WALL STREET JOURNAL – La Dolce Dolomites
In the Italian Alps, a local outfitter customizes a cushy inn-to-inn ski trip.
The terrace of Rifugio Pomedes, a chalet perched on a ridge in Italy’s Dolomite Mountains, was buzzing with chatter. Waiters squeezed past wooden tables ferrying plates of ravioli and tagliolini, spaetzle and goulash, dried meats and cheeses and many bottles of wine. Above the crowded terrace rose the 10,643-foot summit of Tofana di Mezzo, the highest in the crown of peaks that en-circles the picturesque town of Cortina d’Ampezzo (also known as Cortina).
It was my second day in the Dolomites, and my guide, Marika Favé, a former Italian ski team racer, had just led me down two fast runs on Cortina’s downhill course...