Cross-Country Skiing Trip Activity Levels

While the Dolomite Mountains may be best known for downhill skiing, this area is also a mecca for cross-country skiing. The Dolomites 231 tracks across 12 resorts comprise over 1,280 kilometers (795 miles) of trails. You can choose to do laps within the resorts, or ski from point to point, resort center to resort center, along an interconnected web of trails. And whether you prefer a relaxing day touring the flats, or to test your limits on FIS-certified competition tracks, you will definitely find the right trails to meet your needs here, all the while accompanied by the picturesque backdrop of the Dolomites. 

In the Dolomites, ski pistes, or tracks, are classified by a color-coded system – blue (easy, and often shorter tracks), red (intermediate, longer tracks), and black (expert tracks, also used for racing). Each track or trail also includes a distance, to help you choose how long (or far) you want to ski. Easier cross-country skiing trips will stay on shorter, easier tracks.  As trips increase in activity level, you will encounter more difficult pistes, and may ski from valley to valley, resort to resort. All tracks are groomed for both classic (stride) and skate (free) skiing.

  

EASY
Our easy trips are perfect for people who want to see the Dolomites at a relaxed pace, are more interested in the flora and fauna and the cultural and historical aspects of the region, and for families with small children.  Our easy cross-country ski trips include skiing on blue and red (easy and intermediate) pistes, and are perfect for those new-to or just getting comfortable with cross-country skiing.

 

EASY TO MODERATE
Our easy to moderate trips are great for people who want to see the Dolomites at a relatively relaxed pace, yet still want to feel like they got some exercise, and for families with children.  Our easy to moderate cross-country ski trips include skiing on blue and red (easy and intermediate) pistes, and are perfect for those who are still learning, wanting to refine their technique, shift from classic cross-country skiing to striding, or to ski a little longer than our easy cross-country skiing trips.

 

MODERATE
Moderate trips are active, with full days of activities. 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 Dolomites in the afternoon. Moderate cross-country ski trips include skiing on red and black (intermediate and expert) pistes.  You can expect to ski 4 to 6 hours per day, with a stop for lunch. Trips may feature moving from valley to valley, skiing different resort areas, and changing accommodations one or more times during the trip.

EXAMPLE: Cross-Country Ski Tour in the Dolomites

 

MODERATE TO CHALLENGING
Our moderate to challenging trips are demanding, with a whole lot of fun along the way. There will be no question in your mind whether you accomplished something at the end of each day!  Plan to ski all day on most days (4-8 hours), with a stop for lunch. Moderate to challenging cross-country ski trips focus on red and expert black groomed pistes.  Trips also feature moving from valley to valley, skiing different resort areas, and changing accommodations one or more times during the trip.  Stamina-wise, you need to be able to ski all day at a steady pace for consecutive days throughout itinerary.

 

CHALLENGING
Our challenging trips are exactly that – challenging!  These trips are designed for guests in excellent physical condition, who have a strong spirit of adventure.  You can expect to ski all day, every day (6-8 hours), with a stop for lunch. Challenging cross-country ski trips focus on red and expert black groomed pistes.  Trips also feature moving from valley to valley, skiing different resort areas, and changing accommodations one or more times during the trip.  Stamina-wise, you need to be able to ski all day at a steady pace for consecutive days throughout itinerary.