Italy 16:38 – 12 April 2024

DOLCE CLASSICO Dolomites Ski Safari

Skiing in the Dolomites from High-Mountain Refuge-to-Refuge

dolomites ski safari

Fresh Tracks | Small Groups | Groomed Slopes | Dedicated Ski Leader

The Original Ski Safari

Six event packed Dolomites ski days where each morning begins on a newly prepared groomed slope & no one else on the mountain. This is a unique Dolomites skiing experience, travelling under ones own initiative, through mile upon mile of UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE scenery and staying in a different high-mountain refuge each evening.

The Very Best Skiing in the Dolomites!

Suitable for fit, intermediate or better skiers.

Prices from $3,658 per person View Prices

Summary

  • SMALL GROUP: Max 7 guests per group
  • 4★ Base Hotel
  • 7 Nights
  • ... 3 Nights B&B | 4 Nights Half Board
  • ... Four Rifugio Nights in Four Different Rifugi
  • 6 Day Ski Pass
  • 6 Days Ski Rental
  • FEATURES: Cortina d'Ampezzo | Hidden Valley | Marmolada
  • Easy Paced
  • No Obligatory Black Ski Slopes
  • Ski Areas: Val Gardena | Val di Fassa | Arabba/Marmolada | Civetta | Cortina | Alta Badia | Alpe di Siusi

Statistics

  • ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy/Moderate
  • SKI DISTANCE: Up to 120+ miles | 200+ Km
  • VERTICAL: Up to 120,000ft+ | 37,000m+
  • SKI LIFTS: Up to 90
  • COFFEE STOPS: Every Morning
  • MINIMUM SKI ABILITY: Intermediate or better
  • YOUR SKI FITNESS: Flexible Itinerary but the fitter you are, the greater your enjoyment
  • Statistics vary depending on conditions, ability and fitness. The above statistics are typical of the Inspired ITALY DOLCE CLASSICO Dolomites Ski Safari - study the itinerary on GOOGLE MAPS

“You guys really knocked it out of the park….accommodations, food, communication, terrain, local knowledge- it was all there, and more!💯”

Mike Price 🇺🇸 Private CLASSIC Dolomites Ski Safari

“We had a private group from the US, and it could not have gone better. Everything from our pick-up in Innsbruck to accommodations, food & great skiing were perfect and exactly as described. Do yourself a favor and travel with these folks. Hoping to travel with them again, Cheers.”

Chris Clarke 🇺🇸

“I cannot now imagine a skiing holiday that does not involve those early morning runs and watching the sunset at 2,800 metres.”

The Times: Christian Wolmar 🇬🇧

Day by day

There is something magical about staying on the mountain.

As the other skiers drop back into their valleys and return to their hotels, pull up a chair, order a drink and allow the mountain tranquility to wash over you. Watch the sun slide behind the mountain opposite, because, more than likely, you'll be skiing it tomorrow!

Each morning begins with fresh tracks on a newly prepared piste and no one else on the mountain. You never have to ski the same piste twice - unless you really want to!

The mountain is yours!

Day 1: Arrival & Welcome

A 90-minute transfer from Innsbruck airport (other transfers available on request) through the wonderful Brenner Pass to Carlos Ski Rental for your Ski Equipment and on to your 4✩ base hotel in Castelletto.

18:00 welcome drinks and briefing with your ski leader.

Highlights

★ Arrival at the Cavallino d'Oro ★ Ski Collection & Fitting ★ Welcome Drinks ★ Meet your Ski Leader & your Backpack

Accommodation

Hotel Cavallino d'Oro, Castlerotto

The Cavallino d'Oro is located at the very heart of Castlerotto in the ancient market place dating from 1326.

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 2: Alpe di Siusi

08:30 - Hotel Departure - explore and enjoy the wonderful high plateau of Alpe di Sisui where day one is all about getting your ski-legs working! Return to the base Hotel for dinner and Backpacking!

Highlights

★Alpe di Siusi Ski Safari Day ★ Easy intro day ★

Statistics

13+ Lifts | 22k+ skied | 4,000m+ vertical

Accommodation

Hotel Cavallino d'Oro, Castlerotto

One of Italy's top 10 quality hotels (judged by Tripadvisor guests)

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 3: Alpe di Siusi to Buffaure

08:15 - Hotel Pick-Up 10min drive to ski lift - Ski through Europe's highest, largest plateau Alpe di Siusi. Jump aboard the amazing 'Off-Road Ski Bus' to Monte Pana. Through Plan di Gralba and the Citta dei Sassi stopping at Col Rodella for a rather tasty lunch. After lunch ski across Belvedere towards Ciampac and the Buffaure ski area to descend to your first night on the mountain.

Highlights

★Alpe di Siusi ★Off-Road Ski Bus ★Sauna on the Terrace ★Pistes = Citta dei Sassi, Col Rodella

Statistics

17 Lifts | 36k+ skied | >6,000m vertical

Accommodation

Rifugio Baita Cuz, Val di Fassa, Dolomites | 2,213m ASL

Rifugio Baita Cuz 2,213m / 7,260ft ASL - sauna, sunsets & the most memorable sunrise

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 4: Curves & Corners

08.30 - Fresh Tracks on Buffaure followed by a real thigh-warmer down Vulcano!! A 10min taxi to Vigo for more Curves & Corners like Thöni and ‘Tomba' (black - optional) and the craziest blue run that you ever did ski. Return to Buffuare to squeeze a second run down that lovely Vulcano and then Ciampac, 1,000m vertical, a good proportion of which is black (optional). A late lunch before we crest the final ridge and our next rifugio.

Highlights

★Curves & Corners ★Pistes = Thöni, Thomba, Vulcano, Ciampac

Statistics

16 lifts | 40k+ skied | >7000m vertical

Accommodation

Rifugio Passo Fedaia, Marmolada, Dolomites | 2,057M ASL

Rifugio Fedaia 2,057M / 6,748FT ASL - great grappa ... be VERY careful!

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 5: Your Marmolada Morning

08:15 - Fresh Tracks on your Marmolada Morning. This world class, 12k ski trail offers 1,810m vertical, wide slopes and just amazing skiing!

We suggest at least 2 circuits, maybe 3 or you could try 4, an achievement completed by a handful of Ski Safari guests - thats 48k & 7,200 vertical meters by 11:00!

15min private taxi transfer to Alleghe and the Civetta ski area. An afternoon of Free Skiing and a 20min bus transfer along the Passo Giau.

Highlights

★Serrai ★Civetta Ski Area ★Pistes = Marmolada

Statistics

15 lifts | 40k+ skied | >7750m vertical

Accommodation

Rifugio Averau, 5 Torri, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Dolomites | 2,413m ASL

Rifugio Averau 2,413m / 9,028ft ASL - it has become known as 'Averwow' to some of our guests!

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 6: Dolomites Ski Safari in Cortina d'Ampezzo

08.30 - Fresh Tracks on 5 Torri.  The 10min ski bus to the Tofane ski area and a welcome to this wonderful ski area. Conquer Olympia, the Tofana Bus and the Forcella Rossa before taking the ski bus (10mins) through town to Faloria & Cristallo. End of day ski bus to Passo Falzarego.

Highlights

★ Cortina ★Pistes = Olympia, Tofana Bus, Forcela Rossa, James Bond Run

Statistics

14 lifts | 30k+ skied | >4750m vertical

Accommodation

Rifugio Lagazuoi, Monte Lagazuoi, Cortina d'Ampezzo | 2,752m ASL

Rifugio Lagazuoi 2,752m / 9,028ft ASL - on top of the whole world!

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 7: Fresh Tracks: The Dolomites Hidden Valley

09:00 Fresh Tracks along The Hidden Valley. One of the worlds great ski slopes finishes with a memorable Horse Tow. Ski through San Cassiano and Corvara back towards Selva Gardena and St. Cristina. Today those who have the energy can conquer the Saslong, the Mens World Cup Downhill and Gran Risa, the Mens World Cup Slalom course before ending the day with a 10.5kilometer slope into Ortisei!

Highlights

★Horse Tow ★Pistes = Hidden Valley, Gran Risa, Saslong, La Longia

Statistics

15 lifts | 40k+ skied | >4500m vertcial

Accommodation

Cavallino d'Oro, Castlerotto

Hotel Cavallino d'Oro in the ancient Market Place

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 8: Departure

Try to take the time to enjoy your Cavallino d'Oro breakfast. If time allows, take a wander around this wonderful Tyrol village. Your transfer to Innsbruck is only 90mins. If your going to the local station, its 20mins.

Highlights

Breakfast

The Cavallino d'Oro Breakfast! Don't miss it!

Journey Map

“I cannot now imagine a skiing holiday that does not involve those early morning runs and watching the sunset at 2,800 metres.”

The Times: Christian Wolmar 🇬🇧

“What a great feeling it is when you stood there on the top of the mountain and pointed to the piste saying: "Guys, the piste is yours!" And we skied down, on, a totally fresh and empty slope, in the morning sun. THAT is something no other operator can provide!”

Karl Lintner 🇦🇹

“These are not the kind of places you stumble upon by chance and perfectly illustrate the wisdom of tapping into local knowledge.”

SNOW Magazine

“An utterly, utterly fab ski holiday and thank you SO much for organising it all. We could/would NEVER have experienced such a thing had it not been for you. I honestly NEVER want to ski anywhere else again and we would LOVE to do it again next year.”

Deborah Maby 🇬🇧

Best Bits

  • Only On-Piste & Groomed Ski Slopes
  • Fresh Tracks Each & Every Morning
  • Never Ski the same Slope Twice
  • Fresh-Tracks through The Hidden Valley
  • The Hidden Valley Horse Tow
  • The Marmolada Morning
  • Curves & Corners Morning
  • Cortina d'Ampezzo Ski Safari Day
  • 3 World Cup Slopes
  • No Obligatory Black Runs – plenty for those that want them!
  • Great Food & Wine!
  • Sunsets & Sunrises!

A ski journey through the Dolomite Mountains on Groomed Ski Slopes

“..each morning begins on a newly prepared groomed slope and no one else on the mountain.”

Travel through the Dolomite Mountains with the Inspired ITALY’s DOCLE CLASSICO Dolomites Ski Safari.

Stay the night high on the mountain in a warm and comfortable rifugio and experience the best on-piste skiing that the Dolomites have to offer.

Find the best snow, and stunning mountain vistas, and enjoy local cuisine and some lesser-known, quieter ski slopes.

Six Full Ski Days

Enjoy six event-packed ski days where each morning begins on a newly prepared groomed ski slope and no one else on the mountain. Each and every morning we say, "The mountain is yours".

A Ski Journey through the Dolomite Mountains

Using only groomed ski slopes you travel from high-mountain rifugio-to-rifugio through mile upon mile of some of the most beautiful scenery in the world - the Dolomite Mountains.

This seven-night ‘soft adventure’ ski tour is fully guided by your own ski leader. You never have to puzzle over your piste map or think about where you're going. Just enjoy the slopes as they keep on coming ... and there are lots of them!

Small Groups

The Inspired ITALY DOCLE CLASSICO Dolomites Ski Safari is restricted to a maximum of seven per group, plus your ski leader.

We qualify all our guests before booking to ensure that all guests are of the necessary fitness and ski ability.

Suitable for fit, intermediate or better skiers

DOCLE CLASSICO Dolomite Ski Safari FAQ's

“The DOCLE CLASSICO Dolomites Ski Safari isn't about 'speed'. It's about 'pace'.”

Still not sure if the DOLCE CLASSICO Dolomites Ski Safari is for you?

Here are the most common questions that prospective guests ask us ...

 

What makes the Inspired ITALY DOLCE CLASSICO Dolomites Ski Safari ‘different'?

With a focus on the central Dolomites area, enjoy the Classico Dolomites areas of Cortina, Marmolada, The Hidden Valley, Val di Fass and Val Gardena.

 

I don't want to hold up the group; Is my ski ability good enough? Am I fit enough?

This is probably the number one concern of many booking an Inspired ITALY DOLCE CLASSICO Dolomites Ski Safari. The DOLCE CLASSICO Dolomites Ski Safari isn't about 'speed'. It’s about 'pace'. And it is partly why groups are restricted to 7 guests. This helps the rhythm of the ski safari day. But don't worry, when you contact us, we will discuss your ski ability and fitness before you book.

 

What is 'intermediate' ski ability?

The term 'intermediate skier' is liberally banded about. Some over estimate, some under estimate. We have some clear, detailed descriptions of ski ability and we will send these to you as we pre-qualify every guest before booking and we do our best to match groups with similar abilities. Together we can then ensure that your ski ability is what is needed for the itinerary of your choice.

But remember, it is your fitness that is key.

 

How fit do you need to be?

One person's park run is another's marathon. You need to be able to ski steadily at a good speed all day and maintain a reasonable pace/speed - each itinerary differs, so please ensure that you understand the itinerary that you have selected. Our ski days start around 8:30 and finish usually around 15:30. Although we get a great number of bluebird days when conditions are tough, you still have to go skiing to get to the next Rifugio!

 

NO FAFFING!

The Inspired ITALY DOLCE CLASSICO Dolomites Ski Safari is not a sightseeing ski tour! It is about skiing. On some days you will ride 20 or more ski lifts; 2 mins lost 'faffing' on each lift losses an hour a day from an already short day. Whilst we build in a certain amount of 'wiggle' room, we do keep the pace steady and constant.

 

I don’t normally ski with a Backpack.

That’s OK! As long as you’re fit, the additional weight makes little difference. We provide you with a suggested packing list and as long as you take the advice you will hardly notice the weight. How you deal with the backpack on the ski lift is a personal preference. Most people keep the pack on but some prefer to slide them around their shoulders and place the pack on their knees. It’s whatever is most comfortable and safe for you. The lift company advise that you remove the pack. Our backpacks are carefully chosen and specially designed for skiers. You get to keep the pack after your Dolomites Ski Safari. There are opportunities to ski without a backpack.

 

What about helmets?

At our heart, we're a little bit 'anti-establishment'. All our ski leaders have (reluctantly ... ) taken to wearing helmets over the last couple of seasons. If you do not want to wear a helmet, that's fine by us. You can rent a helmet and we can arrange that for you or bring your own. Either is fine with us.

 

What about my main luggage?

Your luggage is left at the base hotel ready for your return. We do not transport the luggage from Rifugio to Rifugio, for a variety of reasons mainly the great distances we cover, the complex logistics and entrusting your luggage via taxi and multiple chair lifts that make luggage transportation rather hazardous!

 

Do the Rifugio have WiFi?

All Rifugi have WiFi. Some are better than others but posting your pictures to Instagram and picking up email shouldn’t be a problem.

 

I’m a vegetarian/celiac/gluten-free.

Let us know in advance and we’ll let the Rifugi know so that you won't be eating cheese omelette every night! Vegetarian options are usually, pasta or polenta based. If you are vegan, gluten-free or have nut allergies, you will have a restricted choice in the menu. The kitchens in the Rifugi produce some excellent culinary experiences, but they are often limited in what they can offer! Remember, you are staying on the very top of a mountain!

 

What happens if you cannot get to the Rifugio?

The main threat to a Dolomites Ski Safari is strong wind. These can cause chair lift connections to close. Although we have encountered this on several occasions, we’ve never failed yet to get to our destination! In the 2015/16 season, major snow storms meant we had to reroute and spend two nights in one Rifugio. Eventually, we decided to call the helicopter to get us out!

 

What happens if someone gets lost?

It's never happened yet, but it will! We brief each group on safety and operational protocol before departure, which is probably why we’ve always successfully counted them all out, and back again! In the event mobile/cell phone coverage in the Dolomites is superb!

Also, we make extensive use of WhatsApp. We create a WhatsApp group for each Ski Safari and this can be used to help locate anyone who takes a wrong turn!

 

Do we stop for coffee/comfort breaks?

It depends upon the itinerary.

For faster-paced trips like the Super 7, Venture and SuperSki, non-lunch stops are minimal and skiing is the priority. The Dolce Collection and the Special are designed to have coffee stops and offer greater flexibility in the itinerary. However, some groups wish to stop more regularly, and so long as the group is happy, then we are here to show you the very best hot chocolate stops!

Other than this, we always stop for lunch and we select our lunch venues with great care!

Many lift stations are equipped with toilets.

 

What are the Rifugi like?

A rifugio is a mountain shelter or hut but the days of snow blowing in under the door while in the corner, a small wood stove struggles to heat a pan of boiling pasta, horse hair blankets and smelly socks hanging over the end of the bed are long forgotten.

The Italian Rifugio is a skier's oasis on top of the mountain or high pass. A warm and welcoming place where food, wine and hospitality are in abundance and some, just a few, have beds for the night. The wine list, choice of homemade grappa, the home-cooked food and the views are second to none. Some rifugi offer comfortable private, en suite rooms, while others are more basic with shared bathrooms and showers.

Most of all, rifugi are welcoming, warm and cosy and, being on the mountain, right on the piste!

 

Do I  have to share a room?

You should arrive expecting to share a room with another member(s) of your group at some point on the trip, whether you’re a couple, a solo skier or travelling with friends and family.

Rifugi sell beds, rather than rooms and because we pre-book our rooms well in advance, most couples get their own private rooms with en suite but we cannot guarantee this. It is most likely that you will, at some point, have to share a room and a bathroom with other members of your group.

We do not use large, multi-occupancy dormitory-style accommodation.

Read On a Ski Safari in the Dolomites, by Christian Wolmar, published in The Times.

 

Can I ski Off-Piste?

No, we don’t do off-piste!

The Inspired ITALY Dolomite Ski Safari is an on-piste ski tour. Some clients do choose to test out the off-piste conditions when circumstances allow, but this is done entirely at their own risk. If you wish to ski off-piste we advise that you first familiarise yourself with the rules and regulations in Italy for off-piste skiing.

 

Can I come on a snowboard?

No! The nature of the Inspired ITALY Dolomites Ski Safari makes it difficult to mix skiers with snowboarders.

 

Am I protected?

The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT) provides financial protection under The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 for Inspired ITALY Limited #5377, and in the event of their insolvency, protection is provided for:

- Non-flight packages

ABTOT cover provides for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled or repatriation if transportation was included in your package. Please note that bookings made outside the UK are only protected by ABTOT when purchased directly with Inspired ITALY.

In the unlikely event that you require assistance whilst abroad due to our financial failure, please call our 24/7 helpline on 01702 811397 and advise you are a customer of an ABTOT-protected travel company.

You can access The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 here: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2018/634/contents/made

 

Which are the best airports for the Dolomites?

  1. Bolzano - you can get flights from the UK direct to Bolzano https://www.skyalps.com/en/flights-packages/london/england
  2. Innsbruck! Yes, fly to Austria, and ski in Italy! The transfer from Innsbruck to your Ski Safari base hotel is no more than 90 minutes in normal traffic.
  3. Verona is the next best option at around 2hrs transfer
  4. Munich airport has a great train link for intercontinental travellers.
  5. Venice and Bergamo are also possible options.
  6. Rome - why not? Fly to Rome and take the high-speed Frecciarossa direct from Rome to Bolzano for less than €100 per person which takes around 5 hours.

 

How do Transfers work?

Make your way to the designated pick-up point - see below - to meet the Inspired ITALY transfer to Cavallino d’Oro, Castletrotto (via Carlos Ski Rental, Ortisei). Transfers are included based upon a minimum of 4 people sharing.

INBOUND:

Innsbruck Station  - 14.00

Innsbruck Airport - 14.30

Verona Airport - 14.00

Bolzano Station - 14.30

Bolzano Airport - 14.40

OUTBOUND:

Innsbruck Airport & Station - 7.30

Verona Airport - 7:30

Bolzano Station & Airport - 11:00

NOTE

  1. There are significant roadworks planned for the Austrian/Italian border and transfers to/from Innsbruck are expected to take longer than in previous years ie. approx 2 hours.
  2. Private transfers are available upon request through our taxi partner, Taxi Albert. Please contact us for details.

 

What if my flight is delayed?

Flight delays happen and we will work with you in real time to manage this. However, inevitably you will need to pay for any additional expenses incurred.

 

How do I book?

You can call us at +44 (0) 1733 865 443, drop us an email with the details of the trip that you want to book at my@Inspireditaly.com, or CLICK HERE.

 

Price

$3,658 per person

Your adventure includes:

Your adventure includes:

  • 7 Nights accommodation
  • Six Day Full Area Ski Pass
  • Six Full Ski Days
  • Six Days Ski Rental
  • 4 Rifugio Nights - Half Board
  • 4✩ Base Hotel - B&B
  • Private Taxi Airport Transfers from Innsbruck based on 4 people
  • All on Safari Transfers
  • Dedicated native English Speaking Ski Safari Leader
  • Inspired ITALY BackPack - to keep
  • Maps, Detailed Itinerary
  • EXCLUDED Flights, Ski Boots, Helmet, Lunches & 3 Dinners

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Colin Sibun

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