Dolomites Ski Touring

Backcountry Ski Touring & Off-Piste Skills Course

Feel the urge to escape the ski resort crowds, and properly experience the Dolomites wilderness? If you are an intermediate on- and/or off-piste skier, are not afraid of hard work, wish to take your skiing to the next level, and ready to explore the backcountry, then this training course is for you! Join us and discover for yourself the remote beauty of the Dolomites!

In the Dolomite Mountains in winter, there is no greater joy than skiing the backcountry, discovering hidden stashes of pristine snow, and laying claim to fresh tracks. Always wanted to do this, but weren’t sure where to start? We have the answer! Whether you are new to backcountry skiing, or have some experience and are looking to improve your skills, this is the trip for you. 

Our Backcountry Ski Touring & Off-Piste Skills Course offers an introduction to backcountry skiing for strong resort skiers wanting to venture into the side and back country. For experienced backcountry skiers wanting to improve, it provides ample opportunity for backcountry skills development. And, regardless of experience level, it offers important avalanche education and rescue practice, route planning including identifying the best stashes of powder as well as hazards to avoid, and, of course, serves up fantastic skiing and touring throughout! 

We’ll begin slowly, navigating lift-service off-piste terrain. Then we’ll move into the essential ski touring techniques, including skinning, inversion kick turns, steep snow climbs, more off-piste downhill descents, and avalanche awareness and rescue skills. The grand finale? Two fabulous days of touring, applying your skills and earning your turns! And, of course, our backcountry trips are always led by our UIAGM/IFMGA Professional Mountain Guides. They hold the highest guide credentials in the world, and will not only show you the best of this region, offering you fantastic off-piste ascents and descents in the area, but also ensure your safety and enjoyment. By the time you’re finished, you’ll be ready to join our hut-to-hut ski trips, more advanced backcountry ski touring trips, and begin to backcountry ski on your own!

Highlights

  • Learn essential ski touring and off-piste skiing techniques in a high mountain environment, assisted by our UIAGM/IFMGA Professional Mountain Guides– the highest mountain guide qualification in the world
  • Gain basic avalanche safety skills, including avalanche awareness, causes of avalanches, route planning, how to use the necessary safety equipment, and search and rescue technique
  • Backcountry ski through one of the most beautiful natural parks in the Dolomites: Fanes-Sennes-Braies, with it’s pristine backcountry and fascinating geological formations
  • Enjoy the atmosphere of high mountain rifugios, the best in all of the Alps, and enjoy a delicious combination of hearty Italian, Austrian, and Ladin cuisine they are known for

Day By Day

Trip itinerary may vary based on weather conditions, fitness levels and abilities of participants, and/or the recommendations of the Dolomite Mountains Team and your mountain guide. Daily mileage and altitude gain may vary depending on the device used.

  • Day 1

    Hotel in Alta Badia

  • Day 2

    Hotel in Alta Badia

  • Day 3

    Rifugio

  • Day 4

    Rifugio

  • Day 5

    Rifugio

  • Day 6

    Hotel in Alta Badia

  • Day 7

Accommodation

Great hotels with Dolomite Mountains. Whether intimate lodge, family run B&B, or luxury spa resort, our hotels are unique, eminently local, and hard to leave.

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!

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 Departures

Dates colored in GREEN are available; dates colored ORANGE have limited space; dates colored RED are sold out.

Trip dates Trip status Price  

2020-01-19
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2020-03-21
Available € 2690 BOOK NOW

Cost

All itineraries are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including, weather, road or trail conditions.

Private Guided Trip:
€ 3.890 per person (minimum 2 members) 
€ 2.890 per person (minimum 4 members)

Group Departures:
€ 2.690 (with minimum 4 members)

Cost is based on a 4-star hotel, it can be upgraded to 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

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.

Cost includes:

  • Trip briefing
  • Logistics and map of the area
  • 3 nights accommodation in hotel in Alta Badia (4-Star)
  • 3 nights accommodation in charming rifugios with private/shared bathrooms
  • All breakfasts & dinners
  • Local English speaking Professional UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Ski Guide during the entire itinerary (Guide Ratio 1:5)
  • Avalanche safety, search, and rescue equipment rental (transceiver, probe, and shovel)
  • Dolomiti Superski pass for 1 day
  • Transportation in the area as per itinerary
  • Duffel bag luggage transfer
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax
Airport transfers and ski equipment rentals available on request.

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