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Collett’s Mountain Holidays Blog
- Hike the GR11
Mon 11th November
Our base in Panticosa was very busy in September, due to some dedicated guests flying over to take part in our GR11 week. Our 12 keen walkers were easy to spot at Lourdes and Pau airport by their hiking boots, walking poles and rucksacks. The week began with an impressive tapas lunch at Hotel Sabocos, our base for the week. Over an extremely Spanish themed and very large selection of nibbles, we discovered that amongst us we had 6 Brits and 6 Aus…
- Why Choose A Mountain Holiday?
Sun 15th September
When thinking of a mountain holiday many of us may think that this activity is exclusive to professional climbers, sportsmen and adrenaline junkies alone. Here at Collett’s we aim to prove this notion wrong – with holidays in the mountains available for absolutely everyone. Seaside holidays are ten-a-penny, sightseeing getaways are typically too expensive, spa resort holidays can be boring and cruise ships allow no room for real adventure. So…
Mon 9th September
Capital city of the province of South Tyrol, ranking the top spot for the best quality of life in Italy and home to Otzi the Ice Man; Bolzano creates a lot of intrigue to say the least. Only an hour and a half drive from Corvara in the heart of the Dolomite Mountains, it begs to question why you wouldn’t venture out for the day to experience the Italian city lifestyle. So with camera in hand I set off to wander the streets to get a feel for suc…
- Ferragosto – August in the Dolomites
Mon 2nd September
As I entered the kitchen on my usual morning breakfast duty I was welcomed with the words “Today is the Ferragosto!” Now I’d heard that this Italian holiday was due soon but I didn’t know what it was all about, and so I made it my personal duty to hit the streets with my camera.
It couldn’t have been a more beautiful afternoon as I wandered in to La Villa. A stream of cars quickly grew on entrance to the town as the parade prepared t…
- Col di Lana (WW1 walk with Jon Scanlon)
Fri 30th August
Jon Scanlon is yet another one to succumb to the charms of the Dolomite Mountains. After holidaying in the area for many years with Collett’s and with a strong passion and hobby for history, Jon has now joined Collett’s to deliver presentations and organised walks based around World War One. With a total of four weeks at Chalet Angelo, a daily programme has been put together to ensure all of the local areas of interest have been included. A wee…
- Organised First World War walks with Collett’s
Mon 26th August
Collett’s Mountain Holidays have been working alongside Isabelle Johnson, a local war historian, for many years. Every Wednesday guests are encouraged to join a fascinating walk through the tunnels, trenches and fortifications of Sass di Stria built by the Austrians in the First World War.
It has to be said that the morning’s weather really set the scene for a day reminiscing about World War One. Isabelle greeted every guest as they arriv…
- Walking to Lago Sorapis
Fri 23rd August
Chalet Angelo were offering some high level walking this week and one of the options took guests to Lago di Sorapis, a majestic lake just the other side of Cortina.
As the drive took us to the Falzarego Pass and away from Badia, the blue skies sadly disappeared in the distance as a huge rain cloud hovered above Cortina. Guests sat questioning why they had chosen shorts for the day as organiser Gemma reassured them that clear skies were defin…
- Thursday nights in Corvara
Tue 20th August
By day, Corvara is alive with traffic. Cafés are full with coffee enthusiasts, coaches arrive and unleash excited visitors en masse as cars slow to find a space and cyclists push themselves to the top of the hill. By night, and particularly every Thursday evening in the summer, the road closes and local acts come out to entertain.
It’s between 5pm and 10pm that barriers are laid out to prevent any cars driving through. Almost instantly peo…
- Via Ferrata Brigata Tridentina
Fri 16th August
Anyone who comes to the Dolomites in search of adventure is surely spoilt for choice when it comes to Via Ferrata. With 76 in the immediate area, it stands to question what makes the Brigata Tridentina so popular for our Alta Badia visitors. Walk organisers ventured out at the crack of dawn to get a feel for the Via Ferrata that receives such bright eyes and beaming smiles from our guests.
Climbers approaching the start of Via Ferrata Bri…
- Eastfield Lodge Walking Break
Thu 15th August
Having recently returned from the Dolomites and a holiday travelling around Europe I was lucky enough to bag a stint at our B&B, Eastfield Lodge, leading the walks for our August Walking Break. Checking the forecast on Tuesday afternoon I was pleased to see that the Yorkshire Dales were set to be bathed in sunshine (or as near as it gets!) for rest of the week and was hopeful for 3 great days of walking around Wensleydale.
After arriving late…
- Water Colour Painting in the Dolomites
Mon 12th August
When you come to list all of the things the Dolomites has to offer; stunning walks, Via Ferrata, WW1 excursions, wild flower meadows etc, you think it would be difficult to find another activity to quench your curiosity of the area. However, Mary King, Resort Artist for summer 2013, is here to share her skills and tempt you into joining her for the day painting the picturesque landscape with water colours.
On this particular afternoon, Mary h…
- The First World War Tunnels at Lagazuoi
Mon 5th August
Due to a recent high level of interest from our guests, organisers from Chalet Haus Valentin made sure that a walk through the WW1 tunnels was on offer this week.
Upon arrival to the car park, the 30 minute zig-zag route alongside Lagazuoi, which leads to the entrance of the tunnels, could be seen. We made our way up the gravel track as views opened up over the Marmolada and surrounding mountain peaks. Getting geared up for the adventure ahea…
- Collett’s Mountain Holidays Newsletter
Mon 27th May
Latest news from our UK Office
Late Offers for June • Ski Safaris for Winter 2014 • Our July Walking Break in the Dales
As our summer walking season approaches, we have some attractive late offers in the Dolomites & Pyrenees for June.
Also, I write with news of three hut to hut ski safaris. Finally, there is an invitation to join our July Walking Break in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. As always, pick up the phone or drop us an emai…
- Walking Holidays with Collett’s
Sun 14th April
Organised & Self Guided Walking
Arrive & Depart Any day
Our winter staff have all returned home safely, after an amazing season of heavy snow, great skiing, super snowshoeing and some wonderful winter walks. We are already booking up fast for next winter so make sure you have a look at our new Chalet in Corvara and what we have to offer next winter here.
Our summer season is nearly with us and as we look forward to the spring in the UK, we…
- February in the Dolomites
Tue 19th February
New snowshoe routes & more snow than you can shake a stick at…
by James (Rushy) Rushforth – Resort Manager, Corvara
Well thus far February has started with the same characteristics as the rest of the season, fantastic snow and great conditions both on and off the piste. Beautiful blue skies have resulted in the temperature dropping dramatically over the last few days preserving the snow on the trees and generally giving everything a ver…
- A Collett’s Ski Safari
Thu 31st January
by Tom Collett
The first Collett’s Ski Safari was a huge success and a truly memorable Dolomites experience for a group of 12 skiers. I was privileged to be one of them. (Occasionally one has to ‘up-sticks’ and leave the family in the name of product research!)
Skiing at San Pellegrino
Colin and I above Alleghe with Monte Pelmo (3,168m) behind
This unique ‘hut to hut’ skiing holiday in the Dolomites was made all the m…
- Christmas in the Dolomites
Mon 31st December
by Felicity Lee – Fun and frivolities in the Dolomites during the festive season
Well Christmas went with a bang here in the Dolomites where Collett’s guests and staff enjoyed six course meals, gluhwein and plenty of chocolate! Not to mention a few impromptu Christmas carol singalongs and a ski show or two.
Skiing on the Pralongia, Christmas Day
Our outdoor activities programme continued as normal with out days including Fa…
- Week one of the Winter Season in the Dolomites is off to a flying start…
Thu 20th December
by Felicity Lee – Ski & Snowshoe Host, Chalet Haus Valentin (Badia)
As our first guests were greeted by a spectacular sunset over the beautiful peaks of the Dolomites and staff were busy beavering away making final touches to the hosted chalets and apartments in Arabba, Corvara and Badia, the FIS Ski World Cup Grand Slalom took place in the Alta Badia on Sunday. Guests staying in our hosted apartments in Arabba who arrived the previous d…
- Snow is falling… all around
Wed 12th December
Preparation for the Winter Season
fresh snowfall and colder temperatures
Last minute space left on our Early Bird Week – Click here
Based at Haus Valentin, Collett’s Mountain Holidays training week in the Dolomites has taken shape nicely with the help of all the snow that’s fallen over the last eight days (over 1 metre – see here to see live webcams of the Dolomites). Cristina and Rainer of Haus Valentin are getting into the Christmas spirit…
- Snow has arrived in Italy
Fri 7th December
Edelweiss Snowshoe & Ski Touring in the Dolomites
Preparation for Collett’s Winter Season
Over a metre of snow has fallen in the Dolomites during the past week, allowing our organisers to get out and enjoy some snowshoeing and skiing in preparation for our winter holidays and the upcoming ski season. Our Early Bird week starts on the 15th & 16th December (Due to a last minute cancellation, we still have a couple of places left for Early…
- Walking & Hiking in the Pyrenees
Sat 18th August
The Queen parachutes Olympic fever as far as the Pyrenees…
Olympic fever has swept over Collett’s in the Pyrenees over the last couple of weeks, fuelling an previously well-hidden competitive streak amongst both organisers and guests. Our recent walks have incorporated various other outdoor activities, including stone skimming competitions, several ‘Who can beat the children’ challenges, alpine swimming races, and a ‘who’s got the bi…
- News from the Picos de Europa
Tue 14th August
Beaches, Bears and Brave Pioneers!!
Since last we blogged the weather in the Picos De Europa, it has lived up to its reputation with conditions ranging from late night thunderstorms to clear hot days.
If you find that the heat is becoming too much or, like most do, find that you need a rest day in between walking days then there are plenty of places to explore, including a visit to the beautiful northern coast of Spain, which is littere…
- This week in the Dolomites
Tue 7th August
They say time flies when you’re having fun, and it’s certainly true out here in the Dolomites. It’s hard to believe how much we are able to pack into each week!
Here’s a small taster of what we’ve all been up to…
We’ve been out and about researching new walks, exploring this vast and dramatic area even further. We headed over towards Ortisei, Selva, Sassolongo and also tried a couple of new walks around the Passo delle…
- Hike the GR11