Top three reasons to snowshoe in the Dolomites
Re-energize in cozy huts after snowshoeing the otherworldly trails
Immerse yourself in different cultures and feel like a true local
Discover the Dolomites’ superb terrain and take in the snowy landscapes anywhere you look
Passing between the mighty peaks of the Dolomite Alps, the trails of the famous Alta Via N.1 are an ideal antidote to the hustle and bustle of city life. Come wintertime, this serene area turns into a true snow-laden haven and strapping on a pair of snowshoes is a good way to delve into the magical world of the Dolomites. With white landscapes stretching into the distance, lots of excellent terrain, narrow valleys, and mind-boggling vistas every step of the way, this idyllic Alpine setting is bound to win you over. As the cherry on top, this scenic region boasts numerous rifugios—rustic mountain huts offering both a cozy overnight refuge and an insight into the Italian, Austrian, and Ladin languages and cultures found in this area. The huts’ warm atmosphere and traditional cuisine will make you feel like a local and provide the energy needed to continue exploring this winter wonderland. Join your local guide and explore the Dolomites to the fullest! Find out more about why Epic Scenery Meets Rich Culture With Dolomites Hiking from Agustina Lagos Marmol, a local Dolomites guide.
December through April
Venice, Italy, is about 2 hours away
Beginner to advanced
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Snowshoeing the Alta Via N.1 With a Private Guide
Jump into the magical world of the snow-clad Dolomites and snowshoe across the famous Alta Via N.1 trail. Wind your way through hundreds of trails on superb terrain and soak up the out-of-this-world vistas and white landscapes. Visit the charming mountain huts dotted along the way and recharge your batteries after enjoying your days snowshoeing in this winter dreamland. Join your private guide and let them navigate you through this winter wonderland!
Day 1: Arrival in Cortina d’Ampezzo
On the first day of this thrilling snowshoeing adventure, you’ll arrive in the heart of the Dolomitic Alpsthe town of Cortina d’Ampezzo—and check into your hotel. This alpine resort town is surrounded by dizzying peaks and allows its visitors to revel in all sorts of outdoor activities year-round. In the winter, Cortina enjoys a well-deserved reputation for great skiing trails and in the summer, it draws in hikers and climbers who wish to challenge the rocky faces and nearby mountains. The town is also known for its fantastic scenery, fine dining, shopping, the après-ski scene and the jet set crowd. You’ll spend the night in a hotel in Cortina.
Day 2: Sennes Plateau
In the morning, you’ll meet your guide who’ll provide a trip briefing, orientation and snowshoeing equipment. The snowshoeing tour will begin with a hike to the Alpe di Sennes uplands. While enjoying this adventure, take in the incredible scenery and encounter ibexes, chamois, roe deer and marmots. Marvel at the Croda Rossa and their lower flanks cloaked by conifer-fed woods and deciduous species. You’ll spend the night in a wonderful mountain hut and have dinner there.
Snowshoeing: ~4 hours, 7.8 km /4.9 miles
Elevation: + 800 m /2,627’
Day 3: Altopiano di Fanes
Upon waking up and having breakfast, snowshoe down to Pederü (1,548 m / 5,079’) and hike up in the Val di Fanes (Fanes Valley) along the Al Pan River all the way to your mountain hut (2,042 m / 6,699’), which will be your home for tonight. Make sure you appreciate this winter wonderland around you and soak up the tremendous vistas every step of the way. At the end of the day, recharge your batteries in the comfy mountain hut with a hearty dinner and get ready for the next day of snowshoeing!
Snowshoeing: ~4 hours, 7 km / 4 miles,
Elevation: + 690 m / 2,264′, – 620 m / 2,034′
Day 4: Fanes Natural Park
On this day, you’ll have breakfast and then snowshoe on trails with stunning views of the Western Dolomites and the Marmolada Massif, the “Queen of the Dolomites”. You’ll depart from your mountain hut and snowshoe south to Passo di Limo (2,172 m / 7,126’). Once out of the valley, you might see the gorgeous Lago di Limo to your left, unless it is covered with snow! You’ll go past an old military building, hike down for Malga Fanes Grande (2,104 m / 6,903’), a farm offering light meals and accommodation. Continue snowshoeing through the high meadow and karst formations and descend to Capanna Alpina (1,726 m / 5,663’), a restaurant at the edge of the Natural park. From there, take a private transfer to your hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo for your last night in the Dolomites.
Snowshoeing: ~3 hours of snowshoeing, 9 km / 5.6 miles,
Elevation: +397m / 1,302′, -729 m / 2,392’.
Day 5: Departure
Now that your exciting adventure has come to an end, pack your bags upon waking up in the morning, and get ready to depart on your own. Say goodbye to the lovely Dolomites and soak up some last views while you’re at it.
Meet your guide
Dolomite Mountains Guides
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.
This was a trip of a lifetime, in one of the most spectacular places on the planet. I cannot recommend this trip enough. The terrain in the Dolomites is unreal, the runs extremely long, the food delicious, the accommodations very lovely, and our guide, Alberto, was fantastic 🙂
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
Covid measures in the Dolomites
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 travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in the Dolomites 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 in this adventure:
- An experienced, certified guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- A 5-day snowshoeing adventure
- Trip briefing
- Logistics and map of the area
- Private transfers as per itinerary
- 2 nights’ accommodation at a hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo
- 2 nights’ accommodation in rifugios (mountain huts) (private rooms)
- All breakfasts
- Dinners in rifugios (mountain huts)
- Snowshoes and safety equipment rental
What’s not included:
- Transportation before and after the trip
- Dinners in Cortina d’Ampezzo
- Additional nights in the hotel
Note: Single rooms can be booked on request for an added fee. Holiday Blackout Dates from 26th December to 6th January usually require a 7-night minimum hotel stay.
How fit do I need to be?
In order to enjoy this snowshoeing adventure, you need to have a moderate level of fitness and be in generally good health. You should be free from back, foot, heart or respiratory problems. On this snowshoeing tour, you’ll cover about 7-10 km (4-6 miles) per day, which will take anywhere from 3 to 4.5 hours. The ascents range from 400-800 m (1312’-2627’) and the descents from 620-730 m (2034’-2395’).
What if I’ve never snowshoed before?
Snowshoeing is easy and anyone can pick it up quickly. As the saying goes, “if you can walk, you can snowshoe”. If you’ve never gone snowshoeing before, heading out with a guide is your best bet. They’ll take care of the planning, introduce you to the basics, and go through safety and correct snowshoeing techniques with you before heading out on the tour. They also have the experience and avalanche training to keep you safe.
What equipment do I need to bring?
For personal items, we recommend bringing:
- Sunglasses or ski goggles
- Wool or synthetic hat, headband or balaclava
- Wide-brimmed hat or sun cap
- Gloves or mittens
- Liner gloves
- 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
- Polyester fleece insulating mid-layers
- Neck gaiter and roll-neck
- Face-mask — optional
- Extra clothing layers & socks
- Snow boots or waterproof hiking boots
- Water bottle and 1L of water or hydration bladder
- Thermos with a warm beverage
- Food you can eat on-the-go
- Sunscreen and lip balm
- Small backpack or day pack
- Camera — optional
Snowshoes and safety equipment rental are included in the price.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and pricing:
- For this private adventure, the max client-to-guide ratio is 5:1.
- Costs per person decrease as the group grows for this private trip, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.
- It takes a minimum of 2 people for this private tour to operate.
Snowshoeing 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 snowshoers 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 Cortina d’Ampezzo, most people fly into Venice-Treviso Airport or Venice Marco Polo Airport, both 2 hours away from Cortina d’Ampezzo. From there, you can rent a car or take a train and bus. The major airport is Milan Malpensa Airport, about 5 hours away from Cortina d’Ampezzo. 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 Cortina d’Ampezzo and check into your hotel. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.