WoW Ski Tours
Solo Ski Holidays - For Women
ON PISTE SKI TOUR ITINERARIES- DOLOMITI SUPERSKI AREA
Corvara, Campolongo and Arabba: leaving from the house, we’ll head up into Alta Badia towards Pralongia, again stopping for coffee at another of our favorite huts.
From there we take the unforgettable Pista del Sole towards Monte Cherz, and down into the Passo Campolongo.
At the top we’ll be taking the gorgeous Bec De Roces red run towards Plan Boe, where we’ll probably have lunch – the goulash served in the hollowed out bread “bowl” is quite divine, we’ll then head onto Arabba.
For the return leg, we’ll take a different route, heading back towards Corvara via the exhilarating Boe red, and back through Col Alt.
From there, we’ll pick up our transport and head back up to Corvara for an aperitivo in probably the worlds smallest but most exquisite bar.
MARMOLADA AND ARABBA
Today we leave by car and drive over to the mountain village of Arabba.
We take the cable car up to the half way station and then make our way towards the Marmolada Glacier, a long run which takes us through the base of the valley, lined with trees, making a quick pitstop at the Terrace of a sunny rifugio.
From there, there are 3 gravity defying cable cars which take us to the top of the glacier, at 3200m, and the beginning of the long and swooping descent. You’ll be awestruck by the view of the entire Sella Massif.
Suddenly you feel very high up!!
Our tour will take us down the long piste, back through the valley, and then to ski some of the slopes at Arabba, which are slightly more demanding.
You can choose between blacks and reds. Up to you.
Back to Corvara for aperitivi, this hotel cafe makes the world’s best hot chocolate, which can be served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream ‘esprit al cioccolato’ instead of whipped cream.
FIRST WORLD WAR CIRCUIT
This is another classic ski tour, covering a total of 84kms, on skis and ski buses.
The circuit follows strategic points of the Italian resistance during the First World War.
The skiing itself is not hard, but timing is crucial, in order to avoid any risk of lift closure at the end of the day.
We ski through Arabba, passing the Marmolada Glacier before hopping on the ski bus to the Civetta ski area. With fabulous views of both the jagged majesty of Monte Civetta itself and the massive Monte
Pelmo we’ll finally arrive on skis at Pescul before taking the bus through the winding road of the Passo Giau – it truly is straight out of “The Italian Job”.
At the bottom of the Cinque Torri, we ski straight to the Croda Negra chairlift and back to Lagazuoi taking the vertiginous James Bond Lift.
A quick dash down the hidden valley followed by the horse sleigh tow to get to San Cassiano and then home on the Alta Badia pistes.
CANAZEI, BELVEDERE AND ALBA
We’ll start at Arabba, and make our way toward the open and beautiful Belvedere bowl, which seems to have consistently good snow and is always sunny!
The wide bowl has a variety of red and blue slopes, leading down to differing bubbles, so that we can ski right to the bottom of the valley via several different routes.
We’ll eventually end up in the village of Canazei, where we’ll hop on a ski bus to our own private resort, for that is how it feels over at Alba.
Another beautiful bowl of largely empty pistes, well go over the back to the Buffaure area and down to Pozzo di Fassa via a long and languid tree lined red.
This run is really special.
Skiing back towards Canazei, those looking for that late day leg burn can take the exhilarating black to Ciampac in the Val di Fassa, or choose the gentler gondola option.
Back at Canazei, we complete the loop towards Arabba and the car.
PLAN DI CORONES/KRONPLATZ BRUNICO
Today takes us to the delightful Germanic market town of Brunico in the Val Pusteria, where we’ll park up for the day’s skiing at Plan di Corones (Kronplatz).
The skiing here is really fun, with plenty of choice of blues, reds and blacks, so there really is something for everyone. The pistes are long and flowing, you can go as fast or as slow as you want… there’s even one long red which has heated seats on the bubble back up.
Today we’ll also get in a bit of retail therapy, going into the town itself for a wander down the endlessly charming cloistered main Street, with it’s understated chic shops and inviting pasticcerie (coffee and cake shops).
As its a 30 minute drive back home, we’ll go straight for the best pizza in La Villa, where we can all relax with a glass of the local red wine Lagrein, and compare purchases!
Has its own distinct charm, quite beautiful scenery dotted with delightful mountain huts and predominantly blue and red pistes, so that day 1 allows you to find your ski legs without attempting anything too onerous.
We’ll take the bubble up to the legendary Moritzino’s at the top of the Piz La Ila, taking in a full view of the World Cup black downhill piste, known as La Gran Risa ‘The Big Smile’, before we set off on our itinerary round the area.
We’ll probably return to Moritzino’s on our way home for some light après ski which may include al fresco dancing in ski boots!
CORVARA AND THE COLFOSCO BOWL
Leaving from the house, we’ll ski over to the gorgeous village of Corvara in Badia.
We’ll take the bubble up to the Colfosco bowl with its choice of blue, red and black runs.
From there, we’ll stop at one of our favorite mountain huts, because of its gorgeous olde worlde decor and the sun terrace with views over the Sella and the famous off piste run of the Val Mezdi.
After lunch we’ll ski down into Corvara, and up Piz Boe, looking across to the crenellations of the Marmolada glacier.
From here, we’ll cut off down the tree lined slopes of Crep di Munt and across to Pralongia where we’ll stop at another secret find for a chilled glass of white in a snow hidden, hobbit like enoteca. Bliss.
Leaving from Corvara in Badia, we’ll head over to Selva Val Gardena, down the red run of Dantercepies, and up to the top of Ciampinoi.
From there, it’s an hour or so ski over to Santa Cristina where we’ll take the funicular underground train up to the 12km Seceda descent.
This is a sublime moment in downhill skiing, made even better by the outside deck chair fireside lunch at the bottom.
Have your vin chaud served to you as you watch the other skiers whizzing past.
Our aperitivo stop takes in bombardini and strudel in the delightful hotel bar just next to where the car is parked.
CINQUE TORRI AND LAGAZUOI
Today is a real treat.
Some of the best skiing in the Dolomites, combined with an award winning rifugio for its outstanding food, breathtaking views, and a tow back to the car at the end of the day by huge shire horses and accompanying sleigh.
We’ll take the car to Armentarola and take a taxi bus up the Passo Falzarego to the towering heights of Lagazuoi.
You’ll have your heart in your mouth as you are pressed into the James Bond retro style cable car, oohing and aahing as we soar off to the top.
We’ll take a quick stop to show you the outpost station of the resistance fighters during the First World War, for Lagazuoi and the surrounding area marked the front line between Italy and Austria.
We’ll cross the road near the Coll Gallina, and make our way to the Cinque Torri, named after the five massive rock towers that we’ll see as we get off the middle lift.
We ski around the pistes there, making our way towards rifugio Averau for a splendid lunch (try the Gnocchi with radicchio and Gorgonzola).
We then head back towards Lagazuoi, once again taking the vertiginous lift, before making our way through the 7km Hidden Valley piste, complete with ice wall, and the horse drawn sleigh rope tow to take us back to the car and home. A truly delightful day.
CORTINA (2 DAYS)
Cortina boasts some seriously awesome skiing. But it’s also known for its style and chic, being THE place for the skiing elite in the heady 1950s. Even now, Cortina still emits a sense of old money and faded glamour.
We could easily spend two days in Cortina, as it has 3 skiing areas: Tofana, Cristallo and Faloria.
Of these Tofana is the most demanding, being home to some of the most challenging blacks, notably the infamous Forcella Rossa.
Don’t worry though, we won’t be doing these unless anyone particularly wants to!!!
At 3400m however, tucked above these is a beautiful bowl of blues and reds, usually bathed in sun!
Depending on group level, we might choose to go straight to Faloria/Cristallo, which has some beautiful wide reds and blues (and a black or two, by this time you’ll all be fired up and feeling daring!!).
To get there we’ll take the car into the centre of Cortina and park right next to the cable car which comprises two old fashioned retro lifts.
We’ll ski the pistes around Faloria in the morning and then head over through the link slope to the Cristallo lifts. Cristallo has some fabulous runs, notably the two man chair to the halfway point of the groomed red run of the Staunies Forcella.
On a Tuesday, the lift is open all the way to the top and those wishing can try the unpisted black.
The sensibile ones amongst us can raise a glass to you from the bottom.
THE SELLA RONDA
What can I say about the glorious Sella Ronda?
It has to be one of the world’s most famous ski tours, circumnavigating the towering Sella Massif, skiing in and out of its charming mountain villages and never taking the same piste twice.
It can be skied in either direction, clockwise or anti clockwise, and is approximately 42 km long, of which 16km are lifts.
We’ll leave from Corvara in Badia, allowing us ample time for our four/five hour trip without having to worry about time.
The Sella Ronda is classic and unforgettable, a unique experience, a milestone of skiing.
All WoW ladies get a special prize for having completed the circuit.
Aperitivo that evening will be in the lovely village of Colfosco.