NEW: Dolomites Ski Highlights
The Italian Dolomites are a dream for cross country skiers! Imagine some of the most stunning and inspirational mountain scenery that our plant has to offer and then add in over 1000 km of cross country tracks. The Dolomites are home to some of the most famous cross country ski races in Europe and the 'locals' have put a huge effort into making everything 'easy' for cross country skiers. The area is a UNESCO World Heritage site and it's easy to see why. You will be amazed by the beauty of the mountains with their range of jagged spires, towers and peaks.
- 1300km of cross country ski tracks
- Highly qualified Nordic Ski Instructor
- 6 days coaching to improve your technique
- Italian hospitality in local family run hotels
- World class mountain scenery
- 'Classic' style cross country skiing
- Ski the famous 'Gran Fondo' and 'Tour de Ski' race route!
|Trip||Departure date||End date||Price||Status|
|DSH1 18||Sat 27 January 18||Sat 3 February 18||£1345||Places available | Make a Booking|
|DSH2 18||Sat 17 February 18||Sat 24 February 18||£1345||Places available | Make a Booking|
With a staggering 1,300 km of ski tracks the Dolomites rightly claim to be the largest cross country ski area in Europe. When coupled with jaw-dropping mountain scenery it is easy to see why people from all over the world travel to ski the tracks of the many beautiful valleys. It is unique in terms of it's geology, and in it's culture, presenting an interesting mix of Austrian and Italian traditions, food, and folklore. The area is know as the Sud Tirol in German, and as the Alto Adige in Italian. It can be a little confusing to find that every village has two names, but it all adds to the feeling that you are truly somewhere 'a little different'.
Please the note the itinerary below may need to be adapted as necessary by your guide depending on the group abilities and the weather.
Each day we aim to ski between 18 - 25 km of trails, more if you are up for it! Often there is the opportunity to take the local bus back to our start if your legs need to take it a little easier.
Day 1 Arrival
Today you arrive in Dobbiaco, Italy, also know as Toblach. The Sud Tirol is predominantly German speaking, with Italian the second language. If arriving by bus/train be sure to check both names, Dobbiaco and Toblach. The village is small and our hotel, which is normally the 3* Hotel Tschurtschenthaler, is not far from the train station. The hotels in Dobbiaco usually provide a free pick up service from the station. Your hotel will be confirmed when you receive your Joining Information one month before the trip start date.
Below we have given some suggestions of the ski areas which we will visit during the week.
Dobbiaco, or Toblach to give it its German name, is one of the best known Cross Country Ski World Cup venues in Europe. It is located in the Alta Pusteria area and is home to 200km of ski trails. Whether you want to cruise the valleys and enjoy the stunning views of such as the world famous Tre Cime, the Three Peaks, or try your skills in the World Cup stadium, then it's all here in Alta Pusteria. Today we aim to give you time to find your legs and enjoy being back on your skis. As with every day, coaching from your own Nordic Ski Instructor will be available. All our Instructors are English speaking, highly experienced, professional and qualified. This will normally be through the British Association of Snowsport Instructors (BASI) system.
Lago di Braies
Today we have a 12 km journey as we ski from Villabassa to the famous beauty spot of Lago di Braies. Without a doubt this is a stunning lakeside location surrounded as it is by spires and towers. It makes the ski along the valley well worth the effort. En route from Villabassa we can stop at Ferrara or San Vito for a morning coffee. If you are feeling fine then we can also ski the return journey back to our hotel and its spa! However, if you want to take it easy then you can use the local bus to travel back to Villabassa. Be prepared to bring your camera for the stunning Lago di Braies which is home to the Italian Curling Championships.
Today we take the local bus up to the beautiful plateau of Prato Piazza. From here we have stunning views to the red cliffs of the Croda Rossa and the surrounding mountains. The tracks offer wonderful technical skiing with hills, bends, and flats, something for everyone. This is the day when our guests often choose to ski at their own pace in the morning, with a group meet up for lunch. Beside the tracks there is a cosy restaurant for the compulsory hot chocolate and apple strudel! If conditions are good we will be able to have a brilliant descent back down to the valley floor which promises to test your skills. We may even make our way down the long zig-zag track to the other side of the mountain to Carbonin and catch the bus back to our hotel. A proper day out with a journey!
Val di Casies
This wide and sunny valley is perfectly suited for cross country skiing and enjoying the beautiful landscape all at the same time. We ski from Bruckenwurt through and past villages to the hamlet of San Magdelena. Our morning coffee stop has sun loungers right by the tracks where we can take time to enjoy the ambiance. The 42km well prepared tracks offer something for all levels of skill. When the snow conditions are good you can ski to the villages of Taisten and Welsberg and from there you can try the tracks of the 'Pustertaler Skimarathon' route. This really is a scenic day out, but then every day is!
'Gran Fondo' and 'Tour de Ski' Race Route to Cortina d'Ampezzo
The highlight of our week is when we journey to the 'Queen of the Dolomites' the lovely town of Cortina d'Ampezzo. We make our way up and along a valley trail known to cross country ski racers as the Gran Fondowhich runs from Dobbiaco to Cortina. This route is also part of the World Cup 'Tour de Ski' race. We ski past lakes, through rocky gorges and forests under the spires of the world famous Tre Cime, the Three Peaks. The route is approximately 27km and this is a great opportunity to get the feel for a 'journey' on skis. Cortina is the only Italian member of the prestigious 'Best of the Alps', a collection of the 12 most famous and exclusive Alpine resorts. The town was home to the 1956 Winter Olympics and has a long tradition of hosting sporting events.
Day 8 Departure
Today is your departure from the Dolomites.
The services of a fully qualified BASI Nordic Ski Instructor, all accommodation on a half board basis during the trip. Bus travel within the valley and to the various ski areas. Accommodation in a twin room in a 3* hotel or similar.
Lunches, and any beverages, alcoholic drinks. Ski passes - approx 6 Euros per day. Ski hire - approx 12 Euros per day. Transfers to and from Dobbiaco/Toblach at the beginning and end of your trip.
This trip requires a minimum of 4 clients to run. We take a maximum of 8 clients.
Ski Hire and Pass
Ski hire is available locally and costs approx 12 Euros per day. We will be using 'classic' track skis for this trip. Your ski pass will cost approx 6 Euros per day which has to be good value!
Accommodation will be based on sharing a twin room in a hotel in the lovely village of Dobbiaco, although a single room may be available for a supplement. Please contact us with regard to this. The hotels in the Dolomites are to a high standard and the food is delicious. We aim to use the 3* Hotel Tschurtschenthaler which has an excellent dining room, and a beautiful spa for relaxing after skiing, however, this does require early booking, A single room may be available for a supplement. Please contact us for details.
If choosing to travel by air you can fly to Innsbruck, Austria or Venice, Italy. Verona airport, Italy is another possibility. Note that Austrian Airways will carry ski bags free of charge (last updated 2017).
If flying to Innsbruck you then take a train to Dobbiaco, also called Toblach on train schedules. Be aware that in the Dolomites/Sud Tirol all the towns and village have an Italian name and a German name. If choosing Innsbruck you can take a free shuttle bus, takes 15 mins and leaves every 10 mins, from the airport to Innsbruck central railway station. The train departs hourly, for Brennero/Brenner, change here for Fortezza/Franzensfeste, then on to Dobbiaco/Toblach. The journey takes just approx. 3 hrs, and the changes are every 30 mins at Fortezza and Brennero. If your departure flight is too early for the first local train between Dobbiaco/Toblach, and Fortezza then you can book a taxi at the hotel to take you direct to Fortezza. A useful link which gives other options, such as the trains from Venice to Dobbiaco, is Rome2Rio which gives a map and overall picture. Local trains for Dobbiaco can be found at www.sad.it. You can also take the train from the UK all the way to Dobbiaco, you can check times here.