Dolomites Backcountry Ski Tour: Natural Park Loop

Guided

Luxury

from €2.060 on request

Challenge yourself backcountry skiing through two beautiful natural parks in the dramatic Dolomite Mountains, offering you many of the best descents in the area. Discover for yourself why it was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status!

  • Length 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Trip Type Backcountry Ski Touring
  • Activity Level Moderate to Challenging
  • Start / Finish Alta Badia
  • Dates This trip is available as a custom, private departure on dates of your choosing from December to March

Highlights

  • Ski tour through two of the most beautiful natural parks in the Dolomites: Fannes-Sennes-Braies and Dolomiti Ampezzane
  • Backcountry ski through the Dolomites – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – experiencing its distinctive geology and fascinating blend of cultures
  • Perfect for experienced skiers looking for a challenging ski tour!

 

OVERVIEW

The Dolomites, inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009, are some of the most stunningly beautiful mountains in the world, with dramatic skiing to match. This five day back-country skiing loop around the Fannes-Sennes-Braies and Dolomiti Ampezzane Natural Parks will show you the best of this region while offering you many of the best descents in the area: long runs down remote valleys, dominated by the towering limestone cliffs. The journey covers a lot of ground and, and in order to get to some of the best off-piste downhill terrain, climbing skins (attached to the bottoms of your skis to help you ski uphill) are required – but we think you’ll agree your uphill efforts were well spent as you enjoy the ski down!

And the Dolomites have much more to offer than the skiing – throughout you’ll experience the rich combination of cultures, traditions, and cuisines – Italian, German, and Ladin – found in northern Italy, that make this region and World Heritage Site so unique.

Day by Day

Challenge yourself backcountry skiing through three beautiful natural parks in the dramatic Dolomite Mountains, offering you many of the best descents in the area. Discover for yourself why it was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status!


Day 1 ~ Arrive in Alta Badia, Dolomites
Arrive in Alta Badia on your own (private transfer available on request).
D… Hotel in Alta Badia


Day 2 ~ Up to Rifugio Lagazuoi
In the morning, meet your Local English Speaking UIAGM/IFMGA mountain ski guide for a trip briefing and orientation. From the town of Corvara private transfer to Passo Campolongo. From here you skin up to the top Monte Sief (2,424m / 7,953'), and then enjoy a superb downhill to Passo Falzarego through the Dolomiti Ampezzane Natural Park. Overnight in a mountain rifugio  with 360° views of the Dolomite peaks.
B,D… Rifugio


Day 3 ~ Tofane di Rozes & Cristallo Mountain Groups
You’ll begin your day with a long ski downhill through the Val Travenanzes under the Cime di Fanis and Tofane mountain ranges. Skin up to the Rifugio Som Forca, traversing the old railway of Cortina Dobbiaco on the way. Enjoy the spectacular setting under the Cristallo Massif where the movie Cliff Hanger was shot.
B,D… Rifugio


Day 4 ~ Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park
Ski down one of the best descents in the Dolomites: “Pra del Vecio Valley” to the Cimabanche Pass. Skin up through Forcella Lerosa to a cozy rifugio in the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park for the night.
B,D… Rifugio


Day 5 ~ Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park High Plateau
From your rifugio you will skin up to the High Plateau of Fanes-Sennes-Braies, to your rifugio for tonight. A long and demanding day, but you will be surely rewarded with beautiful views and an uforgettable overnight stay.
B,D… Rifugio


Day 6 ~ Return to Alta Badia
Today begins with a long skin up to the Forcella Medesc between two impressive massifs, where you’ll have spectacular views of the Alta Badia region as you enjoy the panorama of the Puez-Odle Dolomitic Natural Park right in front of you. Ski down the Medesc Valley to the village of La Villa in Alta Badia and transfer to your hotel. Farewell dinner at local restaurant.
B,D… Hotel in Alta Badia


Day 7 ~ Depart
Breakfast and departure on your own (private transfer available on request).
B…


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 and abilities of participants, accommodations availability and/or the recommendations of your guide.

Cost

Private Trip:
From € 2.980 per person (minimum 2 members)
From € 2.060 per person (minimum 4 members)

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

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


Cost Includes:

  • Trip briefing
  • Logistics and map of the area
  • Accommodations in 4-star hotel in Alta Badia and rifugios as noted in itinerary
  • Meals as noted in itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Local English speaking Professional UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Ski Guide during the entire itinerary
  • Private transfer as noted in itinerary
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax

Airport transfers 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

Guided: Guide Ratio 1:6 (maximum 6 skiers per guide)
Dolomite Mountains Professional UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Ski Guides have many 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.

Technical Equipment for Backcountry Ski Touring Trips

  • Ski crampons (aka harscheisen): most randonnee bindings have ski crampons specifically designed for the binding. We always carry these just in case. Fritschi now make them an integral part of their ski binding and although there were some initial teething problems, the newer models are now working well.
  • Ski skins:  fitted skins are recommended especially if you have very wide skis.
  • Boot crampons:  Ideally lightweight aluminum with ‘quick fit clip-on bindings.'
  • Climbing harness:  a simple lightweight climbing harness. The key feature should be that it has fully adjustable leg loops for putting on over ski boots, crampons, etc.

Boot/ski crampons and climbing harness can be rented locally at an extra cost, your guide will advise according to the local conditions and activity. 

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 The Not to Miss Ski Tours of the DolomitesDolomites Ski ResortsTransitioning from On- to Off-Piste, and MORE

Check out our video gallery with some of the best free-ride videos in the Dolomites and check out our new video Freeride Off-Piste: Val Culea Integrale in the Sella Group.

 

EXTEND YOUR ADVENTURE

Still want more adventure? 
We can two additional days of skiing in the Cortina d’Ampezzo area! From Cortina d'Ampezzo there are incredible off-piste descents of Cinque Torri, Lagazuoi, Tofana, and Cristallo Massifs, to name a few. Click here to see some of our favorites!

Still want even 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