International (Europe/Japan/NZ/Au) Dolomites Rifuguo-to-Rifugio Gourmet Ski Safari

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  1. Pat AKA mustski

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    Haute route, haute cuisine, haute this and that, so confusing. I just hope for my sake that I got it right. Otherwise, I’ll be in haute water with my wife.
     
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    This is what I can make of our route. First, the unadulterated Dolomiti Superski Map,

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    Note the Key at the bottom. I downloaded it from here,

    https://www.dolomitisuperski.com/en/Live-info/Ski-map

    To me, the resolution was insufficient to make out the names of towns and major features, so I kept referencing this map as well, whose Key is not as clear

    https://www.valgardenaskimap.com/en/dolomiti-superski

    From the itinerary and these maps, I made this,

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    Green Dots: Where we overnight.
    Pink Strokes: My estimate, from the itinerary as to where we ski
    Yellow Strokes: 10, 15, 20 minute land transfers
    Blue Stroke: A snowmobile transfer to one of the rifugio's
    Gray Circle: Not sure what we are doing in and around the town of Alleghe

    We start in Alta Badia, #3 on map's key, get ourselves sorted out, do some skiing.
    Next day, we ski towards Val Gardena and Alpe di Siusi, and around some of the Sella, ending and overnighting at Ciampac.
    Next morning, we ski at Buffaure ski resort. Later, we have a road transfer from Pozza di Fassa to Alpe di Lusia as ski around there.
    End of day, a land transfer to Passo San Pellegrino (that the same as the water?), then a snowmobile to a rifugio.
    Next day, we ski back to Passo San Pellegrino and make our way, skiing, to Falcade.
    From there, we take another land transfer to the town of Alleghe. It's not clear to me what we do there or where we ski.
    End of the day, a land transfer to Passo Giau, for another overnight at a rifugio.
    On the final day of skiing, we ski at Cinque Torri and at Cortina d'Ampezzo and we overnight at Cortina.

    Now that I have gotten it down on "paper' and in my mind, it sounds like quite a whirlwind tour. Five days of skiing. A lot of territory covered. The itinerary states that, along the way, there will be spectacular views and great dining. Never done this type of thing. Looking forward to it.
     
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    James Skiing the powder Instructor

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    You should try to ski the pistes of the wcup courses. Alta Badia and Cortina.



    There is of course Julia's Cortina backside powder run.
     
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    Wow, 5 days of skiing way too little time. Good thing that my wife went early to Cortina and is getting her shopping bug taken care of. Then, maybe we can focus on the skiing.
     
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    Seldomski Paralysis by analysis Skier

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    @karlo If you can manage it, see if you can do this route while you are there:

    http://lagazuoi5torri.dolomiti.org/ita/Cortina/laga5torri/inverno/paginaA5web.pdf

    http://www.altabadia.org/media/lagazuoi-skitour-2.pdf

    Not sure if the guides will allow that deviation. This is near Cinqui Torri (across the street - Laguozi cable car). It takes ~90 min to do at leisure pace (includes cab ride back). There is a 'lift' there that is horse drawn rope tow. It's a neat experience. Pro tip: ski around the horse poop.
     
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    Picture from that route was pretty epic. It was snowy that day.

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    Wow! Ice climibing possibilities!
     
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    Yeah if you google image search for "armentarola ice waterfall hidden valley" you will find a bunch of pictures. This is small piece of the entire wall.
     
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    So, the first reports are in.

    A photo taken from the plane by my wife a few days ago, flying from Brussels to Venice,

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    No idea where this is, and I’m sure she doesn’t either. Could even be the Austrian alps.

    She has now arrived in Cortina, wanting to spend a few days acclimatizing. Cortina is, what, 4000 feet; far lower than Denver, where she has no problem, and where she still suffers altitude sickness when travelling onwards to Aspen or Telluride. So, what am I receiving.

    1. Not much snow there. (what can one expect at 4000’, to ski?)

    2. Found a great cafe with fresh raspberry tarts.

    3. European skiers are very stylish. In that regard, Aspen on steroids.

    What the heck is she acclimatizing to? Wait, what did she say she was spending?
     
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    James Skiing the powder Instructor

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    You're not going to find much skiing over 3,300m, 10,827ft in the Alps. Most is below 3k, 9,843ft. Don't know about Dolomites.
     
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    Following with glee and anticipation!
     
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    The flight to Venice went well. One moment of anxiety occurred at the gate in Brussels, where the gate agent had me gate-check my boot bag, in which I had packed both mine and my wife's boots. But, it turned out well. I think eliminating the risk of loss during transit in Brussels was the main thing.

    I am now on the 2 hour ride from Venice airport to Cortina. The son is asleep. He's been asleep the whole time, except to embark, disembark, eat meals, and go to the WC (and that isn't the World Cup viewing). The views from the bus are spectacular, but, from the bus, I can't get a photo that does it justice. Think bridge on concrete stilts. Snow specked peaks that tower over us. Gorges of aquamarine colored streams. Picturesque mountain villages. Tunnels. Anyway, here is what I can share.

    The weather forecast is looking excellent. This is the forecast for Alta Badia at snow-forecast.com

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    Per my wife, dogs are welcome.

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    So, I checked it out. Quite simple to bring your best friend.

    https://it.usembassy.gov/embassy-co...ricultural-service/pet-travel-faqs-italy-u-s/

    I discovered an app called 3D Superski, also available for Android, and installed it.

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/3d-superski/id947371138

    Webcam photos that it offers are pretty nice,

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    Gee, this will save me a lot of time, satisfying those who want photos. (Get the app!) Though I haven't played with the app yet, I like the lift reports, route finding feature, and the tracking (at modest extra cost)

    Getting close to Cortina. My wife joins us at the station to pick up the bus to La Villa, in Alta Badia. Actually, I join her, running down to her hotel to pick her up, and to pickup her luggage, literally, and lug it, literally, to the station.

    More later as time allows.
     
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    Just got back home last night. Ok, no more webcam photos. We can do better.

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    More after I collect my thoughts
     
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    Can’t wait for the report and pics!
     
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    ^^^^^ What Mike said!
     

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