Rifugios in the sun

Chris Clark

February 9, 2017

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

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.