Renowned as one of the worlds most stunningly beautiful mountain ranges, the Dolomites offers dramatic ski touring to match. This tour includes many of the best descents in the area - long runs down remote valleys, dominated by the towering limestone cliffs that characterise the region.
In the Dolomites the ski touring is just part of the fun - a holiday here would not be complete without making the most of the wonderful local cuisine and culture. We have chosen a mix of charming small hotels and huts, specially selected with traditional Italian hospitality in mind to ensure a fantastic trip.
This area is historically important as it was the front line between the Italianand Austro-Hungarian forces during the First World War. Evidence of this conflict can be seen on our journey in the form of tunnels, trenches and fortifications.
Travel to Cortina and meet up in the hotel in the early evening with the guides and the rest of the group for a traditional aperitif: Prosecco and nibbles. The guides will take you through the plans for the week and ensure you have all the necessary kit. Stay overnight in Cortina.
We ease ourselves into the week with a warm-up morning using the lift systems around Cortina. One of our preferred options is to catch the bus up to the Passo Falzarago (2105m) and ski tour using the lifts around the world famous Cinque Torri. These freestanding limestone towers provide a spectacular backdrop for the start of the trip. Later in the afternoon we transfer to the Rifugio Lagazuoi (2752m) by cable car. Pizo Lagoazoi sports one of the longest Via Ferrata in the Dolomites and was a major front line in first world war. Tunnels and trenches still litter this part of the mountain. Wonderful views in all directions from the terrace at the rifugio!
From the Refugio Lagoazoi we ski down to the Capanna de Alpina (1720m) where we put on skins and make the short steep climb to the Col de Locia (2069m). The valley flattens out and gives spectacular views of Monte Ciaval (2912m). We follow the easy angled valley north to the Rifugio Fanes (2060m) where you spend the night. This rifugio gives a real sense of isolation but as with all huts in the Dolomites the food and accommodation are exceptional!
From the Rifugio Fanes (2060m) we enjoy one of the most spectacular day ski tours in the region up to Monte Ciastel (2810m) and Bivoac della Pace. This is one of the sub-peaks that make up the Tofana di Rozes, a major rock climbing north face in the Dolomites. We enjoy an awesome descent back down our ascent route before a short skin brings us back to the Rifugio Fanes where we stay for a second night of Italian wine and fine cuisine.
Post breakfast we bid farewell to the Rifugio Fanes and make the sustained skin up to the Forca Ciamin (2395m). We make a ski descent north west past the Rifugio Pederù (1584m). From here the Sennes hut is a couple of hours skin away. Again the Rifugio Sennes is perched in a remote spot but is very comfortable and serves excellent food.
The price includes 6 full days guiding fees & expenses, 2 nights B&B hotel accommodation in Cortina and 5 nights half-board during the tour.
The price does not include travel to/from Cortina, 2 evening meals, lunches, uplift costs and local transfers.
On this tour we will ski one day around the Cortina ski area and there will be 2 bus journeys during the week. We estimate these extras will total approx. 100-120 Euros per person. These expenses are not included in the cost of the trip and will need to be paid for locally.
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This is an extensive list of the recommended clothing and equipment you will need if you are coming to one of our Ski Tours.
During the tour you will be staying most nights in catered high mountain huts and will need to carry all the equipment and clothing you require for the duration of the tour. The huts are comfortable but basic with limited facilities.
Any clothing or other items not required on the tour can be left in a travel bag at your first hotel ready for your return on the final night.
We recommend keeping the weight of your pack as light as possible. If you are new to alpine multi-day ski touring, try taking your pack out on the slopes before the tour to see how it feels. You quickly realise the benefit of ‘skiing light’.
If you are uncertain or need further information, don't hesitate to contact us.
For all touring trips it is essential you ski with an all-mountain/freeride type skis, ski touring boots and ski touring bindings. If you have your own skis but they do not have ski touring bindings then you will need to rent skis. The same applies if you have downhill ski boots, you will need to rent ski touring boots.
For alpine ski touring we recommend an all-mountain/freeride touring ski that isn’t too heavy, a really lightweight ski comes at a cost to performance on the descents so are only recommended for really good off-piste skiers with a strong interest in ski touring.
There are plenty of great skis to choose from and we highly recommend skis from the following manufactures:
Dynastar Skis: www.dynastar.com
Movement Skis: www.movementskis.com
Black Crows Skis: www.blackcrows-skis.com
Trab Skis: www.skitrab.com/en-us
Scott Skis: http://www.scott-sports.com
Volkl Skis: http://www.voelkl.com
If you are planning on buying skis for ski touring and general skiing and have any questions do not hesitate to call us to discuss the options available to you.
It is essential that you have ski touring boots for all touring trips as walking up hill is much more comfortable in these types of boots with a walk mode and great flex. A dedicated touring boot or a hybrid freeride boot is best.
Avalanche airbag rucksacks can be used for touring but they are heavy, adding somewhere between 5-8kg just for an empty pack plus canister. So unless you are sure you can carry it and fit all you need in, we do not recommend you use one.
Over a long multiday tour every gram of weight is important as you have to carry and move it yourself. Carrying a heavy pack will hinder and tire all but the most experienced and fit ski tourer.
The “Safety Trilogy” - required on all our ski tours and off-piste courses.
Food and Water
We suggest you bring with you or buy in resort snack food that you can take out on the hill with you each day. Things like cereal bars, dried fruit and nuts, chocolate, sugary sweets or your favorite hill snacks. When you’re staying overnight in huts its best to take supplies for the days you are away. Huts do sell food but it’s expensive and sometimes stocks run low.
If you have any food allergies or dietary requirements especially if you are a Coeliac (Gluten free) or have a dairy allergy we strongly recommend you bring some food with you that you can supplement your dinners with. The huts are fairly good at providing for vegetarians but less so for other dietary needs.
You have to buy bottled water in the huts as usually any running water is non-potable. Bottled water is expensive in French and Swiss huts; you can be paying upto 12-16CHF per 1.5L bottle of water. So please ensure you budget for this cost.
Italy in Western Europe had a long Mediterranean cost. Bordering France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia.
It's capital city is Rome, home to the Vatican and many other famous landmarks and ancient ruins. The country has influenced Western culture and cuisine greatly in its history.
With a population of around 59 million people (2103). Its famous cities of Rome, Florence and Venice plus landmarks like the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Italian Lakes attracted many millions of tourists each year.
Sharing Mont Blanc with France as its highest peak on the Italian/French boarder. The Gran Paradiso is the highest peak solely in Italy at 4,060m.
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All our ski tours are led by our team of IFMGA Mountain Guides. The team is led by Olly Allen, Matt Dickinson and Nick Parks.
IFMGA / UIAGM / IVBV
The IFMGA / UIAGM / IVBV symbol is the logo of the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association.
Nick, Olly and Matt are all fully-qualified UIAGM Mountain Guides and members of the British Mountain Guides Association.
The International Ski Instructors Association is the world body for professional ski instructors.
The ISIA was formed in 1971 and there are currently 39 member nations representing the very best in ski instruction around the world.