Snowshoeing & Other Activities
Spellbinding beauty on remote and silent winter trails
Winter Walking, off-piste skiing, cross country skiing & winter mountaineering
- Organised Snowshoeing 5 days a week, free & optional…
- Information, maps and more for Self Guiding
Organised Snowshoeing Itineraries – 5 days a week, optional and free of charge
Ideas & Information for self guiding
On a Collett’s snowshoeing holiday in the Dolomites, you can experience the invigoration and solitude of spellbinding remote waymarked trails that wend their way across high and silent snowfields, where it is not uncommon to see arctic hares, chamois, golden eagles and silver foxes. Many trails venture into the rocky reaches and here snowshoers negotiate amazing rock formations, towered over by Dolomite massifs with their rose pink hues standing out against deep blue skies and brilliant white snow. The effect is as stimulating as it is bewitching.
Collett’s guests staying in Corvara and Badia can join snowshoeing itineraries five days a week. The exhilaration, fun and sense of adventure are immense; there is a certain joy about setting off in good company to spend a day under blue skies, venturing across virgin snow and exploring a real winter wonderland. Our itineraries vary in time, distance and nature, though we always try to give guests the opportunity to explore different parts of the area. Some leave ‘from the door’, others will involve using local transport, and yet more might require a Collett’s vehicle (small extra charges apply) to access some of the Dolomites’ hidden gems.
Snowshoes are available locally from our chalets for about €6 per day and they are easily attached to a normal pair of walking boots. Badia is perhaps the best location for snowshoers/walkers and occasionally we offer people here the choice of two different excursions on the same day so that we can cater for people of varying fitness levels. Corvara is also an excellent springboard for snowshoers – unfortunately, we cannot offer snowshoeing itineraries to guests staying in Arabba.
Ultimately, you do exactly as you please, we are available to help, but careful not to interfere. If you prefer to organise your snowshoeing itineraries independently, we will leave you to your own devices. Route proposals and information are always at hand at Office Hour (see – Planning your Days) from our own snowshoers and dotted about our chalets, there are our Ideas & Information Files, which detail several stunning snowshoe itineraries.
On the occasions when ski lifts are used, these are paid for individually. Sometimes it is necessary to carry your snowshoes and we recommend you come equipped with a rucksack, to which they can be strapped or placed inside.
& 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.
Ultimately, you do exactly as you please, we are available to help, but careful not to interfere. If you prefer to organise your walkiing itineraries independently, we will leave you to your own devices. Itinerary ideas and information are always at hand at Office Hour from our organisers and in our chalets ~ These describe several magnificent local snowshoeing itineraries.
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. Other Activities, such as off-piste skiing, winter mountaineering and ice climbing are provided by third parties and have nothing to do with Collett’s Ltd, even if advertised by us. Your contract is with the supplier and not with us. We are not responsible for the provision of any third party excursion or for anything that happens during the course of its provision by the supplier.
Self Guided Winter Walking
Stimulating, ‘feel good’ days out, Riverside strolls, pisted trails…
Unlike many winter destinations, the Dolomites are not the exclusive terrain of skiers. The domain of the snowshoer and walker is vast, majestic and largely unaffected by the presence of skiers. Away from the ski fields, tracks meander alongside rivers, through woodland and across winter pastures between alpine hamlets and villages, which huddle around the spires of picturesque churches.
Badia is an ideal base for walkers, offering excellent ‘from-the-door’ access to many delightful winter trails and a good range of different itineraries to suit individual preferences. Corvara is also an excellent base for walkers who can follow the river as far as Badia or walk under the dramatic north flanks of the Sella. Or they can wander up the road to the Col Alt telecabines, which will whisk them up to the Pralongia Plateau where they can enjoy more walks and or snowshoeing itineraries. A deep joy prevails when you set off in good company to spend the day in the crisp winter air with fresh snow underfoot, wrapped up warm, a flask and a packed lunch in your rucksack.
Cross Country Skiing
Cross country skiing in this area is limited but there are a couple of delightful options in the Val Badia, which expose you to magnificent scenery and woodland tranquility. We generally use the cross-country skiing centre at nearby Armentarola, where a series of well-marked woodland tracks provide circular routes (skating and classic) of varying difficulty and length.
The Centre at Armentarola is a spectacular location dominated by the stunning walls of the Conturines Massif. It is not far from Pedraces and Corvara. Skis and boots can be hired and lessons are available too. There is a charming bar and restaurant with an attractive sun terrace, where you can ‘recharge your batteries’ between the various route itineraries.
Corvara has 17kms of cross country tracks, including a stunning 5km woodland route under the impressive flanks of the Sella. Further afield, there is Cortina, Val Gardena, Pustertal and Dobbiaco, all offering similarly beautiful itineraries, although having your own transport would be recommended if these were of interest.
For those who might enjoy the odd day’s cross country skiing, we offer it to guests staying in Corvara and Badia, usually as an alternative to snowshoeing and if there is adequate interest. We usually head to the centre at Armentarola and spend the day progressing from the more gentle blue routes to the more challenging reds. Equipment can be hired at the centre.
Winter Mountaineering and Ice Climbing
Learn the basics of Winter Mountaineering & more…
Speak to our organisers if you are interested in trying ice climbing or winter mountaineering for a day. There are many oportunities in the Dolomites and South Tyrol. The Italian Dolomites are perhaps the most stunning mountains in the world. This landscape becomes absolutely magical when the snow falls. When ice climbing or mountaineering well off the beaten track you will be struck by the sheer magnificence of these colossal natural monuments and realise you can find yourself in a beautiful wilderness very quickly.
If you would like to book any other activities, please ask a member of staff at Office Hour and we would be happy to help you. If you would like to organise a few days or a weeks activities with a mountain guide we can book this in advance of your arrival in the Dolomites. The mountain backdrops are awe-inspiring. Why not intersperse a week’s skiing with something different. Spend a couple of day’s mountaineering, two days on our hosted ski tours, a day snoeshoeing with us and maybe try your hand at a day’s cross country skiing.
We have an affiliation with Corvara Mountain Guides and can offer a good rate for day trips or longer itineraries – please contact us in advance of your trip to the Dolomites, mentioning that you might like to go ice climbing or winter mountaineering at the time of booking.
Off-Piste Skiing in the Dolomites
Whilst the ski area is amongst the biggest in the world, the Dolomites also offers skiers the chance to escape, to really get into the mountains and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this spectacular area. Once away from the lifts, the skier at once appreciates the sheer scale of these peaks and the environment in which they are staying. For those who enjoy really seeing a different side of their ski areas, Collett’s offers you the chance to go exploring with one of the local Guides, in search of that fresh powder snow.
From open slopes to steep, narrow couloirs, the Dolomites have something to offer for off-piste skiers with any tastes. With numerous itineraries of varying difficulty, the Marmolada is possibley the best, and most well know location for off piste skiers in the Dolomites. It offers skiers not only the chance to experience breathtaking views of the Dolomites, but also some of the finest off piste skiing in the area, with wide open slopes allowing plenty of space to really take advantage of the fantastic snow conditions which it regularly sees.
If you like more of a backcountry feel to your off piste skiing, think about the Val Mesdi, which is another of the classic off piste itineraries in the area. Accompanied by a guide, you will take the lift from the Pordoi Pass onto the Sella Massif, where you will make your way across the all but deserted plateau to the entrance to the Val Mesdi. Looking down into the valley gets the heart rate going a little – the narrow, and initially steep chute is intimidating at first, but soon opens out into a stunning valley, surrounded by soaring rock face on either side – the only way is down!
There are many other fantastic itineraries besides these, and often some of the best are those really out of the way spots, the hidden gems which only the local Guides know about. Working with our friends at ProGuide, we are able to offer you the opportunity to see the Dolomites as few other skiers will. Each Guide will take groups of upto 4 people, and will provide all the safety equipment required. Prices are between €250 and £280 per day, depending on the number of people.
Other Winter Activities
Ice Skating, Paragliding, Tobogganing & more…
Throughout your stay, you have access not only to the range of Organised activities offered by Collett’s, but also to a host of other things to do whilst in the Dolomites. Whether you are looking for a bit more adrenaline whilst off piste skiing or winter mountaineering, or for something more relaxing like tobogganing, ice skating or curling. Just speak to a member of staff at ‘Office Hour‘ and we will be happy to help you organise it.
In Badia you can while away an afternoon curling at Lake Sompunt, which is just a 20 minute walk from Haus Valentin, through delightful hamlets and meadows. In the evenings it is open for ice skating, which can also be enjoyed at Arabba’s outdoor rink and Corvara’s indoor arena. If the thrill of tobogganing is in the blood, try the 7km pisted toboggan run at San Cassiano or the 10km, more adventurous run, from Santa Croce above Pedraces-Badia all the way to the village of La Val. In Corvara, why not try a tandem paraglide over the magical winter landscape – just remember to wrap up warm! In Arabba, take the opportunity to try your hand at ski-dooing in the meadows and fields just above the village.
If full throttle isn’t your thing, try the horse and sleigh, which takes guests between La Villa and Corvara along the picturesque riverside track. Once there, you could stop in at Cafe Raetia, the local tea room in Corvara, for a piece of its outstanding apple strudel, and one of it’s many varieties of tea! If you would like to book any other activities, please ask a member of staff at Office Hour and we would be happy to help you. If you would like to organise a day, a few days or a weeks activities with a mountain guide then we can also book this in advance of your arrival in the Dolomites – equally, if you would rather wait to see what conditions are like when you arrive in resort, please talk to a member of staff during Office Hour, and they will do their best to arrange a Guide for you.
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 (...)