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Rifugios (hut-to-hut ski safari)

Switch off and immerse yourself at a traditional Italian rifugio, to the magnificent alpine backdrop of the Italian Dolomites.

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Remote alpine refuges
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Sleep up to 40 guests
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Ski-in ski-out alpine locations
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Sleep on-mountain
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December to March
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From USD75 per night

Overview

For an altogether unique skiing experience in the lesser known mountain range of the Italian Alps, Rifugios (which means mountain huts in Italian) give a flavour of Italy like you’ve never tasted before. An exhilarating ski safari that takes you on a tour of the dramatic Dolomites, stopping off at a collection of wonderfully simple, but very alpine chic, mountain huts along the way. The whole experience is grounded by nature; everywhere you turn you’ll be surrounded be scenic views of towering pines and jagged mountaintops. Lose yourself in the wilderness as you hop from hut-to-hut, surrendering to the beauty of the landscapes.

On the whole, the rifugios are modest abodes, and range from basic huts offering cold running water and a few large rooms shared by multiple guests to homely-style lodges that offer private rooms, or rooms with two or four beds, and community showers with hot water as opposed to cold! It depends how back-to-basic you’re really prepared to go. Regardless of your choice in hut, the food served is hearty and delicious, and the chance to sample of the region’s traditional, flavorsome cuisine — think pappardelle con funghi (butterfly pasta with mushrooms) and steaming macaroni and bean soup.

Simple and rustic, yet comfortably chic, a mountain hut ski safari is your chance to switch off and totally immerse in the nature of your surroundings; to truly experience what life in this rugged yet breathtaking region is all about.

Location

The locations of the rifugios vary, and can be tailored to your choice of experience and a range of scenic views  Some are easier to get to, while others, like Rifugio Lagazuoi, can only be accessed on foot or by cable car. The higher and more remote rifugios offer some of the most spectacular snowscapes you’ve ever seen. The patio at Rifugio Lagazuoi is a particular highlight — the panoramic vistas will make you feel like you’re sitting on the edge of the world. And of course, you’ll have optimum access to some of the best ski terrains in the Italian Alps; all 1,200km from Alta Badia to Civetta, to the Marmolada, to Lagazuoi and Cinque Torri, this truly is one of the most magical ways to explore the beauty of the Dolomites.

Highlights:

  • The chance to get back-to-basics and cozy up in a traditional mountain hut; choose from shared rooms in basic huts to private rooms in a mountain lodge    
  • Ski hut-to-hut, exploring the vast Dolomites terrain — all with just one lift pass    
  • Experienced mountain guides will show you the best of the Dolomites by ski   
  • Access to 12 ski areas featuring 1,200km of pistes
  • Hearty, delectable Italian fare will be served up at each hut after a hard day on the slopes
  • Endless skiing from valley-to-valley, enjoying the atmosphere of a different rifugio each night