guests an exceptional experience. In order to ensure the safety and enjoyment of your trip, your guide may decide to alter the scheduled itinerary or activity, based on weather conditions and/or fitness levels and abilities of participants. At his or her discretion, your guide may also exclude one or more participants if they do not comply with the requirements indicated above.

 

Safety awareness & training:

 

Adventurous activities in the mountains have their dangers. These can never be removed altogether but they can be minimised. You will be given the opportunity to learn mountain-craft skills and understand about the hazards, how to minimise the risk, and how to cope with incidents should they happen. All mountain activities require appropriate clothing and equipment. This is to ensure preparedness for quickly changing weather conditions, varying activities, and to take into consideration the different ability levels of each participant. Please refer to the Equipment list provided with your final itinerary for additional details.

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