Global Adventure - Cross Country Skiing: Dolomites-2008

Cross Country Skiing: Dolomites-2008

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  • Thu, Jan 24, 2008 — Sun, Feb 10, 2008
  • Adults

The Dolomites, in the northern part of Italy known as the South Tirol, are well known as a walking paradise in summer. Europeans also know it as a winter wonderland—a place of sparkling snow under that warming Italian sun, where you find hundreds of kilometers of ski tracks under towering rock walls, and where European cultural amenities and magnificent views make for an unforgettable experience. Arriving at Munich airport, we begin our adventure in a small hotel near the center of the city. From here, we are transported by van through the lovely countryside of Bavaria, Austria, and over the Brenner Pass into Italy.
Our first week is spent in a four-star hotel in the interesting town of Castlerotto, in the South Tirol. Here most of our skiing is done on the high plateau of the Seiser Alm/Alpe di Siusi at 1,700-3,000 meters. Views are off to the rock walls of the Schlern, to the Plattkofel and Langkofel peaks, and down into the Val Gardena. Again, we enjoy hundreds of kilometres of ski tracks, along with the incredible amenities at our hotel and in our ancient village.
We may spend one day in Bozen/Bolzano at the museum to see Oetzi, the 5,000-year-old ice man, and one day of skiing the Vallunga above Selva/Wolkenstein in the Val Gardena. There is also the possibility of a day trip to Venice (at additional cost), perhaps in time to view the parade of costumed revelers in Fasching dress.
Our second week will be spent in the High Pustertal/Val Pusteria, near the Austrian border, where we lodge in a family-owned and operated three or four star villa-hotel, with views into the towering mountains. Hundreds of kilometers of ski trails, machine-tracked nightly, radiate from the beautiful village.
The use of bus passes and the occasional private taxi make it possible for us to see much of this area of the Dolomites and ski to other interesting centers, such as Cortina. Since our time in this area should include Fasching (Carnival) week, we should have opportunity to participate in the festivities. We return to Munich for our final night before returning to Seattle, or you may continue your European adventure on your own from here.
Our trip includes buffet breakfasts at our hotels and multi-course dinners with salad bars (except for two dinners in Munich). Our hotels offer special evening entertainment with music and dancing. Airport transfers are accomplished in comfortable vans. Maps, bus passes and ski passes are all provided.
Ski tracks lead you, on classic or skate skis, past villages in magnificent settings to alpine club huts and refugios, and to mountain alms serving simple midday meals. You are surrounded by rugged mountains. Horse-drawn sleighs, bells jingling, and walkers strolling on the winterwanderwegs, cross your ski trail. Church bells ring in the villages and there is music and singing in the gasthof. You mingle with people who, like you, love snow and relish their mountains and their natural environment. It is truly a celebration of winter.

Trip price: $3,500 for two plus all-inclusive weeks, including airfare, lodging in two-person rooms (with buffet breakfasts and multi-course dinners), ground transportation, ski passes, maps, Mountaineers outing fee, leader fee and basic insurance, depending on airfare and currency exchange rate.

Reservation and deposit: With leader’s approval, a deposit of $2,000 is necessary to reserve a space. The balance of $1,500 is due on or before Dec. 1.

Cancellation policy: For cancellation notices received prior to Nov. 1, a full refund, less a $200 international outing administration fee deposit, plus any non-recoverable expenses, will be made. For a cancellation notice received after Nov. 1, there may be a cancellation fee of 50 percent of the deposit plus any non-recoverable expenses. Cancellation must be in writing and sent to trip leader via e-mail or post. Non-recoverable group expenses incurred due to cancellations will be borne by all participants.

The leaders: Shari Hogshead and Paul Gauthier are pleased to offer their 24th Mountaineers international outing to Europe and their 10th winter cross-country ski holiday in the European Alps. While living in Bavaria, they meticulously researched ski areas in Europe and they feel that these are two of the very best. In European holiday mode, they return often to their favorite places because of the excellent skiing opportunities and superb accommodations they offer. For additional info on skiing the Italian Dolomites in January/February 2008, please contact Shari or Paul by e-mail at We hope you can join our Mountaineers group for a wonderful winter experience.
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