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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

Has anyone heard of this?  Done it?  I recall a couple years ago reading a story in SKI Mag about a trip int he Dolomites where you ski Bed & Breakfast to Bed & Breakfast, all lift serviced and they take care of getting your luggage from place to place.  Supposedly you get a good Italian home cooked meal and some home made wine at each place.  The review sounded awesome and I can't find anything about it.  Anyone have info?

post #2 of 15

 I have no information on the ski safari but thoroughly endorse the dolomites in general. Beautiful views, some pretty villages as well as larger resort type areas and of course Italian food to die for!

 If nobody comes forth on here with personal experience you might check out snowheads or j2ski where there is a larger contingent of Europeans to quiz.

post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 

Appreciate the info, I'll check out those sites.  Really want to get out there, have only heard good things.  Probably won't happen this year, but maybe next.

post #4 of 15

We skied the Dolomites last year.  We didn't do the ski safari, although some good friends of ours have.  It's a hoot.  Usually you get miles away from home (a couple of valleys over maybe) and then have to race back to make the last lifts in the evening.  With the safari you just keep trucking, and you can be 30 - 40 miles from your start point by the end of the day.  

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/101492/corvara-and-the-italian-dolomites

 

 

A friend will be guiding for Mario Longhitano over Jan/Feb, and we're considering heading back there in February.

 

http://www.dolomitesskitours.com.au/

 

It's a great place to ski, and the food and wine are great everywhere.  Mario will look after you.

post #5 of 15
Hi, did a skisafari a few years ago. It was in March, a full week with a group of 8 people. Started in Val Gardena. Sleeping in mountainhuts, sometimes in multi-person chambers. Had a good guide, super snow and lots of sun. Evenings are relaxed, good food, logfire and wines:)
Only skied on the slopes no off piste. Wenn you want to explore the Dolomites ... Go for it!
post #6 of 15

The prices at Hotel Royal in Cortina d'Ampezzo starts at 308 euros/person for one week with breakfast. Just translate it with google.

post #7 of 15
Hi all...it's bene a long time...anyhow, skibum east, google "Dolomites ski safari"... The first hit I got is for an american operator offering that.
I don't know them so I can't really say anything about them...worth trying to contact them, though.
Another option might be to contact local guides...I recall readying in an italian ski magazine a piece from a guide taking some customers
On a mixed on and off piste ski safari in the dolomites (skinning uphill and sleeping in mountain huts at times)
post #8 of 15

That'd be the Sella Ronda you are talking about

 

Check this link

 

http://www.sella-ronda.info/eng/index.html

post #9 of 15

The Sella Ronda is certainly one of the prime attractions in the Dolomites, although it goes round in a circle (over four passes, through four valleys, in either direction) and brings you back to where you started.  The ski safari concept involves staying in a different rifugio or town each evening over a number of days.  As I understand it, your gear follows along behind you in a car and you're reunited with it every day or two (some of the rifugios are in hilltop locales).  You get to see much more of the place when you don't have to retrace your steps to get 'home' in the evening.

post #10 of 15

skibumE: Does one of these sound like what you read about in the magazine article?  I searched on "italy ski adventure."  There are others as well.

 

http://www.horizon-holidays.com/Private-Tours/destinations/europe/italy/northern-italy-ski---gourmet-adventure

 

http://www.duvine.com/dolomites-ski-tour.html

 

Got curious.  Never skied in Europe.  Visited the Dolomites during the summer with my parents a long time ago.  We drove around a lot between Switzerland and Italy.

post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by sinbad7 View Post

The Sella Ronda is certainly one of the prime attractions in the Dolomites, although it goes round in a circle (over four passes, through four valleys, in either direction) and brings you back to where you started.  The ski safari concept involves staying in a different rifugio or town each evening over a number of days.  As I understand it, your gear follows along behind you in a car and you're reunited with it every day or two (some of the rifugios are in hilltop locales).  You get to see much more of the place when you don't have to retrace your steps to get 'home' in the evening.

 

Correct, the "Sella Ronda" (lit. "Around the Sella") is just one of the possibilities. Another is the "Giro della Grande Guerra" (WWI Tour)

But both are doable in a day trip from your base. A Ski safari implies to start from point "A" (say Bolzano) and arrive at point "B" (say Cortina d'Ampezzo) using the lift and ski runs system

some local transportation if need be. Theo organization ought to take care of personal luggage (unless one were to travel "light" enough to carry everything him/herself)

The above would (by memory) mean :

-Arrive in Bolzano with public transpostation (bus)

-Take a bus to the Seiseralm (Sciliar), ski to Ortisei/St. Ulrich

-Climb using lift system to Seceda

-ski down to Santa Cristina

-Climb up

-Ski down to selva di Valgardena/Woelkenstein

-Climb using lifts till Passo Gardena / Groedner Joch (we're here skimming / skiing down one part of the Sella Ronda)

-Ski down to Colfosco/Corvara

-Here two options :

--Take a Bus to Passo Falzarego, ski down some and then public transportation to Cortina

--Ski till Armentarola (from Corvara to S.Cassiano to Armentarola) then take a ski bus to Passo Falzarego, get down to Cortina

 

This is just one possibility, and, check the maps and distances (and the detour possibilities offered by some off and/or on pistes), I doubt it could be done in one day.

You could do this as a DYI by making reservations yourself, and check also with some local guides about the detour possibilites...

or have an organisation do the ground work for you and someone to guide you around...

 

Never done one but the word about ski safari in the dolomites has been out and around quite some time...

you

post #12 of 15

I suspect you could do the above in one long day, but you need to be sure you'll make it - no points for getting stranded one spot short of the final destination.  It would depend on how fast you ski, bus timetables and the time taken over lunch.  It would also be possible (for instance) to stay at the Rifugio Lagazuoi, above Passo Falzarego, and wake up at the top of the hill for the following day's skiing.  Fun!

post #13 of 15

I did an off piste week through the Dolomites a few years back with a guide I've skied with for years.  We started at the Passo Rolle and finished in Sexten.  Shipped our bags ahead to our next overnight destination every morning.    Hit all of the famouse resorts except Val Gardena which was too low on snow.  Spectacular scenery, 2* - 3* hotels.  Good food for the most part. Some touring, rode lifts whenever possible. Snow could have been better but the weather was sunny every day.  Would recommend the trip to anyone.  There are on piste and off piste versions and many different routes that can be taken.  Dolomites can be iffy on snow and by mid March the snow starts to go away on the lower slopes.  Check on line for local guide services.  There's a good group out of Arabba.

Also note that the tours that are linked in the post above are very nice, but you can find similar trips in the same places for far less $ if you look around a bit.

post #14 of 15

Looking like we're heading back to Canazei / Campitello late February into early March.  We may do a few days safari during that trip.  I'll keep you posted.

 

[Edit ... um, spoke too soon.  We're heading to Whistler]


Edited by sinbad7 - 1/21/13 at 3:45am
post #15 of 15

Do you want a holiday in Dolomites? Just ask one tailor made at reservations@voyagers-club.com. You will get good prices (better that the prices that you can get directly from the hotel) and good advices. The Voyagers Club Travel is a Romanian tour-operator selling also abroad.

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