Our Ski Safaris are designed to showcase the beauty of this vast winter paradise, combining big ski days at their most stimulating with unique places to stay, where the food is exquisite.
Introduced to these thrilling adventures 10 years ago by our Arabba-based friend and guide, Mario Delmonego, this is genuine immersion into the splendour of skiing in the Dolomites. Prepare to clock up miles and miles, as you explore the hidden corners and must-do runs of the world’s largest, most modern and prettiest ski network.
Guided by Mario or one of his colleagues, you will ski at least one new region each day, enjoying sociable rifugio lunches, while we transfer your bags to your next overnight accommodation, another warm and hospitable mountain lodge. After a good night’s sleep, fuel up at the breakfast buffet and off you again onto freshly-bashed pistes amidst sensational landscapes.
At a glance
03 – 10 February 2024 (2 places remaining)
13-20 January 2024
20-27 January 2024
27 January – 03 February 2024
24 February – 02 March 2024
02-09 March 2024
Groups are limited to a maximum of 10 guests
Good Intermediate / Experienced.
You are expected to be an upper intermediate/experienced skier with a good level of ski fitness. Being comfortable on black runs is essential, even if most days are dominated by reds and blues. You must also be prepared for six consecutive days of prolonged sessions of skiing between 9am to 5pm each day. That said, each day includes a relaxed rifugio lunch and occasional breaks.
7 Nights half-board – breakfast & dinner
Return Airport Transfers – from/to Venice Marco Polo
Dolomiti Superski Ski Pass – including all 1250kms of piste!
Ski Guiding – daily, from the first run of the day, to the last.
Baggage transfers – between each overnight stop
Baggage Storage – if required for excess bags during your trip
This holiday begins and ends in Canale d’Agordo near to the ski resort of Falcade. We recommend flying into and out of Venice Marco Polo where you can join our airport transfer (2hrs, included) which departs at 1400 (your flight must land before 1330).
Getting home, our transfer leaves at 0745 and your return flight must depart after 1200. Some waiting time at the airport is inevitable unless you book a private transfer – contact us for details.
Ski Carriage on our transfers must be pre-booked at £15 return per set
Sat - Arrival & Welcome Briefing
Make your own way to Venice Marco Polo Airport, your flight must land before 1330. Here you will join the Collett’s transfer to Albergo delle Codole in Canale di Agordo which departs at 1400 (2hrs). Your guide (and host for the week) will be there to meet you. Soon after, time permitting, any guests hiring skis, boots etc. will be taken to nearby Falcade. Also, lift passes and storage of excess baggage will be dealt with, as necessary. The hotel is renowned for its gastronomy, but only has a small bar area, so you might choose to take a wander into the village before or after dinner. Your guide will give a short welcome briefing before a fabulous 3 course dinner.
Accommodation: Albergo Alle Codole (Half Board)
Sun - Tre Valli
Today we set off from Falcade into the Tre Valli ski area. From Col Margherita at 2513m, you will see the colossal southern wall of the Marmolada and from Cima Uomo you have spellbinding views of the Pale di San Martino and the Civetta mountains. This fabulous ski área provides 65kms of pistes between 1190m and 2513m, interspersed with cosy mountain huts. The two principal resorts are San Pellegrino and Falcade. Tonight’s accommodation is half-board at Rifugio Flora Alpina, a short shuttle from the pistes. Charmingly nestled in the woods between San Pellegrino and Falcade, make time to relax in the sauna or whirlpool, whilst absorbing exquisite mountain views.
Accommodation: Rifugio Flora Alpina (Half Board)
Mon - Luisa Moena & Bellamonte
Today you will be bewitched by the monumental massifs of Latemar, Catinaccio and the Pale di San Martino. You can also challenge yourself on the area’s steepest black slope, the Piavac. We ski primarily above the treeline between 2340m and 1367m in a beautiful corner of Dolomiti Superski that takes in Moena in the Val di Fassa and Bellamonte in the Val di Fiemme. At the end of the day we head back to the comfort of Rifugio Flora Alpina for another evening of wonderful cuisine and relaxation.
Accommodation: Rifugio Flora Alpina (Half Board)
Tue - Val di Fassa
Today you will ski in the Val di Fassa, a valley of numerous attractive ski resorts that eventually terminates under the startling walls of the Sella and the western flanks of the Marmolada, Queen of the Dolomites at 3313m. From Pozza di Fassa (made famous by Alberto Tomba), all the way to Alba via Campitello and Canazei – and including Ciampac and Buffaure – you will surely be enthralled by today’s off-the-beaten-track treasures. Eventually, we converge on a traditional piste-side mountain rifugio, Baita Cuz, for the fourth night of our Dolomites adventure.
Accommodation: Rifugio Baita Cuz (Half Board)
Wed - Sellaronda
Another overdose of breathtaking scenery awaits you today on the world-renowned Sellaronda circuit that comprises the 4 Ladin valleys of Val di Fassa, Val Gardena, Val Badia and Arabba Livinallongo. At 3152m, Monte Sella is one of the great Dolomite peaks, but its altitude says nothing about its size. This is a truly colossal natural plinth that dominates the central region of Dolomiti Superski, flanked by picturesque Tirolean and Italian ski resorts, each one an accomplished destination it its own right. Our guide will also include some of the best off-shoots and there should be opportunities to repeat the runs you particularly cherish. In the later afternoon, you venture across the Pralongia plateau to the hamlet of Armentarola, where a short transfer takes you to the Falzarego Pass. Here, you take the Lagazuoi cable car to one of the most dramatic 360 viewing platforms in the whole of the Dolomites. It’s right outside Rifugio Lagazuoi, where you will eat, drink and sleep.
Accommodation: Rifugio Lagazuoi (Half Board)
Thur - Cortina - Pearl of the Dolomites
Today you explore beautiful Cortina, another jewel in the crown of Dolomiti Superski and co-host of the 2026 Winter Olympics. Indeed, you will ski the Olimpia piste where the ladies compete annually in the World Cup downhill. Cortina lies in the most majestic of mountain locations and the Freccia nel Cielo (Arrow in the Sky) cable car takes you to an unforgettable viewing point showcasing Cortina and its mesmerising surroundings. In the afternoon you will blast the magical Cinque Torre ski fields with mindboggling views of Averau, Nuvolau and the Fanes massif. At the end of the day, a short transfer takes you to a charming rifugio on the Staulanza Pass, which is towered over by the phenomenal western wall of Monte Pelmo, 3168m.
Accommodation: Rifugio Staulanza (Half Board)
Fri - Civetta
Your grand circumnavigation of much of Dolomiti Superski is almost complete! Like Pelmo, Civetta (3220m) is one of the 7 great Dolomite peaks and perhaps the most striking of all, with its 7km wide west-facing wall dominating the pretty resort and lake of Alleghe, a spectacle you can marvel at in the afternoon. It’s a magnificent destination for your final day, providing 80kms of glorious descents, many of which drop into the Val di Zoldo on fabulously quiet runs. Ski hard today, as tonight you are back in the Albergo delle Codole and it’s a good place to be hungry in! Your dinner will be another gastronomic delight and a fitting end to a special winter experience. You should certainly sleep well….zzzz.
Accommodation: Albergo alle Codole (Half Board)
Sat - Depart
Expect an early start, your return transfer to Venice Marco Polo will leave at 0745 prompt. This transfer caters for flights taking off after 1200. If you would prefer to leave later, then please contact us for details of a private transfer.
The Italian word rifugio means shelter, or in the mountain context, hut. Whilst we might refer to a Ski Safari as a hut-to-hut adventure, the reality is that the huts or rifugios boast levels of comfort and service that might surprise you. Some might be more traditional than others, but you can rest assured that your accommodation on a Collett’s Ski Safari is more hotel than hut! Expect to eat and drink well in charming surroundings, before a good night’s sleep in a warm en suite bedroom.
Need to Knows
Good Level of Skiing – A Collett’s Ski Safari is for good skiers with positive energy, physical and mental. It is characterised by a healthy degree of thrills on the slopes. Only book this holiday if you are a fit and accomplished skier with an appetite for steep and challenging runs, even if many of the pistes are intermediate. This holiday is not suitable for slow skiers, even if they are technically capable, as the general approach is to get as many runs under the belt as possible by keeping up a certain speed and clocking up the miles between the odd comfort break and a rifugio lunch. It goes without saying, as this is a group holiday, it has a convivial dimension to it that inevitably suits easy-going, sociable people.
Accommodation Amendments & Rifugios – Occasionally, accommodation is subject to change and a local alternative will be provided. We will contact in this regard if necessary. There is a night at each end in the gastronomically-renowned Albergo delle Codole near Falcade. After that you stay in rifugios, mountain lodges that have transformed from basic alpine huts to fabulous accommodation, some very stylish, others more traditional, but all providing fabulous food and a comfortable bedroom. Breakfast and a 3 course dinner are included – and taken at a communal table – whilst you pay for drinks and lunches on the mountain. Some rifugios are piste-side, whilst others might be on a pass or perhaps in the woods near the ski fields, accessed by a quick shuttle.
Your Guide, Skipass & Equipment Hire – Your host will be an engaging and knowledgeable qualified guide, who is English-speaking. Your skipass is included and will be issued on your arrival. Equipment hire is paid for locally by you and arranged on the afternoon of your arrival, or first thing the following morning, if there are travel delays.
Group Sizes – The maximum group size will be 10. If you have a party of 6 or more, consider booking a Collett’s Private Ski Safari which can be tailored to your skiing ambitions and other criteria, such as luxury and gourmet rifugios, private transfers, mix of rifugios and hotels etc.
Odd Numbers & Single Travellers – This is a region of Austrian Double/Twin beds whereby two single duvets are laid on two single beds either in a double bed frame (not separable) or free-standing, so that the beds can be separated. Naturally, where single people sharing are concerned, we endeavour to provide the latter. If you are travelling alone (or in a group with an odd number), you (or someone in your party) will be expected to share a room with someone they are not necessarily travelling with.
What to Pack? We recommend you travel with a larger rucksack and a small ‘day’ rucksack. The larger bag will be transported each day between your overnight accommodation, whilst you will ski with the small rucksack, carrying water, sun cream, phone etc. As a rule, travel as light as possible.
Bus Transfers & Shuttles – Short bus transfers might be used to link you from the bottom of a piste to a nearby lift station that opens up the next ski area. If so, they are included on your skipass. Any other shuttle transport at the start or end of the day is free of charge.
Booking Conditions – be sure to read our full terms and conditions here before booking.
At Your Own Risk – please read the important notes here.
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Travel Insurance – having adequate and valid travel insurance is a condition of booking with us. Details of our insurance partner, Campbell Irvine, are here.
Health Information – You should carry either an European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) Neither is an alternative to adequate travel insurance. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice and https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/
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