Dolomites Off-Piste Skiing Safari

Off-Piste & Couloirs: Freeride in the Dolomites

Freeride the Dolomites and challenge yourself on incredible off-piste terrain and couloirs! Leveraging resort lifts, you’ll don climbing skins for places the lifts can’t reach, and explore some of the most pristine backcountry you can imagine!

Trip Overview

Couloirs and challenging off-piste. Deep powder skiing and face shots. Now that’s the stuff winter dreams are made of.  And now you can make them come true!

As you enjoy this week of off-piste freeriding in the Dolomites, you’ll explore many of the lines and couloirs here that have become the stuff of legends. Using a combination of lifts, gondolas, skinning, and boot packing, you’ll reach the some of the most incredible terrain these mountains have to offer.  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!

And, like all of our skiing trips, you’ll be led by one of our incredible UIAGM/IFMGA Professional Ski Guides, ensuring your safety and enjoyment!

Highlights

  • Enjoy some of the most challenging – and beautiful – off-piste slopes in the Dolomites
  • Savor the delicious hearty cuisine the Dolomites are known for
  • Experience the Dolomiti Superski – a “carousel” of 12 inter-connected resorts with 1,200 kilometers (746 miles) of prepared pistes and access to some of the most incredible off-piste in the world!
  • Stay in charming hotels and mountain rifugios – the best in the Alps – the perfect combination of mountain accommodations
  • Enjoy superb skiing with our certified ski mountain guides, who will show you the best of the Dolomites backcountry on skis!

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 (D)

  • Day 2

    Hotel in Alta Badia (B,D)

  • Day 3

    Rifugio (B,D)

  • Day 4

    Rifugio (B,D)

  • Day 5

    Rifugio (B,D)

  • Day 6

    Rifugio (B,D)

  • Day 7

    Hotel in Cortina d'Ampezzo (B)

  • Day 8

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 1:4/5 (maximum 5 skiers per guide)
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:
    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 Off-piste Ski Descents in Alta Badia and in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Dolomites Ski Resorts, Transitioning from On- to Off-Piste, and MORE!

And don't miss our video gallery with some of the best free-ride videos in the Dolomites, including our new video Freeride Off-Piste: Val Culea Integrale in the Sella Group!

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 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!

"Exciting yet deadly, these narrow snowy chutes are for the highly skilled and stout of heart," writes Simon Usborne in "The Indipendent".
Read the full article: Couloirs: An off-piste adventure.

Cost

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

Private Guided Trip:
€ 5.240 per person (minimum 2 members)
€ 3.880 per person (minimum 4 members)

Single room supplement: on request, in hotels only
High Season Dates:  30th January – 06th March 2021 --- 5% increase on costs
Holiday Blackout Dates:  (7-night minimum hotel stay required)
Christmas / New Years — 26th December 2020 – 6th January 2021

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

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.

Cost Includes:

  • Trip briefing
  • Logistics and map of the area
  • Accommodations as per itinerary
  • All breakfasts
  • Dinners (except in Cortina d'Ampezzo)
  • Local English speaking Professional UIAGM/IFMGA Ski Guide for 6 days
  • Skipass Dolomiti Superski
  • Transfers in the area with your guide
  • Safety equipment rental
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax
Airport transfers available on request.

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