The Grand Ski Touring Traverse in the Dolomites

Guided

Luxury

from €2.310 on request

Tour across the incredibly beautiful Dolomites backcountry on skis! Explore the Marmolada area and more, as you skin up and ski down pristine mountain peaks and valleys beyond the reach of the resorts, and cozy up to the welcoming hospitality and hearty meals of charming hotels and mountain inns!

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

Highlights

  • Backcountry ski through two of the most beautiful natural parks in the Dolomites: Fannes-Sennes-Braies and Puez-Odle
  • Ski the Sella Massif, discovering the fairy tale world of the Dolomites in winter
  • Ski “hut-to-hut” and enjoy the atmosphere of mountain rifugios, the best in all of the Alps
  • Explore the Marmolada Massif (3,350m / 10,990'), the highest mountain and the largest remaining glacier in the Dolomites, and ski down its incredible open bowls
  • Enjoy superb skiing with our UIAGM/IFMGA ski guides, who will show you the best of the Dolomites backcountry on skis!
  • Experience a trio of cultures – Italian, Ladin, and German – that make the Dolomites so unique

 

OVERVIEW

There’s no better way to experience winter in the Dolomites than on a backcountry on ski tour. And on this beautiful itinerary, you’ll traverse these mountains from south to north to east, exploring incredible backcountry terrain, far from the crowds and lift-serviced pistes!

Ski through majestic valleys beneath towering massifs, across beautiful passes with spectacular vistas, and over peaks with thrilling descents that will not disappoint.  You’ll ski on the Marmolada Massif, north to Alta Badia, through Puez Odle and Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Parks, and then south to Cortina d’Ampezzo before you’re through. Plus you’ll ski in two different regions of the Dolomites – the Veneto with it’s traditional Venetian-influenced Italian culture and traditions, and the and South Tyrol, once part of Austria with it’s German influences. And the native Ladin influence adds even more color to the mix! But one thing they all have in common – their welcoming hospitality and incredible cuisine!

Renowned as one of the most stunningly beautiful mountain ranges, the Dolomites offer dramatic skiing to match. Whether from skinning up alongside towering limestone cliffs, skiing down what seem to be never ending valleys, or the stunning landscape surrounding you – this UNESCO World Heritage Site will surely take your breath away!

 

Want more days skiing the backcountry?
Check out our 9-Day Backcountry Ski Touring Traverse 

Day by Day

Tour across the incredibly beautiful Dolomites backcountry on skis! Explore the Marmolada area and more, as you skin up and ski down pristine mountain peaks and valleys beyond the reach of the resorts, and cozy up to the welcoming hospitality and hearty meals of charming hotels and mountain inns!


Day 1 ~ Arrive in Falcade, Dolomites
Arrive in the village of Falcade (1,137m / 3,730') on your own (private transfer available on request) and check into your 3-star hotel. Falcade is set amidst the massifs of Pale di San Martino, Focobon, Marmolada, and Civetta, at the edge of the Trevalli Ski Area. At the world famous Trevalli-Moena/San Pellegrino/Falcade resort complex, you’ll find 100 kilometers (62 miles) of perfectly maintained slopes stretching between the Veneto and Trentino regions, part of the Dolomiti Superski area. Tonight enjoy dinner at the hotel with your first taste of the fantastic regional cuisine!
D… Hotel in Falcade


Day 2 ~ Falcade & the Pale di San Martino Area
After breakfast meet your professional UIAGM/IFMGA ski guide for a trip briefing and orientation. You will have an equipment check, rent any equipment if needed, and pick up your 2-day Dolomiti Superskipass.

Take a private transfer (30-40min) to Val Venegia, accross the Passo Valles, where you'll begin your ski tour! Today you'll traverse Monte Mulaz, a peak of the Pale di San Martino, set in a dramatic landscape surrounded by the jagged spires of Focobon Group. You’ll start with a perfect warm up skinning on a mule track, followed by zig-zagging up a big bowl to reach the Rifugio Mulaz (900m / 2,953' vertical gain). From here you have the option to skin to the top of the peak, adding 300 meters (984') to your ascent. At the top, there is a bell to ring to mark your accomplishment, before starting your fantastic descent back to Rifugio Mulaz, then continuing down the east side above Falcade. You'll ski on open terrain, then close to a creek, and above a canyon... in other words, a thrilling descent! Your first day of skiing concludes in Molino, in the ski resort of Falcade. From here you'll take the lifts up to Passo San Pellegrino (1,918m / 6,293'), where a ski doo will take you to your charming rifugio for the night. Set in a magnificent group of isolated old huts, this rifugio is immersed in the marvelous silence of a wide valley with a view of the Pale di San Martino. Here you will get to taste delicious dishes typical of the Trentino region – this renowned, traditional restaurant is mentioned in several culinary guides, and will no doubt be appreciated not only for the quality of the food, but also for its warmth and welcoming hospitality.
B,D… Rifugio 


Day 3 ~ Marmolada
Marmolada, aptly named the “Queen of the Dolomites,” boasts the highest peak of this mountain range, reaching a height of 3,342 meters (10,965'), and provides some of the most spectacular skiing experiences on earth. From your rifugio, skin up through nice, easy terrain to Forca Rossa (2,490m / 8,169'), and ski down the Val Franzedas towards Malga Ciapela, at the base of the Marmolada Massif (3,343m / 10,964'). A series of three cable cars from Malga Ciapela take you to Punta Rocca Punta Rocca (3,309m / 10,856'), near the top of Marmolada. From here you'll ski one of the longest off-piste runs in the Dolomites down to Villetta Maria, where you'll take a private transfer to your charming rifugio for the night (2,239 / 7,346').
B,D… Rifugio 


Day 4 ~ Sella Massif
Today is a spectacular full day of skiing around the Sella Massif (3,152m / 10,341'), a backcountry paradise! The Sella area has incredible terrain for you to enjoy, including the Val Mezdi – the "Valle Blanche of the Dolomites," Val Setus – with its 1,400 meter (4,595') vertical drop, Val Lasties – or Witch’s Valley, Piz Boe – with various descents and fantastic steeps, and Joel and Holtzer Couloirs on the Sass Pordoi – considered the gateway of extreme skiing in the Dolomites. You will decide with your guide, as well as based on snow conditions, which one you will ski.  Today the focus is more on the downhill than the up, as your maximum climb is just of 350 meters (1,148') using a combination of skinning and boot packing (with your skis on your pack) following a trail.In the afternoon, you'll end today’s amazing journey on Passo Gardena where you’ll spend the night. Your luggage will be waiting for you at the hotel.
B,D… Hotel on Passo Gardena


Day 5 ~ Puez-Odle National Park Traverse
You’ll enjoy a wonderful traverse today, from east to north, across the Puez-Odle National Park. The rambling Puez-Odle Group and Natural Park is set in the mountains between Val Gardena and Val Badia, offering a wealth of dramatic landscapes.  To give you a head start, you’ll start by taking a couple of lifts, and then climb up to Forcella Ciampei (2,366m / 7,762', a 450m / 1,476' ascent).  Front this vantage point, you’ll feel like you’re on the moon! You'll enjoy an easy skin to Cima Gardenacia, with time to take in the beautiful 360-degree landscape. At the top, you'll have time to savor a sandwich before dropping in to one of the many choices of chutes down the north side Antersass Valley, where the snow is usually soft and light.  You have more than 1,000 meters (3,281') of vertical descent before you reach Longiarù, where a taxi will meet you and take you to Pederù. Here you’ll again be met for your next transport, but this time by the inn keeper who will will bring you to the rifugio on his snowmobile!
B,D… Rifugio


Day 6 ~ Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park Traverse
Another fantastic traverse is in store for you today, across the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park to the Sennes Plateau. One of the largest Natural Parks in the region, Fanes-Sennes-Braies extends across 25,680 hectares, and offers superb panoramic vistas of the magnificent Marmolada Glacier and surrounding peaks. To reach the plateau, you will cross over Lago Braies, and ascend a short hill; once at the top, you will have a beautiful run down to the lake!  From here you will take a private transfer to Cortina d’Ampezzo and settle into your hotel. Celebrate the conclusion of your Dolomites backcountry ski traverse! Your luggage will be waiting for you at the hotel.
B… Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo


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 guided trip:
From €3.480 per person (minimum 2 members)
From €2.310 per person (minimum 4 members)

The cost is based on 3-4-star hotels, it can be upgraded to 4-5-star, please contact us for a quotation.

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


Cost Includes:

  • Trip briefing on Day 2
  • Logistics and ski maps of the area
  • Accommodations as per itinerary
  • Meals as per itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Local English speaking professional UIAGM/IFMGA ski guide for 5 days
  • Dolomiti Superskipass for 3 days
  • Private/Public transportation in the area when needed
  • Luggage transfer on days 3 and 6 (additional luggage transfers on request)
  • 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:
Up to 4 persons: 1 guide
5-8 persons: 2 guides
9-12 persons: 3 guides
Dolomite Mountains professional UIAGM/IFMGA mountain and 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
16-21 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
Available
€ 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