Dolomites Haute Route Ski Tour – 6 Days

Guided

from €1.790

Looking for a challenge? Join us on one of the most interesting and memorable backcountry and off-piste ski tours in the Dolomites. Follow Haute Routes, or Alta Via, as you hike, skin, and ski the dramatic hidden backcountry of Marmolada, Sella, and Val di Fassa, far from the crowds.

  • Length 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Trip Type Backcountry Ski Touring
  • Activity Level Moderate to Challenging
  • Start / Finish Val di Fassa / Alta Badia
  • Dates This trip is available as a custom, private departure on dates of your choosing from January to March
  • Group Departures Available
    18-23 Mar

Highlights

  • Backcountry ski across a Haute Route – High Route or Alta Via – experiencing the distinctive geology and fascinating blend of cultures found in the Dolomite Mountains
  • Ascend the Marmolada (3,350m / 10,990'), the highest mountain and only remaining glacier in the Dolomites, and ski down its incredible open bowls
  • Enjoy superb skiing with our professional UIAGM/IFMGA ski guides, who will show you the best of the Dolomites backcountry on skis
  • Tour from “hut-to-hut,” staying in cozy mountain rifugios with the civilized comforts of a warm bed and the delicious hearty cuisine the Dolomites are known for
  • Perfect for experienced skiers looking for a challenging ski tour!

 

OVERVIEW

The Dolomite Mountains seem to have a never-ending supply of impressive off-piste ski descents. Long ski runs down remote valleys and bowls, fresh powder hidden in couloirs sandwiched between towering limestone cliffs, glacier runs that descend from the highest peak in the range...  While there is a tremendous amount of lift accessible off-piste terrain, for those who are willing to skin and hike, an entirely new world awaits!

On this backcountry tour, you’ll ski following one of the Haute Routes (High Routes), known in Italy as Alta Via.  Traveling from hut-to-hut and -hotel over mountain passes and down exhilarating backcountry runs and off-piste slopes, you’ll discover a world that most skiers never get to experience. Explore the Ciampac, one of the most famous and exciting black slopes of the entire Val di Fassa; ski the Marmolada, the highest peak of the Dolomite Mountains and home to the largest remaining glacier here, as well as host to some of the most spectacular off-piste skiing experiences on earth; the Sella Massif, with spectacular descents including the Val Mezdi – the "Valle Blanche of the Dolomites", and the Joel and Holtzer Couloirs on the Sass Pordoi – considered the gateway of extreme skiing in the Dolomites.

This superb ski touring and off-piste adventure will show you not only the best descents in the region, but breathtaking terrain and panoramic vistas that surpass what you could possibly imagine.  And the Dolomites have much more to offer than the skiing and vistas – throughout you’ll experience the rich combination of cultures, traditions, and cuisines – Italian, German, and Ladin – found in northern Italy, that make this region so unique.  Plus we’ve selected a mixture of charming hotels and rifugios (mountain huts), showcasing the best of the wonderful culture and cuisine of this region.

Fascinating culture, delicious hearty cuisine, and fresh tracks in a backcountry that you have all to yourself… we can’t think of a better winter vacation!

Day by Day

Looking for a challenge? Join us on one of the most interesting and memorable backcountry and off-piste ski tours in the Dolomites. Follow Haute Routes, or Alta Via, as you hike, skin, and ski the dramatic hidden backcountry of Marmolada, Sella, and Val di Fassa, far from the crowds.


Day 1 ~ Arrive in Canazei, Val di Fassa
Arrive in Canazei (1,842m / 6,043') in Val di Fassa on your own (private transfer available on request), and check into your hotel. The 20-kilometer (12 mile) Val di Fassa (Fassa Valley) runs from Moena to Canazei, surrounded by the “masterpiece” mountains of the Dolomites including the Catinaccio with the Torri del Vajolet, the Sella Group, Sassolungo, and Marmolada. Canazei is one of seven municipalities of the Val di Fassa, and, surrounded by the most important Dolomite peaks, Canazei is one of the most famous Alpine resorts worldwide.

Enjoy dinner at the hotel, with your first taste of the fantastic regional cuisine.
D… Hotel in Canazei, Val di Fassa (3-Star)


Day 2 ~ Val di Fassa: Ciampac, Poza Buffare, and Pozza di Fassa
In the morning, meet your professional UIAGM/IFMGA ski guide for a trip briefing and equipment check (and rent any equipment if needed).

Begin your ski tour in the Ciampac area. Ride the cableway from the centre of Alba di Canazei up to Ciampac, a natural viewpoint in the Sassolungo Group, of the Sella and over towards the Marmolada, the "Queen of the Dolomites." The Ciampac is one of the most famous and exciting black slopes of the entire Val di Fassa. It is a very technical run, about 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles), long with a 660-meter (1,969-foot) descent, dropping sheerly right down to the village.  After you’ve enjoyed a few runs, continue to Poza Buffaure, which links directly from Ciampac, and on to Pozza di Fassa.

From Pozza di Fassa, the “real fun” begins!  Strap your climbing skins onto your skis and ascend the Val dei Monzoni (Monzoni Valley). Once you reach the top, enjoy a superb downhill run to your rifugio (1,982m / 6,503') for tonight.
B,D… Rifugio


Day 3 ~ Marmolada Massif: Passo Forca Rossa to Malga Ciapela
Today begins with a skin up to the Passo di Forca Rossa (2,490m / 8,169'), following the Alta Via 2 between the Ombretta mountains. From the pass, enjoy a long, pleasant downhill ski to Malga Ciapela (1,446m / 4,744'), at the foot of the Marmolada Massif.

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! You will find your luggage here.
B,D… Rifugio


Day 4 ~ Marmolada Massif: Passo Ombretta – Val Contrin
Departing Malga Ciapela, skin up Val Pettorina, and then descend to Alpe di Malga Ombretta (1,904m / 6,247') at the bottom of the majestic south face of the Marmolada Glacier.  Ascend again on skins, this time up the Val Ombretta, beneath the sheer cliffs of the Parete Sud, passing by the Rifugio Falier (2,074m / 6,804'). When you reach Passo Ombretta (2,730m / 8,957'), a nice descent awaits you, bringing you to Penia (1,556m / 5,105') at the bottom of the Val Contrin.

Still want more today? You’ll have ample opportunity to take additional runs on the Marmolada Massif, doing laps on your favorite runs from yesterday, or exploring new territory on this incredible mountain!
B,D… Rifugio


Day 5 ~ Sella Massif
From your rifugio, skin up to Piz Boè (3,156m / 10,354') along the south ridge (about 2.5 hours of climbing), and descend through the Roa de Pigolerz to Vallon. Continue through the Val Litres (with a short 15 minute ascent from the bottom of Piz da Lech) to Colfosco-Corvara.

As with the Marmolada area, there are endless off-piste skiing options in the Sella Massif.  Ski some famous descents such as Val Mezdi – the "Valle Blanche of the Dolomites", Val Setus – with its 1,400 meter (4,595') vertical drop, Val Lasties – or Witch’s Valley, Piz Boe – with various descents and fantastic steeps, and Joel and Holtzer Couloirs on the Sass Pordoi – considered the gateway of extreme skiing in the Dolomites. You will find your luggage here.
B,D… Hotel in Alta Badia (3-Star)


Day 6 ~ 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? 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!


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

Cost

Private Trip: 
From € 2.540 per person (minimum 2 members)
From € 1.790 per person (minimum 4 members)
Group Departures: € 1.690 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 maps of the area
  • Accommodations as noted in itinerary
  • All breakfasts and dinners
  • Local English speaking Professional UIAGM/IFMGA Ski Guide
  • Dolomiti Superskipass
  • Transfers in the area as per itinerary
  • Luggage transfer on days 3 and 5
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax

Airport transfers available on request.
Single rooms available on request in hotels only.

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: Guide Ratio 1:4 (maximum 4 skiers per guide)
Dolomite Mountains Professional UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Ski Guides have many 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.

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.

 

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.

 

EXTEND YOUR ADVENTURE

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
€ 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