Italian Dolomites Snowshoe 

Italian Dolomites Snowshoe

 

  • Explore Italy's World Heritage Site in winter

  • A diverse week of snowshoe day trips

  • View signature Dolomites' mountains like Tre Cime de Lavaredo and Cinque Torres

  • Visit open-air war museums and strategic sites

Why Choose Cloud 9 Adventure

 

  • We are the Dolomites experts

  • Fully qualified UIAGM Mountain Guide 

  • In-resort transfers for snowshoe day walks

  • Stay in a lovely 3* hotel and enjoy traditional food, wine and hospitality

Italian Dolomites Snowshoe: Dates and Prices 

Italian Dolomites Snowshoe: Overview

The mountains of the Italian Dolomites are a phenomenal year-round playground. A wonderful way to experience them in winter is on a snowshoe trek. This diverse, centre-based week is packed with carefully chosen day trips. You'll enjoy the best Dolomites views, the best mountain-side coffee and the most memorable snowshoe routes, plus a healthy dollop of culture and history courtesy of the region's unique open-air war museums. Read up on the area's strategic importance during the Great War to make the most of the experience once in situ as you explore a region at the meeting point of European cultures. 

What to expect?

This is a centre-based trip and we'll stay in a comfortable hotel in Cortina. We'll stay on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis and will have full luggage access every day. The week features six memorable snowshoe day trips and we'll enjoy traditional local food, wine and hospitality.

 

Each day we will snowshoe for between approx. 6hrs and 8hrs, with ascents and descents ranging from 500m to 800m. A reasonable level of fitness and hill-walking experience is required as some sections can be challenging. No snowshoeing experience is needed as the techniques are relatively simple and easy to learn. If you have any questions at all about whether this trip is right for you, just ask.

Italian Dolomites Snowshoe: Itinerary

 

Day 1: Arrive in Cortina d'Ampezzo

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cortina is the jewel of the Dolomites. Nestled in the beautiful Ampezzo valley, it's a year-round favourite with outdoor fans. Meet your experienced guide at the hotel in readiness for an evening meal and briefing about the week ahead. Our hand-picked hotel will be centrally placed for easy access to the town centre's shops and cultural highlights such as the extensive Palaeontological Museum.

 

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

 

Day 2: Snowshoe to view Tre Cime di Lavaredo

Our week’s first snowshoe day trip starts a short drive away in the lakeside village of Misurina. It’s one of the region’s original settlements. In such an idyllic spot, we can see why. Once everyone’s happy and comfortable with their snowshoes and kit, we’ll head out to catch wonderful panoramas of the Tre Cime de Lavaredo (called the Drei Zinnen in German). This trio of peaks make up one of the most iconic and recognizable views in the Dolomites. Various routes suggest themselves today so we’ll pick one according to snow conditions. Jagged spires and rock towers are guaranteed.

 

Accommodation: hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Altitude gain / loss: +800m  / -800m  

Distance: approx 9km (5.6 miles) depending on route

Day 3: Cinque Torri and The Great War

 

Prepare for a unique mountain day today. The Cinque Torres (Fiver Towers) are a short drive from Cortina. They are intelligent as well as incredibly beautiful, for these cliffs are home to a strategic maze of Italian trenches and tunnel systems used in the Great War. A short chairlift takes us up to the Cinque Torres at 2137m. From this vantage point, we can snowshoe to visit an open-air museum and military emplacements. Views over to Mount Lagazoui (2732m), site of the Austrian troops and trenches, are possible. The day’s next goal is a 2413m col to reach Rifugio Averau, another formerly strategic site. Our strategy? Lunch! Sated, we’ll snowshoe to the summit of Nuvolao 2575m for its phenomenal 360 views and glimpses of the Dolomites’ highest peak, the Marmolada (3343m). Our descent can be off-piste or on trails and again using the chairlift.

 

Accommodation: hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Altitude gain / loss: +500m / -500m

Distance: 7km (4.5 miles) or 10km (6.2 miles) descent depending 

Day 4: Snowshoe to Monte Mondeval 

Today's snowshoe adventure takes us south of Cortina, over the Passo Giau. Brooding rock towers and spires watch over us as usual! Monte Mondeval is our challenge today at 2455m. Weather permitting this peak offers tremendous views over the Dolomiti Bellunesi. We start at the Malga Giau, passing through pine forests and open bowls. Our diverse ascent ends with an often zigzagging climb to the peak with views of Monte Pelmo, Lastoni di Formin, Civetta and many more. There are some wide open regions and views today, it really is very picturesque.

 

Accommodation: hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Altitude gain / loss: +600m / -600m

Distance: 9km (5.6 miles)

 

Day 5: Snowshoe to Valbones de Inze and Rifugio Ra Stua

Today's snowshoe circuit begins in Podestagno, meeting points of the Cortina d'Ampezzo and Sennes Regional Natural Parks. Once again the wondrous Dolomites serve us a generous portion of scenery. Appreciate the views from easy trails through pine forests to reach Rifugio Ra Stua, located in a snowy high alpine pasture. Steaming strudel and strong coffee await to fuel us for the summit panorama at Valbones de Inze. With such expansive views, it's a great place to learn about the area's unique geology. With luck we'll hit the hotel a little early to allow for some pre-dinner relaxation. 

 

Accommodation: hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Altitude gain / loss: +850m / -600m

Distance: 10km (6.2 miles)

Day 6: The Battle for Monte Piana

 

The border with South Tyrol is just north of Cortina, neighbouring Monte Piana and Austria. Three official languages are spoken: German, Italian and Ladin, a Romance language. Our snowshoeing day begins in the village of Misurina. It follows good hiking trails up to a rifugio, a plateau, a second open-air war museum and the summit of Monte Piana (2324m). During the war, the north side was occupied by Austria, and the southern summit by Italy. Vestiges of the fighting and the trenches remain as does the 'Piramide Carducci' monument, dedicated to the influential Italian writer and nationalist Giosuè Carducci. Enjoy views of the rugged Tre Cime di Laveredo. 

Accommodation: hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Altitude gain / loss: +600m / -600m

Distance: 10 km (6.2 miles)

Day 7: Rifugio Palmieri and Cortina panorama 

Our week in Italy's spectacular Dolomites draws to a close with today's final snowshoe hike. It begins on a gentle trail near central Cortina, crossing the snowy meadows of Malga Federa to reach the perfectly sited Croda da Lago Rifugio (2046m). It's a traditional mountain hut from 1901, lovingly run by mountain guide Modesto Alverà and Monica, his wife. Full of delicious local cuisine, we'll forge on up to the Forcella Ambrizzola at 2277m for inimitable views over the Tofana di Rozes, Monte Cristallo, the Tre Cime, Sorapis, Sud Pelmo, Civetta and Mondeval to name a few highlights! We'll hike back to the rifugio at Malga Federa and make our final descent via skidoo or, not for the faint-hearted, by sledge. 

 

Accommodation: hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Altitude gain / loss: +865m / -230m

Distance: 11.2km (7 miles) route dependent 

Day 8 Departure Day

Your Cloud 9 snowshoe adventure through Italy's Dolomites ends after breakfast today.

 

AT A GLANCE

 

7 nights

6 days' snowshoeing

Group size: 8

Price: from £1695

Start/ End: Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy 

 

Nearest airports: Venice, Innsbruck

 

ACCOMMODATION

7 nights in a 3* hotel

DIFFICULTY GRADING

                    

                     Moderate

7

Included

 

  • Half-board accommodation in a 3* (or equiv.) hotel for seven nights based on two sharing

  • Fully qualified UIAGM Mountain Guide

  • Cable car journeys and local transport as mentioned in the itinerary 

  • Guest card for free local bus and train travel

Not Included

  • Snowshoes, poles, shovel, probe and avalanche transceiver (these five kit items are available to rent from your in-country guide for €120 in total per person per week, payable in country)

  • Travel to and from start of trip

  • Insurance

  • Lunches/ packed lunches, personal drinks and snacks

  • Transport or cable cars not mentioned in the itinerary

Italian Dolomites Snowshoe: Book Online

 

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