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Holimites Backcountry Skiing Wednesday #HBSwed

Dolomites Backcountry Skiing

Alta Badia not only means skiing on perfectly groomed Dolomite Superski carousel slopes… it also means having an array of activities in Alta Badia at your fingertips and our favorite is backcountry skiing.

There are over ten ways to reach the Santa Croce Sanctuary from the town of Badia, precisely where we have our offices. This proximity is idea for taking a rejuvenating ski run during our lunch break or sharing a skiing adventure with our guests so that they get to know this little-known activity that is sure to deliver incredible emotions.

This winter, we’ve come up with “Backcountry Skiing Wednesdays” aimed at converting the uninitiated. We’ll boot uphill to the Santa Croce Sanctuary each Wednesday with skins, through fir and larch forests covered with pristine fields of fresh, untracked powder.

We’ll be straightforward in saying that this won’t be a walk in the park and you’ll probably break out a sweat, but you can count on feeling absolutely satisfied at the end of the day.

Here’s what you’ll need and how you can participate:

Meeting: every Wednesday at 8:00 am at the Holimites office in the center of Badia or at a location indicated when you make your reservation.

Booking: We’ll take along a maximum of 5 people, so sign up ASAP if you want a spot. To make a reservation, call our office at +39 0471 838022 (Monday – Saturday 9am-12pm; 2pm-5:30pm) or stop by our office in person! Last call to sign up is Tuesday at 12pm.

Cost: Free … or almost! The only cost to you is backcountry ski rental, if you don’t have your own pair.

Ski rental: You can rent backcountry skis at “Skiservice Renato” in La Villa. We recommend renting the skis on Tuesday morning so that you can try the boots and skis for at least 15 minutes beforehand and thereby avoid any last minute problems the next day.

Duration: Our guide will accompany you for roughly 2 ½ hours, time enough to reach the Santa Croce Sanctuary and – for faster groups – to ski back down.

What to bring: Backcountry skiing is a demanding sport where you toil and sweat. Therefore, we highly recommend lightweight and breathable clothing on the up and a light backpack with an insulating layer, protective layer and hat for a quick changeover on the down.

Physical readiness: If you plan on starting off on the golden road to backcountry skiing, let’s say up front that you need to be physically fit. It is not the kind of sport for skiers who only ski one week a year. We want you to have fun during these 2 ½ hours, not wipe yourselves out after half an hour going up, causing us to have someone come and evacuate you.  Aside from being a somewhat experienced skier (i.e. black diamond ski runs), you need to have an intermediate level of physical fitness, meaning that this activity is aimed at people who regularly practice sports during the entire year, such as jogging, biking or other activities that strengthen your physical stamina.