SKI SAFARI DOLOMITES: the great customised ski trip
A exclusive ski nomadic experience, hut to hut, valley to valley, 2 to 10 days in total flexibility
Enjoy a ski holiday in Italy with a Ski Safari in the Dolomites! We offer different combinations of flexible Ski Safari Dolomites (customised proposals 2-10 days), along the best ski resorts in Italy, so whether you are looking only for a three day of ski holiday or a more substantial ski tour, our Dolomites Ski Safari are designed to suit your holiday needs, in flexible form, for a great ski trip.
The connected best ski resorts of the “Dolomiti Super Ski” form an elaborate labyrinth of slopes recognised the world over, don’t exist one other so large ski area on the world!
On your Ski Safari Dolomites we will spend 5-6 hours each day exploring the passes and vast valleys of our mountains, to skiing in the Dolomites with the most interesting slopes itineraries.
Read the basic information below about the different combinations of Ski Safari Dolomites (reading time about 10-15 min.) and email me with any questions and preferences.
Your Dolomites Ski Safari will begin in Bolzano (easy to reach by train from your landing airport), moving on skis as far as Cortina before returning in a horizontal figure 8 route, repeating only 4 slopes in 7 days tour (the more classical version) where the route crosses in the middle the full territory of the Dolomites.
Along the way, with my suggestions you will discover traditional, picturesque villages and the characteristic valleys of this beautiful mountainous landscape.
Getting to Bolzano, the starting point
Bolzano is well connected and easy to travel to. Details of travel information including flight and train/rental car combinations can be found here on the right bar and here below on the two logistical maps.
Bolzano is located along the Brennero railway, the most important railroad line in Europe connecting northern Europe with the Mediterranean area. The number of daily trains depends on the season, but generally there are from 7-10 train departures per day. (check the Trenitalia main webpage).
In order to ensure you have a smooth journey I am happy to advise clients on the best airport transfers and travel combinations – just email your airport landing times and I will do the rest. If you prefer, I can collect your travel group from the airport (max 4 people with my car, more people with minibus service). A smooth journey is the best way to begin your Ski Safari in the Dolomites!
Write me your flights plan, every aspect of your travel begin from this data.
The Dolomites: the greatest ski area of the world!
Click the map of the Ski Safari in the Dolomites here below to study your preferred combination of days, and follow the sequence of info of this webpage to have a concrete idea about the possible Dolomites Ski Safari options of 3-10 days.
How do I transport my luggage each day whilst I am on my ski trip?
There are two different strategies that depend of the number of participants
Large group option (6- 12 people)
I can arrange a minibus service that transports the luggage to/from the hotel each day. The average cost for this service is 200 euros per day so for smaller groups I recommend the option below.
Individual or small group option (1-5 people)
You should not bring too much luggage with you on your ski safari. Please simply prepare the essential backpack as suggested below:
Should I bring my own skis or rent skis?
The easier and sometimes cheaper solution (when taking into account the extra charges from your airline for extra and oversize luggage) is to bring only your ski boots and rent skis and poles here in the Dolomites. On the first day of the Ski Safari Dolomites we can visit the K&K sport shop, located exactly at our starting point. Then, on the last day, I can facilitate the return your ski gear.
However, you are very welcome to bring your personal ski equipment, if you prefer.
Ski Safari Dolomites: “The classic itinerary of 6 or 7 days”
(6 days for fast skiers – 7 days for everybody)
The Dolomites ski safari is an authentic and unique “ski exploration trip” and is the result of my 30 years experience and life-long love of the mountains and this beautiful region.
Choose your preferred combination of days, from 3 to 10 days.
The proposal of 6-7 days here below is a example of the most classic version.
Your arrival at Bolzano - The day before
Most people arrive at Bolzano by train, where there is a 15 minute walk to Villa Anita.
Here we will have an initial briefing in evening where we will check the equipment and talk through general organisation. This hotel will be your “base camp” and the friendly staff will store the rest of your extra luggage during the Ski Safari Dolomites tour days. Your experience of the atmospheric Dolomites begins a dinner at the traditional Hopfen Restaurant (homemade beer and bread…. not a bad start!).
Ski Safari Dolomites: DAY 1
Ski trip section: From Bolzano to Sella Pass (5-6 hours of skiing)
The Ski Safari group sets off from Bolzano at 07.30 on the local ski bus and we arrive at the Seiser Alm Cableway at 08.30. Here we can rent skis at the K&K sport shop, if necessary. In the morning we traverse the sunny ski area of Seiser Alm, on an extended plateau, then ski downhill into Val Gardena to the town of Ortisei. We continue on the other side of the valley on the Seceda/Rasciesa ski area and descend into the town of St Christina. Finally we continue on the Ciampinoi ski area along the famous slope “Sasslong”, and arrive at Sella Pass. Here we stay overnight at Rifugio Carlo Valentini or at another rifugio.
Ski Safari Dolomites: DAY 2
Ski trip section: From Sella pass to Sottoguda/Alleghe (about 6 hours of skiing)
The second day of the Ski Safari Dolomites is an exploration of the central part of the Dolomites. From the Rifugio we descend to Lupo Bianco junction and continue to Pordoi pass, then to the town of Arabba and up to Padon pass. We descend to Malga Ciapela and from there we take three long cableways to the top of the Marmolada. This is the tallest mountain in the Dolomites (3,365 m. = 11,040 ft.). We take a moment to enjoy the incredible view before enjoying an extended downhill run of about 2000 vertical meters to Malga Ciapela before continuing along the impressive Sottoguda canyon to the charming town of Sottoguda. We stay overnight at the La Montanara Hotel or in another hotel at Alleghe Lake.
Ski Safari Dolomites: DAY 3
Ski trip section: From Sottoguda/Alleghe to Cortina (about 5 hours of skiing).
From the center of the town of Alleghe (a short bus ride away) we take the first cableway of the Civetta ski area. This is the quietest day of the Ski Safari Dolomites because the Civetta ski area is a hidden gem, known only by the local Italian skiers. Here we traverse unforgettable landscapes near the impressive north wall of the Civetta peak. When we arrive in Pescul, we take the local skibus to the Averau ski area where we cross the Averau to the famous Cinque Torre ski area, and, after enjoying these slopes, take the skibus to Cortina. We stay overnight at Rifugio Col Gallina at Passo Falzarego.
Ski Safari Dolomites: DAY 4
Ski trip section: The three ski areas of Cortina: Tofane, Faloria and Cristallo (about 6 hours of skiing)
The fourth day of the Ski Safari Dolomites is completely dedicated to the three magnificent ski areas of Cortina. In the morning we start with the Tofana ski area, the largest ski area of Cortina and home to the famous Black slope of the Canalone di Tofana. Then, in the afternoon, we go to the opposite side of town, first to the ski area of Faloria and then to the Cristallo ski area. We will spend another night at Rifugio Col Gallina at Passo Falzarego.
Ski Safari Dolomites: DAY 5
Ski trip section: The ski areas of the Badia valley (about 6 hours of skiing)
From Cortina, the Ski Safari Dolomites continues along the large Badia Valley ski area. This is one of the most extended ski areas in the Dolomites. On this day, we’ll traverse these long slopes from east to west. We begin with the incredibly long ski slope of the Lagazuoi, which ends with a short flat section with a horse-aided transfer… Yeah! You read that right… Horse transfer! We’ll end the day at the Sanctuary of the Sass dl Crush. This holy area was a pagan Sanctuary before the Christian era and the church and pilgrim hostel that we see today where built in the medieval period. We stay overnight at Rifugio La Viza.
Ski Safari Dolomites: DAY 6
Ski trip section: The ski areas of the Fassa valley (about 7 hours of skiing)
The first goal of the Ski Safari Dolomites on this morning is the Gardena pass, following which we head downhill to Selva in the Gardena valley and then arrive again at Sella pass, from where we descend to Canazei in the Fassa Valley. Five minutes on the ski bus connects the three ski areas of the Collac, Giumela and Buffaure. We finish this long day at the super panoramic Rifugio Baita Cuz.
Ski Safari Dolomites: DAY 7
Ski trip section: The ski areas of Predazzo, Pampeago and Obereggen (about 4 hours of skiing)
This is the last day of the full Ski Safari Dolomites. We enjoy the sunshine from the windows of the Baita Cuz during breakfast and then take the first long downhill slope to Pozza di Fassa. 15 minutes on the ski bus takes us to the three ski areas of Predazzo, Pampeago and Obereggen. It’s a mellow day to enjoy life and take in the final panoramas of the Dolomites. From Obereggen, we take the local ski bus back to Bolzano. There we’ll have time to visit the famous “Otzi” ice mummy museum and have dinner at the traditional and historic Ca de Bezzi restaurant (open since 1404 – 88 years before the discovery of America!). A brilliant end to a great ski week!
Current prices for the winter season 2022/2023
When is the best time to experience a Ski Safari in the Dolomites?
When you have vacation days, of course! But the absolute best time to go skiing in the Dolomites is between January 6th and 31st. Why?
The winter season in the Dolomites begins in December. From the second week of December, the ski lifts in the Dolomites begin to open but the connections at the passes, between the different valleys, are not all open until Christmas time. However, Christmas time is impossible! It’s the peak period of the winter season and is extremely expensive and over-crowded.
From the 6th of January the Christmas season is over and the ski slopes are wonderfully quiet. It becomes easy to find accommodation in the hotels and rifugios and skiers can enjoy the freedom of the slopes!
From the beginning of February to the end of the winter season (depending on the year, sometime during the first two weeks of April), it is the winter high season. This period is very popular with international skiers and the ski slopes can be crowded. On the plus side, the days are longer and the temperatures can be warmer than January.
OK, how do I book a ski safari in the Dolomites?
Simply email me with the following details:
– how many days would you like for your Ski Safari Dolomites experience (3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 days)
– your preferred dates
– the number of people in your group
– the composition of your group: numbers of skiers vs. snowboarders
– the ski level of each participant
The Ski Safari Dolomites await you!
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