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Ski touring in the Dolomites - Day trips - Comfort

6 days from 1545 € per participant

Guaranteed departure from 5 people

Comfort
Italie Montagne Maximum altitude 3250 m Skill level : 2 Montagne Stamina level : 2 Montagne Direct train from Paris

Pros

- Stunning and unique landscapes

Welcoming and comfortable accommodation with great Italian food

- A great skiing experience with itineraries that will take your breath away

- Easy access: either by TGV (on the Paris - Milano line to Oulx-Cesana) or by plane (Torino Caselle or Milano Bergamo airport) where we pick you up and transfer with our minibus

- Hassle free: our minibus is used for all transfers on our day trips from basecamp, rented gear is delivered on the spot

- No booking fees

In a nutshell

The Dolomites are legendary and what self-respecting sports buff has never heard of them ? This extremely mineral mountain range looks like no other. Marmolada, Torre Sella, Tofane, Tre Cime are all - and some of the - equally stunning mountains filled with their own history and sporting stories (mountain climbing, via ferrata), and have even been through wars. On this trip we use both ski lifts and our skins (as we don’t want to upset Brigitte Bardot or any animal activists, please note the skins don’t come from animals) to cross some truly stunning landscapes. This ski touring experience is as original as the scenery: sublime cols, stunning descents between overhanging rock faces and unspoilt villages. What’s more, based in Cortina, Canazei and/or Fiames, all hotels and auberges we've selected are known for their hearty welcome, comfort and great food ! You will be spoilt !

Friends, family or just colleagues at work ?

You wish to customize one of our trips, among friends and at your own convenience ? No problem, contact us so we can adapt a trip to suit you, right down to the last detail ! Our trips are tailor-made so giving you what you want is as easy as 123.

  • Price (VAT inc)
  • 1545€ per participant
    Guaranteed departure
  • 1545€ per participant
  • 1545€ per participant
    Guaranteed departure
  • 1545€ per participant
  • 1545€ per participant
  • 1545€ per participant
    Guaranteed departure
  • 1545€ per participant
  • 1545€ per participant
  • 1545€ per participant
  • 1545€ per participant

Day to day

Day 1 - Welcome & transfer to the Dolomites

Meet up either at Oulx or Briançon train station, Torino or Milano airport for the minibus transfer to the Dolomites. Bags preparation and gear check. We settle in at our hotel in Cortina, Canazei or Fiames for the next 3 or 6 nights, according to availability and snow conditions :)

Our guide will specify the program for the coming week.

Meal included: dinner

Accommodation included: 3* hotel

 

Day 2 - Ski touring around the Cristallo range

Thanks to the ski lifts, we head off for an ultra classic but definitely not to be missed route called la Creste Blanche ! Warm up and pleasure for the eyes as of day 1 on our skis...

Ascent/descent: + 800 m/- 1600 m - approx. 4-5 hrs

Meals included: breakfast, picnic and dinner

Accommodation included: 3* hotel

 

Day 3 - A ski touring jewel: Cadin di Fanis

In a relaxing atmosphere and a gorgeous setting... trust us, today you're in for a real delight ! We leave with the ski lifts and then put on our skins. You'll be able to enjoy the descent like a good steak (though let's avoid eating it rare !)

Ascent/descent: + 850 m /- 1600 m - approx. 5 hrs

Meals included: breakfast, picnic and dinner

Accommodation included: 3* hotel

 

Day 4 - The mythical Tre Cime

Most probably the most spectacular panorama of the Dolomites ! Minibus transfer like the previous days, then skinning before we trace beautiful curves on the descent... you can be sure to get picture postcard snapshots ! Transfer to Canazei or Arabba after the descent for the two following nights.

Ascent/descent: +/- 1000 m - approx. 5-6 hrs

Meals included: breakfast, picnic and dinner

Accommodation included: 3* hotel

 

Day 5 - Yet another mountain range and yet another atmosphere... whatever, expect great skiing yet again !

From the Passo Pordoi cable car, we head off to the beautiful Val Mesdi. Several options here: Biz Boé, Val Ciadin, Val Culea... The incredible Sella, an extremely mineral mountain range, stands here right in front of us. From here we descend the surprising Val Di Mesdi Canyon. There's no other word ! We arrive in Corvara (1568 m).

Ascent/descent: +/- 800-1000 m - approx. 5-6 hrs

Meals included: breakfast, picnic and dinner

Accommodation included: 3* hotel

 

Day 6 - Ski touring in the unique Marmolada range 

Several options here depending on your fancies ! A cable car enables us to reach the shoulder of the Marmolada (3250 m). Glacier descent, depending on conditions several itineraries facing the Sella range are possible, always in a unique setting.

Ascent/descent: +/- 800 - 1000 m - approx. 5-6 hrs

Meals included: breakfast, picnic and dinner

 

Please note this itinerary is an example of a ski touring trip in the Dolomites, Italy. The guide may adjust certain itineraries and ski areas according to weather and snow conditions as well as participants' abilities. We kindly ask you to respect such decision. We may also change accommodation, maintaining the same standards, according to logistics and availabilities.

Meeting and leaving

Meeting points

  • Briançon in front of the Train Station

    See on the map

    Meeting time: 8 am
    Leaving time: in the evening
  • Oulx-Cesana (IT) - TGV train station

    See on the map

    Meeting time: 8:45 am
    Leaving time: in the evening
  • Milano Bergame Airport

    See on the map

    Meeting time: 11:30 am
    Leaving time: in the afternoon
  • Cortina - in front of our hotel

    See on the map

    Meeting time: 4:30 pm
    Leaving time: afternoon

Get together - practical information

On day 1, wear comfortable clothes for travelling.

We always do our best, but we can't guarantee the exact time of arrival at the train station (due to traffic or weather conditions). Therefore we strongly advise you to buy train tickets that can easily be modified. If you're travelling by car, we'll meet you at the arrival point, or at one of the drop of points where you'll be able to leave your car for the entire trip.

The last day, don't try and catch the train from Oulx as we try to make the most of the last day. 

 

Getting there

Train & TGV access: www.voyages-sncf.com 

Car access: www.mappy.fr 

Car sharing: www.blablacar.fr

 

Parking

Free public parking can be found in Briançon and Oulx (both unattended) or just in front of our accomodation.

How technical does it get ? How fit should I be ?

  • Skill level 

The slopes may have some short steep passages. You should be at ease with ski touring techniques and skiing on all types of snow. We may also ski on glacier terrain. You should master uphill kick turns without hesitation.

  •  Stamina level

Good physical condition is required, some uphill sections may have to be done on foot. Ascents and descents vary from 800 to 1000 metres per day. Depending on the chosen itinerary, there may be two outings per day. If you're eager you can continue skiing, if you're tired you can rest and relax.

 Good to know: if you don't have the level required, the guide will be able to ask you to leave for the well-being of the rest of the group if necessary. If any doubt, please do not hesitate to ask us !

Group size

5 to 8 participants

Guiding

Azimut qualified mountain guide.

All our mountain guides are certified. We choose them for their sympathy, their teaching and organisational skills. We stay tuned in, work hands in hands, and make sure their working conditions are the best.

Daypack

Bring a small day pack large enough to carry your personal belongings for the day such as (extra) layers, a few snacks, your picnic and security equipment.

Ski lifts

Considering the itinerary may be modified due to mountain and snow conditions, ski lift fares are not included in the price. The definite day to day itinerary will depend on local conditions. If necessary we will go to a different mountain range with better snow and weather conditions.

Pricing

The price includes

- Trip logistics & organisation upon arrival

- All minibus transfers upon arrival at one of the indicated meeting points

- 5 nights accomodation on half-board basis in a hotel

- Picnics for 5 days as of day 2

- Safety & rescue equipment training/reviewing

- Certified and expert mountain guide services (including all his expenses: meals, accomodation, transportation, ski lift fares)

- Safety & rescue equipment sets are provided (tracking device, shovel and probe), if you don't have your own gear

- Extra fees for Xmas & New Year

- AZIMUT welcome pack

 

The price does not include

- Transportation to/from the meeting point 

- Ski lift fares

- Gear rental if required

- Lunch day 1

- Personal insurance

- All drinks (including those with meals at the hotel), personal extras

- Any other expenses not mentioned under the above section “the price includes”

Payment

A 30% deposit, as well as the insurance cost if you choose to subscribe the latter, is required to secure your booking. You will receive a reminder email 35 days prior to departure for the outstanding balance due latest 30 days prior to departure. 

Insurance

We strongly recommend you to be properly insured for the chosen activity. You should be covered for medical expenses, personal accident & liabilité, third party risks and rescue (helicopter), as well as trip cancellation or curtailment.

Repatriation and research insurance are mandatory when booking a trip with Azimut. We have a full range of insurances on offer to suit the trip you select and the risks that it may incur. 

Tipping

Tipping is no obligation. However participants usually hand round an envelope for those who wish to tip the guide.

Getting around

Azimut's minibus is used throughout the whole trip. Not only does this make the trip easier, but it also makes it more pleasant and open: we can chat, sleep and listen to our own music !

Accommodation & meals

Hotels and meals during the trip

Depending on the size of group, you may share a room with someone of the opposite sex.

- Half board in a 3* hotel, in a twin or triple room depending on the size of the group, private showers and toilets. Bed sheets, linen and towels supplied.

- Single supplement: € 260 per person, subject to availability.

- Breakfast, lunch and dinner: we have breakfasts and dinners at the hotel, and provide picnics for lunch. Picnics consist of good quality products including ham, cheese, bread, a chocolate bar and a piece of fruit or a compote

- Snacks: to boost your energy we've chosen to provide Clif bars, tasty and great quality cereal bars, no additives, coloring nor conservatives.

 

Accomodation before & after ski touring trips

Once we've received your booking, we'll provide you with a list of accomodation in case you need to book a night before or after the trip. All accomodation listed is close to the meeting points. You may often benefit from preferential rates.

Phone & WiFi

  • In case of emergency or delay, you can either contact your guide (a phone number will be provided before departure) or contact Azimut on: (+ 33) 04 92 23 07 24.
  • Please inform your friends and family with these details before departure.
  • Wifi is free of charge in our accommodation.
  • Good mobile & 4G coverage.

 

 

Equipment - clothing & gear

Make sure to wear bright colours, it's good for the soul and gives photos a funky edge !

 

Ski gear (all in excellent condition)

- Ski touring skis with appropriate bindings. We recommend freeride type skis so you can enjoy skiing powdery descents and skiing on all types of snow

- Ski skins 

- Ski crampons (i.e. "couteaux")

- Ski poles

- Ski touring boots 

- Avalanche kit: transceiver, shovel and probe (please let us know if you have your own, if not we lend them for free)

- 35 litre backpack

Security advice: avalanche airbag backpacks are highly recommended.

They help to stay on the surface in case of avalanche and minimize the risk of burial. Our guides use them and we highly recommend you to opt for high quality and reliable gear. If you don't have an avalanche airbag we rent them out at a very competitive price.

If you don't have the adequate equipment for the trip, don’t worry and travel light: we rent out the required gear and hand it over at the start of the trip ! Our equipment is relatively new, if not brand new, of good quality and adapted to your choice of activity.

Prices of rental equipment during the entire trip (these competitive prices only take into account the number of days of the trip):

Full Pack (ski, boots, skins, ski-crampons, poles)

€ 215

Skis (skis, skins, poles, ski-crampons) 

€ 175

Boots

€ 68

Airbag Backpack

€ 120

Helmet

€ 30

You can choose to rent equipment when booking your trip, or lateron by clicking on “my account”. If any of the equipment that you’ve chosen is out of stock you’ll be notified and reimbursed.

Clothes

This list of clothes is designed to give you an idea of clothes it may be a good to have with you. By no means do you need to have the latest brands or the latest gear, but if you need to renew your wardrobe, this guide would be a good start.

 

Headwear

- Warm hat or buff/scarf

- Ski goggles (2 pairs) and sunglasses: UV factory 4 protective lenses. Photochromic glasses adapt to light intensity and are very useful

- Helmet (highly recommended)

 

Bodywear

- Under layer: breathable long sleeved tops to maintain heat. A tip: merino wool is breathable and has anti-bacterial properties and is therefore less likely to smell as opposed to synthetic fabrics. Take this into consideration if you need to update your wardrobe.

- Middle layer: a light polar or synthetic jacket for an extra layer of heat during breaks

- Outer layer: a Gore-tex or similar type of jacket with a breathable waterproof membrane. Make sure it's lightweight and compact so it doesn't take up too much space in your backpack

- Bottom layer: trousers with a breathable waterproof membrane (Gore Tex or similar) with long side zips allowing air to flow, recommended on climbs

- Hands: light fleece or soft shell gloves, a pair of silk glove liners to go underneath, warm gloves with a breathable and waterproof membrane. Mittens are always a good idea for really cold days of for those of you who feel the cold !

- Swimming gear: it takes up such little space, it would be a shame not to bring it just in case. Avoid swimming shorts or bermudas, they are not usually allowed.

 

Footwear

- Ski socks: merino wool socks are breathable and have anti-bacterial properties and are less likely to smell as opposed to those made of synthetic fabrics. Think about them if you need to stock up.

- Slippers recommended for evening wear. Try charentaises they’re really comfortable ! 

 

Odds & ends

  • a 1 litre flask (Thermos or Camelback)
  • a pocket knife
  • duck tape
  • factor 50 sun cream
  • a duffle bag holding up to 90 litres to leave at the hotel or in a vehicle. No suitcases.

 

Toiletries and first aid kit

- Personal toilet bag

- To make up a first aid kit, please find all relevant information on the Ifremmont website. 

Need new gear ?

If you book a trip with Azimut, you'll get a 15% discount code on your confirmation page that you can use at our friends Glisshop.

Just go straight to glisshop.com ! Established in 1996, our partner stands as a leader for online winter sports equipment. Based in the centre of the volcanoes of Auvergne (France), they help every passionate skier and powder addict to find the gear they need by offering a huge and unique choice of clothing and gear available throughout Europe.

With close to 250 brands and 10 000 items for sale, Glisshop simply is the ideal partner to equip you from head to toe whathever activity may be your preference.

 

In partnership with

Our guides use the following brands for their gear and you'll have the opportunity to test them during the trip:

We are members of Entreprises du Voyage and APST.

 

And last but not least...

Don't forget to:

  • Leave contact details with your friends and family
  • Bring your papers and I.D. (passport and visa if necessary)
  • Bring your contract number and documents related to your insurance (if you've chosen not to have insure coverage through Azimut)
  • Bring your “carte vitale” and your European health card (EU member states) - if you don't have one you can order one free of charge online  www.ameli.fr
  • Check that you have the right equipment
  • Take spare batteries and a charger for your electronic devices (camera, video recorder, tracking devices etc)
  • Bring some cash and your credit card
  • Bring a delicacy from your home country or area to share with the group
  • Leave in a good frame of mind: we're going to have a great time even if we happen to not make it to the summit !
  • Before leaving: water the plants, empty the rubbish bin, turn off water and gas, and tell your partner that you're going to have a good time (please not by text message), that you've well deserved... If you don't follow the latter recommendation, you'll most probably kick yourself when you get back !

 

                                   See you on the slopes !

                             Have great runs with AZIMUT !

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