Dolomites Off-Piste Ski Safari Traverse

Guided

Luxury

from €1.510 on request

Discover lift-service off-piste skiing in the Dolomites! Ski some of the Dolomites most famous off-piste descents by day, and enjoy the warm hospitality of charming mountain rifugi (huts) each night, all the while taking in incredible vistas and marvelous cuisine!

  • Length 5 Days / 4 Nights
  • Trip Type Off-Piste Skiing
  • Activity Level Moderate to Challenging
  • Start / Finish Alta Badia
  • Dates This trip is available as a custom, private departure on dates of your choosing from December to Easter

Highlights

  • Enjoy some of the most challenging – and beautiful – off-piste slopes in the Dolomites, most of which accessible by chairlift and gondola, or by short hiking/ski touring sections.
  • Ski “hut-to-hut” and enjoy the atmosphere of mountain rifugios, the best in all of the Alps
  • Ski some of the Dolomites most famous runs including Val Lasties, Val Mesdi, Val Culea Val Setus, Marmolada Glacier, Val Litres and Cristallo, surrounded by superb Dolomite panoramas
  • Ski with our professional UIAGM/IFMGA ski guides, who will help you safely discover the crystalline beauty of these mountains in winter
  • Short on time? This is the perfect quick way to experience the Dolomites off-piste on skis, with the possibility of extending your trip to a full week adventure!

 

OVERVIEW

Fantastic off-piste skiing, lift service, and fine Italian dining – now that’s our idea of a great winter vacation! Each day you'll set out with your guide to ski the best snow and off-piste terrain – some of the finest off-piste skiing in the world. Powder, spring snow, breakable crust and crud... we ski them and love them all!

On this freeride itinerary, you’ll ski three areas of the Dolomites known for their fantastic off-piste – Alta Badia, including the Val Mezdì and Sass Pordoi; Arabba, at the foot of the Sella Massif; and Cortina d’Ampezzo, famous not only for hosting the 1956 Winter Olympics, but for it’s phenomenal Lagazuoi couloirs. As you enjoy four days of skiing, you’ll explore many of the lines and couloirs here that have become the stuff of legends. Lucky for us, much of this terrain is accessible just a short hike or skin from the top of the lifts, making this a great trip for skiers who want to track their vertical and maximize their turns. You’ll use a combination of lifts, gondolas, skinning, and boot packing to reach the some of the most incredible terrain Dolomite Mountains have to offer!

Each day you will have the opportunity to ski different off-piste areas. This tour also provides you with the opportunity to explore the Ladin valleys of the Dolomites and their people, as well as discover their traditions and history, and explore the excellent culture and cuisine. Experience some overnights in rifugio – charming mountain inns with simply the best access to the slopes (you’ll ski right out the door each morning!), breath-taking vistas, and incredible cuisine. So what are you waiting for!?

Day by Day

Discover lift-service off-piste skiing in the Dolomites! Ski some of the Dolomites most famous off-piste descents by day, and enjoy the warm hospitality of charming mountain rifugi (huts) and comfortable hotels, all the while taking in incredible vistas and marvelous cuisine!


Day 1 ~ Arrive in Alta Badia, Dolomites
Arrive in Alta Badia on your own (private transfer on request). Alta Badia is located between 1,400 and 2,700 meters (4,593-8,858') above sea level, an altitude that ensures optimal ski conditions throughout the winter, as well as offers breath-taking views of the most beautiful peaks of the Dolomites! Fast and comfortable ski lift connections, miles of wide, well-groomed slopes (130km / 81 miles), and the spaciousness of the ski area allow you to enjoy pleasant and safe skiing days. Charming mountain huts and first class mountain restaurants round out the appeal, making Alta Badia a ski area for connoisseurs.

Upon arrival, you’ll meet your professional UIAGM/IFMGA ski guide for a trip briefing and equipment check (and rent any equipment if needed), and pick up your week long Dolomiti Superskipass.  Evening trip orientation and dinner at the hotel.
D… Hotel in Alta Badia


Day 2- Sella Massif
Depending on the snow conditions your guide will select the most suitable off-piste descents in the Sella massif/Puez National Park. Below are some of them:

Val di Mezdi (Midday valley)
Vertical drop: 1,400m / 4,560’
Facing: north
Technical difficulty: moderate. Dubbed the "Valle Blanche of the Dolomites", the Val Mezdi is a classic and wonderful 4,000 foot downhill descent surrounded by dramatic vertical peaks.

Val Setus
Vertical drop: 1,400m/ 4,595’
Facing: north
Technical difficulty: challenging.
At the foot of Rifugio Pisciadu’, Val Setus presents a steep but wide couloir.
Steepness 40°

Val Litres
Vertical drop: 1,500m / 4,920’
Facing: from east to north-west.
Technical difficulty: moderate to challenging. This route can be difficult to find. It requires two rappel descents.
Steepness 40°

Val Scura del Sassongher (Sassongher’s dark valley)
Vertical drop: 1,200m / 3,950’
Facing: east
Technical difficulty: challenging. This route is not serviced by lifts therefore the only access is by back-country ski touring uphill. Val Scura is undoubtely one of the hardest ascents/descents and a real jewel!
Steepness 40°
B,D… Rifugio


Day 3 ~ Marmolada Glacier
Depending on the snow conditions your guide will select the most suitable off-piste descents on the Marmolada glacier and surrounding areas. Below are some of them.

Marmolada, aptly named as “Queen of the Dolomites,” boasts the highest peak of all the Dolomites, reaching a height of 3,342 meters (10,965'), features the largest remaining glacier in the Dolomite Mountains. It also provides some of the most spectacular off-piste skiing experiences on earth. Tackle Antermoia, Bellunese Vecchia, Punta Penia, In Fra i Sass, Lydia, or the Forcella Marmolada (Marmolada Pass) itself!

Bellunese vecchia
Vertical drop: 1,150m / 3,775’
Facing: north
Technical difficulty: easy-moderate with wonderful downhill skiing at the foot of the Serauta West face.

In fra i Sass (between stones)
Vertical drop: 1,350m / 4,430’
Facing: north
Technical difficulty: moderate, with a spectacular descent

Nord e nord-ovest di Punta Penia
Vertical drop: 1350 m. 4430 feet.
Facing: north.
Technical difficulty: challenging, with crevasses
Stepness 50° 

Enjoy the warm hospitality of a rifugio – a high mountain inn, which will give you access to fresh tracks each morning before the lifts open or anyone else has a chance to hike up!
B,D… Rifugio


Day 4 ~ Marmolada Glacier
Enjoy another great day on one of Marmolada’s popular off-piste descents
B,D… Hotel in Alta Badia


Day 5 ~ Depart
Breakfast and departure on your own (private transfer available on request).
B…

EXTEND YOUR ADVENTURE


Day 5 & 6~ Cortina D’Ampezzo /Cristallo massif

Explore the terrain surrounding Lagazuoi and Cortina d’Ampezzo, well-known all over the world for its fascinating beauty, surrounding mountains, and as host to the 1956 Winter Olympics.  Depending on the snow conditions your guide will select the most suitable off-piste descents in the Cortina D'Ampezzo valley. Below are some of them.

Cinque Torri - Boa (Cinque Torri)
Vertical drop: 700m / 2,300’
Facing: north-east
Technical difficulty: easy
Steepness 25°

Faloria, Cortina "Sci 18"
Vertical drop: 800 m / 2,630’
Facing: west
Technical difficulty: moderate. The initial descent is narrow and can be difficult but it leads to a wide section and a fantastic downhill with grand panoramic views of Cortina d’Ampezzo.
Steepness 35°

Bus di Tofana (Tofana’s hole)
Vertical drop: 1,900m / 6,232’
Facing: south
Technical difficulty: challenging. Located 30min hike from the nearest chairlift this area features a natural rock cavity to be crossed (hence the name ‘hole’), with a short Via Ferrata section requiring the use of rope, crampons and ice-axes. The initial descent is particularly steep, with a wider and easier section from half way down.
Steepness 37°

Cristallo, Staunies couloir - nord
Vertical drop: 1500 m /4,950’
Facing: north
Technical difficulty: particularly challenging. The entrance of the couloir is easily accessible from the arrival station of the Cristallo chairlift. The descent begins with a 30 m /100’ rappel followed by a steep, narrow couloir for about 150 m / 500’. After this initial challeghes the descent becomes easier and great fun!
Steepness 43°

B… Hotel in Cortina D’Ampezzo

Day 7 ~ Depart
Breakfast and departure on your own (private transfer available on request).
B…


WANT EVEN MORE? 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, abilities of participants, accommodations availability and/or the recommendations of your guide.

Whilst we will make every effort to stick to the itinerary, in the event of lack of snow please note that this ‘Off piste’ program will automatically be converted to ‘On Piste’. Clients will be informed of our decision as soon as possible and not less than 30 days before the start date.

Cost

Private Guided Trip 5 days/4 nights trip:
From € 2.150 per person (minimum 2 members)
From € 1.510 per person (minimum 4 members)

Private Guided Trip 7 days/6 nights trip:
From € 3.110 per person (minimum 2 members)
From € 2.130 per person (minimum 4 members)


Supplement for private rooms at rifugios: €15 per person per night

Single room supplement: on request, in hotels only
The cost is based on 3-star hotels, it can be upgraded to 4/5-star, please contact us for a quotation.

High Season Dates:  2nd February – 9th March 2019 --- 5% increase on costs
Holiday Blackout Dates:  (7-night minimum hotel stay required)
Christmas / New Years — 26th December 2018 – 6th January 2019

While we will make every effort to stick to the itinerary, in the event of lack of snow, please note that this ‘Off-Piste’ program will automatically be converted to ‘On-Piste’. Clients will be informed of our decision as soon as possible and not less than 30 days before the start date.


Cost Includes:

  • Trip briefing
  • Logistics and map of the area
  • 2 nights accommodation in 3-star Hotel in Alta Badia
  • 2 nights accommodation in charming rifugi in private/shared rooms with private/shared bathroom
  • All breakfasts and dinners
  • Local English speaking Professional UIAGM/IFMGA Ski Guide
  • Dolomiti Superskipass during the trip
  • Safety equipment rental
  • Transportation when needed
  • Luggage transfer
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax

Airport transfers available on request.

Accommodation

Want to learn more about our Hotels and B&Bs?
The Dolomites has a multi-faceted culture and history that is reflected in each village we visit, and we make sure to provide you with the most authentic experience of the region possible through the hotels and B&Bs we offer. Hotels and chalets are available in the larger villages, while agriturismos (working farms with accommodations similar to B&Bs) are more common in rural areas. And we always make sure you have access to inspired regional cuisine, and the best panoramas you can get in the Dolomites!

Prefer luxury accommodations?
You can also book a custom departure of this trip using our Luxury Hotels. For details, please contact us.

Want to learn more about our Mountain Inns & Rifugi?            
Rifugi – or mountain huts in English – are the classic accommodation for hikers, climbers, mountaineers, and ski mountaineers in the Alps. Set in spectacular locations high in the Dolomites, rifugi are accessible only on foot (with a few exceptions that are reachable by car). These marvelous establishments are open primarily in the summer, with a select few in winter, and offer meals and sleeping facilities.

The Dolomite rifugi are considered the best in the Alps. While some are dormitory style with bunk beds, many meet the standard of a simple guest house with private rooms and en-suite bathrooms, and each has its own unique character and charm. Bedding and linens are provided, hot showers are available, and meals are served in common dining areas – like a small mountain inn set high in the mountains with the most incredible vistas in the Dolomites. Whether you’re hiking in summer or skiing in winter, an overnight rifugio stay is not to miss on a Dolomite holiday.

To learn even more about rifugi in the Dolomites, check out our Rifugios in the Dolomites article, and learn about one of the best ways to experience these incredible mountains!

More info

Guided Trip:
Up to 4 persons: 1 guide
5-8 persons: 2 guides
9-12 persons: 3 guides
Dolomite Mountains professional UIAGM/IFMGA Ski Guides
 have years of experience skiing the Dolomites. We have guides that speak Italian, English, French and Spanish. From the moment you arrive in the Dolomites they will look after you. They know the best ski runs, mountain restaurants, and how things work in the Italian mountains.

Safety Equipment for Off-Piste trips
The “Safety Trilogy” – applicable for all our off-piste trips involves the use of the items listed below. These can be rented in resort at an extra cost:

  • Avalanche beacon / transceiver (be sure to bring two sets of fresh batteries!)
  • Snow shovel
  • Avalanche probe

Remember it is not enough just to carry this equipment; you have to know how to use it.  Most mountain resort areas offer courses where you can learn and practice these skills. If you are not familiar with this equipment, are unable to attend a course before your trip, or simply would like a refresher, we can provide training for you as part of your trip!


LEARN MORE

Want to learn more about skiing in the Dolomite Mountains? Check out our Winter Article Resources, featuring articles on The Not to Miss Ski Tours of the DolomitesDolomites Ski ResortsTransitioning from On- to Off-Piste, and MORE

Check out our video gallery with some of the best free-ride videos in the Dolomites and check out our new video Freeride Off-Piste: Val Culea Integrale in the Sella Group.


OFF-PISTE SKI DESCENTS

The Dolomites seem to have a never-ending supply of lift-accessible off-piste ski descents!

On this great itinerary, you'll enjoy lift-serviced off-piste skiing in the Alta Badia area. From Alta Badia there are incredible off-piste descents of Marmolada, Piz Boè, Sella, and Tofane, to name a few. To see a list of some of our favorites that you may enjoy during your trip, click here.

Still want more adventure? 
We can two additional days of skiing in the Cortina d’Ampezzo area! From Cortina d'Ampezzo there are incredible off-piste descents of Cinque Torri, Lagazuoi, Tofana, and Cristallo Massifs, to name a few. Click here to see some of our favorites!

Still want even 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
€ 970
27 Jul - 3 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1260
8-14 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 1640
15-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 2790
16-20 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 910
16-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 970
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 2790
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1640
2-8 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 2790
3-10 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1560
3-7 Oct
2017
4
Sold out
€ 910
10-15 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 970
21-27 Feb
2018
4
Available
€ 2.070
26-31 Feb
2018
4
Limited space
€ 1.270
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2.440
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1600
4-9 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1350
11-17 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2.070
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2.440
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Sold out
€ 1.270
17-22 Jul
2018
4
Limited space
€ 970
22-27 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1460
1-5 Aug
2018
4
Sold out
€ 910
7-13 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 2790
7-13 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1640
8-12 Aug
2018
4
Limited space
€ 910
15-22 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1560
25-31 Sep
2018
4
Available
€ 2790
1-8 Oct
2018
4
Available
€ 1780
8-12 Oct
2018
4
Available
€ 910
16-21 Oct
2018
4
Available
€ 970
27 Feb - 2 Mar
2019
4
Available
€ 2.070
27 Feb - 1 Mar
2019
4
Available
€ 2.440
3-8 Mar
2019
4
Available
€ 2.440
17-22 Apr
2019
4
Available
€ 2.440
17-22 Apr
2019
4
Available
€ 1.270
24-30 Apr
2019
4
Available
€ 2.070