Off-Piste & Couloirs: Freeride in the Dolomites

Guided

Luxury

from €3.120 on request

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!

  • Length 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Trip Type Off-Piste Skiing
  • Activity Level Moderate to Challenging
  • Start / Finish Alta Badia / Cortina d'Ampezzo
  • Dates This trip is available as a custom, private departure on dates of your choosing from December to Easter

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!

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!

Day by Day

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!


Day 1 ~ Arrive in Alta Badia, Dolomites
Arrive in Alta Badia on your own (private transfer available on request) and check into your Hotel. Located in a large valley surrounded all around by the gorgeous peaks of the Dolomites, Alta Badia is set between 1,400 and 2,700 meters (4,593-8,858') above sea level and this altitude ensures optimal ski conditions throughout the winter, and offers breath-taking views of the most beautiful peaks of the Dolomites. Fast and comfortable ski lift connections, miles of wide, well-groomed slopes (130 km / 81 miles), and the spaciousness of the ski area allow you to enjoy pleasant and safe skiing days. Charming mountain huts and first class mountain restaurants round out the appeal, making Alta Badia a ski area for connoisseurs.
D,… Hotel in Alta Badia


Day 2 ~ Alta Badia
In the morning, meet your UIAGM/IFMGA Professional Ski Guide for a trip briefing and an equipment check, and to discuss options for your first day of skiing in the Dolomites! Gather your gear, purchase your ski pass, and start your skiing adventure! Today is a warm up day, and you’ll ski the best descents in the Alta Badia area.

On each day of your trip, you will have many options of off-piste descents. These will be selected with your guide based on snow conditions, weather, and the fitness levels and abilities of each skier.
B,D… Hotel in Alta Badia


Day 3 ~ Arabba
Today you will ski at the Arabba Resort in the Livinallongo Valley, and enjoy the many off-piste descents you will find here. Arabba is set at the foot of the majestic Sella Massif (3,152m / 10,341'), and is the highest in elevation of all of the Dolomites ski resorts.

In the afternoon ski towards the Marmolada Glacier for the night
B,D… Rifugio


Day 4 ~ Marmolada Glacier
Marmolada, aptly named as “Queen of the Dolomites,” boasts the highest peak of all the Dolomites, reaching a height of 3,342 meters (10,965'), features the largest remaining glacier in the Dolomite Mountains. It also provides some of the most spectacular off-piste skiing experiences on earth.
B,D… Rifugio


Day 5 & 6 ~ Sella Massif
You’ll spend the next two days skiing incredible descents in the Dolomites Sella Group.  Skiing options include the largest choice of easily accessed couloirs – plus famous descents, fantastic steeps, and the gateway of extreme skiing in the Dolomites!
B,D… Rifugio


Day 7 ~ Cortina d’Ampezzo / Cristallo Massif
Explore the terrain surrounding Lagazuoi and Cortina d’Ampezzo, well-known all over the world for its fascinating beauty, surrounding mountains, and as host to the 1956 Winter Olympics.  You may enjoy off-piste descents on the Cinque Torri, Lagazuoi, Tofana, and Cristallo Massifs, depending on snow and weather conditions.

When you are done skiing for the day, transfer to Alta Badia with you guide and settle in to your hotel.
B,… Hotel in Cortina d'Ampezzo


Day 8 ~ Depart
Breakfast and departure on your own.
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EXTEND YOUR ADVENTURE!
You've come all this way, why not stay a little longer? 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!



Trip itinerary may vary based on weather and snow conditions, fitness levels, abilities of participants, accommodations availability and/or the recommendations of your guide.

Whilst 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 be automatically 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

Private Guided Trip:
From € 4.370 per person (minimum 2 members)
From € 3.120 per person (minimum 4 members)

Single room supplement: on request, in hotels only

High Season Dates:  2nd February – 9th March 2019 --- 5% increase on costs
Holiday Blackout Dates:  (7-night minimum hotel stay required)
Christmas / New Years — 26th December 2018 – 6th January 2019

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 as per itinerary
  • Local English speaking Professional UIAGM/IFMGA Ski Guide
  • Skipass Dolomiti Superski
  • Transfers in the area with your guide
  • Safety equipment rental
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax 

Airport transfers available on request.

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.

Accommodation

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!

More info

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. 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 Off-piste Ski Descents in Alta Badia and in Cortina d'AmpezzoDolomites Ski ResortsTransitioning 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 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!


"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.

Group Trip Dates

Trip name   Trip dates   Min persons   Trip status   Price    
25-30 Jul
2017
4
Available
€ 1.040
27 Jul - 3 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1.310
8-14 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 1640
15-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 2860
16-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 1.040
16-20 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 930
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1640
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 2860
2-8 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 2860
3-7 Oct
2017
4
Sold out
€ 930
3-10 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1640
10-15 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1.040
21-27 Feb
2018
4
Available
€ 2.390
26-31 Feb
2018
4
Limited space
€ 1.300
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1600
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2.440
4-9 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1350
11-17 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2.390
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2.440
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Sold out
€ 1.300
17-22 Jul
2018
4
Sold out
€ 1.040
1-5 Aug
2018
4
Sold out
€ 930
7-13 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1640
7-13 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 2860
8-12 Aug
2018
4
Limited space
€ 930
15-22 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1640
25-31 Sep
2018
4
Sold out
€ 2860
8-12 Oct
2018
4
Limited space
€ 930
16-21 Oct
2018
4
Limited space
€ 1.040
13-19 Feb
2019
4
Sold out
€ 2.360
27 Feb - 2 Mar
2019
4
Limited space
€ 2.390
3-8 Mar
2019
4
Limited space
€ 2.440
10-16 Mar
2019
4
Sold out
€ 2.360
17-22 Apr
2019
4
Sold out
€ 2.440
18-23 Apr
2019
4
Limited space
€ 1.300
24-30 Apr
2019
4
Limited space
€ 2.390
16-21 Jul
2019
4
Limited space
€ 1.040
21-28 Jul
2019
4
Available
€ 1.890
7-11 Aug
2019
4
Limited space
€ 930
4-10 Sep
2019
4
Available
€ 1.310
7-14 Oct
2019
4
Available
€ 1.890
7-11 Oct
2019
4
Available
€ 930
15-20 Oct
2019
4
Available
€ 1.040