The Ski Safari Experience (4 overnights in rifugios)

Self Guided

Guided

from €1.320 from €2.090

If you love full days of skiing at a variety of resorts and on different terrain each day, this is the trip for you! Ski safari hut-to-hut through the Dolomites, leveraging lift-service pistes so you can focus on your downhill turns.

  • Length 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Trip Type On-Piste Ski Safari
  • Activity Level Moderate
  • Start / Finish Alta Badia
  • Dates This trip is available as a custom, private departure on dates of your choosing from December to March
  • Group Departures Available
    21-27 Jan
    11-17 Mar

Highlights

  • Experience one of the most beautiful mountain landscapes in the world – a UNESCO World Heritage Siteskiing its beautiful valleys
  • Take advantage of lift-service pistes that help you move from hut to hut, so you can focus on enjoying your downhill turns!
  • Enjoy superb skiing with our world-class, certified ski mountain guides, who will show you the best of the Dolomites on skis!
  • Ski “hut-to-hut” and enjoy the atmosphere of mountain rifugios, the best in all of the Alps
  • This is the perfect trip for skiers who want to ski a lot – and see a lot – in true hut-to-hut ski safari style!

 

OVERVIEW

If you love to ski, and the more runs you can get in on different slopes each day the better, then you should check out our Ski Safari Experience! We’ve crafted this trip to maximize your time on the slopes, exploring a wide range of terrain at different resorts, in some of the most beautiful mountains on earth – the Dolomites.

On our Ski Safari Experience, you’ll have five full days of skiing to get to know these mountains well. Each day you’ll ski from resort-to-resort across the Dolomites, enjoying the advantage of lift-service pistes. And one of the beauties of skiing here is that you can ski from rifugio-to-rifugio, staying at a different mountain inn high above the slopes each night! 

Every day you’ll explore a different ski area within the Dolomiti Superski – 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 these mountains.  From Alta Badia, to Civetta, to the Marmolada, to Lagazuoi and Cinque Torri – you’ll experience the wide variety of the finest ski resorts in the Dolomites.

Each evening you’ll experience the welcoming atmosphere of a rifugio – an alpine mountain inn set high atop the mountains with excellent views – and savor the excellent culture and cuisine unique to the region. Crossing from region to region – the South Tyrol, Badia, and Cortina – your taste buds will enjoy the unique combination of flavors resulting from the disparate Italian, Austrian, and Ladin cultures found in these valleys. 

Throughout your trip, you’ll ski with our outstanding UIAGM/IFMGA Professional Mountain Guides, who know their way in and out of the Dolomite Mountains – the best runs, the best slope-side dining, and what wine to order!  Plus, while maximizing your turns is the focus, they’re always willing to give you pointers to help you improve.  Whether you’re a seasoned skier or still honing your skills, if you love full days of skiing on different terrain each run, this is the trip for you!

Day by Day

If you love full days of skiing at a variety of resorts and on different terrain each day, this is the trip for you! Ski safari hut-to-hut through the Dolomites, leveraging lift-service pistes so you can focus on your downhill turns.


Itinerary:

Day 1 ~ Arrive in Alta Badia
Arrive in Alta Badia on your own (private transfer available on request) and check into your hotel. Located in a large valley surrounded all around by the gorgeous peaks of the Dolomites, Alta Badia is truly the “heart of the Dolomites.” Geographically in the South Tyrol (Südtirol), this area was part of Austria prior to the First World War. Here you’ll find unique mountain scenery with villages rich in natural beauties and ancient traditions, witness the simple everyday life of the local people (the “Ladini”), as well as the customs and traditions of the ancient Ladin culture.  

You’ll notice the street signs are written in three languages – first in Ladino (a neo-Latin language), then in German, and lastly in Italian. The mixed culture is very well marked not only in the language, but also in the architecture and cuisine. You will surely enjoy hearty meals that are representative of the incredible diversity of this region!

Alta Badia is located between 1,400 and 2,700 meters (4,593-8,858') above sea level and 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.
D… Hotel in Alta Badia


Day 2 ~ Val Gardena and Val di Fassa
After breakfast meet your local English speaking UIAGM/IFMGA professional ski guide. You will have a short trip briefing and equipment check, and rent any equipment if needed (not included).

During your trip, we will provide you with a Dolomite Mountains duffel bag. You can pack the belongings you require for the nights where you will be staying away from your hotel in this duffel, and leave the rest of your luggage stored at your hotel.

Your first ski day begins on the slopes of Alta Badia and Val Gardena. From December to April each year, this marvelous region invites all winter sports enthusiasts to explore its innumerable pistes and descents. Efficient modern lift systems ensure a comfortable ski holiday in Val Gardena / Alpe di Siusi, world-renowned for its champions. Continue the loop around the famous Sella Massif reaching Val di Fassa. In winter, Val di Fassa drives ski and snowboard fans just crazy. In addition to the Sellaronda, 3 ski tours, 5 snow parks, the 230 kilometers (142.9 miles) of ski slopes are always in perfect conditions thanks to the advanced snowmaking system, and served by 87 up-to-date lifts that guarantee a fast and effective transportation to the highest altitudes.
B,D… Rifugio


Day 3 ~ Passo Fedaia and Marmolada Glacier
After breakfast, ski towards the town of Arabba to reach the ski area of the Marmolada. This imposing mountain dividing the region of the Bellunese from the region of Trentino, reaches a height of 3,342 meters (10,965') – the highest in the Dolomites. It is also one of the most scenic of the Dolomites, and home to her largest remaining glacier. The ski runs are well groomed and run down the glacier towards the valley. The highest point of the ski area is also the starting point of one of the most beautiful ski runs of the Alps: La Bellunese. The Marmolada ski area offers wonderful intermediate and high difficulty ski slopes on the glacier, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes that will make your ski day on the Queen of the Dolomites an unforgettable experience.
B,D… Rifugio


Day 4 ~ Civetta and Passo Staulanza
Ski to Malga Ciapela at the bottom of the glacier and take a public bus to Alleghe (not included). Spend the day skiing at the Civetta ski resort. Surrounded by plenty of majestic peaks and unobstructed views, the valleys of Alleghe, Selva di Cadore, Zoldo, and Palafavera on Monte Civetta are rich in history and tradition. This area became famous during the 19th century, during the final century of the Venetian Doges, when the first winter guests discovered the imposing beauty and timeless charm of Monte Civetta, and in particular Monte Pelmo – known as “God’s Throne.”At the end of the day the owner of your next rifugiowill pick you up and bring you to the mountain inn by van (about 15 minute transfer).
B,D… Rifugio


Day 5 ~ Lagazuoi / Cinque Torri Area
You’ll start the day with a short transfer to the slopes of the Civetta area. Ski down to the locality Pescul and catch the ski bus to reach Passo Giau. Enjoy the rest of the day in the Cinque Torri and Lagazuoi ski area. In winter, the ski slopes of the Lagazuoi - 5 Torri - Giau area are always perfect, thanks to the favorable exposure, and to the use of artificial snow when necessary. The slopes are easy to moderate, and all are immensely satisfying. Facing the Lagazuoi Massif, the Gallina Ridge is a paradise for children, with slopes that are also suitable for beginners. At the end of your skiing day, take the Lagazuoi cable car from the Falzarego Pass, which arrives at an altitude of 2,800 meters (9,186') in only three minutes! From the top, enjoy the breathtaking panorama from the terrace of the Rifugio Lagazuoi, famous throughout the world for its spectacular views of the Dolomite peaks, and your home for tonight.
B,D… Rifugio


Day 6 ~ Armentarola – Alta Badia
With its 8.5 kilometers (5.2 miles) and magical scenery, the Armentarola is without doubt one of the most fascinating slopes in the Dolomites, and one of the most beautiful ski runs in the world. It unfolds along the foot of the imposing Fanes mountain, in an enchanting fairy-tale valley surrounded by majestic castles of rock and frozen waterfalls, making this magical descent an endless flow of thrills and surprises. And just like in the fairytales, the run ends with a horse-drawn lift (not included) from where you can do it all again, or move on to another fabulous adventure.

Spend your last ski day in the area of Alta Badia, and finally settle in your hotel and enjoy a last dinner in the Dolomites.
B,D.… Hotel in Alta Badia


Day 7 ~ Departure
Breakfast and departure on your own
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Trip itinerary may vary based on weather conditions, fitness levels and skiing abilities of participants, and/or the recommendations of your guide.



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 Venice, Verona, Lake Garda, Florence, 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! 

Cost

Guided Trips:
From € 3.060 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 2.090 per person (minimum 4 participants)
Group Departures:
€ 1.900 per person (minimum 4 participants)

Self-Guided Trips:

From € 1.570 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 1.320 per person (minimum 4 participants)

High season: 5% increase on costs. High season dates: 28 January – 11 March 2017

Black out Dates: Christmas / New Years and Carnival weeks ---- 24 December 2016 – 8 January 2017 and 25 February - 12 March 2017

Cost Includes:

  • Trip briefing
  • Logistics and ski maps
  • 2 nights accommodation in 3-star hotel in Alta Badia
  • 4 nights accommodation in charming mountain inns in dormitory with shared bathroom
  • All breakfasts
  • All dinners
  • Local English Speaking UIAGM/IFMGA mountain ski guide for 5 days (if guided)
  • Dolomiti Superskipass for 5 days
  • Transportation in the area as per itinerary
  • Duffel bag transfer
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax

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

LEARN MORE:

Want to learn more about skiing in the Dolomite Mountains? Check out our Winter Article Resources, featuring articles on Dolomites Ski ResortsTransitioning from On- to Off-Piste, and MORE

Check our video gallery with some of the best free-ride videos in the Dolomites.

And, don't miss our resource article: Why The Dolomites Are the Place to Be for Winter Family Adventure

 

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
Available
€ 1260
8-14 Aug
2017
4
Available
€ 1520
15-21 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 2660
16-21 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 890
16-20 Aug
2017
4
Available
€ 890
18-24 Aug
2017
4
Available
€ 1260
23-30 Aug
2017
4
Available
€ 1730
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1520
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 2660
3-7 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 890
3-10 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1730
3-10 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1730
10-15 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 890
12-18 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1260
14-19 Feb
2018
4
Limited space
€ 2200
21-27 Feb
2018
4
Available
€ 1900
28 Feb - 2 Mar
2018
4
Available
€ 2200
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1540
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2200
4-9 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1220
4-9 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1270
11-17 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1900
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1690