Dolomites - Ski Holidays from £549pp
12 ski resorts, 1,200km of slopes, 450 lift facilities, 50 towns, hotels, mountain huts, spas, Michelin-starred restaurants, the Dolomites has everything and skiing-deals.co.uk will get you there.
Whether it is a last minute escape to the slopes or a fully-prepared itinerary, skiing-deals.co.uk will find the best deal to get you to the Dolomites.
A single ski pass is all that is needed to unlock everything that the Dolomites region has to offer in the winter months.
Named after the rock from which it is etched, the Dolomites is a vast expanse of mountains which forms part of the Southern Limestone Alps in northern Italy. Since 2009 the Dolomites has enjoyed UNESCO Heritage status.
It has become one of the world’s premier ski resorts because of its choice of excellent facilities blended into the natural beauty of the landscape. It is possible to ski one day, snowboard the next, traverse the landscape the day after and finish each day relaxing in a spa or at a Michelin-starred restaurant (of which there are currently 14).
But this place is made for skiing and during the winter season, which runs from the end of November to mid-April, it’s transformed into a Mecca for skiers of all different skills.
Areas like Marmolada Mountain, reachable from Arabba, are perfect for the purists, offering uninterrupted skiing and boarding from a 3,000 metre-high slope. It is considered the ‘Queen of the slopes’ by the locals and many who visit.
Then there is 120km of thrilling slopes at Cortina d’Ampezzo, famously used for the Olympics; it’s not unusual to find gates dotted around this area and those keen to push themselves giving it a go.
Kronplatz, at 2,275 metres high is one of the best places for 360 degree views, so it deserves a moments’ pause before you push off.
Val di Fassa is arguably the most family-friendly area, a true fairytale setting for skiers of all abilities. It is so accommodating you can even get around via the ski bus.
There are more areas to discover like Covara and Colfosco, Ortisci, San Sassiano, and Selva; each giving their own unique window onto the beautiful landscape. And the good news is, whichever you decide to choose, you are guaranteed snow. Not only are the winter conditions conducive to good snowfall but, should there be any absence, snow machines keep the slopes smooth.
All of these are connected by 450 lift facilities and transport links, providing straightforward access to the slopes you want to tackle. This includes the shorter runs for those building their confidence as well as the more challenging black ones.
Each resort also boasts excellent facilities including schools for training and places to hire and buy equipment.
Dolomites Italy Skiing
Yet there is more to this place than just skiing and snowboarding. It is possible to indulge in other winter sports and pastimes. Cross-country skiing, sledging, winter walking, skating, snowshoeing, and horse-riding are also available during the winter at the Dolomites.
The area’s status as a popular rambling spot in the summer doesn’t dwindle just because the snow creeps down from the peaks and covers the ground in winter. It is possible to adventure along many of the 1,177km of paths, even doing so with your skis on.
While on such walks and because of the steep nature of the Dolomites, it isn’t unusual to come across natural verandas jutting out like shelves. These vantage points offer panoramic views of the winter wonderland and a moment of quiet, a chance to listen the mountains, to hear the distant, joyful voices of people buzzing around in the network of resorts down below.
In fact, it is worth finding a good spot at dusk because, on clear days, the dwindling sunlight has been known to turn the mountains a soothing hue of purple; a phenomenon known locally as enrosadira.
Speaking of clear days, during the skiing season there is an average of four-five days of sunshine in every ten. This is particularly prevalent in the north which isn’t subject to the same misty conditions as the south. In terms of hours of daylight, they improve from December’s average of nine up to twelve in March.
During the evening the Dolomites takes on a different form. The lights of the resorts paint the landscape a different colour and a different kind of merriment can be heard from the snowy streets. The skis are locked away, the attire takes a less-sporty look and the pace is considerably slower as attention turns to food, drink, and conversation.
Dining is a treat. There is an infusion of culinary styles, possibly owing to the area’s Austrian heritage, Italian influence and its worldwide popularity.
Across the Dolomites there are 14 Michelin-starred restaurants boasting exciting and extensive menus and opulent interiors. But haute cuisine is not to everyone’s taste, which is why there are so many eateries adorning the resorts.
The same can be said for places to socialise. Whether it is a cosy hot chocolate needed after a long session on the slopes, or a place to socialise and recount stories of conquests on the ice, there is a place to suit all tastes. In fact, it should be said that many of these places are open during the day too, in case it’s time to go off-piste.
For the ultimate way to unwind and relax the muscles, the spa facilities of the Dolomites Superski are worth mentioning. There are plenty of treatments available, as well as other activities. It is worth booking in advance though.
Finally,when it comes to getting some sleep, the choice of accommodation is vast. There are hotels ranging in quality so all budgets can be appreciated. But it is the less conventional places to stay that often gets people talking.
The charming farm accommodation and quaint village houses provide a more traditional way of staying at the Dolomites. Rest assured, they are all equipped with modern facilities to aid your relaxation, so no matter what type of accommodation you are inclined towards, you’ll have everything you need.
This resort has it all and skiing-deals.co.uk has the expertise to help you discover it.
Dolomiti Superski map
Take a look at the map of skiing in the Dolomites to see just how connected this resort is.