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Winter Availability in the Dolomites
Arabba, Badia & Corvara
More snow is forecast in the Dolomites over the next two days. We currently have the following offers in February and March including one apartment in Arabba at Half Term. Snow conditions have improved greatly with a couple of heavy snowfalls over the last few weeks. So if you fancy a week in these magical mountains – on skis or snowshoes – please browse the offers below or visit our late sale page here. Also, we still have just one space left on our Ski Safari for the 7th – 14th February – see the relevant link below.

7 – 14 FebSki Safari – One Place Available – £1395 £1195 £1050pp HB
14 – 21 FebHosted Apartments, Arabba – One Apt. Available – from £610 £495pp HB
Self catering at Half Term in Arabba available form £495 £445pppw
14 – 21 Mar Hosted Apartments, Arabba – One Apt. Available – from £550pp HB
Self catering in Arabba available form £395pppw
22 – 29 MarHaus Valentin, Badia – Four Doubles Available – £610 £549pp HB
22 – 29 MarChalet Angelo, Corvara – One Double Available – £660 £594pp HB
22 – 29 MarChalet Verena, Corvara – One Double Available – £660 £594pp HB
29 Mar 5 AprHaus Valentin, Badia – Three Doubles Available – £610pp HB
29 Mar 5 Apr Chalet Verena, Corvara – Five Doubles Available – £660pp HB
5 – 12 Apr Chalet Angelo, Corvara£660pp HB
5 – 12 Apr Haus Valentin, Badia – Three Doubles Available – £610pp HB

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Also, we still have just one space left on our Ski Safaris on the 7th of February – Click here for more information.

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Skiing & Snowshoeing in the Dolomites – Arabba, Badia & Corvara
Upcoming availability and Special Offers

Snow has been falling over the last couple of weeks in the Dolomites and as we gear up for departure from the UK we look forward to the start of the Winter season on the 13th of December in Arabba, Badia and Corvara. We have a few pockets of availability in December and early January that may be of interest to skiers and snowshoers alike!

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Chalet Haus Valentin
Badia
Snowshoeing on the Pralongià Ridge Ramble above Corvara

Other winter activities in the Alta Badia
The Toboggan Run at San Cassiano

Alongside our two daily options for ski days in the area, our hosts strive to offer two alternatives for guests less likely to hit the slopes. One way to spend a day differently would be to head to the Toboggan run – easily accessed by the local bus; the 4km pisted track is quiet and offers fantastic panoramas of the area, not forgetting the hours of fun that can be had! On this particular day, four slightly apprehensive guests from Haus Valentin proved that you can never be too old to take on this classic past-time and they certainly showed the Collett’s organisers how to do it properly.

Walking Holidays in Andalucia, Canillas de Albaida - Spain
Walking Holidays in Andalucia, Canillas de Albaida - Spain

After a short spell of an overcast and seriously snowy weather pattern, the Dolomites provided a beautiful blue sky for our trip today. With the added bonus of a warm temperature, apprehension and uncertainty were pushed aside as our guests picked out their toboggan for the day. The short walk to the Piz Sorega lift in San Cassiano gave Harriet, an organiser from Chalet Verena, a perfect chance to offer tips on how to steer, how to avoid hitting the snow banks and also the best way to overtake your opponents!

It was great to learn early on that our guests had been enjoying each other’s company since arriving in the Dolomites and now they were about to take on a new activity together. After a short test run from the gondola to the start of the toboggan track (made obvious by the large wooden archway advertising a sign to defer skiers), our guests lined up ready to go. My suggestion to race to the bottom was definitely laughed off as a daft idea so we decided we’d use this one as a ‘trial run’. Having said that, guest John disappeared leaving a trail of snowflakes behind him and wasn’t seen again until we arrived safely at the bottom – I’m still convinced he just wanted to bask in the sunshine whilst he waited. Ali and Ros were more on the cautious side but that doesn’t mean they did not have fun; huge grins from ear to ear as they came past proved that. A little group discussion at the bottom also proved that cautious meant bums stayed planted on toboggans, even around the concealed sharp bends.

“I’m seriously just having the best time!” That said it all Ros, time for round two.

The group speed increased slightly as everybody felt more comfortable and in control of their toboggan and we all agreed it was an energetic sport; time for lunch. We headed across the piste to Las Vegas, a perfect Rifugio setting overlooking the Sella Massif, where we enjoyed pizza, goulash soup and glühwein sat outside in the mid-afternoon sunshine.

The temperature began to drop on our third run down and our toboggans struggled to cut through the suddenly crusted snow. As newly recognised toboggan enthusiasts Jo and John headed up for one last go, the rest of us got to know each other over coffee. As if they hadn’t all had enough excitement for one day, the group decided to walk back to Badia along the river to make the most of the sunshine and in all honesty, who could blame them?

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.

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Rifugios in the Italian Dolomites
Mangiare bene at our top 5 lunch destinations

There is usually a list of things that attracts a certain person to a certain area. Depending on the destination of course depends on the attraction but I’m sure I can say with some certainty that a high percentage of people arrive in the Dolomites during the winter months with a grin from ear to ear to enjoy the inches upon inches of white stuff; whether that be for skiing, snowshoeing or winter walking. But the activity on offer cannot itself create a memorable holiday for there are other important factors to consider; the people (those you holiday with and the new faces you meet), the weather (which will without doubt always be important to the English), the places you visit (old favourites and newly explored ground) and what else? The food! The South Tyrolean menu is vast and with so many unique and beautiful Rifugios dotted around the area, there is surely something delicious for everyone to get the taste buds tingling.

One of the best things about a winter holiday in the Dolomites is living a rule free lifestyle whilst you’re here. Who says you can’t have a beer with lunch? Why can’t you have a slice of cake at 11am and then another during afternoon tea? Throughout a full day on the mountains, a scrumptious, filling and affordable lunch is certainly something to be deserved and the Dolomite Mountains will not let you down. Whichever direction you head in, no matter how many Kilometres you are away from resort, there is a unique Rifugio awaiting you to walk through the door.

Now, once you have chosen the destination it is up to you so settle on one of the many meals on offer. Italy is a country full of temptation; perhaps you will go for the traditional Italian pizza or maybe try the less-known Ladin variety – my personal favourite is spinach and sauerkraut wrapped in puff pastry. A common dish found in almost every Rifugio (spiegelei und bratkartoffeln) consists of Speck (a dried meat very similar to bacon), fried eggs and sautéed potatoes and although it sounds very basic, is prepared in numerous ways. Of course there are many options to entice the sweet tooth as well and if you choose to resist the conventional apple strudel, then why not try a slice of Sacher cake (chocolate sponge encasing a layer of orange jam) or the typically delicious Tiramisu? Every meal needs something tasty to wash it down with and you’ll find the drinks menu is usually as varied as the food. Aside from the obvious beer and coffee options, enjoy the popular Hugo and Spritz, treat yourself to a Bombardino (or Calimero!) and definitely sample one of many different Grappa flavours for if nothing else, it will surely improve your downhill skiing!

Before doubt creeps into your mind about how much all of this will cost, never fear; a typical meal, which I might add is very generously portioned, will never set you back more than €15. The only piece of advice I have to offer is to resist at least some temptation and leave enough room for your evening three course meal when you arrive back at the chalet!

Top 5 lunch suggestions

Rifugio Bioch, Pralongià Plateau – Perfect 360° views of the area whilst you enjoy a Hunters plate (speck, eggs and potatoes) and drink one of the best Bombardinos in the area.

Rifugio Plan Boé, Arabba – Sellaronda Orange – If you are a fan of pancakes, try the famous Kaiserschmarrn to set you up for the 45km circular route.

Raetia tea rooms, Corvara – Undoubtedly the best apple strudel in the resort – enjoy it with ice-cream, vanilla custard or whipped cream. There is also a choice of 20+ tea flavours to try out.

Rifugio Nagler, Badia – A generous helping of Goulash soup to warm you up on a cold day is definitely recommended. If you haven’t yet sampled the Glühwein here is the place to do it, they serve it in a boot!

Rifugio Punta Trieste, Pralongià Plateau – If you fancy something a bit heartier head to this Rifugio for outstanding ribs and traditional Canederli (bread dumplings only found in this area of Italy).

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.

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Skiing in the Italian Dolomites
1,200km of piste – A day on the ‘Hidden Valley’

Each week our ski hosts put together an itinerary that will excite our guests and offer days out that will encourage strangers to become friends as they sign up to venture out with our organisers. Certain ski days stick week after week because we cannot bring ourselves to deny such a memorable experience; the ‘hidden valley’ is just one example of such a day, a day I joined with a group for the first time and was absolutely blown away by.

Corvara
Hotel La Perla, Corvara
Hotel Melodia, Badia, Italy
Hotel Melodia, Badia, Italy
Hotel Melodia, Badia, Italy
Hotel Melodia, Badia, Italy
Hotel Melodia, Badia, Italy
Hotel Panorama Dolomites
Hotel Panorama Dolomites
Hotel Panorama Dolomites Corvara
Hotel Panorama Dolomites Corvara

The fog was clinging low to the ground but we all held up hope for a clear day as we headed up on to the Pralongia Plateau. The large group of 15, all staying in Ciasa Verena, were here on their first Dolomiti experience and had shown their enthusiasm for venturing outside of the Alta Badia area this week. As we dropped down into Armenterola, a row of taxi’s awaited passengers – without any connecting slopes this is the only way of reaching the Falzarego Pass and beyond to the famous Hidden Valley run.

Thankfully for everyone, the stunning views were not missed as the fog lifted when we reached the top of the pass. Now that the Cinque Torri was visible to point out, the group decided to head over to explore the slopes surrounding the five towers. A small cloud inversion sat hovering above Cortina which created a view I never thought could get any better, and with a line of snow shoers walking off behind the rocks, Cinque Torri had never looked so tranquil. Some of our guests took this time to sit in the Averau Rifugio to enjoy the views and the coffee, as others drifted down the empty cream-like pistes, taking advantage of the space with wide turns and technique practice.

By this point people were getting very hungry. Having enjoyed what Rifugio Averau had to offer, I suggested hanging on for Rifiguio Lagazuoi at the top of the cable car station. Snow-capped mountains as far as the eye could see and a some-what empty dining area, the original groans at a late lunch turned into a muttering of astounded, satisfied people.

The wind had picked up as we all got ready to take on the long run through the Hidden Valley. We all arranged to meet up at Rif. Scotoni three quarters of the way down and soon enough the group split so that everyone could enjoy it at their own pace.

The gentle descent meant that eyes could fixate on the towering rocks at every angle whilst being slowly engulfed by the valley. Short steep sections kept the speed and the twisting slope kept me guessing as to what was next.
Once we had all re-grouped and had a short break, everyone headed off to enjoy the last section of the run. Within minutes of gathering speed, I soon stopped in my tracks as the frozen waterfall came into view – wow. Huge chunks of ice and long sharp icicles hung from the rock face above the slope, a sight that could be easily missed for those concentrating on their skiing.

Upon reaching the end of the valley, poling was a necessity to keep moving along the rather flat ground. But what was that in the distance? Two horses, a cart and ropes long enough to pull 40 people along back to Armenterola. Whilst the snow-boarders took a luxury seat in the cart, the skiers held on tight as the horses begun the leisurely tow under the bridge and through the trees. Giggles could be heard throughout the journey and who could blame them – can you think of a better way to end such an aesthetically rich and diverse day?

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.

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Skiing in the Dolomites
1,200km of piste – Dolomite Superski

A skiing holiday in the Dolomites offers a whopping 1,200km of piste to each and every guest and year after year people return to fit in as much as possible, perhaps spending a few days in the Alta Badia before heading over to Cortina d’Ampezzo. Surely, you must be asking, there are certain routes and particularly memorable days out that tempt people back for a second (third or fourth) time? Let me introduce the Sella Ronda; claimed to be the most recognised ski route in the Dolomites, the clockwise and counter clockwise loop covers almost 40km and will take you over picturesque passes, through well-known valleys and into three provinces in the South Tyrol – it’s amazing how far you can travel in one day whilst on skis.

Walking Holidays in the Dolomites

Sella Ronda Orange – Clockwise

The orange route winds its way around the Sella Massif in a clockwise direction, covering 25km of piste along the way. Starting the route in Corvara by taking the Boé lift up onto the Sella Massif, a beautiful red run kicks off the day and leads down in to Arabba – a perfect way to warm up your legs for the long day ahead.

Standing at almost 2500m on the Portavescovo Ridge, views across to the Marmolada are breathtaking and the 12km run is a temptation for another day of skiing. As the route reaches the Pordoi pass the protruding mountain known as Sassolungo invites you in its direction, offering a mix of long wide red and blue runs straight to it. The next section drops down into the valley and criss-crosses its way into Selva before heading back up towards the Gardena Pass. From here the last run is long and forgiving as it brings you back to the starting point of the day – if you still have time before the last lift (and have enough energy to spare), why not pop up onto the Pralongia Plateau to end the day with a gluhwein and to watch a dolomiti sunset?

Length of day: With a group of 10 it took 7 hours inc. Coffee stops and a leisurely lunch. If you want to rack up the miles I have known groups of 2/3 to get round 3 times in one day!
Extensions: Option to explore the Belvedere bowl, Canazei, S.Cristina and the Colfosco bowl
Things to look out for: The Dantercepies lift (number 30) from Selva opens its doors halfway up; do not get out at this point like we did or you will end up racing time to get back on before it leaves without you!
Best bit: Every run is new and different to the last. Rifugios are on every corner, take your pick for a delicious Italian/Ladin lunch!

Sella Ronda Green – Anti-clockwise

If you fancy an easier day and want more time to appreciate the surrounding scenery the counter clockwise route, which covers 23km of piste, is for you.

Setting off from Corvara is advised to get the 5 chairlift/gondolas out of the way first thing in the morning. Once you reach the top of the Gardena Pass views open up across to Sassolungo and beyond, exposing beautiful runs (a choice of blue, red and black) down into the pretty village of Selva. Enjoy winding your way through the City of Rocks, a fantastic area for climbing during the summer and note that no slopes match those of the Sella Orange. The two loops do come together at the top of the Pordoi Pass but only so that the Sasbece Rifugio with its panoramic views can be enjoyed. One lovely long blue run brings you to the centre of Arabba, a quaint village that can be explored before heading up to the Campolongo pass and back down in to Corvara.

Length of day: A group of 8 took 6 hours again with a leisurely lunch stop.
Extensions: The same options as the Sellaronda but in reverse – highly recommended to squeeze in some extra slopes as there are a lot more chairlifts this way round.
Things to look out for: Signs into Selva are not very obvious. Stick to the right hand side and follow the narrow track into the town centre.
Best bit: Find the giant cow and ring its bell as you ski underneath!

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.

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by Tom Collett

The first Collett’s Ski Safari was a huge success and a truly memorable Dolomites experience for a group of 12 skiers. I was privileged to be one of them. (Occasionally one has to ‘up-sticks’ and leave the family in the name of product research!)


Skiing at San Pellegrino
Colin and I above Alleghe with Monte Pelmo (3,168m) behind

This unique ‘hut to hut’ skiing holiday in the Dolomites was made all the more special by a variation of sublime snow conditions and a delightful group of people – from Paddy and Carol in their late sixties (ex-members of the NZ ladies ski racing team) to Steve and Amy (a couple in their 30’s from Washington D.C .) As the week progressed, snowfall and fresh powder made way for immaculately manicured pistes and sensational panoramas set against cloudless blue skies. It was a great pleasure to witness people’s amazement as every turn revealed another staggering vista.

Skiing the ‘Hidden Valley’
Skiing down to Nuova Levante
from San Pellegrino

A Collett’s Ski Safari highlights the extent and sheer beauty of this vast ski network. The feel-good factor is immense and it is further intensified by the ability to ski from one beautiful valley to the next, covering miles of pistes (mainly intermediate, often easy and occasionally quite steep), starting perhaps at 3000m before descending into the lower tree-lined pistes that spill you out into picturesque, little-known resorts. From these you start your next ascent to another breathtaking launchpad, which, moments earlier, had been a distant speck against a backdrop of dramatic peaks. Sometimes ski buses and taxis were required to keep us on the move but these journeys were generally short and hassle-free.


Our guide, Mario
Setting out for the day at Passo Carezza

If you stay in one of our catered chalets in the Dolomites on a conventional Collett’s winter holiday, you can certainly ski for miles, visiting several different valleys before heading back to your base. Indeed, this is one the key attractions of our winter holidays in the Dolomites. However, on a Collett’s Ski Safari you just keep going and going. And everyone in the group looked forward to sitting over a map and a beer in the late afternoons retracing the day’s route and marvelling at the distance covered. This particular tour took in Arabba, Pordoi, Canazei, the Val di Fassa (Vigo, Pozza, Moena & Predazzo), Carezza, Obereggen, San Pellegrino, Falcade, Alleghe, Zoldo, Cinque Torre, Cortina, the Hidden Valley, Corvara and the Alta Badia – but the sheer enormity of this ski area meant that we missed out on places such as the Val Gardena, the Marmolada, San Vigilio and Plan de Corones, all of which are gems and will surely be included in future Collett’s Ski Safaris.

Skiing at San Pellegrino
Skiing at Cristallo, above Cortina

Finally, a mention for the huts that accommodated us each evening. This aspect of the safari was certainly one of the most gratifying and heartwarming. It is a wonderful experience to ski to a hut in the late afternoon, take off your skis and settle in for the evening. It’s also a bonus to find your rucksack waiting for you. The first thing I did was to call the family and let them know where I was, describing the day and then the amazing winter landscape before my eyes. Some of the rifugios were perched high in the mountains just off the piste, some were lower down in wooded areas accessed by winter tracks. All were homely and provided more than adequate accommodation with en suite bedrooms and hot showers. We had such delightful evenings playing cards and other games. In one hut perched high above Cortina we were all on such a high that dancing and singing prevailed for most of the evening, admittedly fuelled by a drink or two. The hospitality in the huts was warm and welcoming. The staff fed and watered us very well and dinner was always excellent and an enjoyable focal point of the day.


Steve & Amy skiing Son Forca at Cristallo
Admiring the view and taking some photos of Monte Pelmo (3,168m)

After dinner we would usually stay at the table for a couple of nightcaps. Everyone seemed to have a recommendation in this department and our tired limbs would eventually hit the sack sedated by a certain grappa or amaretto – you name it, we probably tried it. But such was the camaraderie that inevitably prevailed on such a venture, no one really wanted to break up the party and be the first to bed.

Either way, every morning I woke up forgetting that I was in a remote mountain rifugio in the Dolomites, only to enjoy that realisation when I heard the voice of a room-mate that wasn’t my wife’s. Then I would throw back the curtains to be invigorated by the view, get dressed, enjoy breakfast and slowly but surely get excited about the day ahead…. the skiing, the scenery and the sheer exhilaration. I came home feeling 20 years younger.

Getting ready to ski the hidden valley
Collett's Dolomites Ski Safari Slideshow
Collett’s Dolomites Ski Safari Slideshow – Click to play

The next Collett’s Ski Safari is 16th to 23rd March and there are still places available. For Winter 2013/14 we hope to launch a more extensive programme of ski safaris, so keep an eye on our website or email enquiries@colletts.co.uk or ring us on 01799_ 513331

The whole group!
Setting off for the day’s skiing

by Felicity Lee – Fun and frivolities in the Dolomites during the festive season

Well Christmas went with a bang here in the Dolomites where Collett’s guests and staff enjoyed six course meals, gluhwein and plenty of chocolate! Not to mention a few impromptu Christmas carol singalongs and a ski show or two.

Our outdoor activities programme continued as normal with out days including Father Christmas taking guests from here in Chalet Haus Valentin to Arabba and the Portavescovo Ridge where he and his skiing elves had a boogie at the Fodom Rifugio to some Christmassy oompah music. Festivities continued on the Pralongia Plateau as the Badia based snowshoers went Rifugio hopping and enjoyed a few festive Bombardino’s in old favorites Bioch and Pralongia.

Guests staying in our hosted apartments in Arabba had a fun ski day on the blues and reds around Colfosco, relaxing into the Christmas spirit at the cosy Edelweiss Rifugio, where the snowshoers from Chalet Verena also called in during their day out walking the Edleweiss Terrace route. Meanwhile Chalet Verena skiers had an epic ski day out in Alba.

There were some bleary eyed skiers on the orange route around the beautifully powdery Sellaronda on Boxing Day, working off their dinner from the evening before. Meanwhile, snowshoers were getting above the clouds on the Runch Hut Round.

Snow is still falling today in the Alta Badia ready for a white New Year’s Eve. Best wishes from everyone at Collett’s for the coming year, we hope 2013 is a prosperous one filled with mountain goodness!

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by Felicity Lee – Ski & Snowshoe Host, Chalet Haus Valentin (Badia)

As our first guests were greeted by a spectacular sunset over the beautiful peaks of the Dolomites and staff were busy beavering away making final touches to the hosted chalets and apartments in Arabba, Corvara and Badia, the FIS Ski World Cup Grand Slalom took place in the Alta Badia on Sunday. Guests staying in our hosted apartments in Arabba who arrived the previous day were able to see American Ted “Ligety Split” Ligety take the top spot on the podium with a combined time of 2:37:27 for his runs on the Gran Risa. Ligety also had the fastest single run at 1:17:10 – not a speed we would suggest any of our guests try to match! Ligerty, whose favourite event is the Giant Slalom, beat his closest rival, twenty year old Marcel Hirscher of Austria, by just over 2 seconds while two time former Giant Slalom winner Davide Simoncelli of Italy had to settle for 5th place.

Snowshoeing the Pralongia Ridge Ramble

Here in Badia, the week kicked off with some great snowshoe itineraries including favourites Runch Hut Round and Lake to Lake. One of our new snowshoe routes was trialled for the first time with guests and received rave reviews from returners, who enjoyed visiting a new valley and seeing the impressive Fanes massif from a very different angle. Our organisers have plans to research more new routes throughout the season and so watch this space for updates.

Skiing the Sella Ronda
Cross Country Skiing
Christmas decorations

Jo, who is joining us for her first winter season having spent the summer as a Collett’s walk organiser with myself and Dan in the Pyrenees, took a group of guests from Haus Valentin out to nearby Armentarola for a day of cross-country skiing. The result being smiles and achy muscles all round!

Skiers in all three villages have had some great itineraries as well, including the Sella Ronda, Marmolada and play days on the Pralongia Plateau. Conditions are tip top both on and off the piste after a foot of snow fell last Friday, making for some stunning days out on the mountain.

All the chalets are adorned with lovely Christmas decorations ahead of next weeks’ celebrations and everyone is getting into the festive spirit. I’ll let you know next week how it all goes providing I’m not too full of turkey to write!

Merry Christmas from Flee and all the Collett’s staff in Italy and the UK!

Corvara at night
Arabba at night

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Preparation for the Winter Season
fresh snowfall and colder temperatures
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Based at Haus Valentin, Collett’s Mountain Holidays training week in the Dolomites has taken shape nicely with the help of all the snow that’s fallen over the last eight days (over 1 metre – see here to see live webcams of the Dolomites). Cristina and Rainer of Haus Valentin are getting into the Christmas spirit hanging decorations around the chalet in preparation for our first guests arriving on the 16th December.

Snowshoeing above Falzarego
Haus Valentin, Badia – 10th Dec. 2012
(formerly Pedraces)

Christmas in the Dolomites

Likewise, new and returning staff are preparing for guests by being shown some organised snowshoeing routes including Cinque Torri and Edelwiess Terrace. Some new snowshoe routes around the La Valle area have been successfully trialled by returning staff Charlie, Rich, Dan and Flee. We also had a staff trip to Innsbruck on Saturday, where we sampled some excellent strudel and some lovely coffee!

Snowshoeing above Corvara and Badia
Snowshoeing at Cinque Torre

Collett’s Organisers moved over from Chalet Haus Valentin in Badia (formerly Pedraces) to the other two villages of Corvara and Arabba this morning to prepare the chalets for their first arrivals at the weekend. There are a number of familiar faces in each village as well as a few new ones for you to get to know. Sarah and Nick will be hosting in Chalet Verena with Rushy managing the chalet. They will be helped by Joanna, Alice, James and Owen.

Snowshoeing at Cinque Torre
Snowshoeing at Cinque Torre
Finding a lunch spot

Lynne will be looking after all three villages as our area manager and Dan will be taking care of Chalet Haus Valentin with the help of Charlie, Flee, Terry, Sarah and Ric.

Tom Coulthard is going to be looking after things in Arabba and is looking forward to some great days out skiing the Pralongià Plateau, the Sella Ronda, the Marmolada and the ‘Hidden Valley’! He will be joined by George and Tom R.

On the weather front, the forecast is looking cold and sunny across the Dolomites – perfect conditions for great pisted ski runs and glorious views on snowshoes (also good for the odd snowball fight!).

On a ski training day, Charlie made great use of his GoPro head cam to take some excellent footage of our first run out of the Piz La Ila gondola above La Villa. This was at the start of our first ski day out on Pralongia Plateau, where all the runs are open. The wonderful Sella Ronda is also open for skiing and the conditions are fantastic all the way round.

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).