• Trip duration
    6 days
  • Trip level
    -
  • Max people per guide
    1 person
  • Mountain range
    Alps
  • Best period
    Feb, Mar, Apr

Description

This was a new addition to my ski courses a few years ago – it was a huge success and it is pretty easy to see why. 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.

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 skiing takes 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 Terri 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

Extra details

Cost includes

– Guide fees

Cost

899 € pp (min 2 participants)

Group size

Maximum group size is 6 : 1

Skiing/Climbing Grade

Some sections of the ascent may require using crampons, the use of an ice axe and being roped up. Skiing may include some sustained 30-35 degree slopes. S2/3

Level

– Excellent base fitness

– Solid off-piste skiing level

– Previous ski mountaineering experience beneficial

Local airport

Venice, Italy – VCE or Innsbruck, Austria – INN

Trip meeting point

Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

Lenght

6 days

Price per person

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