Skiing & Snowshoeing Holidays in the Italian Dolomites

Skiing, Snowshoeing & Winter Walking Holidays in Europe’s most majestic mountains
Organised Ski Hosting, Snowshoeing & Winter Walking
Five days a week, free & optional

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Early snow started to fall heavily at the beginning of November which enabled Dolomiti Superski to open their pistes early this year. Snow continued to fall throughout November and early December.

Overnight we have had another 20cm in Badia & Corvara and nearly 30cm in Arabba – with our winter season starting tomorrow, we are, of course, delighted! There is a further 30cm of snow forecast for Monday – this really is turning into a bumper spell of snow for the winter season and those arriving next week dreaming of a white Christmas will find the reality of a magical winter wonderland!

Current temperatures are between -3° to -14°c which are optimum for piste preparation. The Sella Ronda is open in both directions and there are already 1000 kilometers of piste open throughout Dolomiti Superski. For the last two weeks, our team of ski hosts, snowshoe organisers and chalet hosts have been preparing everything for our first guests imminent arrival. Routes have been studied and checked, snowshoeing itineraries have been enjoyed and glühwein sampled! You can see from our photos and webcams below, just how spectacular the conditions are for this winter in the Dolomites.

We still have some availability for the first two weeks of January on our winter skiing and snowshoeing holidaysClick here for availability.

Photos from the 10th – 15th December 2017

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Live webcams from the Dolomites

Santa Croce

Santa Croce - Badia

Badia

Badia

Corvara

Corvara

Passo Gardena - Looking towards Corvara

Passo Gardena - Looking towards Corvara

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Corvara

Bioch - Pralongiá Plateau

Rifugio Bioch - Pralongiá Plateau - Looking towards Badia

Bioch - Pralongiá Plateau

Piz La Ila - Between Corvara & Badia

Arabba

Arabba

Piz Sorega

Piz Sorega

Santa Croce

Santa Croce - Above Badia

Col Alt & Sassongher - Above Corvara

Col Alt & Sassongher - Above Corvara

Piz la Ila & the Pralongià  Plateau - Marmolada in the distance

Piz la Ila & the Pralongià Plateau - Marmolada in the distance

A new Collett’s base in beautiful Corvara

  • Warm hospitality, fantastic views from a tranquil location
  • Attractive en suite bedrooms and a welcoming lounge with bar
  • The perfect springboard for skiers, snowshoers and walkers

Ciasa Roch – Corvara
Ski Chalet Ciasa Roch, Corvara

Ciasa Roch provides comfortable accommodation in a Tyrolean guest house with twelve attractive en suite double bedrooms and a welcoming lounge and bar. Located in a tranquil part of this popular village, it enjoys excellent views of the majestic Dolomite peaks that surround Corvara. It is just 5 or 10 minutes on foot to the attractive village centre.

Corvara is right at the heart of Dolomiti Superski and also one of the principal resorts on the renowned Sella Ronda. Ski locally or go further afield – either way, you will enjoy exceptional pistes and mesmerising views. You can take the Col Alt chairlift up onto the Pralongià Plateau where intermediate skiers will thrive. The Pralongià Plateau is a labyrinth of gentle pistes interspersed with quaint and hospitable mountain huts, each with majestic panoramas and excellent food which is refreshingly cheaply priced. Certain runs on this plateau snake back down to Corvara, the largest and most vibrant resort in the Alta Badia and a superb launchpad for the many jewels of Dolomiti Superski. Ciasa Roch is suitable for skiers, snowshoers and self-guided winter walking.

  • Pistes – 2 mins by shuttle (800m)
  • Afternoon tea & cake
  • 3 course dinner with wine in nearby restaurant
  • Continental breakfast
  • En suite bedrooms
  • Bar & Guest Lounge
  • Perfect for skiers & snowshoers
  • WIFI Internet
  • Sunday to Sunday

Further Information
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Ciasa Roch – Corvara

Perfect Village Location

Ciasa Roch provides comfortable accommodation in a Tyrolean guest house with twelve attractive en suite double bedrooms and a welcoming lounge and bar. It is owned and managed by our ever-welcoming friend, Petra, with a little help from her elderly parents. The chalet enjoys a pleasant and tranquil location in the village and you will enjoy amazing views of Sassonger, Santa Croce and the towering flanks of the Sella massif. Each morning a good continental breakfast is served in the bar before skiers and snowshoers venture out into the mountains. Whilst it is possible to walk to the pistes from Ciasa Roch, each morning and afternoon we operate a minibus shuttle for the 2 minute ride to the Boe gondola on the Sella Ronda. (A skibus also stops right outside the chalet every 5 or 10 minutes). It is an easy and pleasant stroll into the pretty village centre of Corvara with its cafes, bars, shops, ice rink and more. Nestled spectacularly under the vast and dramatic walls of the Sella massif, Corvara is a beautiful alpine resort for skiers, snowshoers and winter walkers.

Comfortable bedrooms

Bedrooms here are large and comfortable and all have en suite bathrooms. Each of the beds are ‘Austrian Twins’ (two single beds in a double frame), some can be used as triple rooms and some as quads.

Evenings in Ciasa Roch – Office Hour & Dinner

Join us at Office Hour each early evening in the bar at Ciasa Roch and we will be pleased to help you plan your days over a couple of sociable pre-dinner drinks, whether you intend to go snowshoeing or join one of our ski tours.

Just before 7pm, after Office Hour, guests take the short walk to a nearby restaurant, where we have our own Collett’s table for dinner. Here, you will enjoy good hospitality and food in the company of at least two members of our resort team. You will have a delicious three course dinner – with wine included – every night of your stay except Thursdays. This is our resort day-off and it provides you with an opportunity to eat out locally in one of Corvara’s many restaurants or pizzerias. At a Collett’s chalet dinner, the atmosphere around the table is informal and it is easy to unwind: people with largely common interests (and inspired by a beautiful day in the mountains) chat and laugh over good food. After dinner, we will wander back to Ciasa Roch, where the bar stays open till 10.30pm or you might wander into the village for a nightcap elsewhere.

A spectacular self-catering chalet in the centre of Colfosco

  • Stunning location and one of the few stand-alone chalets available to rent in Alta Badia
  • Newly built to a very high spec with in/out skiing
  • Rely on the local knowledge of our Ski hosts and organisers

Haus Colfosco – Colfosco
Luxury Ski Chalet in Colfosco, Alta Badia - Haus Colfosco

Available for the first time this winter and for only a few weeks a year this brand new architect-designed luxury chalet was completed in 2016 to a high spec offering first class accommodation and facilities. Owned by an English family furnishings and fittings have all been personally chosen to create a luxurious but homely chalet that combines modern design with a traditional chalet feel. With four double bedrooms with ensuite and another double bed area (screened from the rest of the lower level floor with an antique wooden screen) with a fifth bathroom the chalet can comfortably accommodate 8 to 10 people.

It is just yards from the ski piste and chairlifts and is a stone’s throw away from the centre of Colfosco with its cafés, bars and restaurants. Nestled spectacularly on the approach to Passo Gardena under the vast and dramatic walls of the Sella massif and the towering peak of Sassongher, Colfosco is a superb alpine resort for skiers, snowshoers and winter walkers. Haus Colfosco is directly on the Sella Ronda, a 42 mile ski circuit around the Sella Massif itself. You can take the Stella Alpina and Colfosco chairlifts up into the awe-inspiring Colfosco Bowl. The Pralongià Plateau, above nearby Corvara, is a labyrinth of gentle pistes interspersed with quaint and hospitable mountain huts, each with sensational views and excellent food which is refreshingly cheaply priced. Certain runs on this plateau snake back down to Corvara, the largest and most vibrant resort in the Alta Badia and a superb launchpad for the many jewels of Dolomiti Superski. Haus Colfosco is suitable for Skiers, Snowshoers and Self-Guided Winter Walking.

  • 40m from the piste
  • 200m from the chairlift
  • Luxury Self-Catered Chalet
  • Sauna
  • Sonos music system
  • Spacious boot room in the garage
  • Two racks for skis and boot warmer for ten
  • 4 x En suite bedrooms
  • Floor to ceiling windows in living area
  • On the Sellaronda
  • Excellent base for skiers of all levels
  • High Speed WIFI Internet
  • Sunday to Sunday
  • State of the art wood burner
  • Open plan kitchen/living dining area with sofas, locally designed dining table for 10 and a bar for four
  • Excelent base for skiers
  • Sauna bar for apres ski
  • Private Parking for 3 cars and a garage
  • Cosy ‘stube’ with large screen TV

Further Information
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Haus Colfosco – Colfosco

Perfect Village Location

Haus Colfosco is right in the centre of Colfosco, metres from the piste, restaurants and shops.

Comfortable bedrooms

Bedrooms here are large and luxurious and all have en suite bathrooms (one with shower only and the others with baths). Views of the Dolomites from the two master bedrooms are stunning. Double beds made up with single duvets. Lots of storage space and modern bathrooms.

Sauna & Steam Room

Sauna for six people on the lower level with an area for lounging after and a bar with ponyskin stools and its own fridge and dishwasher for an apres sauna glass of wine or beer! There is a terrace as well for a shot of fresh alpine air after a sauna!

Evenings in Haus Colfosco – Office Hour & Dinner

The extensive and luxurious kitchen and dining room is the perfect place to prepare your evening meal whilst enjoying an aperitif in front of our roaring log burner. There is a supermarket right opposite the house and a second bigger one five minutes away on the main road through Colfosco can provide everything you need for delicious home cooked evening meals. Opposite is Stria, one of the most well-known restaurants in the valley that unusually stays open all year and, if you don’t feel like going out, they will deliver meals to you.

There are numerous bars including the Sadler which is two minutes walk from the door, the charming tiny Enoteca in the village where each drink is served with a lovely plate of canapes and the younger Alcove which stays open until 2am.

In addition to Stria there is a very good pizzeria (The Black Hill) and the Capella restaurant takes non-guests and serves very good cuisine. A short drive or taxi ride would take you to the multitude of restaurants and bars in Corvara.

You can stay in Haus Colfosco on a self-catered basis with airport transfers from Venice Marco Polo or Venice Treviso Airports included (or book a transfer from Innsbruck at £45 return).

Further information

There are countless rifugios serving excellent food, some like Jimmy’s Hutte only a slope or two away from the chalet and some like Santa Croce a couple of hours away. Family recommendations are listed in the house manual. Colfosco is a charming little village that has all the facilities you need for a great skiing holiday and the views of the Dolomites are second to none.

Eating out on the mountain is one of the Dolomites most treasured features. The locals take the food and drink at least as seriously as the winter sports. With many people coming to the Alta Badia area to enjoy gourmet ski safaris and the ever popular ‘sommelier on the slopes’, the Dolomites have forged a niche as one of the alps most gastronomic regions.

Travelling the region, it’s not hard to see, or rather taste, why. With no less than three Michelin starred restaurants in the Alta Badia alone, all drawing inspiration from the areas unique cuisine and stocking an ample supply of local wines, the Ladino kitchen offers a fabulous fusion of Austrian, Italian and Alpine cooking. Some of the dishes have become the height of cool, such as the Cortina classic, Casunziei all’Ampezzana; beetroot ravioli with melted butter, ricotta and poppy seeds. Most have their roots in the traditional peasant food of the Ladin people, with a limited larder but plentiful wild herbs and flowers, triumphing through adversity birthed much of the food here.

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Perhaps the greatest pleasure is to be found dining in the many ‘rifugi’ or mountain huts dotted around the mountains. Most offer stunning sun terraces from which the watch the light change to characteristic late afternoon pink on the dramatic rock towers of the Dolomites whilst enjoying some of the local dishes and drinks.

Prepare to loosen your belts, if not the purse strings, as the food in the mountain restaurants here remains remarkably good value when compared to many winter destinations. Pizza is uniformly between 6 and 14 euros depending on the toppings, pasta dishes around the same, with the accompanying 0.5l beer priced between 4 and 5 euros.

Skiing becomes a means of transport, the method by which you move from one rifugio to the next. For a snowshoer, these kind of meals, hearty and filling, are exactly what you want when a mountain pass is what you had to cross to get there.

Make sure you sample everything from our menu below!

Food

Casunziei all’Ampezzana: perhaps the star of the show; beetroot ravioli with melted butter, ricotta and poppy seeds; unique in both appearance and flavour.

Speck: cured raw pork, cold smoked and flavoured with spices such as juniper. Speck from South Tyrol is enjoyed across Italy.

Tris di Canderli: a trio of Ladin style bread dumplings made with bread, milk, eggs and flour and flavoured with spinach, mushrooms and strong cheeses along with the ever-present speck.

Zuppa d’orzo: a creamy soup of barley and speck, often enjoyed with Turtres, savoury pancakes stuffed with spinach and deep fried to the point of crispiness.

Spatzle: mini gnocchi, cooked with speck, spinach, cream and a healthy sprinkle of parmesan is the pasta of the Alta Badia.

Shlutzkrapfen: Casunciei in Badia Ladin, half-moon ravioli filled with spinach and covered in a rich butter sauce.

Kaiserschmarrn: the famous Austrian dessert is equally at home in Sued Tyrol, chopped pancakes served with jam, apple sauce and sugar.

Apfelstrudel: another Austrian classic, apple strudel with vanilla sauce is prepared in the Dolomites with a thicker cake-like pastry and often contains pine nuts.

Drink

Spritz Aperol: ubiquitous Italian aperitivo. Bright orange in colour with a refreshing bitter taste, the popularity of the Spritz has travelled to many fashionable bars across the UK but can be found for between 3 and 4 Euros across the Dolomites.

Hugo: a cousin of the more common Spritz, the Hugo is a sweet and delicate blend of Prosecco, elderflower, mint and lime.

Bombardino: the statement post-ski drink, bright yellow and topped with cream, Bombardino is made with advocaat and brandy and won’t fail to warm you up for the last run down.

With half-term and the school holidays over, here in the Dolomites we have had time to reflect on perhaps the most tiring but in many ways the most fun and rewarding weeks of the winter. It has struck me just how rare it is to find an activity that bridges the gap in generations so well. With several parties containing children, parents and grandparents, all enjoying the same wonderful days out on the mountain. We hope that these families have written some priceless memories that they can share together around the fire or over the dinner table in the years to come.

At the end of each day, the sense of achievement on the faces, albeit the tired faces, of the young ones was a joy to behold. What makes the Dolomiti Superski area so perfect for this is the sense of travel. Rather than just going up and down the sides of a valley, in the Dolomites, skiing itineraries usually consist of a recognised route like the Sellaronda or a trip to a particular mountain such as the Marmolada. This means at the end of the day, with the extended family gathered together over dinner, stories of completed routes and journeys pass around the table. More evocative than simply which run and which area, these tales are special memories that can be shared by the whole family.

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The Hidden Valley deserves special mention in this regard. The sense of journey and adventure, capped off by the unique experience of the horse tow, make this route a special one for families to savour together. The ski schools in the area have got hold of this idea too, with the last day of any ski school week reserved for a full day’s trip on one of these itineraries.

With numerous events and ski shows going on around the villages, all with a friendly family atmosphere, coupled with a variety of activities such as snowshoeing and ice skating, a winter holiday in the Dolomites can make for a truly memorable experience to be shared by the whole family.

March 6th, 2017 – Snow fell over the weekend, setting the scene for a great end to the season in the Dolomites. The skiing and snowshoeing is superb, a fantastic treat for all our guests who arrived on Sunday.

We still have some rooms remaining in our Chalets at the end of March on our winter skiing and snowshoeing holidays, starting on the 19th and 26th March – Click here for Special Offers and Availability. Or call us on 01799 513331 to reserve a room!

In 2009 the Dolomites mountains were made into a UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (See more at: https://www.dolomitiunesco.info/) world heritage site. Consisting of nine separate natural park areas covering a total of 142,000 hectares, the Dolomites fall across five Italian provinces. This vast area is now protected and managed for future generations.

The Dolomites are widely regarded as being among the most attractive mountain landscapes in the world. Their intrinsic beauty derives from a variety of spectacular vertical forms such as pinnacles, spires and towers, with contrasting horizontal surfaces including ledges, crags and plateaux, all of which rise abruptly above extensive talus deposits and more gentle foothills.
– Unesco, https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1237

Skiing & Snowshoeing in a UNESCO National Park

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Unique both in terms of scientific value and beauty, these mountains offer a special backdrop to a winter holiday. For the skier, the views add a new level of enjoyment. For those lucky enough to have skied through the Hidden Valley, passing directly through one of the natural park areas, the Dolomites’ dramatic towers of rock will always stand out in the memory. For those snowshoeing and walking, the chance to take in the panoramas on offer at a slower pace means an opportunity to get more intimately acquainted with the dramatic rock formations on display.

The difficulty in this area is maintaining the economic benefit of tourism to the area whilst sustaining the environment of the mountains. Hopefully the UNESCO status goes some way to maintaining a balance between the economy and the environment, allowing visitors to enjoy the outstanding beauty on offer, knowing it will be preserved for future generations.

Want to experience snowshoeing or skiing in the Dolomites UNESCO National Park for yourself? Join us on a Winter Holiday with Collett’s.

The spellbinding beauty of a winter wonderland
Explore the Dolomites on remote and silent trails

  • Organised snowshoeing excursions 5 days a week –  free & optional
  • Information & Maps for self-guiding snowshoeing and winter walks

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Snowshoeing in the DolomitesFitting snowshoes in a safe spot above BadiaWinter information for snowshoeingPouring over a piste map at 'Office Hour'Hosted SKiing & Snowshoeing

Organised Snowshoeing Itineraries – 5 days a week, optional and free of charge
Ideas & Information for self guiding

On a Collett’s snowshoeing holiday in the Dolomites, you can experience the invigoration and solitude of spellbinding remote waymarked trails that wend their way across high and silent snowfields, where it is not uncommon to see arctic hares, chamois, golden eagles and silver foxes. Many trails venture into the rocky reaches and here snowshoers negotiate amazing rock formations, towered over by Dolomite massifs with their rose pink hues standing out against deep blue skies and brilliant white snow. The effect is as stimulating as it is bewitching.

Collett’s guests staying in Corvara and Badia can join snowshoeing itineraries 5 days a week. The exhilaration, fun and sense of adventure are immense. There is a certain joy about setting off in good company to spend a day under blue skies, venturing across virgin snow and exploring a real winter wonderland. Our itineraries vary in time, distance and nature, though we always try to give guests the opportunity to explore different parts of the area. Some leave ‘from the door’, others will involve using local transport, and yet more might require a Collett’s vehicle (small extra charges apply) to access some of the Dolomites’ hidden gems.

Snowshoes are available locally from our chalets for about €6 per day and they are easily attached to a normal pair of walking boots. Badia is perhaps the best location for snowshoers/walkers and occasionally we offer people here the choice of two different excursions on the same day so that we can cater for people of varying fitness levels. Corvara is also an excellent springboard for snowshoers. Unfortunately, we cannot offer snowshoeing itineraries to guests staying in Arabba.

Ultimately, you do exactly as you please, we are available to help, but careful not to interfere. If you prefer to organise your snowshoeing itineraries independently, we will leave you to your own devices. Route proposals and information are always at hand at Office Hour from our own snowshoers and you are always welcome to browse our Ideas & Information Files, which detail several stunning snowshoe itineraries.

N.B. On the occasions when ski lifts are used, these are paid for individually. Sometimes it is necessary to carry your snowshoes and we recommend you come equipped with a rucksack, to which they can be strapped or placed inside.

Office Hour
& Planning Your Days

Planning the next day’s snowshoeing is easy…
It’s Office Hour that really makes the holiday…

Each evening (except Thursday, our day off) between 6 and 7pm we host Office Hour in our hosted chalets. This is far more relaxed than its name suggests and some people just drop in for a drink and to share the day’s experiences with friends, who may have been doing other things. Office Hour is about planning your days, whilst simultaneously being a good way to meet people with similar interests in a sociable atmosphere. Often guests team up at Office Hour and end up spending many enjoyable days together in the mountains. During Office Hour you can chat with our organisers, who have plenty of local knowledge and you can browse our Ideas & Information Files, which contain numerous breathtaking itineraries.

Come to Office Hour to sign up for our daily organised snowshoeing itineraries. You can also glean information about winter walking, cross country skiing or tobogganing. Ultimately, you do exactly as you please, we are available to help, but careful not to interfere. If you prefer to organise your days independently, we will leave you to your own devices.

At your own riskYou join our organised itineraries and make use of our ideas & information at your own risk. It is important that you understand that whilst our own walkers, skiers and snowshoers have substantial local knowledge and are familiar with the routes which our organised walks follow, they are not qualified mountain guides. Other Activities, such as off-piste skiing, winter mountaineering and ice climbing are provided by third parties and have nothing to do with Collett’s Ltd, even if advertised by us. Your contract is with the supplier and not with us. We are not responsible for the provision of any third party excursion or for anything that happens during the course of its provision by the supplier.

The Dolomites are undoubtedly blessed. With countless stunning walks and snowshoeing routes taking in fantastic views, unique culture and remarkable history, it is hard to mention any one place that sums the area up to a new visitor. With that said, Cinque Torri stands out as location that brings together many of the elements that make a trip to the Dolomites so rewarding.

Meaning five towers, the rock formations here jut from the rolling hillside and woodland of the Falzarego pass. Silhouetted against the skyline as you approach, they make for an imposing sight, jagged fingers pointing to the sky. Up close the towers are even more impressive. The paths wind in between the rocks, the scale of the cliffs and towering pinnacles never more apparent as when you are stood at their feet. They stand above the valley like watchtowers, looking down to Cortina way below in the East, and up to the mighty peaks of the Tofana group.

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It is this commanding view that contributed to the fame of the rock formations here, as they were used by the Italian army as the location for their artillery during the tragic battles of the First World War. As you follow the paths through the towers you come across the ‘open air museum’, reconstructed and preserved trenches, dugouts and gun emplacements leftover from the conflict. Exploring the network of trenches and shelters is especially poignant in the winter. The snow and ice that fill the emplacements reminders of the harsh conditions endured by the soldiers here.

Returning to the rifugio near the towers for a plate of the local delicacy of beetroot and pasta, you can reflect on the mix of features that make this area so special. History, culture, cuisine and outstanding natural beauty all combined into one fantastic walk.

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With the sun out and the weather beginning to warm from the cold snap experienced in the Dolomites throughout early January and the super snowfall in early February, the attention of many of the visitors to the Alta Badia area turned to the numerous rifugios and their inviting sun terraces. The Dolomites are blessed by not only extensive pistes but fantastic natural beauty. With UNESCO world heritage status, these unique mountains provide a glorious backdrop to any winter holiday in the Dolomites. The ability to enjoy the staggering panoramas on display from the comfort of a refuge, taking a moment to pause from the adrenaline of skiing or to take an extended rest from a snowshoe walk to stare at the view, is a real highlight to the area.

These moments of calm and comfort are added to greatly by the rifugios themselves, and there are plenty of them, hardly a run goes by without passing one of these refuges, and many of our snowshoe itineraries pass at least one. In many ways, the word refuge does these mountain huts a disservice, by and large they are mountain restaurants with table service and all the luxury of the restaurants in the villages themselves. The buildings are wooden clad and in keeping with the alpine feel, inside clean and modern facilities belie the relative remoteness of the locations. In fact, the rifugios are so many and by piste and lift so accessible that the logistical difficulty in building and maintaining the building let alone serving fantastic piping hot food to hungry skiers and passing snowshoe groups is all but forgotten.

Experience great food and drink at these idyllic Italian mountain Rifugios

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The food and drink, as it does across Italy, comes with a smile and without the excessive price tag associated with many Alpine resorts. From hearty pasta and polenta to grilled meats and charcuterie platters, famous drinks such as Spritz Aperol and Hugo, the cuisine itself deserves and will receive a blog post of its own. For now, it’s time to head outside for some genuine indulgent relaxation in the heart of the mountains.

Want to experience the food and Rifugios for yourself? Join us on a Winter Holiday with Collett’s.