Dolomites Ski Touring

The Grand Ski Touring Traverse in the Dolomites

Tour across the incredibly beautiful Dolomites backcountry on skis! Explore the Marmolada area and more, as you skin up and ski down pristine mountain peaks and valleys beyond the reach of the resorts, and cozy up to the welcoming hospitality and hearty meals of charming hotels and mountain inns!

Trip Overview

There’s no better way to experience winter in the Dolomites than on a backcountry on ski tour. And on this beautiful itinerary, you’ll traverse these mountains from south to north to east, exploring incredible backcountry terrain, far from the crowds and lift-serviced pistes!

Ski through majestic valleys beneath towering massifs, across beautiful passes with spectacular vistas, and over peaks with thrilling descents that will not disappoint. 

You’ll ski on the Marmolada Massif, north to Alta Badia, through Puez Odle and Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Parks, and then south to Cortina d’Ampezzo before you’re through. Plus you’ll ski in two different regions of the Dolomites – the Veneto with it’s traditional Venetian-influenced Italian culture and traditions, and the and South Tyrol, once part of Austria with it’s German influences. And the native Ladin influence adds even more color to the mix! But one thing they all have in common – their welcoming hospitality and incredible cuisine!

Renowned as one of the most stunningly beautiful mountain ranges, the Dolomites offer dramatic skiing to match. Whether from skinning up alongside towering limestone cliffs, skiing down what seem to be never ending valleys, or the stunning landscape surrounding you – this UNESCO World Heritage Site will surely take your breath away!

Want more days skiing the backcountry?
Check out our 9-Day Backcountry Ski Touring Traverse 

Highlights

  • Backcountry ski through two of the most beautiful natural parks in the Dolomites: Fannes-Sennes-Braies and Puez-Odle
  • Ski the Sella Massif, discovering the fairy tale world of the Dolomites in winter
  • Ski “hut-to-hut” and enjoy the atmosphere of mountain rifugios, the best in all of the Alps
  • Explore the Marmolada Massif (3,350m / 10,990'), the highest mountain and the largest remaining glacier in the Dolomites, and ski down its incredible open bowls
  • Enjoy superb skiing with our UIAGM/IFMGA ski guides, who will show you the best of the Dolomites backcountry on skis!
  • Experience a trio of cultures – Italian, Ladin, and German – that make the Dolomites so unique

Day By Day

Trip itinerary may vary based on weather conditions, fitness levels and abilities of participants, and/or the recommendations of the Dolomite Mountains Team and your mountain guide. Daily mileage and altitude gain may vary depending on the device used.

  • Day 1

    Hotel in Falcade

  • Day 2

    Rifugio

  • Day 3

    Rifugio

  • Day 4

    Hotel on Passo Gardena

  • Day 5

    Rifugio

  • Day 6

    Hotel in Cortina d'Ampezzo

  • Day 7

Accommodation

Great hotels with Dolomite Mountains. Whether intimate lodge, family run B&B, or luxury spa resort, our hotels are unique, eminently local, and hard to leave.

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!

Guide Ratio:
Up to 4 persons: 1 guide
5-8 persons: 2 guides
9-12 persons: 3 guides
Dolomite Mountains professional UIAGM/IFMGA mountain and 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.

Technical Equipment for Backcountry Ski Touring Trips

  • Ski crampons (aka harscheisen): most randonnee bindings have ski crampons specifically designed for the binding. We always carry these just in case. Fritschi now make them an integral part of their ski binding and although there were some initial teething problems, the newer models are now working well.
  • Ski skins:  fitted skins are recommended especially if you have very wide skis.
  • Boot crampons:  Ideally lightweight aluminum with ‘quick fit clip-on bindings.'
  • Climbing harness:  a simple lightweight climbing harness. The key feature should be that it has fully adjustable leg loops for putting on over ski boots, crampons, etc.

Boot/ski crampons and climbing harness can be rented locally at an extra cost, your guide will advise according to the local conditions and activity. 

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.

 

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!

Cost

All itineraries are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including, weather, road or trail conditions.

Private guided trip:
€3.840 per person (minimum 2 members)
€2.590 per person (minimum 4 members)

The cost is based on 3-4-star hotels, it can be upgraded to 4-5 star, please contact us for a quotation.

Single room supplement: on request, in hotels only

High Season Dates:  1st February – 7th March 2020 --- 5% increase on costs
Holiday Blackout Dates:  (7-night minimum hotel stay required)
Christmas / New Years — 26th December 2019 – 6th January 2020


Helicopter Sightseeing & Airport Transfers – There's Nothing Else Like It!

Take to the skies for an aerial look at the spectacular Dolomite Mountains, and make memories to last a lifetime! Whether on a panoramic sightseeing ride or an airport transfer, you'll appreciate a bird's eye view of the stunning scenery aboard state-of-the-art single engine helicopters. With over 30 years in operation, our experienced pilots and ground crew employ the utmost safety standards, quality, and service. Contact us for a quotation.
Rides are weather dependent. Heli-transfers from/to airports require advanced reservation. In-resort rides can be reserved with shorter notice.

Cost includes:

  • Trip briefing and orientation
  • Logistics and ski maps of the area
  • Accommodations as per itinerary
  • Breakfasts and dinners
  • Local English speaking Professional UIAGM/IFMGA Ski Guide for 5 days
  • Dolomiti Superski Skipass for 3 days
  • Transportation in the area as per itinerary
  • Luggage transfer on days 3 and 6 (additional luggage transfers on request)
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax
Airport transfers available on request.

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