WoW Ski Tours
Solo Ski Holidays - For Women
HELICOPTER SKI TRIP
HELICOPTER TRIP 1.
Planes, Trains, Automobiles
This ski experience should be on everyone’s Bucket List!
In our case, the trip actually takes place on skis, bus, train and helicopter, and takes in 4 of the 12 Dolomiti Superski areas in one glorious day.
The trip starts in Alta Badia, with a quick early morning whizz down the empty virgin cord of the Gardenaccia and Sponata slopes, before a quick 15 minute bus ride to area number 2, KronPlatz, with its long, wide tree lined pistes, There’s a plethora of choice at the top, as to which one to hoof down first.. will it be the 7km black Silvester, a true wake up call, or, if you need a moment to get your ski legs, you can opt for any of the blue or red options.
All that matters is that you can make it down the endless red run, without too much stopping to marvel at just how fab the slope is, to the train station, yes, there really is a TRAIN STATION at the bottom. Here you’ll hop on the train to the ski area of Monte Elmo, some forty kms further into the Val Pusteria towards the Austrian border. We might break out a little aperitivo – I say, anyone for an Aperol Spritz? – as we chug along through the countryside of this beautiful Valley. Then it’s skis on, and off we go, around the two linked areas of Monte Elmo and Sesto, with their newly built cable cars and some new pistes to boot.
We’ll eventually stop for lunch at our fave rifugio in the area. Great food, and despite the cold, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to sit outside and take in the views under the usually cloudless blue skies. After lunch, we make our way down to Bad Moos, taking in, if you fancy, the steepest black section you’ll ever have experienced. Your heart will lurch, I promise, as your skis tilt over the edge. If not, there’s a charmingly pretty red alternative through the pines, meeting at the same spot, where your helicopter will be waiting for you for the final return leg. My guess is you’ll be feeling pretty smug as the onlookers enviously watch you climb aboard.
But this is no ordinary helicopter trip. Our pilot will take you high, high above the famous Three Peaks, higher than 2999m, to be exact, and you’ll be able to look down from the blue on those jagged, serrated rock formations with new sense of awe. Cameras out please!
The flight home takes about 20 to 30 minutes of oohing and aahing. We’ll land at Pralongia, giving us plenty of time to get home and of course, we’ll be stopping on the way back for a local aperitivo, complete with delicious snackette, to calm our adrenalin, and literally come back down to earth. Smiles all round, I’d say!
Helicopter Trip 2.
‘Queen Of The Dolomites Marmolada’
At the top of the Pralongia lift, in a small clearing right next to the chair, and marked by a small windsock, you can hop on a helicopter and be taken up to the Mighty Marmolada, The Dolomites’ famous glacier, known as The Queen of the Dolomites, at a height of 3343m. It’s a spectacular ride to say the least. Your helicopter will swoop over the pistes of Arabba towards the stegosaurus like rock formations that mark the beginning of the Passo Padon, and up towards the landing point at Punta Rocca, the highest point of the glacier.
The views back towards the Sella Massif, the snow covered rock formation round which the Sella Ronda tour takes place, are fabulous, and the spectacular seams of the off piste couloirs are quite visible. At Punta Rocca begins the remarkable 12km descent either back down to Malga Ciapela, or down to the pistes of Arabba, which link back to the slopes of the Sella Ronda.
N.B.: Please note that all trip extensions are weather and conditions dependent