Situated in the northern Italian Alps, the Dolomites are a veritable backcountry skiing jewel in Europe’s winter sports crown. This mighty range is home to a plethora of incredible lines and couloirs covered with various types of snow ranging from fresh powder and breakable crust to crud and spring snow. Some of the more prominent areas include Alta Badia, the Sella Massif with Arabba at its foot, Cortina d’Ampezzo, and the Marmolada Glacier. The wide range of objectives will undoubtedly challenge even the more serious out-of-bounds skiers and satisfy their appetites. On top of that, you’ll rest and recover in charming huts located just a stone’s throw away from the backcountry terrain. With an experienced guide leading you through the wonderful Dolomites, this backcountry skiing adventure will be etched in your memory forever! Find out why the Dolomites are one of the best places for backcountry skiing in Europe from 57hours.

  • Marvel at some of the most spectacular wintry vistas

  • Spend the nights in comfy huts and ski right out of your door

  • The Dolomites’ versatile terrain provides numerous skiing opportunities

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Hut-to-Hut Backcountry Skiing in the Dolomites
Available upon request
Extended Hut-to-Hut Backcountry Skiing in the Dolomites
Available upon request
Hut-to-Hut Backcountry Skiing in the Dolomites’ Couloirs
Available upon request

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Dolomite Mountains Guides
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Dolomite Mountains Guides
Dolomite Mountains Guides creates unique and active outdoor experiences in Northern Italy's Dolomites and beyond! They craft the ultimate custom adventures for people who demand stylish, low impact programs with outstanding quality and value. As one of the ony local Italian tour operators based here, the company has the benefit of local knowledge and expertise unlike any other. They provide authentic experiences so that the guests can explore and enjoy the real Dolomites while taking in local culture.
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Andreana Petrova about Dolomite Mountains Guides on Facebook

Dolomite Mountains provided us with an all around amazing trip experience! From the start, they were quick to respond to messages, detailed in the information they provided, professional and courteous. Everything about the trip was amazing: the mountains, the accommodations, the detailed maps and instructions that were provided to us, and the last minute weather conditions updates (we were self-guided). THANK YOU all who made this trip possible for us!

Robert E. Sleet Jr. about Dolomite Mountains Guides on Facebook

Expert professional guides who truly care about their clients.

Kevin Doyle about Dolomite Mountains Guides on Facebook

I would just like to say a big thank you to Marco and Massimo who guided our group last week. They were thoroughly professional both from a safety point of view but also in ensuring that we all had a great holiday. We stayed in some great places and dined in some excellent restaurants. They are both rightly very proud of the Dolomite skiing area and their passion for the skiing and the history of the area came across with enthusiasm. They are both great company and have a great sense of humor.
I would recommend them without hesitation.
Thank you
Kevin Doyle

Jacob Williams about Dolomite Mountains Guides on Google Reviews

Amazing experience. The Dolomites are a special place. Using Dolomite Mountains really takes all of the legwork and uncertainty out of the trip so you can focus on having fun. Probably exchanged two or three emails and before I knew it I was all set to have the trip of a lifetime.

Samantha Calegan about Dolomite Mountains Guides on Google Reviews

Great service, excellent organization and communication. We had such a great and seamless experience using Dolomite Mountains. I will certainly be using this service in the future!

Things to know

  • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

    We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in the Dolomites, Italy, please refer to Italy’s Ministry of Health Website and Italian National Tourist Board Website.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

  • What you get on your trip:

      • An experienced, certified ski guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • 5, 7, or 8 days of backcountry skiing depending on your chosen itinerary
      • Trip briefing
      • Logistics and map of the area
      • Accommodation for the duration of the trip in 4-star hotels and mountain huts
      • All breakfasts
      • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
      • Dolomiti Superski Ski Pass during the trip
      • Safety equipment
      • Transportation during the trip
      • Luggage transfer

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation before and after the trip
      • Airport transfers
      • Technical backcountry ski touring equipment
      • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • To enjoy these backcountry skiing adventures in the Dolomites, you need to be in excellent physical shape. You will be on your feet for multiple hours a day for 4 or 6 days depending on your chosen itinerary, covering multiple miles of steep terrain every day. You will need to manage controlled descents in variable conditions. The largest vertical drop on these adventures is 1,500 m / 4,920 ft, and up to 1,800 m / 5,905 ft on the Extended Backcountry Skiing Safari adventure. All participants should feel comfortable on challenging blue or black-level resort runs and be able to carry a loaded daypack while skinning up variable degrees of terrain.

  • To participate in this tour, you need to have previous backcountry skiing experience. You will be skiing, touring, and summiting on glaciated terrain for multiple hours on end every day.

    While there are some easier routes, you will also ski some of the hardest ascents and descents in the Dolomites wit If you’ve never backcountry skied before, we suggest joining a guide for a day of Backcountry Skiing & Avalanche Rescue in the Dolomites.

  • For technical backcountry ski touring gear, you will need to bring:

      • Alpine touring skis, telemark skis with bindings and skins (can be rented)
      • Touring boots with boot liners and poles (can be rented)
      • Technical socks
      • Ski crampons
      • Boot crampons
      • Climbing harness
      • Avalanche safety equipment (can be rented):
        • Digital, 3-antenna avalanche transceiver or beacon (with two sets of fresh batteries)
        • Lightweight snow shovel
        • Avalanche probe

    For personal items, we recommend bringing:

      • Helmet
      • Sunglasses or ski goggles
      • Gloves and a warm hat
      • Liner gloves
      • Wide-brim hat or sun-cap
      • Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Gore-Tex recommended)
      • Ski pants (Gore-Tex recommended)
      • Down jacket or vest
      • Synthetic or wool base layers, underwear and socks
      • Middle or insulation layers
      • Neck gaiter and roll-neck
      • Face mask or balaclava — optional
      • One triple-action locking carabiner or two conventional locking carabiners
      • Repair kit and Leatherman for your equipment (can be shared between several people)
      • Water bottle and 1L of water or a hydration system
      • Thermos with a warm beverage — optional
      • Food you can eat on-the-go
      • First aid kit
      • Sunscreen
      • Headlamp
      • Daypack large enough to carry all items listed (around a 25-30L backpack)
      • Camera — optional
  • All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own. You can rent:

      • Avalanche safety pack, including beacon, shovel and probe will be provided by your guide.
      • Alpine touring or telemark skis, touring boots, and poles can be rented from Sport Badia or are available on request from your guiding service.

    Ski rental locations are in Corvara, Alta Badia, and should be picked up the night prior to your outing. If you need to rent gear, let us know and we can help make arrangements.

  • Group sizes and pricing:

      • For the (Extended) Backcountry Ski Safari in the Dolomites, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 4:1. All prices are per person.
      • For Backcountry Skiing in the Dolomites’ Couloirs, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 5:1. All prices are per person.
      • It takes a minimum of 2 people for these private adventures to operate and the maximum number of participants is 12.
      • Costs per person decrease as the group grows for these private adventures, so it’s the perfect opportunity to ski with friends and family.

    Ski touring in the Dolomites can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors may be permitted to join private tours on a case-by-case basis.

    If your group has skiers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • Booking will be confirmed upon receipt of a 30% deposit. Payment of the balance is due no later than 90 days (3 months) before departure for Italy. For “last minute” bookings (trips booked 45 or fewer days before departure), full cost is due at the time of booking.

    In case you need to cancel your trip, the following fees will apply:
    – 91+ more days prior to departure: 20% loss of trip cost & 10% transfer to a future trip (within one calendar year)
    – 46 to 90 days prior to departure: 100% loss of deposit
    – 31 to 45 days prior to departure: 50% loss of full amount
    – 30 days or less prior to departure: 100% loss of full amount
    These charges are a percentage of the total cost of the booking. The days indicated are from the trip departure date. All cancellations must be made in writing.

  • To get to Alta Badia in the Dolomites, most people fly into Innsbruck Airport, Austria, about 2.5 hours away from Alta Badia or Venice-Treviso Airport and Venice Marco Polo Airport, Italy, both just under 3 hours away. From there, you can rent a car or take a bus.
    The major airport is Milan Malpensa Airport, about 5 hours away from Alta Badia. From there, you can rent a car or take a train and bus.

    Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.

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