Skiing & Snowshoeing Holidays in the Italian Dolomites
Inspirational holidays in a real winter wonderland
- Arabba, Badia & Corvara
- Snowshoeing, downhill skiing holidays & more…
- Three delightful chalets, two exquisite hotels and several self catering apartments
Welcome to Collett’s in winter
From mid December through to the Easter holidays, Collett’s is based in the Alta Badia at the heart of the central Dolomites in three picturesque resorts – Corvara, Badia & Arabba. We offer three catered chalets, two hotels, one B&B and various self catering apartments. They are the perfect springboard for our skiing, snowshoeing and winter walking holidays in these majestic mountains.
Winter Mountain Holidays with a difference
Our winter holidays in the Dolomites cater primarily for skiers and snowshoers. Skiers can explore one of the largest, prettiest and queue-less ski networks in the world with the celebrated 26km Sella Ronda at its heart. We have 1220kms of piste, which is known as Dolomiti Superski. Snowshoers and walkers can explore a magical winter paradise on a labyrinth of woodland and riverside tracks and, higher up, on waymarked trails that traverse remote snowfields and venture into the rocky reaches of the mountains themselves.
Collett’s is about the personal touch. Our painstakingly-recruited hosts set us apart from the rest. They don’t wear uniforms or sell excursions. They are simply on hand to make you feel welcome and pass on their local knowledge. Each evening over a pre-dinner drink they are on hand to help you plan your days, whether you join daily ski or snowshoeing itineraries organised by us or you choose to self-guide.
In our delightful hosted chalets you can enjoy warm hospitality, comfortable en suite bedrooms, excellent food and the good company of friends, family and like-minded guests. We also offer self catering apartments, two exceptional hotels and (in Arabba) hosted apartments, a unique form of accommodation combining the independence of self catering with the conviviality of a chalet holiday. Recently, we also acquired a B&B right at the heart of Corvara.
You can plan your days each early evening at Office Hour over a pre-dinner drink with our hosts, whose extensive local knowledge will help you create a succession of memorable days out, whether you choose to self guide or join us on a range of days out. Skiers have a choice of two different itineraries, one more ambitious than the other. Snowshoers can join walks in mesmerising surroundings. We occasionally offer days out on cross country skis and other winter walks. Simply choose day to day the option that takes your fancy. Or we can help you organise guides for activities, such as off-piste skiing, ice climbing or ski touring.
Our winter guests can benefit from free airport transfers to and from Venice & Treviso airports. For a supplement of £45 per person return, we also offer transfers to and from Innsbruck. See our travel page for more information. Our holidays in Badia and Corvara generally run from Sunday to Sunday, while in Arabba we only offer a Saturday to Saturday option.
At a glance – A Collett’s Winter Holiday in the Dolomites
13 December 2015 to 2 April 2016
Arabba, Badia & Corvara
7 Night Holidays in Delightful Accommodation
Three Catered Chalets (Badia & Corvara) – from £645 pppw half-board – Sunday to Sunday.
Hosted Apartments (Arabba) – from £585 pppw – Saturday to Saturday.
Self Catering Apartments (Arabba, Badia & Corvara) – from £330 pppw.
Two Exquisite Hotels (Badia & Corvara) – from £815 pppw half-board.
Organised Ski Days & Snowshoeing Itineraries
We offer the following options free of charge every day except Thursdays:
2 Ski Itineraries (one faster/harder than the other)
1 Snowshoeing Itinerary
1 Other Itinarary (either another snowshoeing route, a cross country skiing day, tobogganing or easier winter walk).
Information and piste maps for self guided skiing, snowshoeing and winter walking.
Guided Options & Alpine Activities
Off piste skiing
Travel & Transport
Free Transfers: to and from Venice & Treviso Airports.
Transfers: to and from Innsbruck Airport (Sunday only – £45pp return).
Venice: Add a stay in Venice.
Self-drive: Calais (12-14 hours).
Fly-drive: Venice, Treviso, Verona, Milan, Innsbruck or Munich.
Collett’s Ski Safari
Collett’s offers Guided Ski Safaris, a series of hut to hut skiing itineraries, on a weekly basis for specific dates throughout the winter season – Click here for more information.
Winter Mountain Holidays with a difference
We are a small, independent and ABTA bonded holiday specialist offering summer and winter holidays in Europe’s most majestic mountains. These holidays come with an ever-present human touch, which aims to make a Collett’s holiday a complete pleasure, from your initial enquiry right through to the end of an unforgettable stay.
For hillwalkers and summer alpine enthusiasts, visit our summer homepage for walking holidays in the Austrian Alps, the Italian Dolomites, the Picos de Europa and the Pyrenees and read about a unique and flexible holiday formula.
Our winter holidays in the Italian Dolomites will captivate skiers and snowshoers. We are at the heart of Italy’s largest, prettiest and most modern ski network, whilst for snowshoeing and winter walking, a real winter wonderland unfolds away from the ski pistes. Our accommodation options are varied. We offer catered chalets in Corvara and Badia, self catering in Arabba, Badia & Corvara – and two exquisite winter hotels, one in Badia, the other in Corvara. There is also an option of half board accommodation in Arabba, which we call hosted apartments, whereby you can mix the independence of apartment accommodation with the sociable conviviality of dining with other guests.
Also, our amazing winter ski safaris offer a guided form of hut to hut skiing, exposing you to the hidden jewels of Dolomiti Superski. You can join a group safari or create your own private ski safari by mustering up a group of 8-14 people. We also offer deluxe and gourmet ski safaris.
Other specialist holiday packages with Collett’s include walking in Andalucia in Spring and Autumn when the sub-tropical climate of mountainous southern Spain is ideal for walkers, whilst from late June to late September, you can do self guided walking itineraries from hut to hut in the Dolomites. Finally, each September, you can join us for a week of sensational high level walking on the celebrated GR11 in the Pyrenees.
Our outstanding reputation has its foundations in our love and extensive knowledge of our destinations. This has been nurtured in many different ways, often by the special friendships and mutual respect we share with local people. We also pride ourselves on our hospitality; it is unassuming, warm and un-interfering – yet ever-present and attentive to detail. In the mountains, our painstakingly-recruited hosts set us apart from the rest. They don’t wear uniforms or sell excursions. In their friendly way, they are simply on hand to pass on their knowledge, provide outstanding food and ensure you get the best from your time in the mountains, whatever your interests or ambitions.
Meanwhile, at our office in the market town of Saffron Walden, another small team of people also dedicates itself to the complete success of your holiday. Most of this team have lived in our destinations and we can therefore help you make the best choices on every aspect of your stay. We make the booking process easy and pleasurable so that you feel in safe hands and uplifted by your conversations with us, whether they take place over the telephone or via email.
The most common request from the guests who stay with us year after year is to keep it small and personal. Their wish is our command. We hope to see you in the mountains soon.
In pictures – A Collett’s Winter Holiday
Another very enjoyable holiday in Chalet Angelo. It's a lovely chalet in a great location but it is the staff that make the holiday special. We had some wonderful hosted days out on the mountain with memorable meals in delightful rifugios. Good food and great company - the perfect holiday.
Ski Safari was great - a very different way to experience the Dolomites. Our guides and host were all very welcoming, enthusiastic and fun.
The group was split into 2 groups of 7 which worked very well. The accommodation varied from basic bunk rooms to very comfortable en suite bedrooms. We knew this was going to be the arrangement and it wa (...)
I stayed in the Hotel Panorama so obviously different experience had I stayed in the Chalet Angelo (next door). The Panorama is quite exceptional and the quality of the food, the facilities (spa plus swimming pool) were amazing. Obviously more expensive but this hotel would be fabulous wherever it was situated.
I used the office hour to up (...)
Very late arriving. X4 airports in one day. & 2 coach transfers. We had missed supper but a 3 course meal soon appeared. So relieved to finally arrive. Warm welcome from Jack & Jane. Many thanks to Holly & Andy. Our third year in row in Verena ,best food yet by a mile.
Many thanks to Jack, Barney & Rich . We enjoyed the organised ski days. (...)
The staff were very welcoming. It was nice it It was nice to see Chris who we had met in Andalucia last year. The breakfast at Haus Valentin was particularly good for me. I loved the porridge and fresh fruit. I had the vegetarian meals which were excellent. We had been on previous holidays with Collett's, which we had enjoyed. Many thanks to (...)
Another wonderful holiday spent at Chalet Angelo.
Excellent food cooked by Steve and Becky.
Entertaining quiz night.
Stunning photography from Rushy.
Katie runs a tight ship , always with a smile .
Wouldn't even consider going anywhere else.
Though the snow may have been scarce, the pistes were well groomed and we skied our socks off every day. Toured a new part of the Dolomites for me with excellent guides and food to die for..!
This is my second safari and I can only thanks Colletts for ther professionalism and skill in making both weeks adventures to remember...
In our experience, Collett's staff are the factor that places their holidays in a class of their own. Cam, Giles and Adam are a credit to your company - they were at all times exceptionally friendly, kind, considerate and helpful as well as being totally professional. Furthermore, they were great fun to ski with and made sure that everybody i (...)
This is the third ski holiday I have been with Collett's in Corvara and they do not disappoint. The accommodation is good and the food both ample and delicious. What makes the whole experience so enjoyable is the attitude of the chalet staff, being able to interact with them both in the chalet and in particular the ski hosting, which is brill (...)