Cross-Country Ski Tour in the Dolomites

Self Guided

Luxury

from €1.290 on request

Cross-country ski beneath the towering walls of the Dolomites, gliding over perfectly groomed tracks, taking in the breathtaking beauty of the South Tyrol. Whether you stride or skate, you’ll feel the championship history of the region beneath your feet as you explore the DolomitiNordicski!

  • Length 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Trip Type Cross-Country Skiing
  • Activity Level Moderate
  • Start / Finish Alta Badia / Dobbiaco
  • Dates This trip is available as a custom, private departure on dates of your choosing from December to March

Highlights

  • Explore the Dolomites’ 231 cross-country ski tracks, comprising over 1,280 kilometers (795 miles) of trails, groomed for both classic (stride) and skate (free) skiing
  • Ski amidst a glorious landscape of pillars, pinnacles, and colossal rock walls of the Dolomites that tower above you
  • Enjoy luxury spa accommodations throughout, where you can to soothe weary muscles at the end of each day skiing
  • Experience the delightful blend of Italian, Austrian, and Ladin cultures and cuisine that co-exist in this region
  • Glide across perfectly groomed trails, pausing to take in the magnificence of the surrounding peaks
  • Self guided trips are a great way to experience the culture and beauty of the Dolomites at your own pace, but with the peace of mind that comes from having everything perfectly arranged for you!

 

OVERVIEW

Not a downhill skier? No problem! On this fabulous itinerary you’ll get to ski the Dolomites – across the terrain, rather than down. The beautiful Nordic sport of cross-country skiing lets you glide over perfectly groomed trails, beneath the breathtaking and imposing walls of the Dolomite Mountains. In winter, the landscape of these majestic peaks becomes a fairyland covered in snow. Whether you ski across meadows, through wooded forests, or alongside a lake or a stream, you’re sure to be enchanted by the Dolomite Mountains winter landscape.

Cross-country is the oldest type of skiing, emerging from the need to travel over snow-covered terrain. Although the first races were held in Norway in 1767, it did not develop into a sport until the end of the 19th century. Classic cross-country skiing, also known as striding, came first; it wasn’t until the early 1980s that the newer skating or freestyle technique took hold, as a more challenging but faster alternative to striding. As a sport, cross-country skiing is one of the most difficult in terms of endurance. It requires use of every major muscle group, and it, along with running, rowing, and swimming, is one of the sports that burn the most calories per hour in execution.  No other winter sport provides such a great opportunity for fitness and conditioning – at any age! But at the same time, it is one of the most beautiful to experience. Gliding across the snow at your own pace, whether for fitness or for relaxation, you’re sure to revel in the incredible mountains that surround you.

Whether you choose to stride or skate, on this week-long itinerary you’ll ski at the Nordic resorts of Alta Badia, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Antholzertal, and Alta Pusteria – the stronghold of Italian cross-country skiing. This vast network of trails offers hundreds of miles of perfectly groomed terrain – plenty of trails to explore!  Still want more?  You can even ski across the border into Austria’s East Tyrolean network of tracks if you so desire!

Day by Day

Cross-country ski beneath the towering walls of the Dolomites, gliding over perfectly groomed tracks, taking in the breathtaking beauty of the South Tyrol. Whether you stride or skate, you’ll feel the championship history of the region beneath your feet as you explore the DolomitiNordicski!


Day 1 ~ Arrive in Alta Badia
Arrive in San Cassiano (1,537m / 5,043') on your own and check into your hotel (private transfer available on request). San Cassiano is a lovely village situated at the foot of the imposing rock faces of Lavarella, Conturines, and Lagazuoi, with several excellent gourmet restaurants. It is one of several villages in Alta Badia, a sunny hollow on the south side of the Val Badia (Abbey Valley) in the Alto Adige region, where incredible hiking, skiing, and vistas abound. Home to three cultures – Italian, Austrian, and the native Ladin, most signage in Alta Badia is written in three languages – Italian, German, and Ladin!
D… Hotel in San Cassiano in Alta Badia (3-Star) 


Day 2 ~ Alta Badia Cross-Country Centre
Discover the Alta Badia Cross-Country Centre, located in Sarè / Armentarola, just 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) from your hotel in San Cassiano. The center has approximately 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) of groomed tracks, with tracks ranging from 1-7.5 kilometers (0.5-5 miles) in a range of difficulty levels. At the starting point of the track, you'll find a service center with a ski school, ski rentals, restaurant, and a bar. The center is ideal for classic (striding) and skate skiing, leading across fields and through forests beneath the mountains of Conturines, La Varella and Settsass. Whether you ski along a stream, through wooded forests, or across meadows, you’re sure to be enchanted by the Dolomite Mountains landscape.
B,D… Hotel in San Cassiano in Alta Badia (3-Star)


Day 3 ~ Cortina d’Ampezzo
In the morning, take a private transfer to Cortina d’Ampezzo (1,224m / 4,016') and check into your hotel. Cortina d’Ampezzo is a charming alpine resort town surrounded by stunning peaks. Host to the 1956 Winter Olympics, Cortina enjoys a reputation for great skiing in winter, and in the summer attracts hikers and climbers who challenge the rocky faces of the nearby mountains. This chic Venetian town also caters to the high society crowd, offering many year-round social activities, shopping, and fine dining. Explore the pedestrian walkway, Corso Italia, lined with restaurants and cafes, antique shops, art galleries, and boutiques.
Today you will enjoy the crosscountry slopes in the area of Fiames. The Fiames Sport Nordic Centre provides the starting point of the route Cortina/Dobbiaco and of the tracks in the Dolomiti d'Ampezzo Nature Resort with 7 km of circular tracks - 2 km of which are floodlit at night time and also offer artificial snow.
B… Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo (3-Star)


Day 4 ~ Cortina – Dobbiaco / Toblach
In the morning, take a five-minute private transfer to Fiames, and ski along the tracks of the old railway line. The historic Cortina-Dobbiaco railway line is great route for cross-country skiers in winter, and mountain bikers during summer. Built during World War One by the Austrian military, it operated until 1962 when bus transportation took over, and although the track was dismantled, bridges and station buildings were left standing. Along the way, a string of bus stops can be reached via a short detour, enabling skiers to bail out or slot in at will.  Your route will take you through the Val di Landro (Landro’s Valley). Along the way, you’ll pass the Ospitale, the site of a 13th century frescoed chapel and hospice for pilgrims. 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) further and you’ll reach the beautiful village of San Candido, where you can stop for lunch and visit the town.

As you approach Dobbiaco, you’ll have incredible vistas of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo (2,999m / 9,839'), the most recognizable peak in all the Dolomites, greeting you from above.Dobbiaco / Toblach (1,256m / 4,121'), located in Alta Pusteria, is where you will spend the next three nights. This area is considered the stronghold of Italian cross-country skiing. Quality trails, with varying degrees of difficulty, accompanied by the picturesque backdrop of the Dolomites, offer ideal conditions for a memorable cross-country skiing holiday in the Dolomites. There are more than 200 kilometers (124 miles) of groomed tracks, at an altitude ranging from 1,130 to 2,200 meters (3,707-7,218'), with everything from romantic skis through picturesque Dolomite valleys to demanding World Cup tracks that have played host to legendary races. When you are done skiing for the day, your luggage will await you at your hotel in Dobbiaco.
B,D… Hotel in Dobbiaco (3-Star)


Day 5 ~ Biathlon Center in Anterselva / Antholz
In the morning, take a 30-minute private transfer to Anterselva, where you’ll discover the Biathlon Centre of Anterselva di Sopra.  This Center is renown for the Biathlon World Cup competitions that take place here annually; in 2007 the Biathlon World Championship was held here.

The Valley of Anterselva is located in a unique natural setting, surrounded by the majestic peaks of the Rieserferner Group and Kronplatz Mountain, home to one of the favorite downhill resorts in the Dolomites. There are over 60 kilometers (37 miles) of classic and skating pistes in the Antholzertal, where you can ski in the tracks of world champions and explore the Valley of Anterselva enjoying the marvelous mountain scenery at the same time.
B,D… Hotel in Dobbiaco (3-Star)


Day 6 ~ Circumnavigate Lake Toblach
Start today at the cross-country ski center in Dobbiaco / Toblach, the home of the new Nordic Arena. The arena opened in January 2010, and now hosts international cross-country races each year including the Tour de Ski, the Puster Valley Ski Marathon, and the Dobbiaco-Cortina cross-country race. The arena and surrounding tracks are ideal for all levels of skiers, from beginners just learning to ski, to experts who want to test their limits on the FIS (International Skiing Federation)-certified competition tracks. There are also easy to demanding tours departing from the arena, and these tracks and tours are often used as training for cross-country national teams hailing from all over the world.

Begin your day at the arena, and follow the cross-country ski trail on the old Dolomites rail track. Soon you reach the romantic Lake Toblach (Lago di Dobbiaco / Toblacher See), nestled softly between the two nature parks – Fanes-Sennes-Prags and Drei Zinnen-Dolomiten. Enjoy a beautiful ski around the lake, which shimmers in the sun.  You might be able to see the curlers playing or practicing on the frozen lake during their training, or just enjoy the enchanting winter landscape.
B,D… Hotel in Dobbiaco (3-Star)


Day 7 ~ Departure
Breakfast and departure on your own (private transfer available on request).
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EXTEND YOUR ADVENTURE!
You've come all this way, why not stay a little longer? Dolomite Mountains offers fantastic extensions that you can enjoy before or after your trip in the Dolomites. Explore VeniceVeronaLake GardaFlorence, or Milan, or any of the many other magical places found throughout Italy. There's no more perfect way to recover from jet lag upon arrival, or delay your return to reality at the end of your trip!


Trip itinerary may vary based on weather and snow conditions, fitness levels and abilities of participants, accommodations availability and/or the recommendations of the Dolomites Mountains staff.

Cost

Self Guided Trip:
From € 1.290 per person (minimum 2 members)

High season: 5% increase on costs. High season dates: 28 January – 11 March 2017
Black out Dates: Christmas / New Years and Carnival weeks ---- 23 December 2017 – 7 January 2018 and 10 February - 24 February 2018


Cost Includes:

  • Trip briefing
  • Logistics and map of the area
  • Accommodations as noted in itinerary
  • All breakfasts
  • Dinners as per itinerary
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Luggage transfers as per itinerary
  • DolomitiNordicski ticket
  • Tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax

Airport transfers available on request.

Accommodation

Want to learn more about our Luxury Hotels?
Luxury accommodations in the Dolomites combine the ultimate in comfort and refinement. From five star hotels, Michelin star-rated restaurants, and pampering spas, just because you are in the mountains does not mean you cannot have a truly luxe Italian experience in the Dolomites! From the chic town of Cortina d’Ampezzo, a popular destination for the rich and famous, to the quiet and discreet luxury of San Cassiano in Alta Badia, you will find accommodations with credentials ranging from membership in the exclusive Relais & Châteaux to The Leading Hotels of the World! 

You can also book a custom departure of this trip using our Hotels and B&Bs. For details, please contact us.

More info

Want to learn about the Dolomites?
Check out our resource articles, including summer, winter, and general information

Want to know what type of weather you should expect on your trip?
Check out our Climate and Weather in the Dolomites article!

Want to learn more about Dolomites cuisine? 
Visit our Food in the Dolomites article to tempt your taste buds!

Still want more? Why not extend your adventure!
Dolomite Mountains offers fantastic extensions that you can enjoy before or after your trip in the Dolomites. Explore VeniceVeronaLake GardaFlorence, or Milan, or any of the many other magical places found throughout Italy. There's no more perfect way to recover from jet lag upon arrival, or delay your return to reality at the end of your trip!

Group Trip Dates

Trip name   Trip dates   Min persons   Trip status   Price    
25-30 Jul
2017
4
Available
€ 890
27 Jul - 3 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1260
8-14 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 1520
15-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 2660
16-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 890
16-20 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 890
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 2660
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1520
2-8 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 2660
3-7 Oct
2017
4
Sold out
€ 890
3-10 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1730
10-15 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 890
14-19 Feb
2018
4
Limited space
€ 2200
21-27 Feb
2018
4
Available
€ 1900
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2200
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1540
4-9 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1270
11-17 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1900
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2200
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1690
17-21 Jul
2018
4
Available
€ 890
22-27 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1460
4-14 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1520
7-13 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 2660
25-31 Sep
2018
4
Available
€ 2660
8-12 Oct
2018
4
Available
€ 890