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.
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!
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.
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.