Italy 03:49 – 19 June 2024

Dolomites SUPERSKI Safari

10 Nights & 9 Days of Skiing Adventure

When a Week is Not Enough

Explore the Furthest Reaches of the Dolomites Superski Area

From the Sudtirol to the Austrian border and the Veneto, this is the most adventurous Dolomites Ski Safari itinerary. Explore the four corners of the World's Greatest Ski Area.

 

- There are just Two Dolomites SuperSki Safaris each season - Restricted to 7 Places Only per Group -

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Prices from $4,911 per person View Prices

Summary

  • 10 Nights | 9 Ski Days
  • 8 Nights Half Board + 2 Nights B&B 🛌
  • Fully Guided & Hosted
  • 7 Guests Maximum
  • 7 High Mountain Rifugi + 4 Star Base Hotel
  • Ski the Austrian/Italian border area
  • Top Ski Areas including Cortina & Kronplatz
  • Ski Runs: Olympic & World Cup Ski Runs
  • The Hidden Valley; Tomba; Sylvester; Piculin; Innamorati; Torre de Pisa; Santas Balls;
  • Fresh Tracks on the Queen of the Dolomites, the Marmolada
  • 💪 Moderate/Challenging Skiing suited to Advanced, Experienced Skiers who are Fit
  • Ski Rental is included 🎿
  • 🔴 PACKAGE EXCLUDES: Flights, 2x dinner, lunches & drinks
  • PEOPLE ALSO ASK … Can I use my iKON Pass? YES
  • PEOPLE ALSO ASK … Can I bring my skis? YES

Statistics

  • Total Distance: 750km
  • Approx 65,000m vertical
  • Biggest Day: 10,000m vertical
  • Longest Day: c100km [total distance]
  • Ski Areas: Alpe di Siusi, Val Gardena, Alta Badia, Kronplatz, Sexten, Faloria, Tofana, 5 Torri, Civetta, Arabba, Marmolada, Val di Fassa, Passo San Pellegrino, Carezza.
  • Maximum Ski Days: 9
  • Optional Days: 1
  • Average Day: 7 hours
  • Can I use my iKON Pass? - YES If you have a FULL or BASE iKON pass we will discount the total price. Ask for details

“Exceeded all expectations and I just can’t wait to come again. Thank you Inspired Italy!”

Col. Neil Hutton CBE 🇬🇧

“Thanks everyone for putting up with the lone Yank. Y'all were way too much fun to travel with.”

Paul Dowler, a solo skier Utah 🇺🇸

“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 🇺🇸

Day by day

The day-by-day of the Inspired ITALY Dolomites Superski Safari.....

Day 1: ARRIVAL

Kastelruth is one of the ancient villages of the Sudtirol and your base hotel is one of the oldest buildings in the village.

Appropriately it is an old coaching house where travellers stayed whilst horses were changed for the onward journey.

Rest then take in the atmosphere and get ready for your journey!

Highlights

The centre of this ancient village

Accommodation

Cavallino d'Oro, Castelrotto

The Cavallino d'Oro is at the very heart of this ancient village in the piazza.

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 2: Tre Valli - Lets get this Show on the Snow!

From Val Gardena to Val Pustaria through the Val Badia, our journey takes us from Alpe di Siusi to the famous Kronplatz ski area and its commanding position in the northernmost valley of the Dolomiti Superski area.

Highlights

Alpe di Siusi, Selva Gardena, Badia valley and arrival at Kronplatz

Statistics

Total distance 95.22 km | Vertical 8,573 m

Accommodation

Rifugio Club Alpine Italia, Plan de Corones/Kronplatz

CAI is right on the slopes! First impressions are not always right, you know that! And people make the place! You will fall in love with CAI!

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 3: DAY 2: Blacks & the Ski Train

Kronplatz is frequently voted as one of the top ski destinations in the Alps and today you’ll discover why.

5 great black runs and a Christmas pudding-shaped mountain with slopes running off its crown in every direction - carving heaven!! 

Highlights

BLACK RUNS: Piculin, Erta, Sylvetser & Herrnegg and then the ski train!

Statistics

Total Distance 82.70 km | Vertical 8,612 m

Accommodation

Rifugio Panorama, Sexten

Recently updated and yet retaining the heart and characteristics of a traditional high-mountian rifugio.

Day 4: DAY 3: Austrian Border Country

You can all but throw a stone over the border, we’re that close!

Sexten is a gem of a ski area and the highlight, the Skiweg UNESCO is a remarkable run through the border wilderness and is just one of the 115 km of perfectly prepared pistes. 

Highlights

SkiWeg UNESCO and lots of long slopes. Ski doo transfer to rifugio

Statistics

Total Distance 80.77 km | Vertical 6,639 m

Accommodation

Rifugio Faloria, Cortina d’Ampezzo

Outstanding views across Cortina towards Tofana. You'll have a memorable evening at Rif Faloria.

Day 5: DAY 4: Cortina - say snow more!

Fresh tracks on Faloria and a quick look at Cristallo before hitting the main event - Tofana!

The Forcella, Canalone and much more. This stunning ski area is captivating!

Highlights

Women’s World Cup Run; Forcella Rossa;

Statistics

Total Distance 60.81 km | Vertical 6,597 m

Accommodation

Rifugio Averau

Probably the most popular Rifugio in the Dolomites? You'll see why!

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 6: DAY 5: Mid-Way | Optional Rest Day

Civetta lies a few kilometers south of Rif Averau along the famous Passo Giau. The layout of the 72 km of slopes is what gives this little-known corner of the Dolomites its character.

It is long and seems to curl around the mountain giving its name to the ski area, Civetta, or little owl. A perfect setting for a cruisy ski day in the middle of our 9-day Dolomite ski odyssey. 

Highlights

Longs runs! Views of Civetta & Pelmo

Statistics

Total Distance 66.65 km | Vertical 6,175 m

Accommodation

Rifugio Averau

Because we are here for two nights, use the washing facilities and tackle the wonderful menu and wine list twice!

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 7: DAY 6: The Hidden Valley

No Inspired ITALY Dolomites Ski Safari is complete without the Hidden Valley and today is that day. 

Highlights

Hidden Valley; Alta Badia; Arabba.

Statistics

Total Distance 62.65 km | Vertical 5,646 m

Accommodation

Rifugio Fedaia, Marmolada

Passo Fedaia hit the headlines recently because the Giro d'Italia finished here. Thank goodness we're skiing down and not cycling up to this remote and wonderful setting at the foot of the Queen of the Dolomites, is all I can say!

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 8: DAY 7: The Marmolada Morning

To find yourself at 3,265m at 9:00 with the sun casting shadows over a perfectly groomed 12km long, 1,800m vertical piste is a skier's heaven.

So much so that Margaret, an experienced skier, was brought to tears on this run, something that had never happened to her before. I wonder how it will affect you?

Highlights

Marmolada | 12km & 1,800m vertical

Statistics

Total Distance 66.99 km | Vertical 6,168 m

Accommodation

Rifugio Baita Cuz

Outstanding location at 2,200m ASL and west facing. Sunsets and sunrises here are the best in the Dolomites.

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 9: DAY 8: Curves & Corners

You will just love this day! Pretty much every slope this morning features those wonderful carving corners with a liberal sprinkle of black runs like Vulcano, Tomba, and Ciampac!

And it's a big day!

Highlights

Outstanding slopes: Curves, Corners & Steeps!

Statistics

Total Distance 108.90 km | Vertical 10,185 m

Accommodation

Rifugio Fuciade, Passo San Pellegrino

Some say that Rifugio Fuciade is the best in the Dolomites and I wouldn't argue! Food, wine, and a dessert kitchen!

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 10: DAY 9: Fizz & Kings

Passo San Pellegrino isn’t where the water comes from but its slopes offer lots of fizz!

And we finish the trip and the day in the company of the dwarf King Laurin, a right regal finish! 

Highlights

Cima Uomo; Col Margherita

Statistics

Total distance 82.98 km | Vertical 6,525 m

Accommodation

Cavallino d'Oro, Castelrotto

Back 'home'! After leaving your skis in the ski room, slide into the bar, pour yourself something nice, pull up a soft chair, and reflect!

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 11: DEPARTURE

Wake to the bells of the village tower, take a breakfast and leave your ski boots to recover. You’re headed home or perhaps somewhere else to ski, but will it meet expectations now after this remarkable 9 Dolomite days? Let us know!

Highlights

A sweet breakfast!

Journey Map

“Every detail is taken care of for you. All you have to do is remember your ski legs!”

Inspired ITALY's Dolomites SuperSki Safari is a remarkable on-piste ski adventure. For 9 full ski days, you enjoy challenging, memorable, and diverse ski runs, sights, and experiences that live in your ski memory forever!

 

Challenge Yourself & Enjoy the Dolomites Best Soft Ski Adventure

10 nights and 9 full ski days covering nine of the Dolomite Superski areas - see below - this is an adventure set amongst this incredible landscape.

Every detail is taken care of for you. All you have to do is remember your ski legs, have your camera ready, and take in some of the best Dolomites ski slopes and high-mountain accommodations on offer.

 

More Valleys

You cover a lot of terrain – more than any other Inspired ITALY Dolomite Ski Safari! Oh and we occasionally stop for coffee, but not often!

 

“It is about being on the mountain, day and night, staying with friends in high-mountain rifugi,”

Ski Areas

*Alpe di Siusi, *Plan di Gralba, *Alta Badia, *Santa Croce Pilgrimage, *Plan de Corones/Kronplatz, *Sexton, *Cortina d’Ampezzo including Faloria, Cristallo & Tofana, *Civetta, *5 Torri, *Hidden Valley, *Arabba, *Marmolada,*Ciampac, *Buffaure, *Catinaccio Rosengarten, *San Pellegrino, Carreza.

 

The locals have travelled as skiers through these mountains for many years. The Inspired ITALY Dolomites SuperSki Safari follows their ski tracks.

It is about being on the mountain, day and night, staying with friends in high-mountain rifugi, enjoying their company, wonderful foods and the tranquil atmosphere.

 

“Thanks everyone for putting up with the lone Yank. Y'all were way too much fun to travel with.”

Paul Dowler, a solo skier Utah 🇺🇸

“I have just finished a 6-day bespoke ski safari with the wonderful Tim. I thoroughly enjoyed our adventures on the slope and meeting new people within the group. Everywhere we looked we were provided with another jaw-dropping view, and the conditions were perfect for me all week. Our rifugi were so homely and the hosts made us feel welcomed and special. The food provided was excellent and varied. Tim was an amazing leader and has so much knowledge of all the areas we covered. His commentary was a great addition to our coffee stops!”

Lark Ash-Wheeler 🇬🇧

“10 out of 10 - a wonderful unique experience. Skiing perfectly groomed pistes at 8:30 in a foot of fresh powder before anyone else”

Lizzie Norton, former owner of Ski Solutions Ltd. 🇬🇧

Best Bits

  • Small Group | Max 7 Skiers
  • Stay in High-Mountain Rifugi
  • 8 Different High-Mountain Rifugi
  • Ski-Doo Transfer to Rifugio
  • Outstanding Food Experiences
  • The Most Valleys & More Mountains
  • Learn More: Cultural, History & Social Commentary
  • Olympic & World Cup Ski Runs
  • Perfectly Groomed Slopes
  • Fresh Tracks Everyday

Price

$4,911 per person

Your adventure includes:

Your adventure includes:

  • 13 Dolomite Ski Areas
  • 10 Nights
  • 9 Full Ski Days
  • *9 Days Full Area SKI PASS 🚠
  • *9 Days SKI RENTAL 🎿
  • 🌜8 Nights Half Board & 2 Nights B&B
  • 7 Different High Mountain Rifugi 🗻
  • 7 Guests Maximum
  • World Cup & Olympic Ski Slopes ⛷
  • Ski Train Experience
  • Special Ski-doo Transfers
  • 🎒 22LTR Backpack [to keep]
  • 🧭 24/7 GUIDE & HOST [English 1st Language]
  • On Safari Commentary: Geography, Culture, History & Social
  • 🚕 Airport & On Safari transfers
  • 🔴 PACKAGE EXCLUDES: Flights, 2x dinner, lunches & drinks
  • 🟠 *Discount for iKON Ski Pass holders
  • 🟠 *Discount for own skis

FAQ’s

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

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

 

What makes the Inspired ITALY Dolomites SUPERSKI Safari ‘different’?

9 days, more ski areas, and more experiences! You stay in the 8 different rifugi and experience some of the most beautiful mountains, slopes, and ski areas in the world to make no mention of the food, wine, and additional areas that you cover.

 

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 SUPERSKI Dolomites Ski Safari. The SUPERSKI 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 SUPERSKI Dolomites Ski Safari is not a sightseeing ski tour! It is about skiing. On some days you will ride 25 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.

 

 

 

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