Tre Cime di Laveredo
Italian Dolomites Snowshoe
Italian Dolomites Snowshoe
Italian Dolomites Snowshoe
Italian Dolomites Snowshoe
Italian Dolomites Snowshoe
Italian Dolomites Snowshoe
Italian Dolomites Snowshoe

Italian Dolomites Snowshoe


Snowshoeing in the Italian Dolomites

A snowshoeing holiday in the magnificent Dolomites in the northern Italian Alps. Enjoy a week of winter walking and learn about the First World War history, enjoy Italian hospitality whilst exploring the regions jaw dropping scenery. Our base for this week is Cortina d'Ampezzo, a town with a beautiful landscape perfectly situated within easy reach of the regions most iconic mountains. Explore trails that negotiate this dramatic mountain environment offering a unique perspective on this magical place. Be prepared to be impressed!

Highlights

  • Explore a UNESCO World Natural Heritage on snowshoes
  • Led by a local experienced local IFMGA Mountain Guide
  • Visit important First World War sites
  • Excellent hotel base in Cortina d'Amepezzo
  • Sauna & jacuzzi to ease the muscles
  • Beautiful peaks like the Tre Cime and Tofana di Rozes

The Dolomites are a UNESCO World Heritage site and have eighteen peaks rising to over 3000 metres (9840ft), many with spectacular rock spires and towers, such as the world famous Tre Cime di Lavaredo. It is the exceptional natural beauty of the rock formations and geology that have given the Dolomites, World Heritage status.


I was surprised by the scenery, absolutely stunning! The food was great, brilliant mix of cultures, with Austrian and Italian dishes. Never quite knew when to speak German or Italian, but loved the challenge.

Itinerary

  • airport
  • meet in
  • peaks
  • bus
  • accommodation
  • route
  • Today you arrive in the town of Cortina d' Ampezzo in Italy, known as the jewel of the Dolomites.

    The beauty of the Ampezzo Valley along with it's 1000 year history attracts visitors all year round. Surrounded by majestic peaks Cortina, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site, can't fail to impress any mountain lover. Our hotel for this trip is within easy walking distance to the blustling pedestrian town centre and numerous musems and galleries. Proud of it's heritage, learn about the local traditions, history and environment at the Ethnograhic Museum or visit the "Rinaldo Zardini" Palaeontological Museum which houses one of the most significant collections of fossils that exists anywhere today.

    Your local guide will meet you at the hotel before the evening meal to answer any questions and discuss the days ahead.

  • A short drive today takes us to the village of Misurina a lakeside beauty spot and the starting point for our first snowshoe hike. In winter as in summer it's easy to see why the original settlers chose to live at this idyllic mountain setting. After fitting our snowshoes our aim is to catch views of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, also known as the Drei Zinnen, a world reknowned mountain of the Dolomites. Made up of three immense rock towers rising above the valley the view is truly breathtaking and captures the attention of any hiker or climber visiting the region. We have various options for our hike in this area, and we will make a decision based on the snow conditions. However wherever we go we are sure to be treated to a vista of rock towers and jagged spires in a truly spectacular mountain setting!

    Ascent: 800m (2624ft) Descent: 800m (2624ft) Distance: 9km (5.6 miles) approximate as it depends on our chosen route

     

  • Today's snowshoe walk is unique and has the ingredients of an unfortgettable mountain day. Just a short drive south-west of Cortina are the Cinque Torri or Five Towers. Loved by rock climbers 'The Cinque Torri' are a beauty in their own right as well as the site of strategic Italian trenches and tunnels systems used during the First World War. We begin our snowshoe day with a short chair lift to reach the 5 Torris at 2137m (7011ft). It's then possible on snowshoes to visit the military emplacements in a fabulous open-air museum which helps bring to life how important this site was during the Great War. Across the valley we have incredible views of the Castelletto, Col dei Bos and expansive south face of Tofane di Rozes 3225m (10580ft) and Mount Lagazoui 2732m (8963m), which was during the war the site of the Austrian troops and trenches. We then snowshoe up to a col at 2413m (7916ft) to reach another strategic military site between the mountains of Averau and Nuvolao now home to the Rifugio Averau. After lunch we plan to climb a further 170m (557ft) to reach the summit of Nuvolao 2575m (8448ft) which arguably has the best 360 panoramic views of the Dolomites boasting views south towards the regions highest peak of the Dolomites the Marmolada 3343m (10967ft) and north to the glaciated peaks of Austria. It's possible to return to the valley all on snowshoes mainly 'off piste' and away from the main trail or part the way down on foot then with the help of the chair lift.

    Ascent: 500m (1640ft) Descent: 500m (1640ft) or 1100m (3609ft) Distance: 7km (4.5 miles) or 10km (6.2 miles) depending on the descent path

  • We head south of Cortina today to and over the Passo Giau which is surrounded by yet more impressive rock towers and spires. Our goal today is the summit of Monte Mondeval - which sits at 2455m (8054ft) and offers excellent views towards the Dolomiti Bellunesi. Our trail commences from the Malga Giau first through pine forests until it opens out to gradual climb through a wide open bowl to a pass, the Forcella Giau. Here we are truly on the open mountain with fine views all around. After a short decent we climb again, occassionally zig-zaging to reach the top of Monte Mondeval. We are rewarded with fine views of yet more wonderful Dolomitic peaks such as Monte Pelmo, Lastoni di Formin, Civetta, Becco di Mezzodi, Monte Cernera and Piz del Corvo. We complete our circuit and hope to find good snow for the descent! We love this snowshoe walk with its sense of wide open spaces and stunning views.

    Ascent: 600m (1968ft) Descent: 600m (1968ft) Distance: 9km (5.6 miles)

  • Our hike today starts at Podestagno, where the Cortina d'Ampezzo and Sennes Regional Natural Parks meet. During this week we are literally spoiled for choice when it comes to break-taking mountain scenery and today is no exception. Easy trails through the pine forests soon reach the lovely family run Rifugio Ra Stua. Situated in an idyllic snowcovered high alpine pasture makes it a fine objective in it's own right. We plan on testing the local strudel and coffee before the main climb to reach the wild open plateau of Valbones de Inze and yet another fantastic panoramic view. An amazing location to absorb the full breadth of the Dolomites and learn about the regions unusual geology. We return back to our transport the same way with time spare before dinner to relax in our hotel spa.
    Ascent: 850m (2788ft) Descent: 600m (1968ft) Distance: 10km (6.2 miles)

  • Just a short drive north of Cortina is the provincial border of the South Tyrol, neighbouring Austria and Monte Piana. Here we notice the signs and names change as there are three official languages; German, Italian and the Romance language of Ladin. We begin our snowshoe hike from Misurina village and take good trails to reach a rifugio and flat open plateau and summits of Monte Piana 2324m (7624ft), another facinating open air World War I museum. During the war the Austrians occupied the Northern summit Monte Piano, while the Southern summit Monte Piana was in Italian hands. Many remnants of the fierce fighting and trenches can still be found along with the 'Piramide Carducci' a monument dedicated to the Italian writer and nationalist Giosuè Carducci, who won the 1906 Nobel Prize. He was very influential and was regarded as the official national poet of modern Italy. From the Piana we have spectacular close up views of the mighty Tre Cime di Laveredo.

    Ascent: 600m (1968ft) Descent: 600m (1968ft) Distance: 10km (6.2 miles)

  • Our final snowshoe hike starts close to the centre of Cortina at Pocol. The trail climbs gently to reach the snow covered meadows of Malga Federa and then onto the beautifully located Croda da Lago Refuge. Built in 1901 this traditional mountain hut and restaurant sits by lake Federa at 2046m (6712ft) and is run by mountain guide Modesto Alverà and his wife Monica. After sampling the local cuisine we can continue on a further 2km (3.2 miles) to reach the Forcella Ambrizzola at 2277m (7470m) where the terrain opens up high above Cortina and we are 100% rewarded by our efforts. Enjoy one of the finest Dolomitic mountain panoramas with views of the Tofana di Rozes, Monte Cristallo, the Tre Cime, Sorapis, Sud Pelmo, Civetta and Mondeval to name just a few! To return to our hotel we first hike down to the rifugio Malga Federa where you can choose to return to the valley floor by skidoo, or for the more adventurous by sledge.

    Ascent: 865m (2837ft) Descent: 230m (754ft) Distance: 11.2km (7 miles) approximate as it depends on our chosen route on the day

  • Today we leave from our base of Cortina and head home after a week of snowy peaks, fabulous hospitality and stunning scenery.

It is always our aim to complete the proposed itinerary outlined above, however, it may be necessary for our guides/instructors to adjust the daily itinerary based on the weather conditions, group safety and enjoyment.

Accommodation

We always aim to accommodate our guests in well-situated, clean, characterful, family run accommodation. In many cases we have known the management for years, and it’s like visiting friends. Our suggested accommodation, listed below, is subject to availability at the time of booking. We have given details of our favoured venues and those we intend to use. If unavailable we will book alternative accommodation of a similar standard.

Our trip fees are based on two people sharing a room in Cortina d'Ampezzo. If you are travelling on your own your booking will be based on a twin bedroom sharing with someone of the same gender. Single rooms may be available in Cortina, but will incur a supplement. 

Cortina is a vibrant bustling town and offers a range of hotels. For our trips we aim to book the 3* Hotel Menardi, but this does require early booking. Otherwise we consider staying at the Beppe Sello, or the Hotel Bellaria. All these hotels have en suite facilities, and are welcoming and comfortable. 

Hotel Menardi, Winter

The Hotel Menardi is a 3* hotel situated just a short distance from the heart of Cortina d'Ampezzo which is known as the jewel of the Dolomites. Expect a warm welcome from Antonio and Josephine. The 49 rooms are divided between the main property and the new annex. The hotel has substantial grounds and is in a stunning location.  The perfect base for our week of snowshoeing in the Dolomites. The hotel is tastefully decorated in traditional Italian style. 

All bedrooms are en suite. There is a spa adjacent to the hotel, in the new annex, which includes a sauna, jacuzzi and Turkish bath with an entry fee of 25 Euros. It is open from 1500hrs until 2100hrs each day. It is also possible to book a massage, as well as some beauty treatments.


  • Cortina has excellent train and bus links. Rome2Rio is a useful site which gives a map and overall picture of how the local public transport network links up and who to book with. Local trains and buses to reach Cortina can be found at www.sad.it and trains from the UK to Dobbiaco can be sourced here.

    The closest airports are Venice in Italy and Innsbruck in Austria.

    Venice: Venice has two airports. The main airport is Venice Marco Polo but some airlines such as Ryanair fly to Venice ‘Treviso'. There is a 15 minute drive between these two airports. To transfer from Venice to Cortina choose either the Cortina Express or Flixbus the journey time is between 2h-2h30. We recommend buying tickets in advance which can be done easily and in English. Check the timetables carefully as they vary with stops and times. If arriving into Treviso airport you will need to take an airport bus into Treviso town to pick up the Cortina bus. The bus tickets vary in price depending on how far in advance you buy them from 5€ - 20€ one way.

    Innsbruck: From Innsbruck the journey time about 4 hours. From the airport you can take a free shuttle bus, it takes 15 mins and leaves every 10 mins, to reach Innsbruck central railway station. From the central rail way travel by train to Brennero (also known as Brenner) then to Fortezza (also known as Franzensfeste) then to Dobbiaco (also called Toblach) and then the local Sud Tirol no. 445 bus to Cortina.

    If you would like to arrange a private transfer from Innsbruck or Venice or any other destination then we can recommend the services of www.taxicortinasci.it

  • You must have the appropriate insurance for your chosen activity, including helicopter rescue, repatriation and medical costs. We also advise you take out Trip Cancellation/Curtailment Insurance in the event of you being unable to join the trip. The insurance referred to should only be purchased AFTER we have confirmed your trip is guaranteed to run. 

    The insurance clause set out in our 'Terms and Conditions' is below:

    Insurance: It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical expenses, injury, illness, death, cost of repatriation, and personal accident risks. This must include cover for the activities to be undertaken during the trip. For tours taking place outside the United Kingdom you must ensure that your insurance covers rescue from the mountains, including helicopter rescue. It is the right of the leader to make a decision to call for helicopter rescue if such assistance is needed. Costs incurred by you, the client, due to an evacuation, rescue or other emergency shall be your responsibility. Any subsequent costs incurred for expenses, not limited to but including such costs as hotels, food, transport etc, shall be borne by you, the client. You are responsible for ensuring insurance cover is adequate for the particular needs of your chosen activity. You must be fully aware of the implications involved in arranging your own travel insurance and understand the limitations and exclusions of the policy. By agreeing to our Terms and Conditions you are authorising Tracks and Trails Ltd, or the person employed to lead the trip for Tracks and Trails Ltd, to instigate rescue and/or helicopter evacuation procedures without previously obtaining the permission of the company issuing your insurance policy. We reserve the right to cancel your booking at any time if we are not satisfied you have the necessary insurance policy covering your activity. Please ensure that your insurance covers you to the maximum altitude given on your trip itinerary. If you are unsure or are joining a bespoke trip then please contact us for specific details. Most of our trips have a maximum altitude of 3,000 metres (9840ft), except the Tour de Monte Rosa which reaches 3316m (10,877ft). You must bring all insurance documentation with you at the time of the activity. We also recommend your insurance covers you for trip cancellation and baggage loss/damage. Tracks and Trails Ltd are unable to accept responsibility for the loss or damage to any client equipment or luggage.

    For further details, please read the Insurance section on our website.

  • Winter mountain weather in the European Alps can vary considerably, and in this respect it is no different to any mountain environment where the terrain influences the weather and it can change from valley to valley. 

    In winter the weather can deliver everything from clear blue skies, and glorious sunshine, to heavy snowfall and strong winds. Essentially, as with all mountain journeys, you should be prepared for any eventuality.

    Temperatures vary depending on the month, generally December, January, and February are colder, but by March and April the temperatures are warming up and spring is on the way. 

    In December and January they can range from -10°Celsius (14°F) to 3°Celsius (37.4F), in February from -5°Celsius (23°F) to 7°Celsius (44.6°F), and in March from 0°Celsius (32°F) to 13°Celsius (55.4°F). 

    The above figures are a general indication only as the weather can vary considerably year on year for any given month.

     

  • On many of our trips there will be an element of 'group kit' which will be shared amongst our guests. As mountain people you will be used to team work and working together to the mutual benefit and safety of the group.

    The 'group kit' will be minimal and usually just a case of sharing a few lightweight 'survival shelters'. For example on a week-long trip you may carry a small shelter for just one day before passing it on to the next person. 

    If you are booking a trip in winter there will be a few additional safety items. These will be distributed in such a way that no one is over burdened. 

    Other group items necessary for safety and comfort will be carried by your guide/instructor.

  • After we have processed your booking we will send you a comprehensive clothing and equipment list that is appropriate to your trip and activity. There will be some items on this list that we strongly recommend and others which are suggested. Our list is based on our experience of what is needed for any particular trip, but it is not the definitive article! If you have items you like to use then do bring them, but be aware of over-loading your 'day' rucksack with items that are heavy and therefore making the trip more challenging.

    To snowshoe you will need: snowshoes, extendable poles with large baskets, a snow shovel, an avalanche transceiver and avalanche probe. These items are all available to rent individually as required from our guide for a total sum of 120€ for the week. Please pay for these items in Euros cash at the welcome meeting with your guide.

    Transceiver-probe-shovel - per week 65€

    Snowshoes - per week 40€

    Poles - per week 15€

    Please contact us if in any doubt about what to bring.

  • For each of our trips there is a minimum number of guests required to book before we can 'guarantee' your trip will run. It depends on the particular trip in question, but it is normally 4. The maximum number of guests on your trip is displayed in the 'At a Glance' box on the righthand side of the trip page. 

    We strongly advise you do not book travel until we have confirmed your trip is 'guaranteed' to run. If you book travel before we have confirmed it is 'guaranteed' we cannot be held responsible for any financial loss if the trip does not go ahead.

  • When booking a holiday as a solo traveller a twin bedded room comprising of two single beds, is booked as standard. This will be with someone of the same gender unless you request to pay extra for your own room. Single rooms are often limited in supply so if you would like to pay a supplement for a single room we urge you to get in touch as soon as possible. This trip has a single supplement of £200. 

  • We go to great lengths to work with first class guides and instructors who are passionate about their work. They are all fully qualified, and insured, and hold the correct documentation.

    Please note your guide/instructor has complete discretion to make a daily decision on whether or not to take the advertised route based on the weather and the ability of the members of the group. They have our authority to make any route changes they believe are necessary in the interests of safety and enjoyment. 

    For our Italian Dolomite snowshoeing trips your guide will be a fully qualified and experienced IFMGA International Mountain Guide.

  • For this trip where you are centre-based, in other words where you are staying in the same accommodation all week, you are welcome to bring whatever luggage you require. However, please note that not all the hotels we use have elevators. This means you may need to carry your luggage to your bedroom and this might involve climbing several flights of stairs. We would suggest that luggage with wheels is generally a good idea.

  • We do not include lunches in your trip fee for various reasons. We have found our guests have particular tastes and requirements for 'trail' or 'hill' food and it is better you choose and buy what you require. Buying supplies and trying local specialities is a great way to inter-act with the local people and to practise your language skills. 

    Lunches on our trips are 'picnic' style lunches, in other words you take a packed lunch with sufficient snacks, food and fluid to sustain you throughout your day of activity. If there is the possibility of lunch being taken at a restaurant/farm/cafe beside the trail, your guide/instructor will advise you of this. 

    Each evening you can choose to order a picnic or a sandwich from the hotel, or your guide/instructor will advise you of other options such as a local shop or market and whether you need to purchase items in the evening or if the shop/market is open early enough the next morning not to delay your start. In all cases we would always ask you to settle any 'bill' for lunch or drinks in the evening before you depart, and not on the morning of your last day when there may be a queue.

  • On your itinerary you will find an indication of the amount of ascent and descent you can expect each day. This offers a guideline to how much effort might be expended each day and allows you to decide, based on previous experience, if your fitness and stamina are correct for the trip. 

    We make every attempt to ensure these statistics are as accurate as possible, but ask you to note that the most modern of technology used to record these details can show considerable variations in terms of ascent, descent, and in particular distance. In other words no two people using GPS devices on the same route will have exactly the same details recorded at the end of the day. 

    The statistics given should be used as a 'general' indication of the effort required. 

  • It is useful to arrive at your destination with some cash in the local currency, however, on most occasions it is relatively easy to visit a 'cash machine' after arrival and withdraw money on a credit or debit card. Some of our locations are an exception to this in particular Norway, where the accommodation will often have no facilities for withdrawing cash, but they will take a credit card. 

    On many of our trips we will visit remote cafes/farms where it is wonderful to enjoy a drink and a cake, at places such as these they will only accept payment in the local currency in cash.

  • Food

    On our trips we encourage you to experience local tastes and dishes that reflect the culture of the country and for this reason many of our accommodation options will be family run with a reputation for the traditional food of the region. 

    If you have a 'special' diet because of an allergy or intolerance to a certain food type which will make you ill the accommodation will cater for this as best they can, eg gluten free, nut free, lactose free.

    If you are vegetarian then this is not a problem as the hotels/refuges are used to being asked for vegetarian meals. Our accommodation will try to cater for those with vegan diets but in remote refuges in the mountains this is more difficult. If you would like to discuss the suitability of a trip for a vegan diet please contact us. Gluten-free diets will be possible with regard to the evening meals, but we would advise that you bring along some gluten-free snacks for your breakfasts and lunches.

    If you have a 'special' diet which is NOT because of an allergy or intolerance, and is not 'veggie' then we apologise, but we cannot cater for this. The accommodation on the popular routes will be catering for many people each evening, in some cases up to 70/80 meals per night, 7 days a week, and realistically they cannot produce many different meal options unless the food will result in illness.

    Water

    The countries we visit all have tap water which is drinkable. If for any reason a particular hotel is having a problem with a remote mountain water supply they will normally post a sign over the tap indicating that you must not drink the water. At all times you are welcome to ask your guide/instructor if the water can be drunk. We would ask, for environmental reasons, that you avoid using single-use plastic bottles, and bring a water bottle that can be used repeatedly. 

  • A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required for visits to countries outside the EU, such as Norway. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice.  

  • We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

    http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

    Note that if your trip involves staying in a mountain refuge/rifugio/hut that electric sockets may be in short supply and for that night you may not be able to charge any items. Although the accommodation will have electricity this will often be supplied by solar panels or a generator and limited to use by the staff. For this reason we advise that carrying a small slimline and lightweight 'battery pack' can be very useful for recharging phones which many of you will also use as your camera. 

  • Before booking consider whether you expect to be in the appropriate physical condition on the date of your  departure to allow you to fully participate in and enjoy your holiday. If you have any doubts because of an illness or injury it would be advisable to check with your doctor.

    UK residents should obtain and bring with them the free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment in certain European countries, but is not a substitute for medical travel insurance. Also note that if/when the UK leaves the European Union that the EHIC card may no longer be valid. Please check this before departing. We advise that you always carry your insurance documents with details of the Emergency Medical telephone number for your insurance provider, and your policy number. 

  • We feel strongly about protecting the environment and do not encourage the use of single-use plastic items. We would ask that you arrive with a ‘water bottle’ or ‘hydration system’ that can be used repeatedly. We would point out that we operate a ‘zero tolerance’ for rubbish, and would ask you to remove all your rubbish items from the mountain even those you consider to be bio-degradable. In particular we ask that you remove any toilet tissue.

    You can read our full policy here.

  • Working across international boundaries, and with various currencies means that the price of our trips can change overnight. We have, however, undertaken to guarantee that once you have paid your deposit the price of your trip is fixed. In this respect we urge you to book early to ensure that you receive the price advertised on our website. The website price may increase due to currency fluctuations, but we guarantee that the price advertised on the date of your booking will be maintained in your individual case. 

  • Due to the specialised nature of our holidays, we co-sell a number of trips with 'partner' companies. These are carefully selected to ensure they reflect our ethos and standards in terms of the service we offer our guests. By encouraging other companies to sell our trips it means that your chosen holiday may reach its 'minimum' number earlier, allowing us to guarantee the trip and to give you the go-ahead to book your travel arrangements.

    There may be occasions when our partners have helped book your accommodation and organise the logistics for your trip. On these occasions your hotel may have recorded your room reservation in the name of one of our partners. 

    We guarantee that companies with whom we work will offer the same package as Tracks and Trails Ltd. The price will be the same, though occasionally they may be operating in a different currency. Your itinerary and the items that are included, or not included in your trip fee, will also be the same. 

    We believe in team work, and enjoy working with other small high quality companies. If you have any questions about this policy please contact us and we will be happy to discuss it with you. 


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What's Included

  • Half board accommodation in a 3* hotel or similar, based on two people sharing
  • Services of a professional Italian 'High Mountain Guide'
  • In resort transport to and from the snowshoe walks
  • Sledge or skidoo to return from Malga Federa rifugio
  • Guest card to include free bus and train travel
  • Cable car ticket to Rifugio Averau
  • Tracks and Trails memento - a gift to take home!

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Lunches
  • Insurance
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Transfer to and from Cortina d'Ampezza
  • Snowshoe equipment - you require snowshoes, poles with large baskets, a snow shovel, a transceiver and avalanche probe. Rental for the week is 120€ 

I was surprised by the scenery, absolutely stunning! The food was great, brilliant mix of cultures, with Austrian and Italian dishes. Never quite knew when to speak German or Italian, but loved the challenge.

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At a Glance

From Price £1695
Holiday Type Snowshoeing
Duration 8 Days
Group Size 8
Minimum Age 18
Maximum Altitude 2575m (8448ft)
Countries Visited Italy
Meet In Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
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