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Cross-country Skiing Dobbiaco

from $1,679.00

Ski surrounded by the Italian Dolomites’ jagged peaks

  • Reviews 10 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Multi-Level
  • Group Size Small Group
    4 - 20
All about the Cross-country Skiing Dobbiaco.

Our most popular cross-country skiing centre, Dobbiaco, is a charming town set at 1200m amid the unique scenery of the Dolomites, in the Alta Pusteria region. Days are spent following a variety of ski tracks deep in the heart of the mountains, with their towering limestone walls and jagged peaks of coloured stone. Our base for the week is the welcoming hotel run by the Tschurtschenthaler family, where warm hospitality and comfortable surroundings provide the perfect balance to an active itinerary.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* 7 nights half board at Hotel Tschurtschenthaler
* 5 days of ski instruction/guiding
* One cross-country leader per grade
* Cross-country skis, boots and poles
* Loipe and bus pass
* Airport transfers (at designated times)
* All breakfasts and 6 dinners

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Local taxes (approx EUR 10)
  • Superior room upgrades available, depending on departure date.

Highlights

  • Find the right level on multi grade weeks
  • Explore an extensive network of loipe
  • Relax in a comfortable family-run hotel in picturesque Dobbiaco
  • 5 days guided cross-country skiing, classic technique
  • 7 nights at the 3-star Hotel Tschurtschenthaler
  • Mix of flat easy loipe to challenging ascents/descents
  • Cross-country skiing grades 1-4, Beginners to Advanced
  • Multi-grade skiing available on certain dates
  1. Day 1 Start Dobbiaco.

    Our trip starts in the lovely village of Dobbiaco, in South Tyrol, just over the border from Austria.

  2. Day 2-4 3 days cross-country skiing.

    Each day our leader chooses routes according to the grade and snow conditions. Many kilometres of easy track along the valleys offer wonderful options for beginners and improvers. For the more advanced skiers, there are more challenging routes, such as the track that leads south to Cortina d’Ampezzo, a memorable route among spectacular mountains, passing under the triple rock buttresses of the imposing Tre Cime di Lavaredo.

  3. Day 5 Free Day

    Usually today is the free day to relax at the hotel or enjoy optional activities such as self-guided snowshoeing or perhaps a visit to one of the local museum.

  4. Day 6-7 We continue our explorations on skis. 

    The Sexten and Prags valleys offer a choice of undulating routes in typical Dolomites scenery and the high Plaetzwiese Plateau also offers superb routes at about 2000m.

  5. Day 8 End Dobbiaco.

    Our trip ends in Dobbiaco.

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Where you stay

Tschurtschenthaler Hotel – 3 Star

This fine hotel has been welcoming our groups for many years. The attractive building is traditionally styled, but with the advantages of a small swimming pool, sauna and beauty treatment room (treatments not included). An ample buffet breakfast prepares us for the exertions of the day ahead and evening meals draw equally on Italian and Austrian traditions. After dinner you can relax in the lounge or go through to the bar for a drink with the locals. All rooms have en suite facilities and are comfortably furnished.

Upgrades
Superior rooms offer more spacious accommodation and are available for a supplement, depending on departure. In order to guarantee availability, please inform Exodus when booking and note this is payable before departure.

Single Accommodation

Single accommodation available on request for a supplement.

 

Eating and Drinking

All breakfast and 6 dinners are included.

An ample buffet breakfast prepares us for the exertions of the day ahead. The excellent evening meals draw equally on Italian and Austrian traditions. They are usually made up of 4-courses, but it is always possible to skip one if you want a lighter dinner. For lunch our leaders will take us to a variety of cafes or huts where we can enjoy some traditional Tyrolean dishes as well as some international classics.

Compared to those used for downhill, cross-country skis are longer, thinner and lighter with bindings that allow you to lift up your heel. Most cross-country skiing is undertaken on prepared tracks (loipe) covering flat and hillier terrain enabling you explore the winter landscapes away from the confines of the alpine pistes.

Breakaway offers cross-country skiing tours to suit a wide range of technical and physical levels. Our cross-country skiing grades reflect both the level of physical fitness required and the level of skiing experience required. They are comparable to the activity levels we use on our snowshoeing, cycling, activity and trekking holidays, however we believe a slightly different system is required, due to the instruction we provide on our holidays. This sets our cross-country skiing holidays apart, as we tend not to need to teach people how to ride a bike or walk. The aim remains to create groups of similar ability and fitness. Our descriptions are below, however feel free to call and speak to an expert if you are unsure which grade or type of holiday will suit you best.

At Dobbiaco, there are four grades of skiing offered, ranging from beginner to intermediate and advanced. Availability varies and depending on the dates there may be two leaders offering two different grades or one leader offering a single cross-country skiing grade. Please inquire for the grade of skiing that applies to your selected week.

Grade 1 – Beginners

A week for complete beginners. Inevitably we start with the basics, including how to stop using the snowplough technique and how to turn. You will be on skis for at least 5-6 hours a day with a focus on tuition, getting comfortable on skis and building towards longer tours through the winter landscape.In some centers there may also be some easy off track skiing. This involves heading off the pre-cut tracks, typically across frozen lakes or snow covered pastures.

Grade 2 – Improvers

These weeks are ideal for those who have enjoyed at least one grade 1 holiday and grasped the basics. They offer tuition to refresh and improve technique and typically will ski a little further than Grade 1 weeks, and over more varied terrain, i.e more ups and downs and therefore requiring a slightly higher level of fitness. In some cases these weeks are acceptable for newcomers to cross-country skiing. Beginners on these weeks should be very fit and proficient in sports that develop balance – ice-skating, roller-skating or roller skiing and will need to pick up the basic technique quickly. Please contact us if you wish to book a Grade 2 holiday but have not skied before.

Grade 3 – Intermediates

A grade 3 week is ideal for those looking to push on, tackle some slightly steeper terrain and cover more ground each day. Typical groups will have a few weeks skiing behind them, be very comfortable with the basics and happy on longer day tours. There will still be tuition on these weeks, at the required level.

Grade 4 – Advanced

Choose this level if you can tackle ‘ups and downs’ competently, manage a controlled snowplough descent, and if you want to ski at a lively pace. You should also be able to get up swiftly and easily by yourself after a fall. The mix of track and off-track skiing varies.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Thanks for returning Mr Snowman

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The first was the final day when the snow returned with a vengeance and we were able to enjoy our final long ski in really good conditions. The second was the really enjoyable final evening with Alex's entertaining slide show (and my thank you speech to the group leaders!)
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Alex was his usual bubbly self. Really supportive of the less experienced skiers whose skills progressed really quickly over the week with his entertaining instruction. He is the first leader I have seen using penguins, Christmas Puddings and chocolates on trays to encourage people to improve their skills. He managed this while working extremely hard to find good snow for us to ski on safely. His co-leader assisted in this process.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Put your trust in the leaders as the Exodus leaders I have experience of have all been excellent. Make sure you have a wide range of different layers of clothing as the temperature in Dobbiaco varies considerably during the day. If you like wine ask Marlies the hotel owner for advice regarding the local wines the hotel stocks. She knows what she is talking about.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    When you have finished for the take time to explore Dobbiaco's coffee shops where you'll find good cakes, coffee and hot chocolate. On the free day use the transport pass to explore further. It's worth the effort.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Best holiday ever

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Breaking tracks through fresh snow, it felt like we were pioneers. A great adventure.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    An excellent instructor, very talented, knowlegable and fun.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just do It!!!
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The hotel was lovely friendly and warm. We met some great people.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Ticked all the boxes

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    On the fourth day of skiing after fresh snow, we explored a stunning valley in beautiful weather. Had another wonderful lunch in the knowledge we would work it all off before our 5 course dinner! Does it get any better?
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Very friendly, very knowledgeable and a very patient and inspiring teacher.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Target your pre trip training. Good stamina level essential. Triceps, adductors and shoulders suffered! Then just go, eat ski and lose weight !
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Living in north of England it was bit frustrating to have flight back too late for last train north. Maybe need to explore regional options next time.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Cross country skiing Dobiacco

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Watching the blind skiers enjoying their environment on cross country skis with their guides.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Both Liz and Ingrid worked tirelessly together to make the trip the best it has ever been. I’m forever in awe of their fitness and skiing skills and I had an amazing time.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you go on the right grade holiday for you.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Please could Exodus try a trip for touring grade 3 cross country skating style skiers such as myself.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
4/5

Introduction to cross-country skiing

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Day 2 of skiing it came together and I felt I could actually do it, it was a beautiful sunny day and we were skiing through a gorgeous valley through the mountains, and it was magical. The free day was also pretty special, with snoeshowing and riding the ski gondola to the top of the mountains for a 360 degree view
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Liz was a very enthusiastic and good instructor, who made sure everyone made a lot of progress, even a ski skiver like me! She was very good at balancing the needs of the different abilities, and always full of information.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Cross-country skiing is hard! Don't assume it is easier than alpine, there is quite a lot of technique to learn before it really starts to flow, and quite a lot of falling over on the first day. You need decent fitness, and strength in upper body and core as well as legs helps. Doing some work on your balance before coming would pay dividends. You'll definitely go home fitter! Alpine ski clothes are too warm. You need a lighter coat and lots of layers, as the variation in temperature between waiting for a bus and skiing up a long hill is considerable.

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