Skiing in the Dolomites, Italy
Perhaps we are stuck in our ways but for the third time in 4 years we went ski-ing (and snowshoeing) at Badia, some 30 miles west of Cortina in the Dolomites, Northern Italy. A few miles away, above the village of Arabba stands the highest peak---the Marmalade (3342m) and just up the valley is the famous Sella Ronda, a 50 mile ski circuit ---for very good skiers only!
We took a Colletts Mountain Holidays offer and stayed at Haus Valentin again, enjoying the very high level of hospitality there and the wonderful, rugged mountain scenery around.
Pistes were possibly the best we have ever skiied on and apart from the first day when it snowed all day,dropping about 18 inches of new snow over the region, we had completely blue skies and wonderful weather throughout the week. On that day we were on snowshoes so it was less of a problem.
With Colletts we had to organise our own flight to Venice but then we were met and transferred to Badia. From then on it was a choice betwwen downhill ski-ing, snowshoeing, crosscountry ski-ing, winter walking or toboggoning. Colletts staff, who usually accompany each party, are fantastic -- young people who are not qualified guides but have a very good local knowledge of terrain, routes and conditions.
Excellent holiday and excellent organisation by Colletts (again).
I hope that all SOC skiers, whether downhill or touring and whether skiing abroad or locally, have also had a good season.