Dolomites Off-Piste Skiing Safari

Dolomites Off-Piste Ski Safari Traverse

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!

Trip 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!?

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!

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 Alta Badia

  • Day 2

    Rifugio

  • Day 3

    Rifugio

  • Day 4

    Hotel in Alta Badia

  • Day 5
  • Day 5

    Hotel in Cortina d'Ampezzo

  • 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!

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!

 

Cost

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

Private Guided Trip 5 days/4 nights trip:
€ 2.790 per person (minimum 2 members)
€ 2.120 per person (minimum 4 members)

Private Guided Trip 7 days/6 nights trip:
€ 4.330 per person (minimum 2 members)
€ 3.230 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 4-star hotels, it can be upgraded to 5-star, please contact us for a quotation.

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

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.

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
  • Logistics and map of the area
  • 2 nights accommodation in 4-star Hotel in Alta Badia
  • 2 nights accommodation in charming rifugi in private/shared rooms with private/shared bathroom
  • 2 nights accommodation in 4-star Hotel in Cortina (7 days trip)
  • 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.

Video

Dolomites Map