p +44 (0) 1799 513331
- Open Today - 9am to 3pm

Walking Holidays ~ a unique formula from a genuine specialist

Self-Guide - Join Organised Walks - or do a mix of both in Europe's most majestic mountains
Also ~ Flower Walks, Painting Strolls, Glacier Treks, Via Ferrata, Cycling...

Arrive & Depart Any Day – Fly-Drive, Self-Drive or Airport Transfers

News from Collett’s Mountain Holidays

Displayed below are excerpts from our most recent blog posts by our staff in the Dolomites, Pyrenees, Picos de Europa, Austria, Andalucia & the Yorkshire Dales – To read them just click the post title or the link after the excerpt. You can follow our blog by subscribing at the end of the post.

Latest Posts

Last week’s snow in the Alta Badia was, of course, greeted with a mixture of excitement and relief. Cold temperatures and excellent snow making infrastructure had meant the winter so far had run as usual. Pistes open across the Dolomiti Superski area and crisp sunny weather had led to countless enjoyable days on the mountain, but without a real natural snowfall it all seemed a little tenuous, as though a spell of warm weather would bring an end to it all prematurely. Luckily for us, any fears and nerves were put to bed this weekend.

All weather forecasting in a mountainous area like the Dolomites is difficult and unreliable. We watch the various longer range forecasts in hope more than anything, often stopping on the website which offers the most optimistic chance of snow. When the different agencies start to agree, that is when you can begin to expect rather than speculate. Producing the weather reports each day for our chalets in the Dolomites, I am able to watch this process unfold. As the potential snowfall gets closer, the predictions more accurate, the forecasters begin to form a consensus. It’s only then when I become confident in what is to come.

Fresh Snow in the Italian Dolomites

Snow in the Dolomites - January 2017 - Pralongia Plateau Snow in the Dolomites - January 2017 - Pralongia Plateau
Snow in the Dolomites - January 2017 - Civetta Snow in the Dolomites - January 2017 - Civetta
Skiing in the Dolomites with Collett's Skiing in the Dolomites with Collett's
Cappodanno and New Year in the Dolomites Cappodanno and New Year in the Dolomites
Snow in the Dolomites - January 2017 - Perfect Pistes Snow in the Dolomites - January 2017 - Perfect Pistes
Snow in the Dolomites - January 2017 - Sella Ronda Snow in the Dolomites - January 2017 - Sella Ronda
Snow in the Dolomites - January 2017 - Skiing to Corvara Snow in the Dolomites - January 2017 - Skiing to Corvara
Santa Croce - Alta Badia in Winter Santa Croce - Alta Badia in Winter
Snow Plough in the Dolomites Snow Plough in the Dolomites
Snow clearing in the Dolomites Snow clearing in the Dolomites
Lake to Lake SnowshoeLake to Lake Snowshoe Lake to Lake SnowshoeLake to Lake Snowshoe
Lake to Lake Snowshoe Lake to Lake Snowshoe
Lake to Lake Snowshoe Lake to Lake Snowshoe
Lake to Lake Snowshoe Lake to Lake Snowshoe

As such it was not a spontaneous excitement when the snow did fall, but excitement nonetheless. In fact you could feel it across the village. Numerous machines from enormous diggers and snow ploughs to more humble hand pushed snow blowers emerge from garages across town. Even more humble the shovel that formed our arsenal of snow clearing equipment at Chalet Verena. Nevertheless, we attacked the newly formed snow drifts with abandon, shovelling piles of snow into the road where they were promptly picked up by the comune vehicles. The way these communities pull together in extreme weather is almost a throwback to an earlier time, when working together meant survival. Nowadays it forms a bond of excitement, the snowfall reinvigorating the resort.

Our Winter Holiday Prices for 2017/18 are available here.

Visit Dolomiti Superski for more details