Join us for the gastronomic skiing trip of a lifetime! Experience the refined cuisine of northern Italy accompanied by excellent wines on a ski safari that includes “A Taste for Skiing in Alta Badia.” What could possibly be better?
Length: 6d / 5n
Start / Finish: Alta Badia / Cortina d'Ampezzo
Activity Level: Easy to Challenging
For skiers of all levels who are in good and active physical health. Skiing difficulty will depend on the skiing abilities of the participants. All skiing will be lift-service, with opportunities for off-piste descents.
Guided: Guide Ratio 1:6-7
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.
Group and Private Departures Available
This trip is available as a custom, private departure on dates of your choosing mid-December to mid-April, or as a group departure on set dates. View Group Departure Dates.
2014 Group Trips:
€2180 (per person, minimum 4 members)
Private Custom Trips:
From €2450 (per person, minimum 4 members)
- Trip briefing upon arrival
- Logistics and map of the area
- 3 night accommodations in 4-star hotels in Alta Badia & Cortina d'Ampezzo
- 2 night accommodation in rifugio with private rooms
- All Breakfasts and dinners, 1 lunch on day 2
- Local English speaking Professional UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Ski Guide
- Dolomiti Superskipass
- Local transportation when needed during itinerary
- All luggage transfers
- Local medical and evacuation insurance
- Italian VAT tax
Airport transfers not included and available on request.
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- Savor the refined cuisine and wines of northern Italy as you dine at world-class restaurants
- Discover the fairy tale world of the Dolomites in winter, skiing its beautiful valleys with our certified ski guides, who will show you the best of the Dolomites on skis!
- Get a true taste of the Dolomites as you ski from hut-to-hut, course-to-course at “A Taste for Skiing”
- Enjoy the advantage of lift-service pistes to help you move from hut to hut, so you can focus on enjoying your downhill turns!
- Enjoy the atmosphere of charming mountain rifugios and the delicious hearty cuisine the Dolomites are known for
Combine some of the most fantastic skiing in the world, with fine dining on incredible Italian cuisine – what could possibly be better?
On this ski safari traverse you’ll enjoy 12 ski areas featuring 1,200 kilometers (746 miles) of prepared pistes (all on one ski pass!) that will lead you to discover the breathtaking beauty of the Dolomites. With such expansive skiable terrain, this is truly a vacation in paradise: you’ll move from valley to valley on skis, enjoy the welcoming atmosphere of the rifugios, and explore the fascinating culture and history of these mountains.
But this ski safari offers you much more than “just” exploring the region on skis – throughout your tour, you’ll dine on the incredible cuisine and sample fine wines the region is known for. Explore Alta Badia, known for its native Ladin culture and cuisine. Discover Cortina d’Ampezzo, with it’s refined Italian style and Venetian inspired dishes. Spend two nights at different welcoming rifugi, considered the best mountain inns in all the Alps, enjoying acclaimed regional fare. And spend an afternoon traveling from hut-to-hut, sampling courses from different Michelin star-rated chefs at the chef-inspired “A Taste for Skiing in Alta Badia.”
Sounds like gastronomic heaven to us. And with all that skiing, we’re pretty sure you’ll be able to work up an appetite!
Day 1 ~ Arrive in Alta Badia, Dolomites
Arrive in Alta Badia (1,226m / 4,022') on your own and check into your luxury hotel (private transfer available on request). Alta Badia is a sunny hollow on the south side of the Val Badia (Abbey Valley) in the Alto Adige region. Incredible hiking, skiing, and vistas abound – particularly of the Sella Massif. Home to three cultures – Italian, Austrian, and the native Ladin, most signage in Alta Badia is written in three languages – Italian, German, and Ladin!
Dinner with great ambiance plus wonderful pastas, salads and wines!
D… Hotel in Alta Badia (4-Star)
Day 2 ~ A taste for Skiing in Alta Badia
In the morning you’ll meet your professional UIAGM/IFMGA Ski Guide for a trip briefing and equipment check, and pick up your Dolomiti Superskipass. Enjoy a combination of skiing and fine cuisine for lunch today – specially crafted Michelin-star dishes in the alpine huts of Alta Badia – the best of both worlds! “A Taste for Skiing in Alta Badia” is a joint effort between the Dolomitici (Alta Badia Michelin-starred chefs), fellow starred chefs from Europe, and ten rifugi. The aim is to focus on and promote the winning combination of skiing and fine food, which are undoubtedly two of the Alta Badia's strong points. Each chef is teamed up with a specific rifugio, creating recipes which use the best of typical South Tyrol’s produce – each a refined, yet simple and genuine, gourmet dish that the rifugio offers on their menu. You will ski tour from rifugio to rifugio (hut to hut) in Alta Badia, having appetizers, primo, secondo, and dessert, each at a different rifugio, together with some outstanding wines. This is truly a gourmet cuisine in the Dolomites experience not to be missed!
B,L,D… Hotel in Alta Badia (4-Star)
Day 3 ~ Sellaronda or Marmolada Glacier
Option 1: The Sellaronda Ski Tour is one of the most spectacular ski tours in the world, circumnavigating the Sella Massif (3,152m / 10,341'). Considered somewhat of a “merry-go-round” for intermediate level skiers, this unique circular connection of lifts and runs was once the only way the ancient inhabitants of the Ladin villages could maintain a connection with each other. Nowadays it is a modern day carousel that connects four Dolomite passes and four Ladin valleys (Val Gardena, Alta Badia, Val di Fassa, and Fodom). Ski part of the Sellaronda Tour and reach Val di Fassa.
Option 2: The Marmolada Massif, known as “Queen of the Dolomites”, boasts the highest peak of all the Dolomites, reaching a height of 3,342 meters (10,965'), and provides some of the most spectacular skiing experiences on earth. Today you start skiing to Arabba and move on to Porta Vescovo, which offers mesmerizing views of the Marmolada Glacier. Next, skiers continue on the Ornella run to Pescoi, over the ridge of Passo Padon, on through the Passo Fedaia and to Punta Rocca. An incredible tour, it covers over 1,300 meters (4,265') in elevation and offers an astonishing 12 kilometer-long (7.5 miles-long) run. The Marmolada Ski Tour not only offers amazing ski adventures, but also provides some of the most beautiful views in the world.
At the end of the day of skiing this beautiful terrain, a snowmobile will pick you up on the pass and bring you to a rifugio for the night (1,980m / 6,496'). Set in a magnificent group of isolated old huts, this rifugio is immersed in the marvelous silence of a wide valley with a view of the Pale di San Martino. You will get to taste delicious dishes typical of the Trentino region. The renowned and traditional restaurant, mentioned in several culinary guides, will be appreciated not only for the quality of the food, but also for its warmth and welcoming hospitality.
Day 4 ~ Passo San Pellegrino & Civetta Ski Resorts
Today may well be the visual highlight of our skiing this week, with anticipated emotional responses to some of the most stunning views of the Veneto and Trentino Dolomites: the group of the Pale di San Martino, Monzoni, Catinaccio, and Marmolada. You will have the chance to ski on the relaxed slopes in the sun as well as the more challenging ones in the shade of the gondola of Col Margherita, to ski down to Passo San Pellegrino, and over to the opposite face towards Cima Uomo. From here you will ski to the settlement of Fodare, from where you’ll travel by bus to Selva di Cadore. Your skis back on, you’ll ski into the Civetta ski resort, passing by little romantic towns set between impressive mountains, magnificent valleys and silent forests: this is the ski area between the peaks of the Pelmo and the Civetta, in the heart of the Veneto Dolomites.
Day 5 ~ Cortina d’Ampezzo
Ski down to the Cinque Torri (Five Towers) area and arrive in Cortina d’Ampezzo, well-known all over the world for its fascinating beauty, surrounding mountains, and as host to the 1956 Winter Olympics. On your way down to Cortina you will get to know all of its slopes – including the famous Olympia (where the men’s Olympic downhill events were held, and for many years the stage of the Women’s World Cup), and the superb Canalone (or Canyon in English), where the women’s downhill Olympic events took place. Arrive to Cortina and settle in to your hotel.
You’ll have your final dinner this evening at a gourmet restaurant in Cortina. Great care in the choice of fresh, local ingredients as well as fresh fish that arrives daily from the markets of Venice and Chioggia. Select from among the house specialties for an exceptional meal.
B,D… Hotel in Cortina d'Ampezzo (4-Star)
Day 6 ~ Depart
Breakfast and departure on your own (private transfer available on request).
Trip itinerary may vary based on snow conditions, weather conditions, fitness levels and skiing abilities of participants, and/or the recommendations of your guide.
Whether you are a beginner/intermediate on-piste skier or an advanced off-piste skier, this itinerary can be adapted to the groups’ skill level, and is customizable for a wide variety of abilities.
Want to learn more about our Luxury Hotels?
Luxury accommodations in the Dolomites combine the ultimate in comfort and refinement. From five star hotels, Michelin star-rated restaurants, and pampering spas, just because you are in the mountains does not mean you cannot have a truly luxe Italian experience in the Dolomites! From the chic town of Cortina d’Ampezzo, a popular destination for the rich and famous, to the quiet and discreet luxury of San Cassiano in Alta Badia, you will find accommodations with credentials ranging from membership in the exclusive Relais & Châteaux to The Leading Hotels of the World!
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 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!
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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 Dolomites, Dolomites Ski Resorts, Transitioning from On- to Off-Piste, and MORE!