Inspired ITALY Dolomites Ski Safari Adventures
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In the Dolomites, Italy, skiing dominates everything.
This massive network of ski lifts, cable cars and ski slopes is home to a unique on-piste ski experience - an Inspired ITALY Dolomites Ski Safari.
A journey through this vast ski area, sticking to the groomed ski slopes and staying in different rifugi high on the mountain each evening.
For those seeking more from their ski holiday than the same slopes, same scenery and same-day upon day skiing, a Dolomites Ski Safari offers fresh tracks each and every morning, memorable high-mountain sunsets and piste after piste of perfect skip slopes.
Inspired ITALY Dolomites Ski Safaris use only groomed ski slopes and the very best skiing in the Italian Dolomite Mountains.
Small-Group Skiing Adventures Staying in High-Mountain Rifugi
The Times: On a Ski Safari in the Dolomites
This article originally appeared in The Times 14 Feb. 2015
Why stay in one place on your ski holiday? A Dolomites ski safari of high mountain refuges is a much better option, says Christian Wolmar.
It’s at dawn when I most appreciate this ski safari in the Dolomites. First, there is the pink sunrise through the mountains, often highlighting the woolly cloud nestling in the valleys below. Then there is the treat of the first run of the day. We’re staying in high mountain rifugi, or refuges, skiing from one to the other with a small rucksack containing a few clean clothes and necessities, which means that in the morning we can launch ourselves down the silent mountain before the first lift has even started. There is nothing to beat the experience, particularly in the wondrous beauty of the Dolomites, with their craggy rocks and imposing cliffs. It’s the perfect place for this ski holiday with a difference because, alongside larger areas such as Cortina d’Ampezzo and the Sella Ronda, there are numerous small ski areas, many of which aren’t sufficient for a week’s holiday, but which make for a great uncrowded day’s skiing. The weather is also better than in the Alps, as the local climate is determined more by the Mediterranean than by the standard Alpine pattern of winds. This was certainly borne out by the five-day trip from Ortisei I took with my partner, Deborah. Although there was a white-out on the first day, which took the form of a find-your-ski-legs local tour around the slopes of the Alpe di Siusi, after that the sky was, for the most part, cloudless. The acclimatisation day is to check that both your equipment — and you — are up to scratch; you need to be a confident red-run skier and have reasonable fitness to attempt this trip. That’s because, once on the safari, the pace is fairly fast, as there is a non-negotiable requirement of reaching the next rifugio before the lifts close. And so we set off, skiing on numerous different pistes, with very little repetition. We used the occasional bus to connect between ski areas, and were also towed by horses at one point to avoid a long walk; this is not a high-mountain tour using skins, as all the uphill is done using the large number of chair-lifts and spectacular cableways dotted around the area and the skiing is all on-piste. We soon forgot the rucksacks on our backs, except on lifts when it worked out better to put them on our laps, as we covered more than a hundred miles of skiing in five days. Lunches were a particular highlight. The mountain restaurants in the Dolomites are a class above most of those found in the French Alps — and cheaper. We feasted on fabulous plates of homemade ravioli with mouth-watering fillings for a mere €8-10. There is, too, a mix of cuisines, as a great part of the Dolomites is in the Austrian-speaking part of Italy where speck and wurst are top of the menu rather than spaghetti and penne. The rifugi also provide pretty good food, varying from basic-but-nutritious to some fabulous dishes served, remarkably, at heights above 2,000m courtesy of Skidoos, which bring fresh deliveries every day. The accommodation has also changed in recent years, thanks to increased demand. Gone, mostly, are the youth-hostel-style dormitories with bunk beds adorned with drying socks and poorly washed-out underpants, and in their place are simple but stylish double rooms with en suite bathrooms. One Rifugio — Baita Cuz, Buffaure, even had a sauna where we were encouraged to smear ourselves with snow after suffering the heat. I loved the evening ritual at sunset while sipping a thick, velvety Italian hot chocolate or one of a variety of aperitifs such as a bombardino — basically an egg nog. So, the next time you are sitting slightly bored on the fifth day of a typical “ski-in-ski-out” holiday, think about a different type of skiing trip which involves staying in several different places and a fantastic variety of different pistes. I cannot now imagine a skiing holiday that does not involve those early morning runs and watching the sunset at 2,800 metres. All copyright acknowledged.
Link to the original article – https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/on-a-ski-safari-in-the-dolomites-rz7dc7p5sw3
About the author
Christian Tage Forter Wolmar (born 3 August 1949) is a British journalist, author, railway historian and Labour Party, politician. He is known for his commentary on transport, especially as a pundit on Britain’s railway industry, and was named Transport Journalist of the Year in the National Transport Awards in 2007. He is an advocate for cycling, and is on the board of the London Cycling Campaign as well as having founded Labour Cycles, which encourages the Labour Party to adopt a pro-cycling agenda.
Reviews | Stories | Information Dolomites Ski Safari
“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, Jan '14
“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 on the CLASSIC Dolomites Ski Safari
“A huge thank you for a really fabulous week. Once my first day nerves had calmed down I really enjoyed the skiing!!”Katie, a solo skier from the UK
“An enormous 'thank you' for all that you did to ensure that we had one of the best, if not the best, skiing holidays ever.”Ally Gregory on a Dolomites Ski Safari
Dolomites Ski Safaris | On-Piste Dolomite Mountains Ski Safari Adventures Staying in High-Mountain Rifugi
Travel through the Dolomite mountains using only groomed ski slopes on an Inspired ITALY Dolomites Ski Safari. Stay overnight in a high-mountain rifugi and begin every morning carving your own fresh-tracks before the first lift turns. Inspired ITALY Dolomites Ski Safari itineraries cover more ski miles, more mountains and cross more valleys than any other ski safari in the Dolomites. Suitable for fit, intermediate or better skiers.
Skiing in Small Groups. Maximum Seven Skiers per Safari.
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