Family Ski Safari in the Dolomites

Self Guided

Guided

Luxury

from €8.070 for 3 members family from €12.600 for 3 members family from €13.560

A winter family vacation that is so much more than “just” a ski trip! Explore the Dolomites on skis, moving from hut-to-hut each night, entirely on groomed, lift-served runs. World-class on- and off-piste terrain, magnificent vistas, three different cultures and cuisines – quite simply the best winter family vacation ever!

  • Length 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Trip Type On-Piste Ski Safari
  • Activity Level
  • Start / Finish Cortina D'Ampezzo
  • Dates This trip is available as a custom, private departure on dates of your choosing from December to Easter

Highlights

  • Experience the Dolomiti Superski – a “carousel” of 12 inter-connected resorts with 1,200 kilometers (746 miles) of prepared pistes!
  • Explore some of the Dolomites most famous resorts includingCortina d’Ampezzo, Sesto/Sexten, Plan de Corones/Kronplatz, Val di Fassa and Alta Badia areas, surrounded by superb panoramas  
  • Savor the delicious, hearty cuisine the Dolomites are known for as you taste your way from valley to valley…
  • Share the adventure of skiing through the Dolomites with your family – the best winter vacation ever!

OVERVIEW

Want your family winter vacation to be more than “just” a ski trip? Then join us in the Dolomites for a Family Ski Safari! On this itinerary, you’ll explore a wide variety of the finest ski resorts of the Dolomiti Superski. From Cortina d’Ampezzo to Sesto/Sexten, Plan de Corones/Kronplatz to Val di Fassa, and of course, Alta Badia, you’ll have 6 full days of skiing to get to know these mountains well. You and your family will ski from resort-to-resort, aided by ski lifts. No snowshoeing, no skinning – just skiing, pure and simple! And, whether your family includes beginner/intermediate on-piste skiers, advanced off-piste skiers, or both, this itinerary can be adapted to your family’s skill levels and interests.

One of the beauties of skiing in the Dolomites is that you can ski from resort to resort, or moving to a Rifugio for the night. You’ll experience the welcoming atmosphere of a rifugio – an alpine mountain inn set high atop the mountains with excellent views. Cozy wood-paneled bedrooms and big fluffy duvets make for a great end to the day! And crossing from region to region, your taste buds will enjoy the unique combination of flavors resulting from the different Italian, Austrian, and Ladin cultures and cuisine found in these valleys.

No day is the same, with pristine valleys and terrains aplenty for your family explore within the beautiful Dolomite Mountains. And nowhere else in the world can you access such a variety of lift-service skiing terrain covering so much ground – you may never ski the same run twice! The imposing peaks of the Dolomite Mountains provide extraordinary terrain for skiing and snowboarding. Boasting the number one ski resort in the world, and a past Winter Olympics site to boot, the Dolomites are a winter sports paradise for families – beginners and champions alike. 

 

Day by Day

A winter family vacation that is so much more than “just” a ski trip! Explore the Dolomites on skis, moving from hut-to-hut each night, entirely on groomed, lift-served runs. World-class on- and off-piste terrain, magnificent vistas, three different cultures and cuisines – quite simply the best winter family vacation ever!


Day 1 ~ Arrive in Cortina D’Ampezzo, Dolomites

Arrive in Cortina d’Ampezzo (1,224m / 4,016') on your own and check into your hotel (private transfer available on request). Cortina d’Ampezzo is a charming alpine resort town surrounded by stunning peaks, uniquely sheltered from the cold winds of the north, giving it a pleasantly mild climate that tourists can enjoy year-round. Host to the 1956 Winter Olympics, Cortina enjoys a reputation for great skiing in winter, and in the summer attracts hikers and climbers who challenge the rocky faces of the nearby mountains. This chic alpine town also caters to the high society crowd, offering many year-round social activities, shopping, and fine dining.

In the afternoon, you’ll meet a Dolomite Mountains representative for a trip briefing and orientation, and to receive your week long Dolomiti Superskipass. You’ll have the opportunity to discuss where you’ll ski this week, and everyone’s skiing interests and abilities. Whether you and members of your family are beginner/intermediate on-piste skiers or advanced off-piste skiers, this itinerary can be adapted to the groups’ skill level, and is customizable for a wide variety of abilities.
…Hotel in Cortina D’Ampezzo


Day 2 ~ Cortina d'Ampezzo Ski Area: Tofane
In the morning meet your local English speaking UIAGM/IFMGA ski guide for a trip briefing and orientation, receive your lift passes and begin your ski adventure in the Dolomites!

Today you will discover the resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo with its 140km / 87 miles of slopes and 42 lifts, well-known all over the world also as host to the 1956 Winter Olympics. This area offers some of the most exhilarating and beautiful alpine ski runs in the world. Ski in the area of Faloria & Cristallo and taste the excitement of being completely surrounded in a Natural World Heritage location. Choose from 24 pistes (5 black runs, 11 red runs, 8 blue runs) with a total of 44km / 27,3 miles, several levels of difficulty but all with a stunning view over the Ampezzo Valley. In the afternoon, a private transfer will take you to the town Sesto/Sexten Dolomites.
B,D… Hotel in Sesto


Day 3 ~ Ski in Sesto/Sexten
A real snow paradise awaits you at easternmost resort of the Dolomiti Superski area, Alta Pusteria, set at the foot of the largest natural sundial made up by five Dolomite peaks: Cima Nove, Cima Dieci, Cima Undici, Cima Dodici and Cima Una. Here 82 kilometers (50.9 miles) of marvelous slopes with 31 lift facilities turn the breathtaking mountain world of the Dolomites of Sesto into a purely enjoyable experience for everybody from beginners to experts alike. Demanding skiers can choose the Holzriese slope, Italy’s steepest prepared slope and known as one of the steepest descents in the entire Alps chain, or the Raut slope at Monte Elmo, one of the most beautiful red slopes (medium difficulty) in the Dolomites, with fast and driven curves. Moreover, it is a popular place for spending tobogganing, skiing evenings and, at the Croda Rossa, children are surrounded by giant snowmen and rain deer and feel like in a winter tale!
B,D… Hotel in Sesto


Day 4 ~ Ski in Plan de Corones/Kronplatz
In the morning, wear your ski gear and take the direct ski train from Versciaco (ticket not included), a fast and modern train service that connects the ski resorts of Sesto/Sexten to Plan de Corones/Kronplatz in less than 40 minutes, from piste to piste!

Kronplatz is a popular destination for skiers, with its majestic 2,275-meter (7,464') peak standing out from the surrounding mountains. On the top of a wooded area, along the south side of the Pusteria Valley, it offers a 360-degree panorama of the entire surroundings. 105 kilometres (65 miles) of pistes and 31 modern lifts, its slopes will take you towards Riscone (Brunico), San Vigilio di Marebbe, Valdaora, and Perca.

In the afternoon, reach the town of San Vigilio di Marebbe and take the final cable-cars to Piculin, where a private taxi will await to tak you to Alta Badia, your next destination in the Dolomites. Located in a large valley surrounded all around by the gorgeous peaks of the Dolomites, Alta Badia is truly the “heart of the Dolomites.” Geographically in the South Tyrol (Südtirol), this area was part of Austria prior to the First World War. Here you’ll find unique mountain scenery with villages rich in natural beauties and ancient traditions, witness the simple everyday life of the local people (the “Ladini”), as well as the customs and traditions of the ancient Ladin culture. 
B,D… Hotel in Alta Badia


Day 5 ~ Ski in Alta Badia
Corvara, Colfosco, La Villa, San Cassiano, Badia and La Val are the famous names of the towns of Alta Badia that represent the cradle of the Dolomites winter tourism. Alta Badia is located 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 (53 total), miles of wide, well-groomed slopes (130km / 81 miles), and the spaciousness of the ski area allow you to enjoy pleasant and safe skiing days. Children can spend time at one of the many ‘Fun Parks’ on the pistes, boasting snow tubes, slides, sledges and much more!

Charming mountain huts and first class mountain restaurants round out the appeal, making Alta Badia a ski area for connoisseurs. You will have the opportunity to venture on the famous World Cup slope of Gran Risa or on the more relaxed slopes of Piz La Villa, Gardenaccia and Santa Croce.
Try the traditional Ladine specialities or even lobster, served in the many rifugios on the slopes. Thanks to the Ladine, Tyrolean, and Mediterranean influences this area has developed a unique and extremely varied cusine.
B,D… Hotel in Alta Badia


Day 6 ~ Ski a portion of the SellaRonda
The Sellaronda Ski Tour is one of the most fantastic spectacular ski tours in the world, circumnavigating the Sella Massif. Considered somewhat of a “merry-go-round” for intermediate level skiers, this unique circular connection of lifts and runs was once the only way the ancient inhabitants of the Ladin villages could maintain a connection with each other. Nowadays it’s a modern day carousel that connects four Dolomite passes and four Ladin valleys (Val Gardena, Alta Badia, Val di Fassa, and Arabba).
Today you will be skiing a portion of the SellaRonda circuit and experience an unforgettable night at a cozy  Rifugio on the mountain, an experience that should not be missed from your visit to the Dolomites.
B,D… Rifugio


Day 7 ~ Sellaronda Skitour & Marmolada Glacier
Today you will discover the second portion of the Sellaronda circuit, but keen skiers can test their skills at the Marmolada Glacier. From your Rifugio ski to the town of Arabba, take the Porta Vescovo cable car and continue through slopes and lifts to Malga Ciapela, where you'll find the first of the three cable cars taking you up the Marmolada Glacier.

Known as the “Queen of the Dolomites,” Marmolada is the highest peak and the only sizeable glacier remaining in these mountains. The ski area of the Marmolada, the imposing mountain dividing the region of the Bellunese from the region of Trentino, and reaching a height of 3,342 meters (10,965'), is one of the most scenic of the Dolomites. The Marmolada ski area offers wonderful intermediate and high difficulty ski slopes on the glacier, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes. The ski runs are well groomed and run down the glacier towards the valley, and the highest point of the ski area is also the starting point of one of the most beautiful ski runs of the Alps: La Bellunese. Besides alpine skiing, here you can practice also off-piste, cross-country, and ski mountaineering.
At the end of the day, return to Alta Badia and take a private transfer to Cortina D’Ampezzo for your last night in the Dolomites.
B…Hotel in Cortina D’Ampezzo


Day 7 ~ Depart
Breakfast and departure on your own (private transfer available on request).
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EXTEND YOUR ADVENTURE
You’ve come all this way… why not stay a little longer? Explore the spectacular city of Venice, or, if you join us in December, explore the magical Christmas Markets of the Dolomites!



Itinerary may vary based on weather conditions, fitness levels, age, and skiing abilities of participants, and/or the recommendations of your guide. Whether you are a beginner/intermediate on-piste skier or an advanced off-piste skier, this itinerary can be adapted to the groups’ skill level, and is customizable for a wide variety of abilities.

Cost

Guided Trips:
From € 12.600 for the whole family (3 participants) 1 triple room
From € 15.480 for the whole family (4 participants) 2 double rooms
From € 17.450 for the whole family (5 participants) 1 double and 1 triple room
From € 20.460 for the whole family (6 participants) 3 double rooms

Self Guided Trips:
From € 8.070 for the whole family (3 participants) 1 triple room
From € 10.840 for the whole family (4 participants) 2 double rooms
From € 12.700 for the whole family (5 participants) 1 double and 1 triple room
From € 15.540 for the whole family (6 participants) 3 double rooms

Single room supplement: on request, in hotels only
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


The cost is based on 4-star hotels, upgrade to 5-star hotels:
From € 13.560 for the whole family (3 participants) 1 triple room
From € 17.200 for the whole family (4 participants) 2 double rooms
From € 19.270 for the whole family (5 participants) 1 double and 1 triple room
From € 23.040 for the whole family (6 participants) 3 double rooms
*Note: 5-Star properties not available in Sesto/Sexten


Cost Includes:

  • Trip briefing
  • Logistics and map of the area
  • 2 nights accommodation in Cortina D’Ampezzo
  • 2 night accommodation in Sesto
  • 2 nights accommodation in Alta Badia
  • 1 nights accommodation in charming mountain inn/rifugio in private rooms with private/shared bathroom
  • All breakfasts and dinners (except in Cortina D’Ampezzo)
  • Local English speaking professional UIAGM/IFMGA ski guide for 6 days (guided trips)
  • Dolomiti Superskipass for 6 days
  • Transportation in the area when needed
  • Luggage transfer to hotels
  • Duffel bag transfer to rifugio
  • Tourist tax
  • 22% Italian VAT tax

Airport transfers available on request.
Ski equipment rentals available on request.

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

LEARN MORE:

Want to learn more about skiing in the Dolomite Mountains? Check out our Winter Article Resources, featuring articles on Dolomites Ski ResortsTransitioning from On- to Off-Piste, and MORE

Check our video gallery with some of the best free-ride videos in the Dolomites.

And, don't miss our resource article: Why The Dolomites Are the Place to Be for Winter Family Adventure

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!

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
16-20 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 930
16-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 1.040
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
3-10 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1640
3-7 Oct
2017
4
Sold out
€ 930
10-15 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1.040
21-27 Feb
2018
4
Available
€ 2390
26-31 Feb
2018
4
Limited space
€ 1.320
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2480
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1600
4-9 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1350
11-17 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2390
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Sold out
€ 1.320
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2480
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
€ 2390
27 Feb - 2 Mar
2019
4
Limited space
€ 2390
10-16 Mar
2019
4
Sold out
€ 2390
17-22 Apr
2019
4
Sold out
€ 2480
18-23 Apr
2019
4
Limited space
€ 1.320
24-30 Apr
2019
4
Limited space
€ 2390
16-21 Jul
2019
4
Sold out
€ 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
7-11 Oct
2019
4
Available
€ 930
7-14 Oct
2019
4
Available
€ 1.890
15-20 Oct
2019
4
Available
€ 1.040
12-18 Feb
2020
4
Available
€ 2390
19-25 Feb
2020
4
Available
€ 2390
19-24 Feb
2020
4
Available
€ 2480
29 Feb - 4 Mar
2020
4
Limited space
€ 2390
15-20 Apr
2020
4
Available
€ 2480
15-20 Apr
2020
4
Available
€ 1.320
21-27 Apr
2020
4
Available
€ 2390