Ski holidays in St Moritz: a full ski tour in the central Alps

Ski Safari Dolomites: Colere ski area

This proposal is a perfect line that cut, from south to north, the central Alps along the mains ski areas. The western Dolomites are famous for the Madonna di Campiglio ski areas (Dolomites of Brenta), but not only these two ski areas are interesting. A sequence from south to north of others 3/5 ski areas is a perfect combination to explore this part of the Alps. The following 5 or 7 days program is charaterized of a continue changing of mountains panoramas, we begin with the great western Dolomites and then we continue in a typical high elevation granite mountains with extended glaciers.

Read below the details of this very interesting proposal!

THE DAY BEFORE

Arrive at your destination airport (Munich, Innsbruck, Venice, Milan, Bergamo, Verona) and then take the train to Bolzano, or possibility to meet me directly at the airport (adjuntive cost). In any case read my logistical informations page to organize at best your travel and eventually ask me more info about your details. We will have the organizzative briefing (and aperitivo…  why not) at bar of the hotel Figl.

DAY 1

Brenta Dolomites – Marilleva

Ski Safari Dolomites: Canadians clients

We start from Bolzano and drive to the Marilleva ski area (1,5 hrs) where we begin the exploration of the Madonna di Campiglio ski slopes, on the afternoon we arrive at our hotel. Madonna di Campiglio is the most famous and exclusive mountain town of the western Dolomites, a high class atmosphere with traditional “Trentiner” style and gourmet complete our first approach on the central Alps.

Ski Resort of Madonna di Campiglio

DAY 2

Brenta Dolomites – Madonna di Campiglio

Ski Safari Dolomites: Colere ski area

The second day is complete dedicated at the famous main ski area of Madonna di Campiglio, right and left sides of the valley, in a fantastic and panoramic surrondings. In the evening we have the transfer to our Hotel of Ponte di Legno (1,5 hrs)

Ponte di Legno is a typical Lombardy mountain town, where a northern italian cousine, and a more quiete allocation are the connotations of this nice little town.

DAY 3

Ponte di Legno – Tonale pass and Adamello mountains

Ski Safari Dolomites: Colere ski area

On the ski areas of Ponte di Legno we enter in a different dimension, from the high elevation of the glacier of Presena (3089 m.) to the town (1256 m.) we skiing on slopes of a total of 1833 m. of vertical step…. No Bad! In the evening we have the transfer to our Hotel in Bormio (1 hrs)

Bormio is the last and highter town of the Valtellina, the old part of the town have very caractherist archictecture typical of the high elevation mountain towns. Here we can enjoy the local specialities of this mountain area.

Ski Resort of Ponte di Legno

DAY 4

Bormio – Ortles mountains

Ski Safari Dolomites: Colere ski area

This day is completely dedicated at the Bormio ski area that is not particullary extended but have a fantastic ski slopes and panorama on the Ortles big peak (3905 m.) and at the surrondings glaciers. In the evening we have the transfer to our Hotel of Livigno (1 hrs)

Livigno is a high quote town (1806 m) that have a particular history, it’s a duty free area in the heart of the europeans Alps. In the central route are many shops where you can buy a “extreme” large selections of duty free products with “extreme” low prices. 

Ski Resort of Bormio

DAY 5

Livigno – the border with Switzerland

Ski Safari Dolomites: Colere ski area

On the last day on the ski we cross the slopes of the Livigno Ski area that are charaterized of a large and wide sides of the mountains near the border with Switzerland. When the cableways closed we take shopping in Livigno and then go back to Bolzano (2 hrs) where we have dinner at the Hopfen restaurant, a local people “trattoria” with home-made beer and home-made bread, no bad…..

Overnight by Hotel Figl on the heart of the old town of Bolzano.

End of your tour.

Ski Resort of Livigno

THE DAY AFTER

Start from Bolzano by train to your airport, or to a new destination in Italy

EXTENSION OF THE TOUR – DAY 6 and DAY 7

St. Moritz and the Engadin (Switzerland)

Ski Safari Dolomites: Sankt Moritz

Ski Safari Dolomites: Hotel Bernina

Is possibile extended this tour with 2 adjuntive days at the Engadin valley. In this case we drive to Samedan (1,5 hrs) where we stay at the historical Grand Hotel Bernina (founded at 1860) and ski at the two ski resort of Corvatsch and Diavolezza.

VARIANT OF THE EXTENSION

St Moritz – Engadin valley: the best Cross Country Ski resort of the Alps

Ski Safari Dolomites: Sankt Moritz

Or in alternative, with a good fitness, this two last days is possibile rent the cross-country ski and go along the fantastic 80 km cross-country ski slope of the valley:

DAY 6 from the Maloja pass to Samedan.

DAY 8 from Samedan to Zernez

CENTRAL ALPS SKI SAFARI TOUR PRICES – Winter 2016

The pricing structure is easy. See the table before for the price for various combinations of numbers of days and number of participants.

Ski Safari Dolomites: Prices

Why aren’t lunch and dinner included in the price?
The reason is flexibility. My clients have greatly varied preferences for meals: some are vegetarians, some are passionate for gourmet dining, and so on. It is best if you are able to make your own dining choices from the many options available. Every day I can suggest the best restaurants to match your needs and preferences.

Payment:

– 30% deposit per PAYPAL (I’ll send a PAYPAL payment request for the reservation)
– 70% at the begin of the tour

What is the best period for the Ski Safari in the Dolomites? It’s when you have vacation days, of course! But, if you have the choice, I suggest choosing days in the period of January 6 to 31. Why?

The winter season in the Central Alps follows this timing:

From the second week of December, the ski lifts of the Central Alps begin to open but the connections at the passes, between the different valleys, are not all open until Christmas time.

Christmas time is impossible! It’s the peak period of the winter season, is extremely expensive, and, in any case, too crowded with low level skiers. During this time the hotels also do not accept single night stays, which means that the Ski Safari concept will not work.

Starting on the 6th of January, the Christmas season is over, and the ski slopes are immediately quiet. It becomes easy to find accommodation in the hotels and rifugios and – especially – good skiers will enjoy the freedom of the slopes! If you can come during this period, before February, it’s surely the best timing!

From the beginning of February to the end of the winter season (depending on the year, some time during the first two weeks of April), it is the winter high season. This the period popular with international skiers, and during some weeks the ski slopes can be crowded. On the plus side, the days are longer and the temperatures can be warmer than January.

That is a quick summary of the winter season in the Central Alps. What is your preferred timing for your Ski Safari in the Dolomites?

And last….. write me:

– how many days you prefer for your Ski Safari in the Central Alps (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 Central Alps wait you!

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