Deer, beer, Wifi – the story of a dolomites trail run

 

DEER
They are nine.
They came from Alaska.
They are friends, wives, mothers, housewives. And they also are doctors, teachers, shop owners, freelancers and other.

So you can guess that: they have a lot to talk about, and in fact they talk, they talk ALOT: they talk while hiking, while running, while walking and during the pauses. Of course they talk (a very lot) at breakfast, lunch and dinner. And they talk also – not really “of course” – while sleeping. So, in few words, they simply talk ALWAYS and LOUDLY.

Then one day Tata the guide sees a deer while traversing the woods, and says just one word (you know, he’s a mountain guy, they don’t talk too much): “DEER !”

And the magic happens: the whole group immediately stops. Don’t take me wrong: they don’t stop talking, they stop being loud, and proceed gently whispering (and trying to see the deer).

So this is the first keyword of the week, widely used all the times when the attention was needed: DEER !

BEER
Now you can imagine that: after so many hours talking while running, hiking, dining etc. etc. etc. they can be really very thirsty.

So that day we were reaching the Pisciadù Hut (elevation 2.580) after a long and hot hike, and the guide’s assistant (Mia, that’s me) said another single word (I don’t talk so much neither, even if – as widely stated – I’m not a mountain girl): “BEER !”

Suddenly the group started screaming and running hands-raised towards the hut. And this became the second keyword of the week, used to celebrate to most deserved and awaited moments of the day: BEER !

WIFI
And so this is us for the whole week: running and hiking for about 100 km and 6.000 mt up, and constantly talking about husbands, sons, daughters, school, colleagues but also books, the best and worst of the day (I did like that!) and some other questions that I didn’t understand (because listening takes resources too and those were not always available – I mean: they talk also very fast sometimes!).

At the end, we found there was only one situation (apart from deers, that’s obvious) where the group stopped talking, and this was kinda signal they where sending to each other, because there was only one good reason for not being talking: connection available!

And this became the third keyword of the week: WIFI !

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Originally posted by Mia Battaglia on his Facebook profile after a week running on the Dolomites Alta Via #1 & #2 trails

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And, then there was … Holimaiz!

There’s no doubt that brand name recognition is extremely important. Today, we can count on marketing companies that take your idea, what you want to do, the clientele you want to market and come up with the name that best suits your new business.

Way back in 2000, when we founded Holimites, our only thought was to find a fun and catchy-sounding name. During one of our brainstorming sessions, I said:

“Why don’t we join the word in English for “Holiday” and “Dolomites” and call it Holimites?”

Brilliant!!! That’s what we thought.

If we keep within the English language, the logic works and, besides, Holimites is also easy to pronounce. The problem arises with other languages: when you read “Holimites” in Italian, something that sounds catchy in English, sounds rather silly in Italian.

Once guests understand that Holimites is a combination of Holiday and Dolomites, our majestic mountains get the better of it and, then….Holimites becomes Holomites.

What to do?
Maybe we should’ve changed the brand name right from the start, but being the mountaineers that we are, we were (and still are) very stubborn.

Then, out of the blue, my son came up with a brilliant idea. This was his homework in German:

“Write 5 word with the letter H”:
HolimaizThe only worry is that he hears a lot at home about work … Hotel … Holimaiz (Holimaize).

He sure gave us a lesson: if you’re ever going to create a brand name, first ask a child to test it out! Either way, you can now also find us at Holimaiz.com.  ;-)

Igor
Founder of HoliMAIZ

 

 

 

 

The Top 5 free apps for your winter holiday in the Dolomites

Best apps for your ski holiday

There are many useful free apps for smartphones that can be used during a ski holiday in the Dolomites. We made a list of the most useful ones if you are skiing on the Dolomiti Superski slopes in South Tyrol:

1) Weather forecast

Meteo Alto Adige

What’s the weather forecast for the next days? Why is Siri telling me not to go out without an umbrella (yes, trust us, it happens) and the weather channel shows sunshine?

If you want to play it safe then download the official weather app of the local weather office of the Bolzano province. This app shows you the forecasts for different areas in South Tyrol, the detailed mountain weather and the current values from weather stations placed on the territory.

App download

2) Dolomiti Superski

Dolomiti Superski App

Open ski lifts and slopes, 3D map of the skiing area, all the latest news… plus the Ski Performance check to have a full summary of the kilometers of slopes covered during your holiday. As soon you have your Dolomiti Superskipass in your hands type in the skipass code. The MUST HAVE app for your ski holiday.

App download 

3) Ski Mobility

Ski Mobility Plan de Corones

An alternative to the classic Sellaronda? We have it: it starts from the Dolomites of Alta Badia, skiing over the Plan de Corones/Kronplatz to the Dolomites of Sexten and back. The ‘Ski Mobility’ app helps you with the necessary information about skibus and train transfers during this amazing ski trip.

App downlaod for iPhone
App download for Android on Google Play

4) Strava

Strava per lo sci

How many hours have you been active (and how many in the huts), how many kilometers have you covered, what is the altitude gain, and the maximum speed reached downhill? Strava is not only an excellent application for all sport activities such as hiking, cycling and running, we use it also for alpine skiing.

App download

5) Instagram

Bombardino Instagram

A picture of a hot chocolate or a Bombardino at a mountain hut. A plate of dumplings or an apple strudel with vanilla sauce… and this, with a breathtaking mountain background. Have fun posting your pictures and don’t forget to use the #dolomitesski hashtag and tag @holimites in your pictures.

App download

 

 

 

Last but not least…

PeakFinder

We have a sixth app, which is not among the free apps. But if you want to know the name of the Dolomites peaks around you this app is a MUST-HAVE too: Peakfinder.

App download

Why now is the best time to travel to the Dolomites for US residents

No, the reason isn’t because of Trump ;-) … but the weak Euro makes it the best time to travel now.

In fact, if we compare the Euro to US Dollar exchange rate on a currency chart covering the last 5 years, the Euro is now at its lowest!

EUR vs. USD 5 years range

EUR vs. USD 5 years range

Not so long ago (just 3 years), the Euro to Dollar ratio was at its peak: you had to dish out roughly 1.35 Dollars for every Euro.

Just think about it. In 2014, our bestselling offer – the “Trekking Best of Alta Via #1 & #2″ guided package – cost 1,090.00 Euro, which was then 1,471.50 US Dollars.

The same package in 2017 costs 1,150.00 Euro – today that’s 1,207.50 Dollars. Math never lies! Right now you can save more than 250.00 bucks for the same offer!

What’s even better … all our proposals on holimites.com are 18% cheaper today than in 2014!
That means more money in your pocket to invest in some extra days visiting the Dolomites or
Italy.

That said:

  • if you love outdoor activities like trekking, trail running, cycling, mountain biking, and so on
  • if the Dolomites are on your travel bucket list
  • if you want an YOLOmites experience ;-)

it’s time to browse through the holimites.com website and pick the travel experience that fits you best – we’ll do the rest!

See you soon in the Dolomites!

Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer

Colnago road bikes just arrived at the Holimites headquarters!

road bike hire dolomites

It’s not a secret that road cycling is the favorite sport of Holimites staff. Year after year, thanks to our great cycling tours on Dolomite roads, the number of guests pedaling with us through the Dolomites has grown exponentially.

The last summer season, we touched a point where we really had a tough time offering good and effective bike rental service to our guests. Local rental shops ran out of road bikes pretty fast – especially during weeks when events like the Maratona dles Dolomites are held. We really had to do somersaults in order to fulfill the demand by our guests.

So, last Fall we started making contact with different bike manufacturers. We were amazed that the first company that answered showing interest in partnering with us was one of the symbols of the Made in Italy bike brand. Yes, we’re talking about none other than COLNAGO!

Starting this summer you can rent this special Colnago CLX 3.0 with Ultegra 11v through Holimites. Don’t procrastinate if you need to rent a bike during busy periods like the Sellaronda Bikedays or the Maratona dles Dolomites! Get on the move and get in touch with us by filling out the following Colnago rental form.

road bike hire dolomites

The Colnago CLX 3.0 on icy ground

We needn’t state the obvious, but as soon this jewel checked-in, we took it out for a test run and what follows is Igor’s review:

I’m different! Or, it seems to me like I’m different. I’ve never been a big fan of carbon and I can’t simply understand all the carbon frame hype over the last years. Of course I’ve ridden many carbon frames: road bike, mountain bike and cyclo-cross. But as soon I can, I always switch back to my 15-year-old Scapin steel road bike. 

I was thrilled when we closed a deal with Colnago to supply their CLX 3.0 bikes to Holimites. And, because I’m a sucker for testing any kind of bike, I was antsy to put my butt on the saddle and try out this frame. A 1-km ride from my house at Ustaria Posta is all I need to tell whether I like a road bike or not. That’s where a series of 4 switchbacks will tell me whether I’m ‘controlling’ the bike or whether the bike wants to control me ;-) .

road bike hire dolomites

Riding the Passo delle Erbe in springtime is like to ride a roller coaster.

I already know that carbon frames usually perform differently downhill compared to steel or aluminum. But what I felt with the COLNAGO CLX 3.0 just amazed me! It felt so comfortable that, honestly, I couldn’t believe it was a carbon frame, and the handling was simply superb!

A few days later I opted for a long road bike ride on my favorite Passo delle Erbe route (view it on Strava). The Passo delle Erbe was still closed (I knew that, of course) and that meant I was the only one on the road. The UCI would have opted for the “Extreme Weather Protocol“ but those were the best conditions to test the road bike.

The bottom line is that this COLNAGO CLX 3.0 is really a great and comfortable ‘toy’ to ride up and down the Dolomite roads. And, I’m sure that every guest who will have the chance to rent it will be amazed at how comfortable this frame is.

Igor

road bike hire Dolomites

PS: If you’re a steel frame lover like me, check out and enjoy this video:

PPS: Oh, and if you’re a carbon frame aficionado, also take a look at the video above. But be aware, you might start falling in love with steel, too!

Road cycling Dolomites