Snowshoeing in the Dolomites, Italy
Enjoy some of Europe's most spectacular mountain scenery up close on varied snowshoe walks through the Dolomites, staying in the luxurious Hotel Adler, enjoying Michelin recommended cuisine and a relaxing spa.
From £949.00 GBP
Details of Snowshoeing in the Dolomites Holiday
You'll be based in the lovely, atmospheric village of Villabassa, just north of Cortina d'Ampezzo, in the luxurious Hotel Adler, enjoying Michelin recommended cuisine and a relaxing spa, in addition to spectacular walks through the awe-insprining landscapes of the Dolomites. On the northern edge of Italy’s most striking mountain range, in the Alta Pusteria Valley, we're perfectly located for many brilliant areas that can be explored by snowshoe. Lovely trails take us into the Fanes-Sennes Natural Park, along the shores of Lago di Braies and beneath the breathtaking Tre Cime di Lavaredo, the Dolomites' most recognisable (and memorable) scene. We'll take forest trails and follow old military tracks to reach the magnificent viewpoints of Durrakopf (2275m) and Strudelkopf (2307m) whilst discovering the region's fascinating World War I history when you stop for lunch at picturesque refuges. Look out for special weeks where you'll head out on more challenging snowshoe walks, sometimes to the summit of Monte Calvo (2493m) for panoramic views over the Dolomites' jagged peaks.
Start Villabassa (2 hours from Innsbruck airport).
Day 2 - 7
Five guided snowshoe day walks, plus one free day. Our explorations generally take place in the high side valleys of the main Pusteria Valley, or on low ridges of the smaller hills. The main peaks of the Dolomites are famously steep-sided, and we avoid these, as well as the few avalanche prone areas lying below them. But we have an excellent variety of walks at our disposal, all with excellent scenery and views, many in the very heart of the famous Dolomites scenery. An easy day takes on a high trail from the village of Dobbiaco back to Villabassa along forester's tracks and across open hillsides, with excellent views to the south. To the north are the forested flanks of a rounded hill just a few kilometres northeast of Villabassa. From the summit at about 1900m we can continue to the little chapel of San Silvestro at 1912m, looking across to the jagged summits of the Dolomites. In good weather we can continue upwards, following a rounded ridge that leads to the Austrian frontier.
Is this trip for you?
Exodus have chosen to categorise this holiday as 'Mountain Snowshoeing', which is described as mountainous terrain, but where travel is restricted to areas considered to have very low or non-existent avalanche risk. In certain extreme conditions avalanches may become a risk in areas generally considered to be safe, and standard walks may have to be re-routed, replaced or cancelled. There will be steep and dangerous terrain in the region, but this can be easily avoided in the choice of walks. Each day the leader will carefully assess the situation and choose the route according to current conditions and those forecast, with the over-riding priority being group safety. Exodus leaders are required not to proceed with any proposed route (including those mentioned in brochure or trip notes) if they believe the risk to be unacceptable.
Snowshoeing is offered at Grade B, suitable for beginners (with good fitness) and intermediates. Certain walks are dependant on weather conditions, and alternative routes may have to be completed as alternatives. Many ski areas are easily accessible from Dobbiaco, including Cortina D'Ampezzo, each offering a wide selection of alpine skiing possibilities. Only a 10-minute bus journey away, San Candido and Versciaco have 53km of downhill slopes for all skiing levels. Alpine skis can be hired in Dobbiaco for approximately 20 Euros per day.
NB. All active winter holidays involve some element of risk; from something as normal as slipping on icy pavements, to the possibility of injuries sustained as a result of the activities themselves. While Exodus do all they can to minimize any dangers, participants must be prepared to accept some risk as part of the holiday.
This trip is based at: Hotel Adler
Located on the village square, this quality hotel is one of the most comfortable Exodus feature. The cosy bar is popular with locals, while the quiet lounge is warmed by a log fire. The hotel's other facilities include a lovely indoor pool and a wellness centre with sauna, steam room, solarium and small fitness centre. Hotel Adler also has a disco, open once a week for guests and locals.
The well-known restaurant, run by head chef Helene Markart, appears in the Michelin Guide among others; the menu features a mixture of local and international cuisine. All bedrooms are spacious and have en-suite facilities, minibar and TV.
What price includes
- 7 nights at Hotel Adler
- All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 6 dinners
- 5 guided snowshoe walks, with snowshoes and ski poles
- Tour leader throughout
Plan your journey by train
Transfer to meeting point:
Guests make their own way to meeting point
Information will be provided - the hotel is a short walk or shorter taxi journey from the station.
How to get there:
Train from London to Villabassa (via Innsbruck). There are some direct trains from Innsbruck, or change at Fortezza [or travel via Verona & Fortezza.]
Plan your journey by train
Transfer to finish point:
Guests make their own way to station
Information will be provided - it's just a short walk (or taxi ride) from the hotel to the station.
How to get back:
Train from Villabassa to London (via Innsbruck). Trains run direct or via Fortezza to Innsbruck. You can also travel to London via Fortezza & Verona.