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HOSTED ON-PISTE VIP SKI SAFARI
6 Days | 5 Nights | 4 Ski Days

Location: Europe | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: On-Piste
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Price p/p From price based on twin-share, fixed date tours in Dec 2023
Base/invoice currency is in EURO incl taxes.
USD 3,069
Ski the Val Gardena World Cup Downhill course & experience the race as a VIP in the 'Saslong Camel Humps Lounge'. For advanced skiers only, the fully hosted & guided tour spends 5 nights in a deluxe rifugio above Val Gardena, skiing the best black runs in the Dolomiti SuperSki. Join the fixed date December 2023 tour.
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Val Gardena VIP Downhill Race Tour

A Special Dolomites Ski Experience in Val Gardena

Staying high above the Val Gardena in magnificent ski-in ski-out accommodation with the bulk of the Sassolonga cliffs as the backdrop, you will ski the Saslong Classic World Cup Downhill course pre & post-race, then in between, experience One of the World's Greatest Ski Races From the best Possible Vantage Point as a VIP at the 'Saslong Camel Humps Lounge', before exploring more classic Dolomites runs. And while your VIP Saslong Classic Day is the center of this experience, during the tour you will also get to ski numerous top, world-class downhill runs including the Gardenissima, the world's longest giant slalom slope, Cir, Alta Badia's Gran Risa, and of course, the Saslong Classic itself.

The Val Gardena Saslong Classic has produced the most surprising winners in the history of the Ski World Cup. In the middle of this course is one of the most famous sections in the entire FIS Ski World Cup, the 'Camel Humps', where skiers fly through the air for 80 meters and achieve speeds of 120 kph and for the race, you'll be right there as part of this small and exclusive group to watch this incredible ski event.

From your Val Gardena base, the tour group, solely made up of advanced skiers, has options to visit Alta Badia, Arabba-Marmolada & Val di Fassa utilising the incredible interlinked Dolomiti SuperSki pistes & lifts. Expert and informed guiding through the most wonderful scenery is delivered throughout. Then in the evening, return to your incredible rifugio & enjoy the food, wines, & banter under the looming Sassolongo on one side, and the broad Sella massif on the other.

Every detail is taken care of for you. All you have to do is bring your ski legs, have your camera ready and take in the best Dolomites ski slopes and high-mountain accommodations on offer.

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Itinerary

The tour in the Val Gardena is based at Albergo Piz Seteur. From there, when not experiencing the World Cup racing, there is several days to take in all the best scenery & ski slopes of the Dolomites. Resorts with Fabulous advanced piste runs easily visited from Val Gardena include Alta Badia, Arabba Marmolada, & Val di Fassa.

For a detailed program outlining all the locations visited, see the Itinerary tab.

Val Gardena VIP Downhill Race Tour
Val Gardena VIP Downhill Race Tour
Val Gardena VIP Downhill Race Tour

Lodging & Meals

The tour includes all accommodation and most meals on the tour. All 5 nights are in the ski-in ski-out deluxe mountain Refugio, Albergo Piz Seteur, where breakfast & dinner is included. On race day, your viewing point at the 'Saslong Camel Humps Lounge' includes lunch & drinks. Other lunches are taken at the best slopeside restaurants along the way but are not included in the tariff. Drinks are not included in the tariff, aside from race day, but you will probably get offered a few free grappas whether you like it or not!

For more information on meals & accommodation, see the Lodging tab.

Small Groups

This is a small group tour, with the Val Gardena VIP Downhill Race Tour restricted to a maximum of seven per group, plus your ski leader.

Ski Ability

The Val Gardena VIP Downhill Race Tour includes many long, black pistes so is only suitable for fit, advanced to expert skiers that love going fast & hard. All guests will be 'qualified' before booking to ensure that the group is of the necessary fitness & ski ability.

On-piste trails are utilised throughout the tour. Off-piste skiing is possible along the way (as long as it doesn't slow the group down!), but it at your own risk and will be without the ski leader.

Ski Equipment & Lift Passes

All mountain skis and poles are included in the tour price. You will need to bring your own ski boots or organise to rent some for an extra fee. A price reduction is given for anyone that wishes to bring their own skis & poles.

A full 4-day Dolomiti Superski lift pass is included in the tour. If you have an IKON Pass that is valid for skiing 4-days in the Dolomites, you will receive a price reduction on the overall tour tariff.

Getting There & Away

To reach the start of the tour, Innsbruck (INN) is the gateway airport. Yes fly to Austria to ski Italy! If flights to Innsbruck are too awkward, then Verona (VRN) is the next best, but its flight schedule is even less than Innsbruck. Major international airports of use are Munich (MUC) (just 2½hr train ride from Innsbruck) or Venice (VCE). Either way transfers can be arranged, or just get to Innsbruck and get picked up by the included airport transfer. On the last of the ski safari, after a great night’s sleep & breakfast, you will be driven to your preferred airport or other destination as negotiated with the tour operator.

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Itinerary

A key to the delight in this tour is staying up in the mountains for 5 nights, rather than descending to the valley in the evening. As the other skiers drop back into their valleys and return to their hotels, you can pull up a chair, order a drink & allow the mountain tranquility to wash over you. While your VIP Saslong Classic Day is the centre of this experience, you also get to ski other world-class ski runs including the Gardenissima (the world's longest giant slalom slope), Cir, the Gran Risa, and of course, the Saslong Classic itself. Aside from Race Day the other 3 ski days have a flexible itinerary, but various options are shown below.

DAY 1, Thursday Dec 14: Arrival & Welcome

Transfer from Innsbruck (or other preferred arrival point) via Ortisei for ski equipment fitting (if required). Onward to Plan de Gralba village where a snowmobile awaits to transport you & your luggage up to Albergo Piz Seteur. Enjoy an aperitif and get to know your ski leader/host. Piz Seteur is beautifully situated above the valley between two hulking Dolomites massifs. Enjoy a sumptuous 4-course dinner and sleep well.

HIGHLIGHTS: ★Arrival in the amazing Dolomites at Albergo Piz Seteur ★Incredible Dolomites landscape & hospitality ★Meet your Ski Leader/Host
ACCOMMODATION: Albergo Piz Seteur, Plan de Gralba, Val Gardena
MEALS: Dinner

DAY 2, Friday Dec 15: Secrets of the Sella Ronda

The world-famous ski circuit can be skied clockwise or counterclockwise but what many don't realise is that with a fit ski group, there are ways to extend the route to make it even more enjoyable! Be shown the secrets of the Sella Ronda! The Sella Ronda, also known as the 4 Passes Tour (Campolongo, Pordoi, Sella, and Gardena Passes), is a unique ski experience totaling 40 km (lifts and slopes) surrounded by breathtaking scenery. The extended version is even better!

HIGHLIGHTS: ★The pistes of & views of the Sella Ronda in Val Gardena, Val di Fassa, Arabba & Ata Badia ★Après ski at Piz Seteur
ACCOMMODATION: Albergo Piz Seteur, Plan de Gralba, Val Gardena
MEALS: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 3, Saturday Dec 16: Race Day

Ski the Saslong Classic World Cup Downhill course in its full race regalia (pre & post-race), then in between, experience one of the world's greatest ski events from the best possible vantage point as a VIP at the 'Saslong Camel Humps Lounge'. Cow bells will be provided!

HIGHLIGHTS: ★The thrill of racers flying over the camel humps at over 100kph ★Skiing the Saslong Classic course
ACCOMMODATION: Albergo Piz Seteur, Plan de Gralba, Val Gardena
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Val Gardena VIP Downhill Race Tour
Val Gardena VIP Downhill Race Tour
Val Gardena VIP Downhill Race Tour

DAY 4, Sunday Dec 17: Gran Risa, Alta Badia

Ingemar Stenmark, Ted Ligety, Mark Girardelli, Bode Miller & Marcel Hirscher have all carved their names on the podium of the Gran Risa slope, one of the most technically and demanding slopes in the alpine ski circus. With a drop of 448 m, 1,255 m long, with a maximum gradient of 69%, the Gran Risa challenges the world's best skiers every year. Now it is your turn! Whilst there, take on the La Risa, the adjacent red run, and the wonderful carving slope.

HIGHLIGHTS: ★The Gran Risa ★Lunch in one the Badia valleys great mountain restaurants ★Private dinner with former Italian Team skier Alan Stuffer
ACCOMMODATION: Albergo Piz Seteur, Plan de Gralba, Val Gardena
MEALS: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 5: Val Gardena Day

Val Gardena is a massive ski resort and has many fabulous nooks & crannies. Explore the far corners of the ski area and its long ski history from Seceda to Monte Pana, Alpe di Siusi & Passo Sella. Featured slopes: Gardenissima, Saslong Classic, CIR, La Longia, Pilat

HIGHLIGHTS: ★Lots of long, perfect Dolomiti SuperSki slopes
ACCOMMODATION: Albergo Piz Seteur, Plan de Gralba, Val Gardena
MEALS: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 6, Tuesday Dec 19: Departure

Wake to the beautiful views of Sassolungo & the Sella massif, enjoy breakfast, take in the cold mountain air, and then await your snowmobile transfer to Plan de Gralba (or you can ski down if you wish!). You’re headed home or hopefully somewhere else to ski, but will it meet expectations now after these remarkable 5 nights in the Dolomites? Your transfer to Innsbruck is less than 2½hr.

HIGHLIGHT: ★Breakfast with memories of a fantastic ski tour with your new friends!
MEALS: Breakfast only

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Accommodation & Meals

The tour price includes 5 nights’ accommodation with half-board (dinner & breakfast) the mountain rifugio Piz Seteur. One lunch is included with drinks whilst watching the World Cup race from the Saslong Camel Humps Lounge. Other lunches are not included and are eaten in mountain huts along the way each day, with the agreement of the group. Drinks are not included in the tour price but expect to be given a few free samples of local grappa (and you must take it!).

Albergo Piz Seteur

For the 5 nights of the tour you will enjoy the ultimate Dolomites lodging experience at the ski-in ski-out Albergo Piz Seteur! Situated in a quiet location high above Val Gardena, you are transported to the lodgings by snowmobile from Plan de Gralba, where we expect you will adore the food, drink, views and hospitality at the lodge.

Rooms are all ensuite and beautifully appointed. Each night includes dinner & breakfast, plus there is a full bar with local aperitifs, beer, wine & grappa. Each morning there is a generous buffet breakfast and in the evenings a four-course menu by choice and a buffet of salads. The views, sunrise & sunset are also included!

Val Gardena VIP Downhill Race Tour
Val Gardena VIP Downhill Race Tour
Val Gardena VIP Downhill Race Tour

Rates & Inclusions

Rates Information

6 days, 5 nights, 4 days skiing, VIP race access & more from €2870

  • Invoice / base currency is EUR €
  • Price based on twin-share
  • Price reduction for those with own skis, poles & boots
  • Price reduction for holders of IKON Pass
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Inclusions
  • ACCOMMODATION: 5 nights at the ski-in, ski-out Albergo Piz Seteur
  • MEALS: All breakfasts and dinners, plus a special race-day lunch with drinks
  • VIP RACE ACCESS: Pre & post race course 'inspections', special viewing location, lunch & drinks
  • LIFT PASS: 4 days full ski lift pass (tour price reduction available for holders of IKON Pass)
  • AIRPORT TRANSFERS: Private taxi from/to Innsbruck (based on 4 people sharing)
  • OVERSNOW TRANSFER: Snowmobile transfer to Albergo Piz Setaur above Val Gardena
  • GROUND TRANSPORT: All other ground transfers during the tour
  • SKI EQUIPMENT: Skis, poles & boots
  • FULLY HOSTED: Fully hosted & lead for entire tour duration with a native English speaker
  • RACE DINNER: Personal Private Dinner with former Italian Team Skier
  • SMALL GROUP: Maximum 7 guests on the tour
  • COW BELLS: Provided for race day
Add-ons
  • OTHER AIRPORT TRANSFERS: Transfers from other airports i.e. Munich, Venice - price on application.
  • EXTRA DAYS: Hotel stay, ski pass et al - price on application
Not Included
  • FLIGHTS: to Innsbruck (INN) (or other airport - Verona (VRN), Munich (MUC), Venice (VCE), or MILAN (MXP))
  • SKI TRAVEL INSURANCE
  • OTHER: Most lunch & drinks, plus anything or other personal expenses not listed as inclusions

Terms & Conditions

Prices The prices published are indicative. Working with you, we will build a specific and detailed price proposal for you and your group to include services, experiences and other activities that you may wish to include as part of your vacation.

All stated prices are cash prices based on 'Euro' as indicated. We request payments are made in Euro, however, we will accept payment in US dollars or British Pounds (GBP) at the prevailing exchange rate.

Inspired Italy partners with the various hotels, country houses and apartment owners including Alpina Dolomites Hotel, Gardena Grodnerhof Hotel and the Tirler Living Hotel where we act as the booking agent. We will manage your booking and make all necessary arrangements. In these cases, payment terms and conditions will vary from accommodation to accommodation and your contract will be with the hotel directly. We will make you fully aware of these at the time of your reservation.

In the case of all catered and self catered bookings, your contract will be with the property owner.

Accidents do happen but please take reasonable care of the Property and its contents; basically leave it as you found it. If you do break or damage anything, please let us know so that we can remedy it for you or at least for the next guest.

Whilst we do not take a formal security deposit we do reserve the right to charge you for additional costs incurred due to repair, replacement or loss as a result of damage caused during your stay. These charges can include but are not limited to: costs for excessive cleaning required if the property is not left as you found it, costs for repair or replacement due to damage caused, costs for what is considered by the owners as unreasonable use of utilities such as electricity based on their experience of previous seasons. Every effort is made to minimise errors, but they do sometimes, occur. We reserve the right to correct any error in advertised and/or confirmed prices.

Booking, Confirmation and Payment
We aim to make reserving an Inspired Italy vacation experience a positive event. You can reserve your vacation at anytime – hours, days, months even a year in advance, so long as we have availability!

When making your reservation more than 8 weeks in advance, we request 30% of the full cost of the stay as a non-refundable deposit, the balance is due 8 weeks prior to the stay, also non-refundable. At the due date, we will remind you that the balance is due, but if we do not receive the balance within seven days of the due date, your reservation is automatically cancelled.

If you are booking within 8 weeks of your stay we request 100% of the cost of the stay as a non-refundable payment. By making a full or deposit payment you are accepting these terms and conditions.

Payments are accepted only by bank transfer. Any charges relating to the payment must be met by you.

Please ensure there are sufficient funds in your account as we will need to pass on to you any bank charges for refused payments. Once we have received your payment in cleared funds, we will then send you confirmation of your reservation and ask that you inform us (within 7 days) if any details are incorrect.
If you want to add a service or experience at a later stage, please get in touch.

Certain areas of the Dolomite Superski area are subject to a local tourist tax. Clients may be requested to pay this on departure from each accommodation. The tourist tax is not included in our pricing. The tax varies depending upon area and style of accommodation but is typically a couple of Euros per day or less.

Cancellation, Changing Your Reservation & Insurance
We understand that certain circumstances may force you to cancel or amend your reservation. We aim to make this easy too. If you cancel more than 8 weeks before your vacation, the deposit is non-refundable and for cancellations within 8 weeks of your stay the full payment is non-refundable.

Please let us know as soon as possible that you wish to cancel so that we can make every effort to contact others who may be interested in the experience, villa for those dates.

To cancel, you can contact us by any means convenient to you. We will confirm your cancellation in writing(email).

If you use email or post to inform us of a cancellation and you don’t hear from us within 3 days, please get in touch again in case of technical difficulties. The cancellation is only valid, once confirmed by us in writing.

Should we successfully re-book your holiday as a whole or part of your intended stay, we will refund the relevant proportion of your payment less an administration fee of £300.

If you have booked additional services, then we will refund 50% of the cost, so long as the cancellation is more than 4 weeks before your stay.

If you need to change the date of your stay, every effort is made to accommodate your wishes; dates can be amended up to 8 weeks before your stay for a charge of £300 and subject to availability. Within 8 weeks of your stay this will be treated as a cancellation (see points above).

For Ski Vacations – It is the condition of every booking that each member of your party is covered by personal holiday insurance, and that the policy covers you adequately for cycling, winter sports, third party risks and costs incurred from damage to property or adjacent properties during your stay caused by you or any member of your party, your employees or visitors to the property.

In extreme circumstances beyond our control (known as force majeure and which includes type of events for example such as natural disasters causing flooding or fire) we may be forced to offer you an alternative property or even cancel completely. Once your reservation is confirmed we make every possible effort to meet and surpass your expectation and to provide you with the Inspired experience that you have booked.

Alteration’s and cancellation by inspired Italy
In the unlikely event that any alteration is made by Inspired Italy which is deemed to be significant (for example, a change of booking date), you have the right to cancel the holiday and receive a full refund of monies already paid. Inspired Italy shall not be liable for any refund should we be forced to cancel or change your holiday due to circumstances amounting to Force Majeure. Such circumstances shall include, but are not limited to: war or threat of war, riot, civil strife, terrorism, industrial disruption, natural disasters, fire, technical problems, adverse weather, governmental action, government travel restrictions due to health reasons and similar events beyond our control.

Skiing with Inspired Italy – Your Fitness
Risk – Skiing and the Dolomites Ski Safari are forms of adventure sports activity, with all of the inherent and potential dangers that are involved in skiing. No form of skiing is without risk, and injuries and death can and do occur in skiing, even to trained and experienced skiers using proper equipment. No claim is made or implied that all sources of potential danger to the skier have or can be identified. No one should participate in skiing who does not recognise and wish to personally assume the associated risks.

Whenever you intend to go skiing it is your personal responsibility to ensure that you are fit to ski. It is your personal responsibility to ensure your suitability for the terrain skied. It is your personal responsibility to ensure that you are in good health.

Remember, conditions will change through the day and a run skied in the morning may be more difficult in the afternoon when you are tired.
If you are skiing with and Inspired Italy Ski Leader, you are responsible to inform them of any pre-existing medical condition that could possibly affect your ability to ski at anytime.

Illness or injury, taking medication, fatigue, pregnancy, medical procedures or surgical operations will usually entail temporary unfitness. If you are any in doubt about your fitness you should refrain from skiing, inform your Inspired Italy Ski Leader immediately and seek advice from a doctor.

It is assumed that you have accepted these terms and conditions by way of your prior payment.

If you or any member of your party ski on terrain on the recommendation of or accompanied by a representative of Inspired Italy, we will not be liable for any injuries, howsoever caused. Inspired Italy provide experienced ski leaders who are first aid trained. Our Ski Leaders are not instructors or qualified guides.

Off piste skiing in Italy is illegal.

The Dolomites region comprises – Blue: 30 % Red: 60 % Black: 10 %. Inspired Ski Leaders will provide and offer every possible support to you and your group to ensure maximum enjoyment.

Transfers, taxis & vehicles
The airport transfer service and any other transport offered in Inspired Italy vehicles during your stay are accepted at your own risk.

Upon Arrival
Each vacation and experience is arranged for a particular number of people to enjoy, and this must not be exceeded. No additional people other than those identified on your booking confirmation, may reside at the property during the rental period without prior agreement of Inspired Italy. If additional guests are invited to stay overnight, Inspired Italy reserves the right to charge extra for the services provided.

To allow us to fully prepare your accommodation, you should arrive after 4pm and vacate by 10.30am on the day of departure, unless otherwise agreed with us and/or stated in your guide.

Our hotel partners and experiences have been chosen so that whatever the weather is, you should have an enjoyable and memorable experience but please note that if you are subject to inconvenience due to weather conditions, it is with regret that the weather is one of those finishing touches for which we cannot accept any responsibility.

All Inspired Italy properties are no smoking areas, except where clearly defined.

Each of our accommodation offerings and their location, are very precious to us and their owners; once you visit you will understand why. Some of the properties are the holiday homes of our owners that they want others to enjoy when they cannot. Therefore, during your stay please consider others: fellow guests, staff, the owners and the next guests.

No pets are allowed.

By making a full or deposit payment you are accepting these terms and conditions and therefore you are agreeing to pay for such repair, replacement or loss as a result of damage caused by you or member of your party. Costs will be billed to you by Inspired Italy after your stay, and will need to be paid within seven days of receipt.

To allow us to provide a great Experience the Property Owner or his representative will need access to the Property during the period of your stay.

If the worst happens and we have to ask you to leave because of your behaviour or, even worse, you decide that you do not want to stay for the duration of your reservation this will be treated as you cancelling your reservation and we therefore will not be able to refund or compensate you in any way.

As well as the Property please take care of your own items during your stay: Guests’ personal belongings and vehicles (together with their contents) are left at the Property entirely at your own risk.

Inspired Italy and Owners’ Responsibilities
Hotel partners – The written confirmation from Inspired Italy establishes a binding contract between you and the Property Owner/Hotel Partner. This means that we, Inspired Italy, are not part of this contract and are not liable but, to make everything easier for all, we will do our best, on behalf of the Property Owner/Hotel Partner, to give you, our guests, prompt assistance in the unlikely event of any complaints or claims.

In what we would very much hope is the unlikely event that you are unhappy with any aspect of your stay, you should contact us as soon as possible (and in any event within 7 days of the end of the stay) with full details of the problem.

Before you go to the trouble of making a complaint please bear in mind that the Property Owner/Hotel Partner is only responsible for certain aspects of your holiday, mainly the accommodation and may not be responsible for other aspects of your holiday, such as those services and experiences booked with third parties.

Disabled Access
Many of our properties are in remote, rural locations and some have strict preservation orders preventing modernisation of the original architectural features. For these reasons, access for disabled guests may be more difficult than some holiday properties.

Please inform us, prior to booking, if you or any of your party has a disability that in any way may mean features like steps, narrow doorways and smaller bathrooms might cause access or mobility issues or simply reduce the enjoyment of their holiday. We can then advise you on the suitability of the property for your party and so prevent any disappointment on arrival.

Communication and Information
For the purpose of the Data Protection Act 1998, all personal and other information and details collected by us in the course of our business, belong to us and will not be disclosed to any third party except to the Property Owner/Hotel Partner (and/or his representatives) in connection with a reservation.

Provided you have not indicated otherwise, we may use your personal information for marketing our services in the future. We will in any event never transfer your details to any other third party.

If you ever tire of Inspired Italy and wish to be removed from our marketing lists at any time in the future, then please contact us.

This contract will be governed by English Law and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.