Backcountry Skiing & Avalanche Rescue in the Dolomites

Dolomites | Italy
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Trip Highlights

Top three reasons to go skiing in the Dolomites

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    Discover the influences of three different cultures in rustic huts

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    Escape the packed resorts and let the vast backcountry be your classroom

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    The incredibly diverse off-piste terrain offers opportunities for newbie and seasoned skiers alike

Located within the Alps in north-eastern Italy and boasting 18 dizzying peaks towering above 3,000 meters, the Dolomites are a range that has captivated ardent shredders for years. Its versatile off-piste terrain will welcome you with open arms no matter if you’re a newcomer to the backcountry or an experienced skier with acres of snow under your belt. Far from the crowded ski resorts and tracked-out snow, this UNESCO World Heritage site serves as an ideal area to refine your skills. However, regardless of how skilled of a skier you are, you have to approach every backcountry trip with extra caution due to the threat of an avalanche. The Dolomites are an ideal classroom setting to learn how to avoid panicking if things go south. Add to that breathtaking landscapes and the idyllic atmosphere in rifugios, the traditional huts scattered along the way, and you’ll be blown away by this majestic range. Join an expert guide and reach new heights in the backcountry! Find out why the Dolomites are one of the best places for backcountry skiing in Europe from 57hours.

Season

December through April

Nearest city

Innsbruck, Austria, is 2.5 hours away from Alta Badia

Duration

7 days

Skill level

Beginner to advanced

Itineraries

Choose how you spend your days

Group Introduction to Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Education

7 days

Venture into the backcountry and try your hand at backcountry skiing! Learn new skills on the Dolomites’ incredible off-piste terrain and become a confident skier. The Dolomites boast ample training ground for newcomers to the backcountry and are ideal to master essential techniques and skills. Start off slowly on easy off-piste descents and move onto more challenging terrain as you gain more confidence. Learn how to stay safe in the backcountry with an avalanche education course and enjoy your adventure with a guide who’ll navigate you along the way.

Private Introduction to Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Education

7 days

Head straight to the Dolomites’ backcountry and discover the world of backcountry skiing! Learn useful skills on the diverse off-piste terrain and get your first taste of the backcountry. Master the fundamental ski touring techniques and skills by starting off slowly on easy descents and slowly progress towards more challenging terrain. Learn how to stay safe with an avalanche education course and enjoy the gorgeous vistas in the process. Join your private expert guide who’ll navigate you throughout the way.

Group Intermediate to Advanced Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Education

7 days

Get ready for an electrifying backcountry adventure in the Dolomites and take your off-piste skills to a whole new level. With the superb terrain that this mighty range offers, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to test out your skills on incredible steep descents. On top of that, learn how to react in case an avalanche strikes and become a safer skier in the backcountry. Your private guide will share some tips and techniques and you’re bound to walk away a more confident and proficient backcountry adventurer!

Private Intermediate-Advanced Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Education

7 days

Head into the Dolomites’ stunning backcountry and test your off-piste skills to the fullest. The diverse terrain that this majestic range offers provides plenty of opportunities to push your backcountry skills to the next level and become a more proficient skier. Learn how to react in case of an avalanche and stay safe in the backcountry, all while enjoying the amazing snow and descents the mighty Dolomites offer. Join your knowledgeable guide who’ll share some valuable tips and tricks and ensure an optimal learning environment!

Trip Highlights

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Alta Badia

To begin your exciting backcountry adventure, you’ll arrive in Alta Badia and check into your hotel. In the late afternoon, meet with your guide for a trip briefing, equipment check and trip orientation. Encircled by the stunning peaks of the Dolomites, it is safe to say that Alta Badia is in the heart of the Dolomites. Take in the gorgeous scenery around you and discover the influences of three different cultures in this lovely destination. You’ll have dinner and spend the night in your hotel in Alta Badia.

Corvara in Badia, Alta Badia, Italy

Day 2: Off-piste training and technique

Today marks the first day of skiing off-piste in the Dolomites. You’ll have breakfast and kick off the day with some easier descents and progressively move on to more challenging terrain throughout the course of the day. Use the incredible system of lifts that access off-piste terrain. Your guide will assess your ability and tailor a perfect backcountry experience for you by providing tips and techniques to help you improve your overall skiing ability and performance. The guide will also help you work on some specific aspects of your technique and body posture that require adjustment. You’ll have dinner and spend the night in your hotel in Alta Badia.

A backcountry skier in the Dolomites

Day 3: Ski touring in Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park

A private transfer will take you to Pederü at the foot of the Fanes-Sennes-Braies National Park. Continue to your rifugio and by snowcat and have breakfast.
For the next three days, you’ll focus on skiing, orientation and avalanche skills. Your guide will continue coaching you and fine-tune your technique to cope with different snow conditions and slopes, as well as teach you additional skills and terrain-specific tips. Learn how to use and care for your equipment, change your boots and bindings from climbing to descending and how to manage your climbing skins. This course will also offer some tricks and techniques to ski more efficiently with climbing skins, do kick turns (including uphill kick turns on steep snow slopes), teach you how to don and climb in ski crampons and when it’s time to remove your skis and start boot packing.
Over the next three days, you’ll learn about avalanche safety and search and rescue techniques, equivalent to a one-day avalanche awareness, search and rescue foundations training course. By the end of these first three days, you should feel confident and ready for the next part of the adventure! You’ll have dinner and spend the night in your rifugio.

Skier on a backcountry adventure in the Dolomites

Days 4 and 5: Ski touring in Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park

After your breakfast, you’ll continue your adventure in the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park! Your guide will select the most suitable daily excursion according to the group abilities and snow conditions. You will spend the night in a mountain hut and have dinner there.

The Dolomites and backcountry skiers

Day 6: More ski touring and back to Alta Badia

After breakfast, enjoy more ski touring in Fanes-Sennes-Braies and once you’re done skiing, take a private transfer to Pederü, and then head to your hotel in Alta Badia where your stored luggage will await you. Spend the night and have dinner in Alta Badia.

Backcountry skiers on an adventure in the Dolomites

Day 7: Departure

To cap off this backcountry experience, you’ll have breakfast in your Alta Badia hotel and depart on your own.

Reviews

Reviews (5)

Kate Schumann Rowe about Dolomite Mountains Guides on Facebook

Thank you for a trip of a lifetime! We did a 6 day ski safari, 3 nights in rifugios. Our guide was outstanding, not only professional, but engaging and knowledgeable about everything from the geography, history, food, and culture. We always had a well laid out plan, lunch reservations, and perfect timing for transfers. The skiing and sightseeing was amazing and we learned so much about the area. When it was windy one day and we could not go to one area, he easily adjusted the schedule mostly without us even knowing. All the accommodations were great! The trip exceeded my expectations in every way. Besides our amazing guide, the team at Dolomite Mountains took care of all other details of our trip and again, we could not have had an easier or better time. I can’t wait to go back!

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.

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

Things to know

Covid measures in the Dolomites, Italy

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’s included?

What you get in this adventure:

    • A certified, English-speaking ski guide with extensive knowledge of the area
    • 7 days of backcountry ski touring
    • 3 nights’ accommodation in a hotel in Alta Badia (4-star)
    • 3 nights’ accommodation in mountain huts (rifugios)
    • All breakfasts and dinners
    • Dolomiti Superski Pass for one day
    • Transportation in the area as per itinerary
    • Duffel bag luggage transfer
    • Avalanche safety, search and rescue equipment rental (transceiver, probe and shovel)

What’s not included:

    • Technical backcountry ski touring equipment
    • Transportation before and after the trip
    • Airport transfers
    • Lunches

How fit do I need to be?

To enjoy this backcountry adventure, you need to be in very good physical shape. You will be on your feet for multiple hours a day for 5 full days, covering multiple miles of terrain every day. You will need to manage controlled descents in variable conditions. 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.

What if I’ve never backcountry skied before?

Backcountry skiing isn’t just for pros looking for the ultimate thrill ride, it’s also beginner friendly, meaning anyone with solid blue level resort experience can have fun in the backcountry. If you’ve never backcountry skied before, heading out with a guide is your best bet. They’ll take care of the planning, introduce you to the basics, like skinning uphill, and teach you how to manage the terrain. They also have the experience and avalanche training to keep you safe.

What equipment do I need to bring?

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 and poles (can be rented)
    • Ski crampons
    • Boot crampons
    • Climbing harness
    • Technical socks
    • Avalanche safety equipment (included in the price):
      • Digital, 3-antenna avalanche transceiver or beacon
      • 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

Can I rent equipment?

All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own. You can rent:

    • Avalanche safety pack, including beacon, shovel and probe are included in the price of your adventure.
    • 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 age requirements

Group sizes and pricing:

    • For the private adventures, the max client-to-guide ratio is 4:1. All prices are per person. Costs per person decrease as the group grows for the private adventures, so it’s the perfect opportunity to ski with friends and family.
    • It takes a minimum of 2 people for the private adventures to operate.
    • For the group adventures, the minimum guest-to-guide ratio is 4:1. Cost is per person and it doesn’t decrease as the group grows for the group adventures.
    • If joining alone, you’ll be placed with peers that share a similar level of experience.

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.

Deposits and cancellations

Booking will be confirmed upon receipt of a 30% deposit. Payment of the balance is due no later than 60 days (2 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.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to Alta Badia, 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 Alta Badia. 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, you will arrive in Alta Badia and check into your hotel there. In the late afternoon, you’ll meet up with your guide. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.

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