Italy 01:30 – 24 February 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 Worlds Greatest Ski Area.

 

- There is One Dolomites SuperSki Safari per season - Restricted to 7 Places Only per Season -

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Prices from $4,534 per person View Prices

Summary

  • DATES: 20th to 30th January 2024
  • 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

“Huts don't have to be hardcore, especially when your staying in the jewel of the Dolomites darling!”

Fall Line Magazine 🇬🇧

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

$4,534 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

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 the number one concern of many booking an Inspired ITALY Dolomites SuperSki Safari. The Dolomites SuperSki Safari isn’t about speed, it’s about ‘pace’. But don’t worry, when you contact us, we will discuss your ski ability and fitness before you book to ensure that you are in no doubt about your fitness.

 

NO FAFFING!

The Inspired ITALY Dolomites SuperSki 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 loses 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.

 

What is ‘intermediate’ ski ability?

The term ‘intermediate skier’ is liberally banded about. Some overestimate, and others underestimate. We have some clear, detailed descriptions of ski ability and we will send these to you. Together we can then ensure that your ski ability is what is needed. But it is your fitness that is key.

 

How fit do I need to be?

One person’s park run is another’s marathon. You need to be able to ski steadily all day. Our ski days start around 8:30 and finish usually around 15:30/16:00. Although we get an abnormal amount of sunny days, when conditions are tough, you still have to go skiing to get to the next rifugio!

 

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 pack 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 advises that you remove the pack. Our backpacks are carefully chosen. You get to keep the pack after your Dolomites Ski Safari. You are only required to ski with your backpack for 8 nights/9 days.

 

Helmet?

At our heart, we’re a little bit ‘anti-establishment‘. All our ski leaders have wear helmets. 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 upon request 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 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 is rather hazardous!

 

Does the Rifugio have wifi?

All rifugi have WiFi. Some are better than others but posting your pictures to Facebook and picking up emails 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 omelet every night! Vegetarian options are usually, pasta or polenta based. If you are vegan, gluten-free, or have nut allergies, you will struggle. 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 we can’t get to the Rifugio?

The main threat to a Dolomites Ski Safari is strong wind. Strong winds can cause chair lift connections to close. Although we have encountered this on a number of occasions, we’ve never failed yet to get to our destination! In the 2015/16 season, major snowstorms 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 I get lost?

It’s never happened, 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!

 

Coffee/Comfort Stops?

Non-lunch stops are minimal. There are some scheduled coffee stops throughout the week. Other than this, we only stop for lunch! Most of the lift stations are equipped with toilets. 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!

 

What is the accommodation in the rifugi like?

Rifugi tend to sell beds rather than rooms. Because we pre-book our rooms well in advance, most couples get their own private rooms with en suite. However, we are unable to guarantee this. It is most likely that you will, at some point, have to share with other members of your group – read ‘On a Ski Safari in the Dolomites’, by Christian Wolmar, published in The Times.

 

Which airport should I fly to?

Innsbruck! Yes, fly to Austria, ski-in Italy! The transfer from Innsbruck to your Ski Safari base hotel is no more than 90mins in normal traffic. Next, best option is Verona at around 2hrs transfer and then Venice, Bergamo and Munich Airports. Transfer costs are based upon 4 people sharing.

 

Can I ski Off-Piste?

We don’t do ‘off-piste’! The Inspired ITALY Dolomite Ski Safaris are ‘on-piste’ ski tours. 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.

 

Is my booking 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 Ltd #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 [Member name].

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

 

And what about the snow? I am worried about the recent lack of snow

We are all concurred about the changing weather. There are two things to consider: 1. only on one occasion have we had to detour because a ski slope was closed due to lack of snow and that’s out of around 200 ski safaris over 13 years. 2. Dolomiti Superski is a world leader in snow management and snowmaking (programmed snow). So, yes, there is some risk but it is minimal.

 

Can I bring my own skis?

If you prefer, then please do so and we will adjust the package price. However, we recommend an all-mountain ski. A Dolomites Ski Safari encounters a huge variety of snow.

 

What are the payment terms?

The deposit is €650 or £650 depending upon you location and currency. The deposit is not refundable. The balance is due 8 weeks prior to your arrival date. You can pay by credit card or bank transfer.

 

What is NOT INCLUDED in the package?

The excluded items are flights, dinner on nights 1 & 10, lunches, and drinks! Although we will give you a few free grappas, like it or not!

 

Can I get a discount?

There are there ways to change the price: 1. If you provide your own ski equipment we will amend the package price. 2. If you make your own way to the base hotel and, 3. if you have an iKON ski pass. Anyone one or all of these will result in a change to your package price.

 

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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