Rifugio-a-Rifugio

A family asked about doing a hut-to-hut trip in the Dolomites. So I contacted my friend, Charlie Tessari, and with his help, a trip encircling part of the 750+ miles of skiing, was planned in March 2014.

Why Charlie, you might ask? Because he’s one of the best mountain guides in the region. He has a university degree in the natural sciences. And he’s a really nice guy, all great reasons –

The week starts and ends in Cortina with a first night at the Villa Gaia giving you the chance to meet Charlie, arrange ski rentals, pick up Super-Dolomiti ski passes, and acclimate, Italian-style.

The next morning it’s off to live for four nights among those needle-like peaks so characteristic of the region. You ski Tofana and climb over the Falzarezzo Pass to spend a night in the total noise-free quiet of Rifugio Lagazoui. Dinner is true Italian mountain fare prepared to perfection because, with Charlie as your guide, food is key and, rest assured, very good food is important him.

The second day it’s on to Armentarola, the lovely Val Badia, Arabba, and Passo Pordoi then crashing for the night at Rifugio Cimapolin.

After an overnight of recovery, day three leads you to Val Gardena, Secede and Col Raiser. There, above Val Gardena, the Almhotel Raiser, offers alms in the forms of a spa and massages for the needy, and dinner for all.

Yes, the Dolomites are massive, knife-like peaks geologically squeezed between northeastern Italy and southern Austria, once part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and a region of horrid battles during WWI. Charlie can share some of that history with you.

Next it’s off to Ortesei, Santa Cristina, Selva Corvara, and San Cassiano’s Rifugio Averau is well-needed after such a busy day. Your last day of ski-touring circles back toward Cinque Torri where WWI soldiers’ quarters were hollowed out of the mountains and are an open-air museum. Then on to Faloria and finally Cristallo. Your last night brings you back to the civilized, sophisticated world of Cortina in all its glory to spend the night in a four-star hotel. Your last ski day with Charlie is perhaps over to steeply exciting Kronplatz in the Sud Tyrol.
If wanted or needed, after, you can add-on a night or two for full recovery in Venice at the ever-so-lovely five-star Londra Palace.

PRACTICAL TRIP INFO

  • Ability: For strong intermediates & up, in physically fit condition
  • Length: 6 Overnights and the best time is late February and March
  • Included transportation: Round-trip transfer from Venice Airport & any local van private transfers
  • Hotels: Two-star to four-star
  • Also Includes: Daily breakfast & 4 rifugi dinners; ski pass; and services of a private ski guide
  • Estimated land package price based on double occupancy & at $1.15/€: $ 2,250.00/person based on 8 travelers
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Gateway City: Venice
Transfer Time: 2 hours
Via: Motorcoach

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