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GUIDED POWDER SKI SAFARI | DOLOMITES
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Skiing

Location: Europe | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Price p/p From price based on fixed date tours, min 7 people, twin/double-share room.
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USD 2,079
This is the ultimate guided Dolomites powder ski safari incorporating lifts & touring to access the best the area has to offer. Experience a night in a classic mountain hut & ski up to 2,000 m vert descents. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
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Dolomites Powder Skiing Safari

Awesome skiing in the majestic scenery of the Dolomites. Famous itineraries and untracked snow in: Val Gardena, Val di Fassa (Campitello, Canazei, Passo Pordoi), Alta Badia (Corvara, San Cassiano, La Villa), Arabba-Marmolada & Passo Falzarego (Cortina).

The largest ski resort in Italy,Val Gardena sits in the heart of the Dolomites of South Tyrol. Below the Sella massif & the imposing Sassolungo, lies the village of Selva (in Italian) or Wolkenstein (in German), your base for the Star Dolomites Tour.

Each morning, you will eat a good typical breakfast in the "Hotel Bellevue", run by the Kelder family. From Selva, the lifts take you up towards different destination each day as we explore the Dolomiti Superski region. Here, there are 460 lifts that connect 1220 km of trails, in 11 different valleys. All in all, it spans about 40 different ski areas!

Terrain

Most skiers there will be busy doing the big on-piste circuits, such as "Sella Ronda." Off-piste, you will meet few people except on the most classic itineraries. The goal is to offer the Dolomites to yourselves, skiing down vast snowfields, over-shadowed by rock pinnacles and huge cliffs, to finish in the forest, without meeting anybody else!

Other routes lead you through canyons between rock towers or down steep chutes with a vertical drop of 1000 metres, to end in a charming village down in the valley. There you will discover a land that has preserved, through centuries, wars and modern tourism, its own culture and mountain traditions.

Mountain Rifugio

The highlight of this trip is the mountain hut night at Rifugio Lagazuoi. It's just such a spectacular view from up there, sunset is the best! Typical mountain food and comfortable rooms in a high altitude hut. Your hosts, the friendly and proud South Tyroleans, are happy to welcome you, and you will love their delicious food and wine. In the morning, the ski down the isolated Hidden Valley past frozen waterfalls is one of the Dolomites best. Getting towed by horses at the end is pretty good too!

Highlights

  • Ski off-piste itineraries for six days, discovering the highest peaks and new valleys with small villages each day, without going by the same itinerary twice.
  • Discover the wild and spectacular regions of the Dolomiti area and descend 1500 to 2000 vertical metres in untracked snow.
  • Experience a night in a mountain hut with a spectacular view.
  • Drink a glass of wine with the locals and taste their specialties and produce.
  • Enjoy the famous wood carving, a specialty of the area.

Skier Ability

This tour caters to strong intermediate to expert skiers. You should as a minimum be able to ski a steep black run with short controlled turns, plus you should have some prior experience off-piste and in deep powder. The tour incorporates lift access with traversing, hiking and skinning to get to the best untracked snow, therefore you should have a good level of fitness.


The spectacular Dolomites

Achieve new heights

Stay in a mountain refuge

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome meeting at Hotel Bellevue; participants and guide meet at the bar at 7pm. Verification of the individual equipment and distribution of the group equipment when needed. 9Vallees also organise avalanche beacon training.
Dinner and night at the hotel.

Day 2

Skiing in the Val Gardena area. Possibilities abound - both with or without hiking - from the peaks down to the forest.
Breakfast, dinner and night at the hotel.

Day 3

The classic freeride itineraries of Passo Pordoi: Val Lasties, Val di Mesdi. A day of great skiing in amazing landscapes.
Breakfast, dinner and night at the hotel.

Day 4

Today you explore the Marmolada Massif - the highest mountain in the Dolomites and the only glacier-covered mountain in the area.
Breakfast, dinner and night at the hotel.

Day 5

Skiing in the vast untracked terrain of the Corvara (Alta Badia) and Arabba areas.
Breakfast, dinner and night at the hotel.


Superb sunsets

Incredibly varied terrain

And untracked powder

Day 6

A big day followed by an unforgettable night. Bring your toothbrush! You will explore the areas around San Cassiano (Alta Badia) and journey to Passo Falzarego. There, you are treated to one of the most amazing views & incredible sunsets anywhere, as we spend the night in a mountain hut - Rifugio Lagazuoi.
Breakfast at the hotel, dinner and night at Rif Lagazuoi.

Day 7

You will leave the rifugio in the morning after breakfast and explore the Lagazuoi and La Villa (Alta Badia) areas. You'll make your way back towards home, and at the end of the day you'll return to Passo Gardena on skis, passing through Armentarola.
Dinner and night at the hotel.

Day 8

You'll get charged up with a good breakfast, and then you'll be faced with a tough question as you look back on your week: How am I going to top that?

Program subject to change, in order to make the best of prevailing weather and snow conditions.

Accommodation

Hotel Bellevue

Home base is a lovely little 3-star hotel called Hotel Bellevue, located in Val Gardena in the Dolomites.

It is the idea base for this tour and offers well appointed twin rooms with private en suite, a wellness centre with sauna, Jacuzzi, steam room and in in-house restaurant where breakfast and dinner will be served each day.


Hotel Bellevue

Spacious rooms

Sauna, steam room & solarium

A Night in the Mountains - Rif Lagazuoi

Rifugio Lagazuoi is one of the most elevated mountain inns in the Dolomites. Its spacious deck is so famous for the breathtaking views on the Dolomite peaks & UNESCO World Heritage area, that it has appeared on several Italian (Dove, Bell'Italia, the Touring Club Guide) and international magazines.

Rif Lagazuoi is nestled on the summit of Mount Lagazuoi above Passo Falzarego, half way between Cortina d'Ampezzo & Alta Badia. It can be easily reached by skinning, hiking or via the Lagazuoi cable car. It offers accommodation, bar and restaurant service with local specialties like polenta with roe deer or the typical strudel. There is also an amazing Finnish sauna (the highest sauna in the Dolomites) available for an extra cost.

The refuge makes an excellent starting point to visit the restored galleries, trenches and gun emplacements of the 1st World War Open Museum and to ski down the famous Armentarola, one the longest & most spectacular slopes of the Dolomites. At the end of the trail, get towed by horses to access the Alta Badia ski area.


Rifugio Lagazuoi - spectacular!

Comfy & warm lodge rooms

 Good bathroom facilities

Rates & Inclusions

Rates Information

8 days, 7 nights, 6 days skiing from €1890

  • Invoice / base currency is EUR €
  • Price based on twin-share
  • Based on min 7 guests on the tour
  • Custom dates: available for groups of 4+
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Inclusions
  • Your own qualified guide/instructor for duration– max 1:7 ratio
  • 7 nights twin share accommodation (6 night in hotel, 1 night in Rif Lagazuoi)
  • Daily breakfasts & dinners
  • 6 days of lift passes
  • All ground transport during tour
Add-ons
  • RETURN AIRPORT TRANSFERS (150€ per person): From/To Milan or Innsbruck airport.
  • SINGLE ROOMS (25€ per day): A little extra privacy each night for individuals
  • WIDE SKIS W/ TOURING BINDINGS (25€ per day): For the ultimate fun factor, we'll get you set up on a great pair of powder skis with touring bindings and skins. You may use your own alpine ski boots with these bindings.
  • AVALANCHE AIR BAG RUCKSACK (15€ per day): For added safety
Not Included

GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS

BOOKING

Deposit of €750 per person required to secure booking. You will receive confirmation and invoice by return. It is preferable to contact us first to be sure there is room for you in a suitable group on the expected departure. No booking will be registered without a paid deposit and a signed booking form.

Any booking made within 31 days of departure date must be accompanied by full payment.

PAYMENT OF DEPOSIT : by cheque made out to "Association Safari 9V" or by Visa or MasterCard.

BALANCE PAYMENT is due no later than 31 days before the trip. Any trip not fully paid 31 days before departure date will be considered as cancelled by the participant.
-By credit card: 31 days before departure, “Safari 9 V” will charge on your credit card the balance amount indicated on your booking form, unless you have sent written cancellation or disapproval of the invoice before this deadline.
-By cheque: Your balance cheque should be received by “Safari 9 V” no later than 31days before departure of the tour.

CANCELLATIONS OR CHANGES

All changes or cancellations requested more than 90 days before departure date will cost € 80 for administration fees.

CANCELLATION FEES BEFORE DEPARTURE :
-90 to 60 days ; 30% of tour price ;
-60 to 32 days ; 60% of tour price ;
-31 and less or “No show” : 100%.
-If some charges undertaken by 9Vallees for fees such as transportation & accommodation booked for the participant, if “Safari 9V” is supporting fixed fees for this participant and, if the cancellation fees do not cover the expenses, the cancelling participant will be charged with the difference. All cancellation must be made in writing (by fax or by mail), the date being that of reception.

CANCELLATION WITHOUT FEES: As per below.

REPLACEMENTS: Any person enrolled can send another person in his/her place at any time free of charge, as long as the replacement person has the required skiing ability.

CREDIT: When cancelled at least 7 working days in advance, we can credit the total amount paid for a trip on the following year. In this case, we keep the total amount and send you a credit voucher worth one year, which you may use for yourself or offer to the person of your choice.

PRIVATE GROUP BOOKING CANCELLATION

In case of booking within a group, the cancelling participant will be reimbursed according to the above “cancellation fees” paragraph , minus the afforded group reduction or the group will announce Safari 9V that it shares the difference.

CANCELLATION BY “Safari 9V”

INSUFFICIENT NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: “Safari 9V” reserves itself the right to cancel any group for which less than 4 persons have booked (6 for Norway and Russia) 31 days before departure, in which case, the client will be fully reimbursed, or choose to join another tour.

LACK OF SNOW: “Safari 9V” will try to propose another tour at the same dates (alternative programme or location). A disagreeing participant would have the choice between postponing the same tour or being reimbursed.

INTERRUPTED TOURS

Any trip that has been started and then interrupted by a participant will not be reimbursed, whatever the cause. Only personal insurance can guarantee refund of partial cost for a justified cause. (see “Insurance” there under).

QUALITY

The places of accommodation have been chosen both for their strategic location and for the charm of their mountain atmosphere, however luxury cannot be promised. The organisers reserve the right to alter the programme at any time, in the aim of improving quality or making the best of prevailing conditions. Each guide has an average of 6/7 skiers per group, however on the spot it may be necessary to shift skiers in order to make the groups more homogeneous, consequently changing the size of each group.

INSURANCE

MOUNTAIN RESCUE INSURANCE is mandatory. Check your coverage for accidents, repatriation and luggage. Mastercard covers rescue off piste, when accompanied by a professional. We may help participants living in the European Union to find such an insurance

CANCELLATION INSURANCE is optional, and may be contracted only privately. Visa Premier and Gold MasterCard provided by the French banks afford cancellation insurance for tours paid by credit card. Check with your own bank.

RESPONSIBILITY

In booking with “Safari 9V”, each participant declares him/herself fully aware of the inherent risks in the practice of all mountaineering activities. A guide should not be considered as a comprehensive insurance policy. We are dealing with something more than just sports, as we are confronted with a natural environment, which we may know profoundly, but can never control. The role of a guide or instructor is to reduce risks to a minimum. Therefore, any participant who does not respect the guide’s instructions, becomes entirely responsible for any accident he may subsequently cause or be involved in and will not be able to claim against the Safari 9V guides or organisers.

Generally, “Safari 9V” cannot be held responsible for accidents which may occur during the trip, such as personal injury, loss of belongings, etc... unless professional failing can be proved. For all legal action, whatever the nationality of the participant or the place concerned, only French courts can deal with legal cases.

GENERAL CONDITIONS FOR HELI-SKIING

CANCELLATIONS OR CHANGES

All changes or cancellations requested more than 31 days before departure date will cost €80 for administration fees. Under 30 days the date may be changed only if there is a free seat at another time.

CANCELLATIONS WITHIN 31 DAYS OF DEPARTURE: All costs left to Safari 9V will be charged to the person who has cancelled: empty seat in the helicopter, bed in the hotel, share of the guide and organisation costs.

REPLACEMENTS: Any person enrolled can send another person in his / her place at any time, free

INTERRUPTED TOURS: Any trip that has been started and then interrupted by a participant will not be reimbursed, whatever the cause. Only personal insurance can guarantee refund of partial cost for a justified cause.

CANCELLATION OR CHANGE BY SAFARI 9V: In case of insufficient snow cover for heliskiing, Safari 9V will propose an alternative tour at the same date or the same tour at a later date. If neither are accepted by the client, he will be fully reimbursed.

QUALITY OF REIMBURSEMENT

The guides will organise the daily programme to make the best of prevailing conditions. When heliskiing is not possible or not recommended by your guide, an alternative ski programme will be proposed. If the total number of flights made by your group during the week is less than the number booked, the missing flights will be reimbursed *€ / person each, less the eventual cost of extra lift passes.

*Ask us for more info as every different heliski operation has a different rate for missing flights.

INSURANCE

RESCUE INSURANCE is compulsory (for mountain rescue, assistance, transportation to nearest hospital).

CANCELLATION INSURANCE may be subscribed privately for cancellation before the trip or interruption due to accident and repatriation. Highly recommended, as all subsisting costs will be charged in case of absence. Payment by credit card, Visa Premier or Gold MasterCard, may provide cancellation insurance. Check your contract.

RESPONSABILITY AND LIABILITY

In booking with Safari 9V, each participant is fully aware that there are inherent risks in the practice of all mountaineering activities. A guide should not be considered as a comprehensive insurance policy. We are dealing with something more than just sports, because man is confronted with a natural environment, which he may know profoundly, but can never control. The role of a guide or of an instructor is to reduce risks to a minimum. Heli-skiing involves an additional risk, which is that of the helicopter itself and the landing points which are sometimes quite narrow. Each participant is responsible for his own behaviour during pick-ups, flights and landings and is expected to respect precisely all specific instruction given prior to the flights, as well as every guide’s instruction during the helicopter manoeuvres and the skiing. The guide will instruct, warn and give orders, but cannot physically control the behaviour of the people he is guiding, therefore, any participant who does not respect his instructions, becomes entirely responsible for any accident he may subsequently cause or be involved in and will not be able to claim against the 9V guides, the organisers or the pilot.