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8 Days of luxury hotel-based skiing
per person based on double occupancy
January 24 – 31
Deposit: $2000 Meeting Place: Venice, Italy Single Supplement: $2000 Age Range: 13-80
A luxury ski safari in the Dolomites is one of the most incredible ways to explore the wonders of winter in northern Italy. Skiing from resort to resort, leveraging lifts, you get to explore new terrain every day, and discover a delightful new village or town every night! And what’s more – you can do this in pure, luxurious style!
Boasting the number one ski resort in the world, the Dolomites are a winter sports paradise for families, beginners, and champions alike. You’ll will enjoy Dolomiti Superski – 12 ski areas featuring 1,200 kilometers (746 miles) of prepared, lift-served pistes (all on one ski pass!) that will lead you to discover the breathtaking beauty of the Dolomites.
In addition to descending beautiful pistes at the resort, you’ll move from valley to valley on skis, enjoying different accommodations throughout your trip. And each evening, you’ll delight in a luxury hotel and gourmet dining experience, savoring the excellent culture and cuisine unique to the region.
As you traverse the Dolomites, you’ll explore the best resorts, skiing in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Alta Badia, Val Gardena, Val di Fassa, and Val Pusteria, and tackle the Sellaronda Ski Tour, circumnavigating the incredible Sella Massif! So join us, and ski to your heart’s content each day, while being pampered in luxury accommodations each night. That’s right – you can have it all!!!
Itinerary at a Glance
- Fly into Venice, Italy where a ROAM representative will meet you
- Private shuttle to Ortisei, Val Gardena and check in to your 5 star hotel
- Discover the Val Gardena / Alpe di Siusi Ski Area
- Dinner at the 1-star Michelin restaurant, Anna Stuben
- Ski from Val Gardena to Val di Fassa, one of the most famous ski areas in the Dolomites
- Return to yet another 5-star night in Ortisei
- Complete the circumnavigation of the Sella Massif on the Sellaronda Ski Tour
- Celebrate your big day with dinner at Cocun and overnight at Hotel Ciasa Salares
- Explore Alta Badia and its 53 lifts and 81 miles of well-groomed slopes
- Next you’re off to Cortina d’Amprezzo for some of the most exhilarating alpine runs in the world
- Ski the Sesto Dolomites in Val Pusteria, the easternmost valley of the South Tyrol range
- Challenge the Holzriese, Italy’s steepest groomed slope or enjoy the many easier runs near by
- Savor on last morning in the Dolomites before private transfer to Venice airport for flights home
- Trip briefing, logistics and ski maps
- 3 nights accommodation in 5-star hotel in Ortisei, Val Gardena (Superior Room)
- 2 nights accommodation in 4-star hotel in Alta Badia (Junior Suite or Suites Lavarella)
- 2 nights accommodation in 5-star hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo (Panoramic Superior Room)
- All breakfasts and all dinners except one in Ortisei
- Wine tasting in Alta Badia
- Local English speaking Professional UIAGM/IFMGA Ski Guide for 6 days
- Dolomiti Superski Skipass for 6 days
- In/Out Venice airport transfer
- Transportation in the area as per itinerary
- Luggage transfers
- Return transfer of the ski equipment from Cortina to Ortisei
- Local tourist & 22% Italian VAT taxes
What to Expect on the Dolomites Ski Adventure
Trip itinerary may vary based on snow conditions, weather conditions, fitness levels and skiing abilities of participants, and/or the recommendations of your Mountain Guide and the ROAM Adventures team. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced skier, this itinerary can be adapted to the groups’ skill level, and is customizable for a wide variety of abilities.
Day One – Arrive in Ortisei, Val Gardena
Private transfer from Venice airport to Ortisei / Urtijëi (1,236m / 4,055′) and check into your hotel (approximate 3.5 hour drive).
Ortisei is the main village of Val Gardena / Gröden. It is set in a beautiful valley between the slopes of the Rasciesa High Plateau / Hochalm Raschötz and the steep, wooded slopes of the famous Alpe di Siusi / Seiser Alm, the largest plateau in Europe. The valley of Val Gardena is best known for skiing and rock climbing, as well as woodcarving, which has flourished here since the 17th century. Home to three cultures – Italian, Austrian, and the native Ladin, most signage in Val Gardena is written in three languages – Italian, German, and Ladin! Depending on when you arrive, you may have time to explore the lively pedestrian zone at the center of the town.
Dinner at the hotel.
In the next morning meet your UIAGM/IFMGA Professional Ski Guide for a trip briefing and equipment. Together you’ll discuss your group’s skiing abilities and interests, and plan your exciting days skiing in the Dolomites!
Overnight: Hotel in Ortisei
Day Two – Discover the Val Gardena / Alpe di Siusi Ski Area
Your first day of skiing begins on the slopes of the Val Gardena / Alpe di Siusi Ski Resort (Gröden / Seiser Alm in German). After a hearty breakfast, you’ll have the opportunity to rent any equipment if needed (not included), and then set off for the slopes!
From December to April each year, the marvelous Val Gardena / Alpe di Siusi Resort invites winter sports enthusiasts of all levels to explore its countless pistes and descents. 79 lifts serve the 175 kilometers (108.7 miles) of dreamy slopes that run as far as the eye can see, and efficient modern lift systems ensure a comfortable ski holiday here. The wide, generous and gentle slopes of the highest high-altitude Alpine plain in Europe, Alpe di Siusi / Seiser Alm, are a veritable paradise for beginners and families with children. The open expanse is like a front row seat facing the snowy paradise of the Dolomite Peaks! But don’t worry ¬– Val Gardena offers plenty of challenging terrain as well: it is home to annual World Cup Ski Races, and world-renowned for its champions.
Dinner at the 1-Star Michelin restaurant “Anna Stuben”
Overnight: Hotel in Ortisei
Day Three – Ski from Val Gardena to Val di Fassa
After breakfast, ski the slopes of the Seceda and Monte Pana ski areas – the “sunny side” of Val Gardena, with spectacular views over the Sella Massif – on your way to Passo Sella and Val di Fassa. En route, you’ll get a taste of the famous Sellaronda Ski Tour, which you will ski in its entirety tomorrow. Val di Fassa is one of the most complete and famous ski areas in the Dolomites. It features seven different linked ski areas, 210 kilometers (130 miles) of slopes, always in perfect condition, serviced by 81 up-to-date lifts. In addition to on- and off-piste skiing, there are five ski tours and eight snow parks to choose from! Ski down from Passo Sella, enjoying the pistes of the Canazei resort, or explore additional resorts deeper in the valley.
In the afternoon, ski to Selva di Val Gardena, and take a private transfer to Ortisei.
Dinner on your own.
Overnight: Hotel in Ortisei
Day Four – The Sellaronda Ski Tour
After breakfast, head out on a fantastic ski tour that circumnavigates the Sella Massif! The Sellaronda Ski Tour is one of the most spectacular ski tours in the world. Considered somewhat of a “merry-go-round” for intermediate level skiers, this unique circular connection of lifts and runs links four Dolomite passes and four Ladin valleys. While today the Sellaronda is a modern-day carousel of lifts and descents for skiers (and hikers and mountain bikers in summer), before the dawn of modern machinery, this was the only route that the ancient inhabitants of the Ladin villages could use to maintain a connection with each other, on foot.
The Sellaronda takes you all the way around the imposing Sella Group (3,152m / 10,341′). In just one day, you’ll travel 26 kilometers (16 miles) of ski slopes; over four passes – Passo Pordoi, Passo Sella, Passo Gardena, and Passo Compolongo; through four valleys – Val Gardena, Alta Badia, Val di Fassa, and Arabba; in three provinces – South Tyrol, Trentino, and the Veneto. You’ll see more of the Dolomites in one day than many see on an entire trip!
For expert skiers, there are several options to add more challenging terrain to your tour.
At 6 pm wine tasting at the unique Wine Cellar at the 4-star Hotel Ciasa Salares (tasting of 6 Italian wines), followed by a 7-course degustation menu at their restaurant, Cocun.
Overnight: Hotel in Alta Badia
Day Five – Ski in Alta Badia
Corvara, Colfosco, La Villa, San Cassiano, Badia and La Val are the famous names of the towns of Alta Badia that represent the cradle of the Dolomites winter tourism. Alta Badia is located between 1,400 and 2,700 meters (4,593-8,858′) above sea level. This altitude not only ensures optimal ski conditions throughout the winter, but offers breath-taking views of the most beautiful peaks of the Dolomites. Fast and comfortable ski lift connections (53 total), 130 kilometers (81 miles) of wide, well-groomed slopes, and the spaciousness of the ski area allow you to enjoy pleasant and safe skiing days. You will have the opportunity to venture on the famous World Cup slope of Gran Risa or on the more relaxed slopes of Piz La Villa, Gardenaccia, and Santa Croce. Charming mountain huts and first-class mountain restaurants round out the appeal, making Alta Badia a ski area for connoisseurs.
Ladin Dinner in a typical “agriturismo” in the area
Overnight: Hotel in Alta Badia
Day Six – Ski in Cortina d’Ampezzo
Today you will explore the Cortina d’Ampezzo resort, with its 120 kilometers (74 miles) of slopes and 36 lifts. Well-known all over the world as a fantastic holiday destination, Cortina playing host to the first-ever televised Winter Olympics in 1956!
In the morning, take a private transfer to Passo Falzarego and begin your day exploring the slopes of Cortina’s Lagazuoi and Cinque Torri areas, with their sunny, beautifully groomed, easy to moderate slopes. You’ll ski under the cliff walls of some of the most stunning Dolomites summits including Lagazuoi, Tofane, Cinque Torri (Five Towers), and Nuvolao-Averau, and enjoy breathtaking views of the towering peaks above. In addition to the fantastic skiing here, there are ample relics of World War I to explore. In between ski runs, let your experienced guide show you long-forgotten trenches, tunnels and bunkers that once served as shelter for Italian and Austrian soldiers – a veritable open-air museum of WWI history.
When you are ready to leave the Lagazuoi-Cinque Torri area, take a private transfer to the town of Cortina d’Ampezzo (1,224m / 4,016′). Cortina is a charming alpine resort town surrounded by stunning peaks, uniquely sheltered from the cold winds of the north, giving it a pleasantly mild climate that tourists enjoy year-round. Ski in the Faloria and Cristallo areas of Cortina, and feel the excitement of being completely surrounded by a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a stunning view over the Ampezzo Valley. This area offers some of the most exhilarating and beautiful alpine ski runs in the world. For expert skiers, there are several options to add more challenging terrain to your day skiing in Cortina.
At the end of your day skiing, head from the slopes to your hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo, where your luggage will await you.
Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo
Day Seven – Ski the Sesto Dolomites / Alta Pusteria
In the morning, take a private transfer to Sesto/Sexten in the Val Pusteria, the easternmost valley of the South Tyrol. The Sesto Dolomites, the mountains towering above the valley, feature the Three Peaks Resort (Tre Cime / Drei Zinnen), the easternmost of the Dolomiti Superski areas. A real snow paradise awaits you here, with 115 kilometers (50.9 miles) of marvelous slopes and 31 lift facilities turning the breathtaking mountain world of the Alta Pusteria into a purely enjoyable experience for everybody. Demanding skiers can choose the Holzriese slope, Italy’s steepest prepared slope, and known as one of the steepest descents in the entire Alps chain. Strong skiers can also choose the Raut slope at Monte Elmo, one of the most beautiful red slopes (medium difficulty) in the Dolomites, with fast and driven curves. Don’t worry – there are plenty of easier slopes available for beginning, intermediate, and younger skiers!
While skiing is obviously the priority here, the natural wonders of the Alta Pusteria abound, and you’ll have fantastic vistas of magnificent Dolomite peaks as you ski, including Tre Cime di Lavaredo and the Meridiana di Sesto, or Sesto Sundial) – the largest natural sundial in the world.
Dinner in a typical local restaurant.
Overnight: Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo
Day Eight – Departure
Breakfast and private transfer from Cortina d’Ampezzo to Venice airport (2 hour drive).
Ski Level – Moderate to Advanced
These trips are perfect for people who want to be active, yet still have some time to explore the cultural aspects and opportunities for relaxation available in the area in the afternoon. You can expect to ski 4 to 6 hours per day, with a stop for lunch. This trip includes lift service skiing on red and black (intermediate and expert) pistes, and the option for an introduction to easier off-piste runs. This ski safari also features moving from valley to valley, skiing different resort areas, and changing accommodations multiple times during the trip.
Safety awareness and training
Adventurous outdoor activities, particularly in the mountains, have inherent risks. While these risks can never be removed entirely, they can be minimized. At ROAM, our aim is to provide you with a thrilling holiday, directed with maximum attention to your safety and the safety of others. We don’t want you to just blindly follow our indications; we take pride in providing you the opportunity to learn mountain skills, and to understand potential hazards, how to minimize risk, and how to cope with an incident should it occur.
All mountain activities require appropriate clothing and equipment. This is to ensure preparedness for quickly changing weather conditions, varying activities, and to take into consideration the different ability levels of each participant. Each trip participant should carry a small personal backpack containing a lightweight waterproof jacket, and the appropriate amount of water and food for the length and difficulty of the activity.
Details to come.