Skiing Holidays with Collett's
Downhill Skiing in Europe’s most beautiful winter wonderland
- The Sella Ronda, Arabba & the Marmolada, the Val Badia, the Val Gardena
- The Val di Fassa, the Gran Risa, the Hidden Valley and so much more…
1,200kms of piste spanning the world’s most beautiful mountains
Nowhere in the world do the ingredients of the perfect day’s skiing co-exist so harmoniously as here in the Dolomites. Beautifully maintained tree-lined pistes wend their way down to enchanting Tyrolean villages amidst breathtaking scenery.
For years the Dolomites has been a renowned centre for winter sports. Inevitably, downhill skiing takes centre stage and thanks to the vision and ‘state of the art’ infrastructure of Dolomiti Superski, this is an area of unique and wonderful opportunity for the skier. You can expect an ultra modern lift system and very little queueing. Amazing distances are covered in the same day without ever repeating the same piste. A single liftpass provides you with access to over 1200km of perfect pistes across 12 neighbouring valleys, each comprehensive ski resorts in their own right, each characterised by the most dramatic scenery. Many of the descents are simply unforgettable.
Scattered across the Dolomiti Superski network are cosy and welcoming mountain huts, some just next to the piste, others hidden away in the woods off narrow pisted tracks. The rifugios are a delightful feature of the skiing here. They all have sun terraces with absorbing panoramas. Or you can go inside and wallow in the warm and sociable atmosphere that characterises the hospitality and rustic nature of these huts. Food and drink is reasonably priced and you don’t have to wait long for a really good lunch. One is often reluctant to return to the skis and move on.
Whether you choose Collett’s or not, every skier should ski Dolomiti Superski at least once in a lifetime.
Daily organised ski itineraries
Five days a week, optional and free of charge
Five days a week our guests in Arabba, Corvara and Badia can set off with us on memorable ski days, venturing into the spectacular and extensive terrain of Dolomiti Superski. We will take you from village to village and valley to valley, on one of several majestic itineraries, such as the ‘Hidden Valley’, the Marmolada (highest peak in the Dolomites) and the much celebrated Sella Ronda.
The sheer pleasure on offer on these ski days is immense and you can see it clearly on the exhilarated faces of the skiers as they return to the village in search of well earned refreshment, having skied in good company through miles and miles of overwhelming winter landscapes. In order to join our organised ski days, you should be confident skiing on red runs.
Ultimately, you do exactly as you please, we are available to help, but careful not to interfere. If you prefer to organise your skiing itineraries independently, we will leave you to your own devices. Itinerary ideas and information are always at hand at Office Hour (see – planning your days) from our organisers and, dotted around our chalets you will find our Ideas & Information Files, which describe several fantastic downhill ski days. We can also arrange guided days out for off-piste enthausiasts.
At your own risk – You join our organised itineraries and make use of our ideas & information at your own risk. It is important that you understand that whilst our own walkers, skiers and snowshoers have substantial local knowledge and are familiar with the routes which our organised walks follow, they are not qualified mountain guides.
& Planning Your Days
Planning the next day’s skiing or snowshoeing is easy…
It’s Office Hour that really makes the holiday…
Sarah & John Gilman, New Mills
Each evening (except Thursday, our day off) between 6 and 7pm we host Office Hour in our hosted chalets in Corvara and Badia and in restaurant Malita in Arabba. This is far more relaxed than its name suggests and some people just drop in for a drink and to share the day’s experiences with friends, who may have been doing other things.
Office Hour is ideal for meeting people with similar interests in a sociable atmosphere, and often guests who first meet at Office Hour spend many enjoyable days together in the mountains. During Office Hour you can chat with our organisers, who have plenty of local knowledge, and arrange to join one of the organised ski itineraries for the following day. In Chalet Haus Valentin and Chalet Verena there is also the option to join one of our activities for non-skiers such as snowshoe walking, winter walking, cross country skiing or tobogganing. Equally, if you prefer to ski or walk independently, then you are free to browse through our Ideas & Information files and our organisers will provide you with as much help as they can when it comes to planning your next day out.
Ultimately, whether you choose to join our programme of organised itineraries or if you prefer to ski or walks independently, you are free to do as you please from one day to the next and the aim of Office Hour is simple – to help you get as much out of your holiday as possible.
Corvara – strategically unrivalled – perfect for all abilities
Corvara provides superb access to the Sella Ronda, which comes right through the village on glorious pistes from Arabba in one direction and the Val Gardena in the other. Each morning you can set off from Corvara to explore the Sella Ronda and its many exciting tributaries on itineraries that take you many miles from the village.
Nevertheless, the on-the-doorstep skiing options are also magnificent and locally people can explore the blues and reds of the extensive Pralongia plateau, visiting picturesque local resorts, such as La Villa and San Cassiano. Local skiing attractions include the ‘Colfosco Bowl’, the Grand Slalom World Cup run at La Villa and one of the longest runs in the valley at Badia – as well as all the amazing runs that branch off the Sella Ronda as it approaches Corvara clockwise and anti-clockwise.
A little further afield – yet easily accessed from Corvara – there is the Marmolada with its 12km descent, the outstanding north facing runs of Arabba and the renowned Val Gardena.
Badia – a tranquil paradise for cruising skiers – ideal for beginners – easy access to Corvara and the rest of Dolomiti Superski
Badia is dominated by the colossal walls of the Fanes Massif. From just below these walls, one of the Val Badia’s longest and quietest ski runs wends its way gently down to the village. Here, intermediate and advanced skiers link into the vast Dolomiti Superski area and within minutes find themselves at the foot of the daunting World Cup run in La Villa, the ‘Gran Risa’ – by no means compulsory, but a spectacle all the same.
From here you can press on to the villages of Corvara, Arabba or the Val Gardena covering miles of well-manicured pistes, each one set against its own magnificent backdrop. Or, if building your confidence, you can head for the nearby Pralongia plateau, an extensive network of more gentle pistes.
Our base in Badia is Haus Valentin and whilst it is possible to walk to the village chairlift from here, we operate a non-stop free minibus shuttle between 8.30 and 10am, which drops you at the chairlift in just 2 minutes. On request, it will drop you a little further up the valley at the foot of the ‘Gran Risa’ in La Villa, which quickens your access to the Sella Ronda and the rest of Dolomiti Superski.
Arabba – A Skier’s ‘Mecca’
When people ski from Badia or Corvara to Arabba, they follow a vast network of pistes that span the Val Badia culminating at the Campolongo Pass, one of the famous Four Passes on the Sella Ronda and also the point where you pass from the South Tyrol into the Veneto, giving Arabba a slightly more Italian character than the Val Badia. From the pass, you make a dramatic descent into Arabba under the sheer walls of the south eastern flanks of the Sella Massif. Halfway down, the village comes into view, first the spire of the church and then the village itself huddled around it. However often you make this descent (and for people staying in Arabba, it is often the last run of the day), this view remains one of the most heart-warming and exhilarating ways of appreciating this cosy alpine village, nestled under the Sella’s awesome walls and a chain of other impressive peaks.
From these massifs a series of thrilling pistes, each one obvious to the eye by its brilliant white manicured snow, wend their way down from 2500m, high above the tree-line (and then through it), eventually spilling their more-than-satisfied skiers into the various lift stations that await them in this classic resort.
In downhill skiing terms, Arabba is a centre of excellence and arguably the best ski resort in the Dolomites. It satisfies the advanced, intermediate and novice skier. It is one of the highest of the villages on the Sella Ronda ski circuit and has its own exciting network of challenging north facing slopes, which more or less guarantee superb snow conditions well into April, as does its proximity to the area’s highest peak, the Marmolada (3300m), Queen of the Dolomites, which rises impressively just to the south of the village. You can ski from the Marmolada’s summit on a breathtaking 12km descent right to the valley bottom at Malga Ciapela.
Yet Arabba is perfectly placed for exploring the whole region, so if you choose not to ski locally, you can leave the village in whatever direction you please and explore either the Val di Fassa (Canazei, Campitello), the Val Gardena (Selva, Santa Cristina) or the Val Badia (Badia, Corvara, La Villa, Colfosco, San Cassiano), using the Sella Ronda as a sort of orbital freeway and then veering off into whichever valley takes your fancy, each one an extensive and attractive ski region in its own right.
Our holidays in Arabba run from Saturday to Saturday.
Ski School & Private Lessons
We work closely with local ski schools, so if you know your tuition requirements (ski school or private), whilst it can all be arranged in resort, please contact us with details prior to your holiday as it maximises our chances of booking our favoured instructors for you.
The traditional ski school package is 4 mornings (roughly 10am to 12.30pm) plus 1 full day (10am to 4pm) and starts from €180 per person, but does vary from village to village. In some villages it is also possible to choose a 3 day (from €95) or 4 day (from €155) course. We can also book you private instruction which can vary between €33 – €63 per hour depending on the time of day, and the season. Additional people are normally charged €10 per person. Please contact us to discuss options available to you, as these do vary between the different resorts.
The Dolomiti Superski pass will cost you about €275 for six days (or €54 per day) in high season and about €242 (or €48 per day) in low season. These prices are reduced by 30% for juniors born after 28/11/99. Senior citizens born before 28/11/50 also qualify for reductions. Skipasses for children born after 28/11/07 are free!
It is also possible to buy local valley passes, for example, for the Alta Badia or for Arabba and the Marmolada, however, for the proficient skier, these passes will not allow you to make the most of the area and are only really suitable for beginners, who may not need to make use of the full Dolomiti Superski pass. There are also other skipass options available for occasional skiers or beginners.
Ski and Snowboard Hire in the Dolomites
Ski hire starts from around €80 per week, depending on the type of skis you hire, whilst boots will cost you about €40 for six days. All in, expect to pay about €150 for a good set of intermediate/advanced skis, with boots. For snowboard and boots you can expect to pay about €135 for 6 days. Helmets are compulsory in Italy for all children under the age of 14, but we would also highly recommend everyone to hire a helmet during their stay.
On arrival we will help you hire equipment quickly and smoothly by taking you to our local supplier, where you will receive a 10% discount as a guest of Collett’s.
Ski Hire can be arranged once you arrive in resort, or online in advance. Although you can book online our staff in resort are there to help you with ski hire on your arrival and usually most of our guests will hire their skis in this way. In our experience, even during busy periods the ski hire shops are always able to provide enough equipment to mean that pre-booking is not necessary. We will do our best to help people who have booked online independently but ultimately your contract is with the hire shop, and there is normally very little we can do to help if there is a problem with your booking. If you have any questions in the meantime, please call us on 01799 513331.
Online Ski Hire
You can hire equipment online in advance, we should tell you that some guests booking online have experienced problems with availability of their chosen ski specification despite pre-paying. Even so, you can pre-book at www.skiservicearabba.it where you will receive 10-15% discount for booking online. Use the form to enter your dates, details and preferred ski hire package, then click ‘Checkout’. Follow the steps to complete your booking. You will be charged the full amount so remember to print off your receipt/voucher and take it with you to the hire shop. Along with your name, dates of hire and credit / debit card details you will also be asked to provide the following; age, height (cm), weight (kg), shoe size (euro) and skiing ability.
You are now able to book ski/snowboard hire online, directly through the Ski Top website, prior to your holiday. Whilst online booking does not guarantee the exact ski you will get, by booking direct through the hire shop, they can guarantee that you will receive skis from your selected price range. Go to www.bit.ly/skitopbadia and select your period of hire, then enter the Promo Code ‘39036’ by clicking on the blue ‘i’ underneath the Rental Period date range. Online bookings will receive a 15% discount. Follow the steps to complete your online booking. You will be charged the full amount so remember to print off your receipt/voucher and take it with you to the hire shop
On arrival we will help you hire equipment quickly and smoothly by taking you to our local supplier in Corvara. It is also possible to book online in advance, and whilst this is not a necessity, you will benefit from a 10% discount for booking in advance. If you do prefer to hire equipment online in advance, we should tell you that some guests booking online have experienced problems with availability of their chosen ski specification despite pre-paying. Even so, you can pre-book at www.sportkostner.com/en and select ‘Rental Shop’. Select your dates and click ‘Online Booking’ and follow the steps to complete your booking. You will be charged a 10% deposit, with the remaining balance due when you return the skis in resort. Remember to print off your receipt/voucher and take it with you to the hire shop.
Customer Reviews & Testimonials
We've been to Corvara for about 20 years, but last year we made a mistake with booking again. So in December we had to find a place to stay in March. We walked passed by Verena and saw a nice young man and asked him whether there were 2 rooms available. We've seen the rooms and at home we made further enquiries and decided to book.
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We enjoyed the safari so much, in spite of having snow and sometimes white out conditions for half of the week. Having to keep to our itinerary helped us to deal with these conditions better. The guides Diego and Petro were superb and managed to deal with closed lifts and a closed pass which meant one of our overnight stops had to be changed. (...)
We have just returned from a fabulous week's stay in Chalet Verena, Covara. All the Chalet hosts were very welcoming - nothing was too much trouble (a special mention here to Dan and Flee)! The food was excellent and plentiful - the wine flowed and the social atmosphere was relaxed and fun. We would definitely recommend a Collett's skiing hol (...)
Overall, we had a really wonderful holiday. Your staff are extremely personable and conscientious and able to relate to a wide range of guests who are sometimes idiosyncratic! Yours is a very well conceived and executed holiday concept, that really suites us! Thank you so much.
One thing forgot to mention - although some of the snow shoe gro (...)
We had skied with you before and also had a Walking holiday with you in Corvara which were both very good.
The service is fantastic and the guided skiing makes for great value.
It is good to see a company that has such a great relationship with it's staff, all the staff i talked to think Colletts is a good company to work for and feel w (...)
The staff were a delight to talk to whether to find out about the days activities or just general conversation. It seemed to offer the kind of holiday I wanted - the ability to dip in and out of different activities and mix with like minded people.
Back home from an excellent week skiing in Arabba with good friends. The Collett's staff are fantastic (Giles, Cam, Adam and Sam) and all great company at dinner time.
Looking at dates for a return trip next year.
Colletts are great to ski with.
We only had a short time available to us and we packed in 106 km of skiing in three days (double that if you add in the chairlifts and cable cars). The ski guide's knowledge of the area meant that we took the best routes. With expert guides you never have the post-lunch worry of "can we go further?" "will w (...)