Luxury Gourmet Ski Safari: A Gastronomic Skiing Adventure – 3 rifugio nights

Self Guided

Guided

from €2.330 from €3.240

Experience the gastronomic ski trip of a lifetime! Savor the refined cuisine and fine wines of northern Italy on an indulgent ski safari that includes “A Taste for Skiing in Alta Badia.” Plus, you’ll be pampered at luxury accommodations in Cortina d’Ampezzo and Alta Badia!

  • Length 7 or 8 Days / 6 or 7 Nights
  • Trip Type On-Piste Ski Safari
  • Activity Level Moderate to Challenging
  • Start / Finish Alta Badia / Cortina d'Ampezzo
  • Dates This trip is available as a custom, private departure on dates of your choosing from December to March

Highlights

  • Combine incredible skiing with gourmet cuisine and luxury accommodations for the ultimate winter holiday
  • Ski “hut-to-hut” and enjoy the atmosphere of mountain rifugios, the best in all of the Alps
  • Get a true taste of the Dolomites as you savor world-class gourmet dining at Michelin star-rated restaurants and hearty traditional fare at charming mountain inns
  • Enjoy the advantage of lift-service pistes to help you move from resort to resort each day – you may never ski the same run twice!
  • Get a true taste of the Dolomites as you ski from rifugio-to-rifugio, course-to-course at “A Taste for Skiing”

 

OVERVIEW

Combine some of the most fantastic skiing in the world, with fine dining on incredible Italian cuisine – what could possibly be better?

On this ski safari traverse you’ll enjoy 12 ski areas featuring 1,200 kilometers (746 miles) of prepared pistes (all on one ski pass!) that will lead you to discover the breathtaking beauty of the Dolomites.  With such expansive skiable terrain, this is truly a vacation in paradise:  we’ll move from valley to valley on skis, enjoy the welcoming atmosphere of the rifugios, explore the fascinating culture and history of these mountains, all while dining on incredible cuisine and sampling fine wines found in the region.

The imposing peaks of the Dolomites emerged from primordial marine expanses, created by microorganisms that were embraced and molded by the glaciers during the ice age. Providing extraordinary terrain, these incredible mountains have become famous the world over as one of the most beloved areas for winter sports. Boasting the number one ski resort in the world, the Dolomites are a winter sports paradise for families, beginners, and champions alike.

This ski tour offers you the opportunity to explore the Ladin valleys of the Dolomites and their people, as well as discover the traditions and history of these places, all while engaging in the beautiful sport of skiing. You’ll explore Alta Badia, known for it’s Ladin culture and cuisine, and Cortina d’Ampezzo, with it’s refined Italian style. You’ll also spend two nights at different rifugi, enjoying acclaimed regional cuisine at one restaurant, and traveling hut-to-hut for the chef-inspired “A Taste for Skiing in Alta Badia”.

 

CLIENT FEEDBACK

“The  skiing tour was just incredible, and no words can explain the visual sensation... This area is perfect for the more mature age group of skieres with its long blue and red runs, and if you want to have more challenges, there are some great black runs..." – Ursula & Dieter Hannig / USA – February 2015

Day by Day

Experience the gastronomic ski trip of a lifetime! Savor the refined cuisine and fine wines of northern Italy on an indulgent ski safari that includes “A Taste for Skiing in Alta Badia.”  Plus, you’ll be pampered at luxury accommodations in Cortina d’Ampezzo and Alta Badia!


Day 1 ~ Arrive in Alta Badia, Dolomites
Arrive in Alta Badia on your own (private transfer available on request). Alta Badia is located between 1,400 and 2,700 meters (4,593-8,858') above sea level. This altitude ensures optimal ski conditions throughout the winter, and offers breathtaking 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.

In the afternoon meet with a Dolomite Mountains representative (self guided trips) who will provide you a trip briefing and orientation as well as maps and the Skipass for your self guided ski safari.
D… Hotel in Alta Badia (4-Star)


Day 2 ~ Skiing in Alta Badia, Arabba, and on the Marmalada Glacier
In the morning, you’ll meet your professional UIAGM/IFMGA Ski Guide (guided trips) for a trip briefing and equipment check (and rent any equipment if needed), and pick up your 5-day Dolomiti Superskipass. Enjoy a combination of skiing and fine cuisine for lunch today – specially crafted Michelin-star dishes in the alpine huts of Alta Badia – the best of both worlds! “A Taste for Skiing in Alta Badia” is a joint effort between the Dolomitici (Alta Badia Michelin-starred chefs), fellow starred chefs from Europe, and ten rifugi. The aim is to focus on and promote the winning combination of skiing and fine food, which are undoubtedly two of the Alta Badia's strong points. Each chef is teamed up with a specific rifugio, creating recipes which use the best of typical South Tyrol’s produce – each a refined, yet simple and genuine, gourmet dish that the rifugio offers on their menu. You will ski tour from rifugio to rifugio (hut to hut) in Alta Badia, having appetizers, primo, secondo, and dessert, each at a different rifugio, together with some outstanding wines. This is truly a gourmet cuisine in the Dolomites experience not to be missed!

In the evening, enjoy dinner at a Michelin-star-rated Restaurant.
B,D… Hotel in Alta Badia (4-Star)


Day 3 ~ Sellaronda Ski Tour
The Sellaronda Ski Tour is one of the most spectacular ski tours in the world, circumnavigating the Sella Massif. Considered somewhat of a “merry-go-round” for intermediate level skiers, this unique circular connection of lifts and runs was once the only way the ancient inhabitants of the Ladin villages could maintain a connection with each other. Nowadays it’s a modern day carousel that connects four Dolomite passes and four Ladin valleys (Val Gardena, Alta Badia, Val di Fassa, and Fodom). Today you will ski part of the Sellaronda, and overnight at a comfortable rifugio on Passo Sella.
B,D… Rifugio


Day 4 ~ Skiing Around Passo San Pellegrino
From your rifugio this morning, ski towards Passo San Pellegrino. You will have the chance to ski on relaxed slopes in the sun, as well as more challenging ones in the shade of the Col Margherita gondola, and to ski down to Passo San Pellegrino, and over to the opposite face towards Cima Uomo.

At the end of the day of skiing this beautiful terrain, a snowmobile will pick you up on the pass and bring you to your rifugio for tonight (1,980m / 6,496'). Set in a magnificent group of isolated old huts, this charming rifugio is immersed in the marvelous silence of a wide valley, with a view of the Pale di San Martino (1,467m / 4,813').

But in addition to charm and the views, the real highlight here is the restaurant. You will get to taste delicious dishes typical of the Trentino region, combining Ladin, Italian, and Austrian cuisine. This renowned and traditional restaurant, mentioned in several culinary guides, will be appreciated not only for the quality of the food, but also for its warmth and welcoming hospitality. Specialties include ravioli alle pere selvatiche (ravioli with wild pears), fagot da mont (tasty tortelli-pasta with black mirtillo and braised deer), and la zuppa di porcini e patate (soup with mushrooms and potatoes). The rifugio also features an extensive cellar, laboriously dug up into the mountainside to create just the right environment for the storage and ageing of wines.
B,D… Rifugio


Day 5 ~ Civetta Ski Resort
Take a private transfer to Alleghe and ski in the Civetta area. Today may well be the visual highlight of our skiing this week, with anticipated emotional responses to some of the most stunning views of the Veneto and Trentino Dolomites: you’ll ski into the Civetta ski resort, passing by little romantic towns set between impressive mountains, magnificent valleys and silent forests: this is the ski area between the peaks of the Pelmo and the Civetta, in the heart of the Veneto Dolomites. Take a private transfer from Pescul to Fedare to reach your rifugio (2,413m / 7,917') for the night.
While known for its beautiful vistas of Monte Civetta (3,220m / 10,564') and the Marmolada Massif (3,343m / 10,968'), meals are where the rifugio truly shines. The cuisine is of the highest standard, and includes expertly re-worked traditional dishes from the valleys of the Dolomites, exquisitely prepared and served. You may discover antipasti featuring a bowl of juicy caper berries, plump green olives, and tortilla chips to dark bread perfumed with fennel seeds; house-made spinach ravioli, stuffed with chopped walnuts and topped with a sauce of coarsely chopped tomatoes to an aromatic, slightly smoky plate of rough-cut pappardelle noodles with porcini, chopped parsley and tiny slices of speck; grilled venison steak, served with a pile of tangy-sweet cranberries to juicy roasted lamb chops, served with a large lemon wedge and a healthy portion of polenta; and speck-fried potatoes to spinach salad topped with even more speck and fat chunks of Parmesan; and many other culinary delights!
B,D… Rifugio


Day 6 ~ Cortina d'Ampezzo Area
Today you have the entire day to explore the ski area of Cortina d’Ampezzo, well known all over the world for its fascinating beauty, surrounding mountains, and as host to the 1956 Winter Olympics. In the morning, transfer to the Cinque Torri area, where you’ll begin skiing.  On your way down to Cortina you will get to know all of its slopes – including the famous Olympia (where the men’s Olympic downhill events were held, and for many years the stage of the Women’s World Cup), and the superb Canalone (or Canyon in English), where the women’s downhill Olympic events took place. Arrive to Cortina and settle in to your hotel.
Enjoy your final gourmet dinner this evening at the a Michelin-star-rated restaurant.
B,D… Hotel in Cortina d'Ampezzo (4-star)


Day 7 ~ Depart
Breakfast and departure on your own (private transfer available on request). Or, extend your adventure and spend an additional day skiing in Cortina d’Ampezzo!
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CORTINA D'AMPEZZO EXTENSION

Extension Day 7 ~ Cortina d’Ampezzo
Enjoy an additional day (or more) of Skiing in the Cortina d' Ampezzo area!
B... Hotel in Cortina d'Ampezzo (4-star)



Extension Day 8 ~ Depart
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? Explore the spectacular city of Venice, or, if you join us in December, explore the magical Christmas Markets of the Dolomites!

Venice
Venice is one of the world’s most beautiful and intriguing cities, with so much to do and see, for adults and kids alike! Of course there are the must-see icons of Piazza San Marco, the Rialto Bridge, and the surrounding tourist shops and restaurants, but we’ll also introduce you to a maze-like city with new mysteries (and gelato!) to explore around every corner. Option to add 1 or more nights in Venice. 

Christmas Markets
Experience the magical Christmas Markets that are held in the area each year in celebration of the holidays. From dazzling lights and décor to local merchants peddling handcrafted, one of a kind treasures to peaceful horse drawn carriage rides along ancient cobblestone streets, from the moment you step foot in one of these enchanting markets you’re certain to be captivated by the holiday spirit. Option to add 1 or more nights in the Dolomites on December departures.



Trip itinerary may vary based on weather conditions, fitness levels, abilities of participants, accommodations availability and/or the recommendations of your guide.

Cost

Guided Trips:
From € 4.310 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 3.240 per person (minimum 4 participant)

Self Guided Trips:

From € 2.590 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 2.330 per person (minimum 4 participants)

Single room supplement: on request, in hotels only

High Season Dates:  27 January  17 March 2018 --- 5% increase on costs

Holiday Blackout Dates:  7-night minimum hotel stay required
Christmas / New Years --- 27 December 2017 – 5 January 2018
Carnival Week --- 10-18 February 2018

 


Cost Includes:

  • Trip briefing
  • Logistics and map of the area
  • 2 nights accommodation at hotel in Alta Badia (4-star)
  • 3 nights accommodation in charming mountain inns/rifugi in private rooms with private/shared bathroom
  • 1 night accommodation at hotel in Cortina d'Ampezzo (4-star)
  • All breakfasts
  • Dinners as per itinerary
  • Dinner at two Michelin-star rated restaurants (in Alta Badia and Cortina d'Ampezzo)
  • Wine tasting
  • Local English speaking Professional UIAGM/IFMGA Ski Guide for 5 days (if guided)
  • Dolomiti Superskipass for 5 days
  • Transportation in the area when needed
  • Luggage transfer during the entire itinerary
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax

Cortina Extension:

Airport transfers available on request.
Ski equipment rentals 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


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!

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LEARN MORE!

Want to learn more about traditional and gourmet cuisine in the Dolomite Mountains? Check out these great articles!

Fine Dining in the Dolomites
5 Foods You Must Try in the Dolomites
Wine, Spirits, and Coffee in the Dolomites
Food in the Dolomites

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 Winter Videos!

 

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
€ 950
27 Jul - 3 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1260
8-14 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 1610
15-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 2790
16-20 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 890
16-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 950
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 2790
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1610
2-8 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 2790
3-10 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1560
3-7 Oct
2017
4
Sold out
€ 890
10-15 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 950
14-19 Feb
2018
4
Limited space
€ 2290
21-27 Feb
2018
4
Limited space
€ 1990
26-31 Feb
2018
4
Limited space
€ 1270
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2290
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1600
4-9 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1350
11-17 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1990
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2290
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1270
17-21 Jul
2018
4
Available
€ 890
17-22 Jul
2018
4
Available
€ 950
22-27 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1460
7-13 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1610
7-13 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 2790
15-22 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1560
25-31 Sep
2018
4
Available
€ 2790
1-8 Oct
2018
4
Available
€ 1770
8-12 Oct
2018
4
Available
€ 890
16-21 Oct
2018
4
Available
€ 950