4 More Dolomites Winter Experiences Not to Miss
Even if you don’t ski, there are plenty of outdoor activities and ways that you can experience the incredible snow covered landscape of the Dolomites. Snow shoeing is among one of the most popular activities in this region, and it’s something that just about anyone can participate in. There is a huge variety of hiking itineraries, and countless groomed tracks to follow, from easy to navigate valley paths to more challenging mountain routes. For the simpler routes, no training or special preparations are necessary – just strap on your snow shoes (called “ciaspes” in the native language) and go!
Go Cross Country Skiing
Downhill skiing isn’t for everyone – but cross-country skiing is! Cross country skiing is, in the opinion of many experts, the world's best aerobic fitness activity. What better way to get your blood pumping and your muscles working than when you’re surrounded by the majestic peaks of the Dolomite Mountains? There are cross country skiing areas located throughout the Dolomites. A few of our favorites include Alta Badia, Corvara/Colfosco and San Cassiano/Armentarola.
Many areas feature instructions, although no formal training is required for this easy to learn, exhilarating activity. Apart from the timeless charm of downhill skiing, you can try Nordic skiing on 70km of beautiful tracks winding through the magnificent mountain scenery of the Dolomites. It’s the best of both worlds!
Enjoy the Night Life / Après Ski
When the sun goes down and the slopes are virtually empty, the night life in the Dolomites begins to light up! Cortina features 5 discos that are open late into the night, as well as a wide selection of traditional bars and a charming piano bar – the perfect place to relax and unwind after a busy, active day. Likewise, the après ski scene in Alta Badia is simply fantastic, with a huge array of Après Ski huts, restaurants and bars where one can enjoy a few cocktails and some fascinating conversation. One in particular, the “Ütia Las Vegas at the Piz Sorega Plateau, has earned 5 stars and is a favorite among visitors and locals alike.
Ski the Sellaronda
Of course it’s no surprise that skiing is a favorite activity in the Dolomites, but there is nothing quite like skiing around the magnificent Sella Massif, in the very heart of the Dolomites. It’s a truly special and unique adventure, even for the most experienced skier. The Sellaronda is a ski area that features 26 km of slopes – a tour that circumnavigates the Sella Massif, and is considered one of the most spectacular ski tours of the world.
This unique circular connection or merry-go-round of lifts and runs is a modern day carousel that connects four Dolomite passes, four Ladin valleys - Val Gardena, Alta Badia, Val di Fassa, and Livinallongo, and three districts. With a length of just under 40 km, 26 of which are ski slopes, the Sellaronda is a relatively short tour that can be easily conquered in one day, without ever having to remove your skis! What’s more, you’ll have the opportunity to see more of the Dolomites in one day than many see on an entire trip!
Covering an area of over 90,000 acres of spectacular mountainous terrain, the Dolomites offer more activities and excitement than most people experience in a lifetime. With so much to do and see, chances are you’ll find yourself trying to figure out when you can come back again to experience them all! When you do, we’ll be here waiting to help you get the most out of our magnificent mountain home.