Italy 03:55 – 19 June 2024

VENTURE Dolomites Ski Safari

For the More Adventurous Skier who like's to Ski ... a lot!

17 Ski Areas | 11 Ski Resorts | Challenging Skiing | Great Distances

For skiers who like to to clock up the kilometers, bag vertical meters and the most exciting ski slopes

The Inspired ITALY VENTURE Dolomites Ski Safari connects 11 Dolomites ski resorts and more than 17 different ski areas through 6 days of non-stop on-piste skiing. Staying on the mountain each night in high-mountain rifugio, the Venture Dolomites Ski Safari takes on some of the very best ski challenges that the Dolomites has to offer.

Suited to fit, good intermediate and better skiers.

Prices from $3,766 per person View Prices

Summary

  • Only suitable for Fit, Good Intermediate or Better Skiers
  • SMALL Group - Max 7 Guests
  • PACE - Fast
  • 7 Nights including ...
  • ... 5 Rifugi Nights Half Board | 2 Base Hotel Nights B&B
  • Full Area 6 Day Ski Pass | Back-Pack
  • Six Full Ski Days
  • 17 Dolomites Ski Areas | 11 Dolomites Ski Resorts
  • You must be able to ski black ski slopes
  • 4 World Cup Slopes
  • 6 Days Ski Rental

Statistics

  • ACTIVITY LEVEL: High

  • SKI DISTANCE: 240+ Km
  • VERTICAL METRES: 37,000+ m
  • SKI LIFTS: 110+
  • PLANNED COFFEE STOPS: 3
  • MINIMUM SKI ABILITY: Good Intermediate or better
  • YOUR SKI FITNESS: Buzzer to buzzer skiing
  • Statistics vary depending upon conditions, ability and fitness. The above statistics are typical of a VENTURE Dolomites Ski Safari. Inspired ITALY VENTURE Dolomites Ski Safari on Google Maps

Day by day

Experience the freedom of skiing on-piste with your life in your back-pack - it is truly liberating!

Launching from your four star base hotel, spend 5 nights on the mountain staying in rifugi that range from comfortable to luxurious and journey through this remarkable skiers gift - the Dolomite Mountains.

Day 1: Arrival

Ski fitting, if required, happens en route to the Cavallino d'Oro, your 4 star base hotel.

18:00 Pre-Safari Briefing - meet your ski leader & back-pack!

Highlights

Aperol Spritz & the Vaude Splash 20+5 Back-Pack

Accommodation

Hotel Cavallino d'Oro | Castelrotto

Excellent hotel in the central square of Castelrotto and great choice of local restaurants.

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 2: Warm-Up in the West

Ski Areas - Obereggen & Passo San Pellegrino

08:00 - We get underway on the western edge of the Dolomite Superski area. Obereggen offers 37 ski runs and a total of 48 km of perfectly groomed pistes.
Just before lunch we take the 12min taxi ride to San Pellegrino. First exploring the south facing slopes. Moving across the valley and the new ‘La Volat A’ black slope; 2.35 Km and 640m vert of pure adrenaline. Volat A plunges into the valley from Col Margherita to Passo San Pellegrino with gradients of almost 50%. We finish the day with a venture into the outback and descend the 12k or so to Falcade on the Innamorati piste.

The taxi to Rif.Fedaia at the very end of the day sets up for an early start tomorrow.

Highlights

★Obereggen ★San Pellegrino ★Pistes - La Volat A & Innamorati

Statistics

19 lifts | 6,381m vert | 30.90 Km+ skied

Accommodation

Rifugio Passo Fedaia | Marmolada | 2.050M ASL

Super friendly family business, the evening menu is almost star level with a friendly charming service, warm welcome, wonderful stay, and at the foot of the Queen of the Dolomites.

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 3: Your Marmolada Morning

Ski Areas - Marmolada, Arabba, Alta Badia & Cinque Torri.

08:15 - Descend the Marmolada from 3,265m ASL, along its 12km piste and 1,800 m vert, one of the finest ski slopes in the Alps. Do it twice or three times. Crest the ridge into Arabba to bag one of the steepest most challenging ski areas of the Dolomites before taking a breather as we cross Alta Badia. The 15 min taxi transfer to Falzarego to take in Lagazuoi favoured by Graham Bell and on to the Cinque Torri.

Highlights

★Marmolada, ★Arabba ★Pistes - La Bullenese, Sourasass, Lagazuoi

Statistics

17 lifts | 6,857m vert | 40 Km+

Accommodation

Rifugio Averau | 5 Torri, Cortina d'Ampezzo

There is a unique, friendly, warm and caring atmosphere here on this mountain, in this rifugio. Add in a wonderful evening menu and wine list and see why its has earned its nickname 'Averwow'!

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 4: The Choice - Cortina d'Ampezzo -OR- Civetta

08:50 - Ski Area - Civetta - Civetta tends to be a quieter ski area than Cortina with 80 km of great carving ski slopes and some of the very best views in the Dolomites.

- or -

08:50 - Ski Area - Cortina d'Ampezzo - The famous Cortina d'Ampezzo comprises 3 areas, Tofana, Faloria & Cristallo. We ski them all!

The choice of ski area will depend upon conditions and group desire!

Highlights

★Civetta-80k of great ski slopes. ★Cortina-Tofana, Faloria & Cristallo

Statistics

Typical: 19+ Lifts | 6,492m Vert | 30 Km+ skied

Accommodation

Rifugio Averau | 5 Torri, Cortina d'Ampezzo

The Sunday The Times included Rifugio Averau on the list of the ten best mountain restaurants in the Alps. Rifugio Averau has won many prestigious Italian and international awards, confirming their reputation. Sandro Siorpaes and his wife Paola delight their customers by offering traditional dishes but with added refinements.

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 5: Venture North

Ski Areas - Cinque Torri, Col Galina, Lagazuoi/Hidden Valley, Alta Badia, St.Croce, St.Vigilio, Kronplatz

08:50 - A ski day with multiple highlights. Travel through the back-country on piste of the 5 Torri/Lagazuoi/Col Galina ski areas. And drop in on the Lagazuoi piste followed by the world famous Dolomites Hidden Valley.

On towards Kronplatz via the mens world cup slalom ski slope and eventually to Kronplatz where the Black Five await. We will conquer most of them as we journey through this popular ski resort.

Highlights

★Lagazuoi, ★Hidden Valley ★Gran Risa, ★St.Croce ★Erta

Statistics

20+ lifts | 5,861+ vert | 48 Km+ skied

Accommodation

Rifugio Kronplatz | Kronplatz

Rifugio Kronplatz (2,050m ASL) is 300 meters from the top of the Kronplatz. Offering remarkable vistas south towards the main Dolomite mountains. *We use a number of rifugi on Kronplatz. Your accommodation will be confirmed in your personal itinerary

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 6: The Longest Ski Safari Day

Ski Areas - Kronplatz, St.Vigilio, Picluin, La Villa, Alta Badia, Arabba, Belvedere, Ciampac, Buffaure.

08:30 - we've never actually measured it, but the second run of the day bags around 10k. The return lift is 4.8 Km and 800m vert! Time allowing we may slip in another Kronplatz black. On to Piculin and another of the Black Five.

Bus back to La Villa and into the Alta Badia and on to Arabba, Ciampac and Buffaure.

Highlights

★Kronplatz Perca, ★Piculin, ★Alta Badia

Statistics

24 Lifts | 7,102m vert | 37 Km+ skied

Accommodation

Rifugio Baita Cuz | Val di Fassa

“…extracted from a grey UK winter the contrast clearly had an impact on me...the mountain views on all sides, the pink sunsets, - I couldn’t stop pinching myself. We had a very comfortable, spotlessly clean bedroom with a balcony, and were treated to delicious Italian mountain food. Not the setting, not the food, not the room, not the outside sauna with the sunset, Baita Cuz's best asset is the staff; they made us feel so welcome and looked after us so well."

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 7: Curves & Corners

Ski Areas - Buffaure, Catinaccio, Ciampac, Belvedere, Plan de Gralba, St. Cristina, Seceda.

08:30 - Roll straight onto the piste and Buffaure 1, one of the best red ski slopes in the Dolomites to begin our Curves & Corners morning. Loads of ski highlights today! Too many to list ...

  • Buffaure 1
  • Vulcano (black)
  • Thöni
  • Tomba (black)
  • Pera
  • Ciampac (black)
  • Saslong (black mens world cup downhill/GS)
  • Catores (black)
  • La Longia - (10.5 Km red)

Highlights

Loads of Skiing! ★Saslong ★Catinaccio

Statistics

21 Lifts | 7,375m | 39 Km Skied

Accommodation

Cavallino d'Oro, Castelrotto

We came here for the start and the final day of our Inspired ITALY Ski Safari of the Dolomites. I have travelled literally around the whole world, but have yet to find a hotel personnel as friendly and helpful as the one encountered here. But of course, that is not all; the hotel has class with its imitation rustic furniture, a pleasant bar and library room; the rooms are small, but you don't come here to spend the day in the room... Great breakfast buffet, too.

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 8: We have to say goodbye ...

At your leisure!

Do take time to enjoy the Cavallino d'Oro breakfast and the attention of the wonderful Maria-Grazia!

Highlights

Breakfast!

A breakfast not to be missed ....

Journey Map

“Skiing with a small pack was super easy and comfortable and shows you don’t need much to get thru a week of skiing.”

🇨🇦 Roger Tarant

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

Fall Line Magazine 🇬🇧

“Skiing was sensational and the views were even better! Loved the food as well. Thank you Inspired Italy for a great week. We’re already planning our next Safari!”

Elin Yardley 🇨🇦

An on-piste ski adventure through the Dolomite Mountains

“..for skiers who like to to clock up the kilometers, bag vertical meters, find the best snow and the most challenging and exciting ski slopes”

Using the vast network of 1,200 Km of perfectly groomed ski slopes, you travel through 11 Dolomite ski resorts, 17 ski areas and 5 nights in high-mountain rifugi on the Inspired ITALY VENTURE Dolomites Ski Safari including Cortina d'Ampezzo | Val Gardena | Alpe di Siusi | Val di Fassa | Arabba | Marmolada | Obereggen | Alpe Lusia/San Pellegrino | Civetta | Alta Badia | 5 Torri | Lagazuoi/Hidden Valley | Santa Croce Pilgrimage | Plan di Corones/Kronplatz | Belvedere | Ciampac | Buffaure | Catinaccio Rosengarten | Col Rodella | Plan di Gralba.

Ski Pace & Tempo

On the VENTURE Dolomites Ski Safari, we ski at a good pace and with minimal stops. And the Dolomites Superski area is ideal for a quicker pace of skiing.

The VENTURE Dolomites Ski Safari is for skiers who like to to clock up the kilometers, bag vertical meters, find the best snow and the most challenging and exciting ski slopes.

For these reasons, the VENTURE Dolomites Ski Safari is scheduled at quieter times of the season. Coffee breaks are few and far between and lunches tend to be shorter.

Never Ski the Same Slope Twice

The exception may just be the Marmolada, which must be skied twice (at least). Otherwise, it is on to find the next carving and curving ski slopes and the next rifugio.

▪︎ CLASSIC Dolomites Ski Safari

▪︎ SPECIAL Dolomites Ski Safari

Long Cruisy Ski Slopes

The Dolomite mountains is made for skiers who like long, constant gradient, groomed, smooth, carving ski slopes with, for the most part, few people on them!

There are some cracking black ski slopes too and we hunt them down too, rest assured!

⬇︎ VIDEO ⬇︎ Watch the video below and if this is your style of skiing, you'll fit right in ... This is piste Thöni, Day 6.

VENTURE Dolomites Ski Safari FAQ's

“It is about 'pace'. The pace of the VENTURE Dolomites Ski Safari is intended to be fast.”

Still not sure if the Super 7 Dolomites Ski Safari is for you?

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

 

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

This itinerary focuses on the southern Dolomites while including the famous Marmolada, Cortina, Hidden Valley and offering a flavour of Kronplatz.

 

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 VENTURE Dolomites Ski Safari. The VENTURE 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 VENTURE 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.

 

Price

$3,766 per person

Your adventure includes:

Your adventure includes:

  • 7 Nights Accommodation
  • Ski Pass - 6 Day Full Dolomiti Superski Area
  • Ski Rental - 6 Days All Mountain Skis
  • 6 Full Ski Days
  • 5 Rifugio Nights Half Board ... 4 Different Rifugi
  • 4 Different World Cup Ski Slopes
  • 3 Coffee Stops ( if you're lucky )
  • 2 Nights B&B at the Cavallino d'Oro 4☆ Hotel
  • 1 Dedicated Ski Leader
  • Airport Transfers by Private Taxi to/from Innsbruck based on 4 people
  • Inspired ITALY BackPack - to keep
  • EXCLUDED Flights, Ski Boots, Helmet, Lunches & 2 Dinners

If you ski like Prof. Mickey Howard, you'll love the VENTURE Dolomites Ski Safari

This is the Marmolada. A world class ski slope.

Here, guest Mickey Howard takes the 12 Km slope in his stride and kills it.

If you ski like Mickey, then the Inspired ITALY VENTURE Dolomites Ski Safari is for you!

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