There is something so magical about the Dolomites that we feel bound to return year after year – our ski destination in these mountains is now a winter classic. Here in the spectacular mountains of Italy we enjoy beautiful runs, stunning scenery, a welcoming base and fantastic home made food at the unique Rifugio Negritella perched on an elevated plateau at 2000m, with breathtaking views of the surrounding Rosengarten range.
The owner Alessandro inherited this mountain rifugio from his grandfather and renovated it to include a spa (sauna, steam and relaxation room) and spacious en suite bedrooms. Negritella is known for its use of local produce and the cellar contains delicious local cheeses, hams and a selection of wine too. Ensuite single rooms are an option for those who book early.
Each day we will use our private minibus to explore the different ski areas of the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage site. We usually start our week with a day in the area around the rifugio to get our ski legs and discover our enchanting surroundings. On one day, we ski the 42 km round trip around the magnificent Sella Ronda massif – a fantastic tour full of fun, breathtaking views, delicious cakes and stories to share in the evening around the table. Alpe Luisia is another fantastic area with cruising blue and red runs and, if you feel like it, you can drop down to the village on a challenging black. The Latemar is a lovely resort hidden in the forest where, even on a cloudy day, visibility is superb. We never miss out on the best apple strudel in the area either! The Arabba area provides some of the most spectacular views in the Dolomites. The cafes and restaurants in the Arabba & Porta Vescovo area are some of our favourites with a huge variety of high quality food at very reasonable prices (around 15e for 2 courses and a drink.) On one day, we will ski the famous descent from the Marmolada summit (3269m), a beautiful long open run down to the valley below. As the highest peak in the Dolomites it is steeped in history and has a fabulous museum about the incredible Italian effort to defend the country in WW1.
We ski on blues and reds most of the week but there are always optional black runs (including some of the most famous World Cup down hill pistes). To fully enjoy this holiday in the Dolomites at this level you should be able confidently ski blue and red runs and be willing to tour around the ski area at a good pace. There is an option to have ski lessons at the local ski school to improve your technique or boost your confidence if you haven’t skied for a while (not included).
At the end of each day, we will get together with cakes and aperitivi to share our stories, photos and enjoy the unique atmosphere of our base high in the imposing mountains.
Dinner, bed and breakfast, airport transfer at certain times, transport to ski area
Not included: flight, ski hire, ski pass, lunch