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Cross-country Skiing Dobbiaco

from $1,749.00

Ski surrounded by the Italian Dolomites’ jagged peaks

  • Reviews 29 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 the 3-star 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 25/06/2020
4/5

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: DOBBIACO

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Skiing in the Fischleintal. We had beautiful weather that day and the skiing and scenery were amazing.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    David was great, providing instruction as needed/requested while we were out skiing. He also offered to give us a skating lesson on his morning off! He discussed with the group each evening the plans for the following day, and his local knowledge meant there were no worries about where or when to catch a bus. He also organised a visit to the local cheese factory - not to be missed!
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The hotel is nice with good food and plenty of it! The swimming pool, though small, is lovely for relaxing after a day out skiing.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

Dobbiaco

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting a change of ski boots that I could easily click-in to the skis ( having started with one size too large ) ! My first view again of the Dolomites .
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Alex I had not met before . He was a most delightful leader , very pleasant , helpful and competent . His instruction was most valuable . Although the lack on snow locally would have been a problem , Alex had scouted out all around to find areas of snow that allowed the group to have skiing every day of the trip . Also he delivered a few presentations on his expeditions to other continents to entertain us after dinner .
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Prepare for good ski conditions but also for a lack of snow when walking boots might be useful .

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

Dobiacco February

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sorry guys it was the scenery - ice crystal rainbows in cloud over a mountain were a natural wonder.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Learn one of the languages for maximum enjoyment.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

Dobbiaco cross country skiing

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Ski ing down through the forest with a blue sky and sunshine beneath the wonderful pink tinged rocky cigs of the magnificent Dolomites
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    David Davies continues to be an inspiring leader: great fun ,keen to get us trying techniques and subtly and supportingly helping those who struggled to find the right level of participation : a crucial attribute of a holiday leader.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't be put off by snow reports: though this was the year of least snow and it was melting away in the town, our leaders found us good tracks up the valleys just short bus rides away.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Alex, who last year was an apprentice ski leader is inspiring.aswell as boundless energy and thoughtfulness out on the loipe , he entertained,intrigued and impressed us all with his short evening slides shows of other exodus adventures,his own trip to the Danube delta, and the impressive work he had begun helping a school in Ethiopa which Exodus supports. Well done everyone.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

Cross country skiing, Dobbiaco

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing a thin covering of snow in Dobbiaco on Wednesday evening! Exploring some area not usually visited
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Alex worked really hard to make the week a success, given the poor snow conditions. As well as researching before th trip, he responded flexibly to changing conditions and I learned from his tuition. He was great company, and inspired us with his stories and pictures of other trips, especially his work in Ethiopia
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just go prepared to enjoy a week outdoors in beautiful scenery staying in a great family run hotel, and keep your fingers crossed for snow!

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