Ski Touring Around Alta Badia

Guided

Luxury

from €1.860 on request

Backcountry ski through one of the most breathtaking mountain landscapes on earth! Experience the endless powder-filled terrain, sandwiched between towering peaks and high-mountain passes of the Alta Badia region of the Dolomite Mountains.

  • Length 6 Days / 5 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 the Alta Badia region of the Dolomites – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – experiencing its distinctive geology and fascinating blend of cultures
  • Enjoy superb skiing with our UIAGM/IFMGA ski guides, who will show you the best of the Dolomites backcountry on skis!
  • Backcountry ski through one of the most beautiful natural parks in the Dolomites: Fannes-Sennes-Braies
  • Ski “hut-to-hut” and enjoy the atmosphere of mountain rifugios, the best in all of the Alps
  • Experience the rich Ladin culture of northern Italy, with its many traditions that make this region so unique

 

OVERVIEW

Alta Badia is a world-renowned destination for skiing. With incredible pistes, 8 of 10 days filled with sunshine, and fresh powder, it’s no wonder World Cup events are held at resorts here each year! But Alta Badia offers much more than resort skiing… endless backcountry terrain full of pristine powder just waiting for your descent!

Alta Badia is located in the beautiful Val Badia (Abbey Valley) in the South Tyrol (Südtirol in both German and Ladino, Sudtirolo in Italian, and also known by its Italian name Alto Adige); this entire area was part of Austria before the First World War. Here you'll discover the combined Austro-Italian culture through the food, architecture, and language. The local people speak Ladino, which comes from the Romansh language, and signs are written first in the native Ladino, then in German, and lastly in Italian!

This superb ski touring adventure will show you not only the best descents in the region, but breathtaking terrain and panoramic vistas that surpass what you could possibly imagine.  Plus we’ve selected a mixture of charming hotels and rifugios (mountain huts), showcasing the best of the wonderful culture and cuisine of this region. 

Day by Day

Backcountry ski through one of the most breathtaking mountain landscapes on earth on our Dolomite Mountains Alta Badia ski tour and experience endless powder.


Day 1 ~ Arrive in Alta Badia
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 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.  

You’ll notice the street signs are written in three languages – first in Ladino (a neo-Latin language), then in German, and lastly in Italian. The mixed culture is very well marked not only in the language, but also in the architecture and cuisine. You will surely enjoy hearty meals that are representative of the incredible diversity of this region!

Alta Badia is located between 1,400 and 2,700 meters (4,593-8,858') above sea level, an altitude that ensures optimal ski conditions throughout the winter, and offers breathtaking views of the most beautiful peaks of the Dolomites. Fast and comfortable ski lift connections, 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. 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 ~ Lagazuoi to Fanes
In the morning, meet your local English speaking UIAGM/IFMGA ski guide in the lobby of the hotel for a trip briefing and equipment check. Before you depart, you’ll need to prepare your backpack with your personal belongings for the next three (3) nights. 

Take a private transfer to Passo Falzarego, and from here ride the cable car up to Rifugio Lagazuoi (2,752m / 9,029'), one of the highest rifugios in the Dolomites. You’ll begin your adventure here, with a descent on the famous Armentarola slope! After enjoying the ski down, skin up to Forcella dal Lago (2,486m / 8,156') and ski down to the Val di Fanes. Option to ski to Cima Scotoni (2,874m / 9,340'). Skin on flat terrain, with soft ups and downs for about 2 hours to your rifugio for the next three nights.
B,D… Rifugio


Day 3 ~ Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park
The Fanes-Senes-Braies/Fanes-Sennes-Prags Nature Reserve is comprised of approximately 25,453 hectares (62,069 acres). The Val di Landro/Höhlensteintal Valley forms its eastern limit, while towards the west it extends to San Vigilio di Marebbe/St. Vigil in Enneberg, and to the south as far as San Cassiano/St. Kassian. Clusters of old log-built farmsteads, called Viles, adorn the mountainsides, and are a typical feature of the Ladin-speaking valleys. These tiny communities were once self-sustaining, with outbuildings and baking ovens shared communally.

The Fanes high plateau is a popular area here, with a karstic limestone landscape typical of the region, characterized by caves, fissures, underground streams, and small lakes. Rugged rocks eroded by the action of wind and weather rise in all directions. Generally considered the most picturesque lake in the Dolomites, the Lago di Braies/Pragser Wildsee is set within a wild and romantic rock basin and towered over by the majestic Seekofel / Croda del Becco (2,810m / 9,219'). The Prato Piazza/Plätzwiese, an extensive area of high Alpine pastures, and the Picco di Vallandro/Dürrenstein that towers above it, are favorite ski touring (and summer hiking) destinations.

Enjoy one of the many ski tours around the rifugio.
B,D… Rifugio


Day 4 ~ Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park
Traverse the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park to the Sennes Plateau. Ski down to Lake Piciodel, and skin up to Forcella Ciamin (2,395m / 7,858') on Croda Ciamin. Ski down the Gran Vallun Valley, to the area of Fodara Vedla, and skin to your rifugio for the night.
B,D… Rifugio


Day 5 ~ Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park
Again, traverse the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park, today to San Viglio di Marebbe. Skin up to Muntejela de Sennes (2,598m / 8,524') and the Sennes pass. Ski down in Val Ciastelins and arrive in the Pederu Valley. Take a private transfer to the lift in San Vigilio, and ride the lift for a final ski down, to Piculin. From here, take the ski bus back to Alta Badia.
B,D… Hotel in Alta Badia


Day 6 ~ Depart
Breakfast and departure on your own (private transfer available upon request).
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Trip itinerary may vary based on weather conditions, fitness levels and skiing abilities of participants, and/or the recommendations of your guide.



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 Venice, Verona, Lake Garda, Florence, 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!

Cost

Private Trip:
From € 2.630 per person (minimum 2 members)
From € 1.860 per person (minimum 4 members)

Single room supplement: on request, in hotels only
The cost is based on a 4-star hotel, it can be upgraded to 5-star, please contact us for a quotation.

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
  • 2 nights accommodation in Alta Badia
  • 3 nights accommodation in shared dormitory in charming rifugios
  • All breakfasts and dinners
  • Local English speaking UIAGM/IFMGA ski guide for the entire itinerary
  • Lifts mentioned in itinerary
  • Private transfers mentioned in itinerary
  • 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

Guided: Guide Ratio 1:4 (maximum 4 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