Dolomites Superski Safari

This was a new addition to my ski courses a few seasons ago - and it has been a huge success. It is pretty easy to see why when you get here as the surrounding landscape is beyond description. I can't think of a better ski program anywhere. The stunning scenery, incredibly long descents and fabulous food make this an absolute "must do" ski trip.

This trip is geared towards strong off-piste skiers looking to maximise their downhill thrills with a combined use of lifts and via boot pack and or a short skin on skis. Typically we'll climb around 500-600m per day but the bonus is that we'll ski well over 5000m descent. The beauty is that we can do just about as much or little you like each day. We move each night to discover a new part of the Dolomites and sample the hidden gems that lie in each hidden valley.

Week highlights include:

  • skiing in arguably the most scenic place on earth
  • sampling lines that made legends from the Tofana to the Pordoi by way of the Marmolada
  • this may be the absolute best way to sample the very best of what the Dolomites have to show case
  • Overnight in an authentic mountain hut to capture the true full flavor of being in the mountains
  • The week is capped with the traditional celebratory evening dinner and prizes will be awarded to guests for "special categories".
Included

Cost Includes:

  • Guide fees
  • accommodation and half board based on dbl occupancy
  • assistance for travel logistics and planning


Cost Exclusions:

  • lift fees 
  • lunches or drinks
  • personal equipment
  • travel to or from the course departure point
  • rescue insurance
Program

Dolomites Superski Safari Details

Typical 6 day Program

Day 0 -  Arrive in Cortina. Dinner with the guide, equipment check, trip briefing and lodging in our hotel in Cortina da Beppe Sello.

Day 1 - Rifugio Lagazuoi
Morning skiing around Cortina/Tofana to warm up followed by a short bus transfer to Cinque Torri and a short intro ski tour towards the Rifugio Nivolau (approx 250m). Late afternoon tram ride to the Rifugio Lagazuoi where we will admire the stunning views and spend the evening.

Elevation gain : 714m / Vertical loss : 1200m / Moving time: 5-6h

Day 2 - Rifugio Valentini
After a likely stunning sunrise admired from the breakfast table we head down the piste and can opt for a short but technical ski tour to the Forcella Grande or sample some easy off-piste to reach the village of Armentarola - the final flat section can be overcome with the help of "horse drawn" taxi ride. Now with the ease of several lifts we continue our ski adventure over several passes - many of which offer some short but interesting sections of off-piste skiing - such the run down to the Campolongo pass and into Arabba, which is a favourite of mine. After a lunch stop, we will head up to the top of the Porta Vescovo tram where we are greeted with a stunning view of the Marmolada on one side and the Sella Masif and the Piz Boe on the other. More good skiingtakes us down to yet another lift connection and finally to the Passo Pordoi. If the group still has the legs for it we can ski off the summit tram down the Forcella Pordoi and finally to the junction of the Sella and Pordoi passes and a final ride up a gondola which will allow us to ski into our destination for the next couple of days - the comfortable Rifugio Valentini.

Elevation gain : 714m / Vertical loss : 1200m / Moving time: 5-6h

Day 3 - Sassolungo
After what will likely have been a fun first evening, today gets off with a casual start to our day's objective - the Forcella Sud or Rifugio Demetz. This a moderate ski tour and gets gradually steeper as we ascend. Typically we will put the skis on our pack for the final 150m or so. Once at the hut, the views to both sides as well as looking up towards the stunning towers of the Cinque Dita directly above us are humbling. We now have a fantastic and unspoiled ski adventure that brings us through the heart of the Sassolungo massif and finally into Gardena, where we typically break for a great pizza lunch. If we still have legs for more skiing, we will head up to the Gardena pass which offers some interesting sections of off-piste. In the golden light of the afternoon we will head back to our cozy Rifugio Valentini for a final evening and a well earned aperitivo before yet another gourmet dinner.

Elevation gain : 714m / Vertical loss : 1200m / Moving time: 5-6h

Day 4 - Val Mezdi
This morning we have a few options to consider - one favourite would be to ride the Pordoi tram into the heart of the Sella massif and start an amazing adventure that allows us to access the legendary Val Mezdi off-piste ski run. This run is stunning, long and offers everyone the opportunity to challenge themselves. We finish the run on the pistes above the town of Corvara. Here we will most likely stop for a late lunch break before heading off again towards Arabba and the now familiar Porto Vescovo tram. This ascent is followed by a new descent and if the conditions allow we will ski down to the Fedaia dam and finally to the Capanna Bill for the evening. This perfectly located overnight is yet another culinary delight that you are sure to enjoy.

Elevation gain : 714m / Vertical loss : 1200m / Moving time: 5-6h

Day 5 - Rifugio Pian dei Fiacconi
Today will explore a small part - likely scratch the just the surface of the mighty Marmolada. The Marmolada is the highest peak of the Dolomites - reaching to 3343m. We will ski several off-piste runs on the amazing north face which holds many secret sections and allow for some outstanding skiing. When we have had our fill we will spend the evening on the flanks of the mighty Marmolada at the Rifugio Pian dei Fiacconi for a breathtaking evening. This is one the few authentic huts run by locals that will certainly be the highlight of the trip. The panoramic windows allow us to absorb some of the sheer beauty of the Dolomites and dream of days to come...

Elevation gain : 714m / Vertical loss : 1200m / Moving time: 5-6h

Day 6 - Marmolada
Our final day of the trip and we will start with a ski tour to reach the summit lift of the Marmolada - an ascent that will require some will and determination to ascend the nearly 700m of vertical. This is to be followed by one last goodbye run on the Marmolada and then our journey must continue back towards Cortina by way of Arabba, Corvara and San Cassiano. A late afternoon apero from the balcony of the Rifugio Lagazuoi - our original starting point sees us off back to the Cinque Torri area and finally a bus ride back into Cortina and the well earned comfort of the Beppe Sello hotel to celebrate an amazing week!

Elevation gain : 714m / Vertical loss : 1200m / Moving time: 5-6h

* Actual course details may vary due to safety reasons and the guide may modify the itinerary due to terrain, weather or other conditions

    Dates

    Length:
    6 days, 5 nights

    2018 COURSE DATES
    February 5-10
    March 19-24

    Custom dates are also available - please contact me for more information

    Skills

    Required Level:
    Excellent base fitness
    Expert skiers - good off-piste skiing level in most types of snow
    Some previous touring experience is helpful

    Skiing/Climbing Grade:
    Skiing may include sustained 35 degree slopes. S2/3

    Technical Level:
    3 out of 5

    Fitness Level:
    3 out of 5

    Price

    1,995 € / pp with min 2 guests
    3,795 € private arrangement

    Group Size:
    Maximum group size is 6 : 1

    Local links

    Course Base:
    Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy

    Local Airport:
    Innsbruck, Austria - INN
    Venice, Italy - VCE

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    Equipment List

    Off-Piste Skiing Courses

    • Your ski clothing (socks, hats, extra gloves, goggles w/ extra lenses).
    • Your personal ski gear (boots, skis – tuned and waxed, poles).
    • A small day pack 20-30l for food/water and extra clothing 
    • A mountaineering style harness with opening leg loops and a locking pear shaped HMS carabiner
    • Avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe
    • Optional ABS style pack (not mandatory)
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