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A Collett’s Ski Safari in the Italian Dolomites

Breathtaking skiing in the world’s most beautiful mountains

  • A ‘hut to hut’ ski tour for intermediate / good skiers
  • Europe’s most extensive and beautiful winter wonderland
  • The Collett's Ski Safari

    The Collett’s Ski Safaris originate from Mario Delmonego, a ski instructor from Arabba and a friend of Tom Collett. Having married a New Zealander, Mario wanted to create a special skiing experience for their kiwi friends.

    He therefore created a series of hut to hut skiing itineraries, which span the vast and spectacular Dolomiti Superski network, in which the celebrated Sella Ronda is a mere drop in the ocean. These unique skiing experiences are now available to guests of Collett’s, not only in the company of Mario (or another mountain ski guide from Arabba, who will be one of his colleagues) but also a member of the Collett’s team.

    Your days are spent skiing two or three different areas – each one an entire ski destination in its own right – slowly moving in the direction of the warm and welcoming rifugio, where you overnight after a hearty dinner and no doubt some well-earned liquid refreshment.

    Rifugios are mountain huts, which are interspersed throughout the Dolomites and they offer surprisingly comfortable accommodation and a special convivial atmosphere. They are generally in beautiful and remote locations and from their terraces you can watch the sun set behind the spectacular peaks of the Dolomites, knowing you are the only people on the mountain. Then, in the morning, after a good breakfast, you have the privilege of being the first ones on to the pistes, setting off on another day’s adventure from your vantage point high in the mountains.

     
     
  • A Brief Summary of the Itinerary

    You fly to Venice Marco Polo or Venice Treviso Airports, where you will be met and taken to Arabba by transfer. In Arabba you will be provided with a skipass and, if required, we will also arrange ski and boot hire. Here you will also meet your guide, and also the Collett's Host, who will accompany you throughout the trip. As well as showing us the way, the guide will be a qualified ski instructor, happy to offer tips and casual tuition as we ski. From Arabba, you will be taken to your overnight accommodation before setting off on the tour, not to return to Arabba until the following Friday evening.

    In Winter 2015, we have teamed up with Mario to lay on five Ski Safaris, each one running from a Saturday to Saturday.

    7 Day Ski Safaris - £1395 per person

    17 to 24 January
    24 to 31 January - New Date
    31 January to 7 February
    7 to 14 February - SOLD OUT
    21 to 28 February - New Date
    28 February to 7 March - SOLD OUT
    7 to 14 March - SOLD OUT

    Price includes: 7 nights half board accommodation (bed, breakfast, dinner), ski pass, ski guiding, luggage transfer between huts/hotels, bus and taxi transfers (if applicable) & airport transfers to and from Venice or Treviso.

    Price does not include: Flights, insurance, ski & boot hire, lunches and drinks

  • Other Notes & Important Information

    A Collett’s ski safari is for good intermediate skiers, keen to ski for most of the day either side of lunch in a rifugio and one or two coffee stops. In general, the Ski Safari features red and blue pistes with the occasional black piste. However, a good level of fitness and stamina ensures progress for the whole party on this series of extensive day-long ski itineraries.

    Most nights your luggage will be awaiting your arrival at the hut – occasionally, where the remoter huts are concerned, you will have a night without access to your main bag and therefore will need to ski with your toothbrush, clean underwear etc. in your smaller backpack. Also, at the start of some days, you might be required to carry your main rucksack on a chairlift or to ski with it on the first run of the day before dropping it off at the designated collection point. Packing suggestions will be available to you well in advance of your departure.

    Occasionally, depending on the itinerary, accommodation might be provided in a village hotel or guest house.

    The itinerary for each safari is created by Mario and his colleagues at their discretion.

    The safari takes place on pistes. There is no off-piste skiing.

    Your guide is inevitably happy to offer tips and casual tuition during the course of the safari, but this is done on a basis of goodwill and is not technically part of the package.

    Be prepared to share rooms. Most will be twins, triples or quadruples. Bunk beds are also commonly used. Double rooms may be available for couples when you arrive at the rifugio, though this cannot be guaranteed.

    Occasional free ski bus transfers might be required during the safari, where linking from one area to another is required. The cost of these buses are covered by your lift pass.

    Travel & Airport Transfers

    Airport transfers are included in a Collett’s Ski Safari. On your day of arrival, we ask you to be at Venice Marco Polo Airport or at Venice Treviso Airport by 3pm.

    On your day of departure, expect an early start and please do not book a flight that takes off before 11am.

    The destination of your airport transfer is Arabba, which is about 3 hours from Venice and Treviso.

    On Arrival / Ski & Boot Hire / Skipass

    On arrival in Arabba you will be issued with your skipass and you will be able to hire skis and boots etc.

    Once your ski equipment is sorted, you will be taken to your accommodation, either within the village or at a rifugio quite near Arabba, from where you will start your skiing the following morning.

    Baggage & Packing

    We recommend you travel with a larger rucksack, whilst also having a smaller day pack for carrying water, sun cream, phone etc. whilst skiing. Remember this smaller bag might occasionally have to fit in your larger rucksack for the first run of the day.

    Shortly before your trip we will send you a list of suggested packing suggestions. Travel as light as possible. On such excursions, it is generally accepted that you will wear the same clothes on a fairly regular basis and you might not be as fresh and well‐presented as you might usually be!

    The Skiing

    The vast Dolomiti Superski area is made up of several ski areas in their own right, each of which has its own local pass (and some of which are well‐known, high‐profile resorts, such as the Val Gardena). The idea of the Ski Safari is to ski from valley to valley so that we can visit each of these areas, whilst simultaneously spending a good amount of time skiing in each one.

    The Rifugios

    Rifugios are often referred to as mountain huts, but this can be misleading, as some of them are more substantial than they look from the outside. During the day they host skiers providing them with food, drink, toilets and occasional live music. Nowadays they are quite well equipped with certain modern comforts.

    Don’t expect a double room if you are travelling as a couple, even if it does turn out to be possible. Sometimes sleeping will be in the dormitory style, sometimes in bunks, sometimes in a mix of twin, triple and quadruple rooms.

    The food in the Rifugios is hearty and good. The price of a Collett’s Ski Safari includes breakfast, a three course dinner (with a choice of two starters, a choice of two mains and a dessert). Drinks and lunch are not included.

    Booking early is recommended. Contact us now on 01799 513331 or email enquiries@colletts.co.uk

    7 Day Ski Safaris (Saturday to Saturday) - £1395 per person

    Price includes: 7 nights half board accommodation (bed, breakfast, dinner), ski pass, ski guiding, luggage transfer between huts/hotels, bus and taxi transfers (if applicable) & airport transfers to and from Venice or Treviso.

    Price does not include: Flights, insurance, ski & boot hire, lunches and drinks

  • Private Ski Safaris

    Outside of the published dates for our normal Ski Safaris, Collett's can organise Private Ski Safaris for groups of 8 (minimum) to 14 (maximum).

    7 Day Private Ski Safaris - from £1295 per person

    Price includes: 7 nights half board accommodation (bed, breakfast, dinner), ski pass, ski guiding, luggage transfer between huts/hotels, bus and taxi transfers (if applicable) & airport transfers to and from Venice or Treviso.

    Price does not include: Flights, insurance, ski & boot hire, lunches and drinks

  • Video Slideshow of a Collett's Dolomites Ski Safari

    The video below is a collection of pictures and film shot by me (Tom Collett) with my iphone during our ski safari in January 2013. We had a mix of fresh powder snow and cloudless blue-sky days on impeccably manicured pistes. It was a delightful group of people ranging from a couple in their late 20′s to two ladies from New Zealand in their late 60′s, both former national team skiers and still skiing competitively at veteran level.


In pictures – A Collett’s Ski Safari in Italy

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Ski Safari with Collett’s Mountain Holidays
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