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Happy New Year from the Dolomites
Capodanno Dolomiti

We greeted the New Year with a quiz at Ciasa Verena enjoying a few drinks with family and new found friends, our guests prevailed by rising bright and early for a big day out on the ski slopes for New Years Day. And what better way to start 2014 than by heading to the Marmolada to ski the 12km red run down into Malga Ciapela!

Stepping out of the chalet, the weather report held strong as we looked up to nothing but a blue sky. A fast moving stream of people meant we were on our way up the Boé lift nice and quickly as Rich, our ski host for the day, talked us through the route.

Self Catering Ski Chalets
Skiing in Italy - Chalet Haus Valentin
Self Catering Ski Chalets
Hotel Melodia, Badia, Italy
Corvara

The beauty of heading out early, especially on New Year’s Day, is having the slopes almost to yourself for the first hour or so. The snow has barely been touched and skiing becomes effortless as you expel your energy on absorbing the view around and across to the Portavescovo ridge instead. The ski run down into Arabba was long and enjoyable, weaving its way round and back down into the valley.

Reaching the first gondola to take us to the summit, the group decided it would be a good time for a hot chocolate stop and who could blame them! We found a sweet little hut on the side of the road, lovely and warm inside and surprisingly quiet considering the ever growing queue for the lift outside. When we did go outside to join it, the process was smooth and before long we were gathered inside the lift to head up higher.

Standing at the 3,269m summit of the Marmolada – ‘Queen of the Dolomites’ – is truly like being on top of the world – snow-capped peaks on a day like today stare back at you from every direction across to Austria and as far as the eye can see. Temperatures sure do drop at this height however so after a quick photo we eagerly started our descent before the next gondola of people caught us up. After a short steep start, the ski slope opened up and became a windy and enjoyable run with plenty of room to stop and give our burning knees a rest – something each and every one of us needed to do more than once. Looking back up to where we had come from, I definitely felt a sense of achievement which I’m sure was shared amongst the group.

After a full and successful day out in the mountains, it was time to look forward to the evening procession in the village. To end the first day of the year, instructors from the Corvara ski school came together for a torchlit descent, followed by impressive paragliding-flights overhead and a memorable pyromusical show.

Happy New Year from all at Collett’s Mountain Holidays, we hope you have a great start to 2014!

Collett’s blogs are written by our resort diarist, photographer, walker and skier, Kelly Diggle. If you are out on a winter walk, snowshoe itinerary or ski day with her you are sure to be included in her photographs in one of her weekly blogs. Kelly’s personal travel blog can be found here. You can keep up to date with Kelly on Twitter here.

Offers for Winter 2013/14

We have some special offers for January in Arabba – Click here for more details.

Hosted Apartments £345pp HB – SOLD

  • Dates available for Hosted Apartments in Arabba
  • 11 to 18 Jan
  • The Offer – The price includes 7 nights B&B, 3 course evening meal with wine (not Thursday), free return transfers from Venice Treviso or Venice Marco Polo* and optional participation in our organised ski days. *Our transfer times have already been set, please check availability and transfer times with us before booking your flights.
  • Prices
    £345 per person half board based on two people sharing an apartment
    Some apartments sleep more people – further discounts apply
Skiing in Arabba
Hosted Apartments £375pp HB – Was £535

  • Dates available for Hosted Apartments in Arabba
  • 18 to 25 Jan or 25 Jan to 1 Feb – 1 Apartment left
  • The Offer – The price includes 7 nights B&B, 3 course evening meal with wine (not Thursday), free return transfers from Venice Treviso or Venice Marco Polo* and optional participation in our organised ski days. *Our transfer times have already been set, please check availability and transfer times with us before booking your flights.
  • Prices
    £375 per person half board based on two people sharing an apartment
    Some apartments sleep more people – further discounts apply
Felicity skiing the Sella Ronda, a 52km ski tour
Self Catering Apartments £295pp – SOLD

  • Dates available for Self Catering Apartments in Arabba
  • 11 to 18 Jan
  • The Offer – The price includes 7 nights Self Catering Accommodation, free return transfers from Venice Treviso or Venice Marco Polo* and optional participation in our organised ski days. *Our transfer times have already been set, please check availability and transfer times with us before booking your flights.
  • Prices
    £295 per person self catering based on two people sharing an apartment
    Some apartments sleep more people – further discounts apply
Felicity skiing the Sella Ronda, a 52km ski tour
Self Catering Apartments £315pp – Was £395

  • Dates available for Self Catering Apartments in Arabba
  • 18 to 25 Jan or 25 Jan to 1 Feb
  • The Offer – The price includes 7 nights Self Catering Accommodation, free return transfers from Venice Treviso or Venice Marco Polo* and optional participation in our organised ski days. *Our transfer times have already been set, please check availability and transfer times with us before booking your flights.
  • Prices
    £315 per person self catering based on two people sharing an apartment
    Some apartments sleep more people – further discounts apply
Skiing holidays

Winter in the Dolomites starts this weekend
Preparation for Collett’s Winter Season

To start the season off, snow-shoers from Haus Valentin and Verena headed off to explore the Pralongiá Plateau; a stunning open meadow which stands at 2,100m at its highest point and offers views across to the Marmolada, the Sella Massif and the Austrian Alps.

Hotel Melodia, Badia, Italy
Hotel Melodia, Badia, Italy
Hotel Melodia, Badia, Italy
Hotel Melodia, Badia, Italy
Hotel Melodia, Badia, Italy
Hotel Melodia, Badia, Italy
Hotel Melodia, Badia, Italy
Hotel Melodia, Badia, Italy
Hotel Melodia, Badia, Italy
Hotel Melodia, Badia, Italy
Hotel Melodia, Badia, Italy
Hotel Melodia, Badia, Italy
Hotel Melodia, Badia, Italy
Hotel Melodia, Badia, Italy
Hotel Melodia, Badia, Italy
Hotel Melodia, Badia, Italy

After successfully meeting up on the bus halfway to our start point, we waved off other guests for their day of cross-country skiing as we headed up on the gondola to the plateau. It has to be said, the conditions for early bird week today were perfect for snowshoeing, with beautifully pisted snow and a completely clear blue sky – it was only after 5 minutes of walking that almost everyone decided to take a layer off!

We had to tread with care as we crossed a couple of ski pistes at the beginning, but it made for a good excuse to stop and admire the view. Soon enough the guests from each chalet mingled and conversations were flowing as we approached the first rifugio – is it ever too soon to stop for a leisurely coffee? We didn’t think so. This also gave one of our guests the opportunity to take in the view and create a small drawing in preparation for water colour, whilst others spent time wandering off to take photographs.

The next section we had the mountain to ourselves as we strolled across the undulating hills and towards Rifugio Pralongiá. We met three guests from Verena along the way who had decided to see where the day would take them and they all agreed they did not expect to be walking around in a t-shirt! Some of the guests had gone ahead to feast on a well-deserved slice of strudel, (an Italian delight I always struggle to say no to!). Although buzzing with people, it was a great spot for a rifugio lunch and a natter. The short ascent to the Rifugio left one of our guests feeling thirsty but what was thought to have been a Tizer soft drink ended up to be a Spritz, a refreshing alcoholic drink found commonly in the area. The descent down was a wobbly one for poor Sue!

With everyone satisfyingly well fed, our organiser for the day Jack gathered the group and offered two options for the afternoon. Some of our guests decided to head back the way they came whilst the rest continued down the other side and through the woods to Armenterola. The temperature soon dropped away from the sunlight but the woodland walk offered a completely different feel for the day – clumps of snow had collected on the branches of the trees, a particularly beautiful sight. The colour of the limestone began to change to a deep yellow as we approached the road and would you believe it, a bus came along within 3 minutes – we couldn’t have timed it better if we had tried. A sense of déjà vu became apparent as we climbed aboard, only to find the cross-country skiers and the guests that split off earlier sat comfortably after another great day on the mountains!

Buon Natale! Happy Christmas!

Collett’s blogs are written by our resort diarist, photographer, walker and skier, Kelly Diggle. If you are out on a winter walk, snowshoe itinerary or ski day with her you are sure to be included in her photographs in one of her weekly blogs. Kelly’s personal travel blog can be found here.

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Winter in the Dolomites starts this weekend
Preparation for Collett’s Winter Season

Before the 4 month season of skiing, snowshoeing, sunshine and excitement (perhaps the odd cheeky grappa) kicks off, the enthusiastic winter team come together for a 12 day training period. It is a privilege to spend this time at Haus Valentin, the one chalet Collett’s offer in Badia, which I’m sure our guests will agree, is a wonderful introduction to such a fantastic Dolomiti superski experience.

Hotel Panorama, Corvara, Dolomites Walking Holidays with Collett's
Hotel Panorama, Corvara - Walking Holidays with Collett's
Hotel Panorama, Corvara, Dolomites Walking Holidays with Collett's
Hotel Panorama, Corvara - Walking Holidays with Collett's
Hotel Panorama Dolomites
Hotel Panorama, Corvara - Walking Holidays with Collett's
Hotel Panorama Dolomites
Hotel Panorama, Corvara - Walking Holidays with Collett's
Hotel Panorama Dolomites Corvara
Hotel Panorama, Corvara, Dolomites Walking Holidays with Collett's
Hotel Panorama Dolomites Corvara
Hotel Panorama, Corvara, Dolomites Walking Holidays with Collett's
Hotel Panorama, Corvara - Walking Holidays with Collett's
Hotel Panorama, Corvara - Walking Holidays with Collett's
Hotel Panorama, Corvara - Walking Holidays with Collett's
Hotel Panorama, Corvara, Dolomites Walking Holidays with Collett's
Hotel Panorama, Corvara, Dolomites Walking Holidays with Collett's

What instantly brings the team together is the shared love for people, winter activities and the enjoyment of hard, yet rewarding work. To see so many returned faces amongst the group is a sure sign that taking part in one season, whether it be summer or winter, is just not enough for most. After a lovely evening spent at Tom Collett’s house, the convoy sets off in the early hours for a two day drive towards the mountains, giving everybody a chance to chat and exchange stories as to what ultimately brought them together for the experience ahead.

Arriving just before dark, the group enjoy the famous Enrosadira on the Fanes Massif – the returners smile at the thought of being back and the new faces feel a sense of honour to call this place their home for the next 4 months.

A traditional Italian meal to settle us in, we prepare for the training ahead. With little time before early bird week begins, the training is split between indoor and outdoor days. These indoor days, full of group interaction and presentations, bring to light the importance of chalet upkeep, office hour and the general home from home experience we, as a team, aim to create for our guests. When the crisp evenings hit, our hosts alternate to practise their high quality cooking skills whilst the staff help prepare, serve and keep on top of the dishes! Outdoor days, although minimal, give the group a chance to get their bearings of the area and familiarise themselves with some of the snowshoe routes and ski itineraries. For some people, including myself, skiing is a relatively new experience and so heading out to find their ‘ski legs’ is an important part of training – something that I’m sure everybody can relate to as a beginner once themselves.

As the days pass, the lifts across Badia and Corvara open as one or two tiny black dots turn into five or six as they zigzag their way down the piste. The weather so far has been kind, with stunning blue skies and not a breath of wind, but the upcoming forecast suggests a big snowfall which will no doubt create a winter wonderland, just in time for Christmas and the long-awaited arrival of our first guests of the season. Our teams will be split into their chalets in the next few days to set up and get the place ready – we hope to see you all next week to get the season started off with a snow-falling, mince pie eating bang!

Buon viaggio tutti! Have a safe journey.

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Collett’s blogs are written by our resort diarist, photographer, walker and skier, Kelly Diggle. If you are out on a winter walk, snowshoe itinerary or ski day with her you are sure to be included in her photographs in one of her weekly blogs. Kelly’s personal travel blog can be found here.

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 Bird and Christmas Skiing – click here for more information).

Skiing on the Pralongia Plateau
Skiing in the Dolomites above Corvara

Click here to see live webcams of the Dolomites.

Yesterday we went out on the Edelweiss Snowshoe which starts from Colfosco. It is easy to catch the bus from Corvara or Badia to the start point, just ask one of our organisers at office hour – click here for more information about planning your days at office hour.

It takes a cable car to the start of the route from Colfosco, where on a clear winter’s day you can get a superb panoramic view across the whole of the Dolomites. The snow conditions are excellent for snowshoeing and skiing.

The route starts with a steep but easy descent down a natural gully. Way marking is easy to follow and the route. It arrives at the Utia Edelweiss where we took a break for lunch. Then we continued down to the bottom of the Col Pradat gondola lift and caught the lift up to Col Pradat before descending steeply down the well way marked path 4a to Corvara and a well-earned cup of tea.

Deep snow on the Edelweiss snowshoe
On the Edelweiss Snowshoe

We look forward to meeting our first guests next Saturday and can’t wait for the season to get into full flow.

Buon viaggio tutti! Have a safe journey.

We have a couple of late availability dates and offers for our Early Bird week (starting 15th & 16th December) and for Christmas week (starting 22nd & 23rd December)- Click here for more details.