Cross-country skiing in the Dolomites

Cross-country Skiing Dobbiaco Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group
Destinations:
Italy, Austria
Programmes:
Winter
Trip Code:
CXD
Activity Rating - Mixed
Multi-Level

You may be a total beginner or an experienced cross-country skier. Many destinations offer different level weeks or multi-grade skiing on the same week. Choose from ‘Classic’ and ‘Skate’ style holidays, or even a ski marathon race for the ultimate winter challenge. See below for more grading details.

8 Days Flight Inclusive
8 Days Land only
Min age: 14

Trip Overview

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.

At a Glance

  • 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
  • Countries visited: Italy, Austria

Trip Highlights

  • Find the right level on multigrade weeks
  • Explore an extensive network of loipe
  • Relax in a comfortable family-run hotel in picturesque Dobbiaco

Is This Trip for You?

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.

Exodus offers cross-country skiing holidays 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 tuition 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 check the grade of skiing that applies to your selected week via our website: www.exodus.co.uk/holidays/cxd/dates-prices

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 centres 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.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Group

The group will generally be between 6 and 20 people. There will be a UK leader and drivers and local guides where needed.

There will normally be 1 leader per 10 persons.

Our leaders are experienced ski enthusiasts, keen to impart their knowledge and skills. Instruction is included at all levels ‐ naturally beginners weeks feature a large element of instruction to get you started. Those who ski at an advanced grade will enjoy the combination of longer tours with some on‐the‐ground tuition as and when required.

The minimum age of clients on this trip is 14 years. Please note that anyone aged under 18 must be accompanied by (and share accommodation with) a parent or legal guardian.

Adult min age:
14
Min group size:
4
Max group size:
20

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
Dobbiaco
End City:
Dobbiaco

Flight Inclusive

Start City:
London
End City:
London

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Dobbiaco.

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

    Meals included:
    Dinner
  • Days 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.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
  • 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. 

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Days 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.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
  • Day 8

    End Dobbiaco.

    Our trip ends in Dobbiaco.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Accommodation

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.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single only guarantees a room for single use. It does not always mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Single supplement from £120.00

Food & Transport

Eating & 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. 

Transportation

Airport transfers are carried out by private bus and may be shared with other tours in the area. As part of the skiing itinerary, we use the extensive network of public buses available in the area, which enables us to explore different tracks and find the best snow. 

Weather & Seasonality

When to go

Dobbiaco is situated at 1200m and at this height snow can lie from December to mid-March, with fresh snowfalls at any time. Average daytime temperatures in winter are around -5degC, though they can fall as low as -15degC, with approx. 8 to 10 hours of daylight. At all times of the winter you can hope for periods of clear bright weather and in February and March it can become surprisingly warm in the sun. Equally, at all times you need to be ready for the occasional stormy day.

Weather Information

Dobbiaco is situated at 1200m and at this height snow can lie from December to mid-March, with fresh snowfalls at any time. Average daytime temperatures in winter are around -5ºC, though they can fall as low as -15ºC, with approximately 8 to 10 hours of daylight. At all times of the winter you can hope for periods of clear bright weather and in February and March it can become surprisingly warm in the sun. Equally, at all times you need to be ready for the occasional stormy day.

Snow conditions have been quite unpredictable across Europe for several years now and on occasions not all loipen (tracks) are open. The snow conditions may mean that at times we have to travel further away to find good tracks. While this has so far never been necessary in the region, we also recommend taking trekking boots in case conditons are simply not good enough for skiing.

Weather Charts

Weather chart for Cortina d'Ampezzo

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 8 days

The group flight from London is a daytime flight departing on Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London
We normally use the scheduled services of Thomson Airways or British Airways (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

There are alternative flight options from regional airport (Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester…) Please ask our Sales team for more information or see below.

Travelling land only: 8 days starting and ending in Dobbiaco 

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Dobbiaco in the evening of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.

Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please ask about flights from local or regional airports.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1.5 hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. Please note that transfers are not included for clients arriving on any other flight, even if Exodus has booked it. 

If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight ‐ please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense.

Private transfers from Innsbruck, Venice and Verona airports are available upon request.

Location start:
Dobbiaco
Location end:
Dobbiaco

What to Take

Essential Equipment

Large bum-bag and / or small rucksack to carry the items you will need during the day. It is more comfortable to ski without a backpack, but we suggest you take both to give you the option to choose on a daily basis. This would need to fit a large capacity water bottle and/or thermos flask.

Outdoor/winter clothing:

Waterproof jacket

Waterproof trousers (ideally a breathable fabric)

Warm fleece (2 thin fleeces are better than one thick one)

Warm hat (which covers the ears) and gloves (ideally a thin pair and a thick pair)

A good quality base layer is essential.

Sturdy waterproof walking boots (if you want to try snowshoeing or similar).

In the Alps and Dolomites occasionally we experience unseasonably warm days, where T-shirts, lightweight trousers and light fleeces are all that's required. 

Optional Equipment

Sunglasses and high factor sun cream

trainers/comfortable shoes for the evenings

swimsuit (for swimming pool).

Equipment Hire

Equipment: Cross-country skis, boots and poles are included and reserved with our local supplier. Please advise your height, weight and shoe size when booking, so we can have the right skis and boots available for you. If you wish to bring your own skis, please advise one of our sales consultants upon booking. This information must be added to your reservation otherwise the airline may charge you on check-in for the extra luggage.

Reading List

Maps

The recommended map for Dobbiaco is Kompass Wanderkarte 1:50,000 sheet 57. Loipe maps are available locally in Dobbiaco.

Practical Information

Passport

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information offered below is to help you with that process. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Certain European nationalities may be able to travel within Europe on their national identity card. Check carefully with the relevant authorities if you intend to do this.

Visa

Italy

Austria

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

There are no specific health risks on this trip.

Vaccination

Italy

There are no specific health risks.

Austria

There are no specific health risks.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

If you are a UK citizen and travelling in Europe you should obtain the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from your Post Office. This gives you medical care at a reduced cost, and some cases for free, in many European countries, but should not be considered a substitute for adequate insurance.

Local Time

Italy's Timezone:
Europe/Rome CEST (GMT +02:00)
Austria's Timezone:
Europe/Vienna CEST (GMT +02:00)

Electricity

Italy's Electricity:

European plug ‐ 2 round pins.

Austria's Electricity:

European plug ‐ 2 round pins. 230 Volts AC.

Money

Italy's Currency

The national currency of Italy is the Euro (EUR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication of approximately 1.2 to the UK£ and 0.9 to the US$.

Exchange rates are correct at the time of publication.

 

Austria's Currency

The national currency of Austria is the Euro (EUR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (August 2017) of approximately 1.1 to the GBP,  0.84 to the USD, 0.67 to the CAD, 0.67 to the AUD and 0.63 to the NZD.

ATM Availability

ATM facilities are available at the banks in Dobbiaco and most shops accept credit cards. Travellers Cheques are no longer widely recognised in this area and therefore cash is generally easier.

 

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

For meals not included we suggest around €8-12 per lunch.

LOCAL TAXES: many Italian cities have introduced a tourist tax for non-residents. The local administration is in charge of the tax, which will be collected by the accommodation provider at check-in or check-out. This fee varies depending on the hotel category, the season and number of days of stay. It is usually between €0.50 and €1.50 per person per night. For this trip, please allow around €10, depending on the season, for the week.

Optional excursion

Self guided snowshoeing - Snowshoes can be hired free of charge from the hotel (subject to availability).

Many ski areas are easily accessible from Dobbiaco, including Plan de Corones and Cortina D'Ampezzo, each offering a wide selection of alpine skiing possibilities. Only a 10-minute bus journey away, San Candido and Versciaco have 53km of downhill slopes for all skiing levels. Alpine skis can be hired in Dobbiaco for approximately €25 per day. For more information about the alpine skiing in this area visit www.dolomitisuperski.com
Although we give information on the alpine skiing in our winter resorts, our leaders are not alpine instructors and may only be able to give limited advice about the facilities / conditions.

Tipping

Although optional, a tip for the leader at the end of the trip is greatly appreciated. As a guideline we recommend a contribution between €15 and €20 per client.

Responsible Tourism

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

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On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

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In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

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TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.