Skiing in the Dolomites

Having worked and guided extensively in the Italian Dolomites and skied there since 1990, I believe the Italian Dolomites is without doubt the best ski terrain in the world.
Indeed, it has remained a well kept secret for a long time but is now becoming recognised worldwide for its spectacular natural beauty but also for its very high level of cuisine, state of the art ski lifts and great hospitality.

The Italian Dolomites have recently been classified as a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site.

Ski Safaris in the Italian Dolomites were the brainchild of Mario Delmonego several years ago and are unique and unbeatable. A ski safari in the Dolomites takes one on a voyage of discovery whether you are a keen, experienced skier or more intermediate level.  Ski touring in the Dolomites is like none other and Mario, from a local family in the village of Arabba in the heart of the Dolomites, is the most fun, professional and enthusiastic guide and companion one could wish for. He knows all the secret places to ski, the best places to eat and how to create the ski holiday of a lifetime.

The Dolomites ski domain provides one of the largest ski networks in the world.  There are 12 different ski areas connected by 450 modern ski lifts and 1.200 km of perfectly prepared snow covered slopes with just a single ski-pass!  One of the great delights for visitors skiing in the Dolomites is the true Italian foodie experience.  There are mountain huts scattered everywhere so, in addition to fantastic skiing, you can enjoy pappardelle con conghiale or salsiccia con polenta with a glass of local vino and espresso before heading off again down the slopes and, of course, don’t forget the ubiquitous ice bars for a shot of grappa before a spot of off piste!

The famous Sella Ronda is a 36km loop that goes across four of the ski valleys (Alta Badia, Val Gardena, Val di Fassa and Livinallongo), whilst the Great War Ski Tour (Giro della Grande Guerra) packs in historical landmarks, lots of ski slopes, and even a horse drawn “ski lift”. Skiing in the Dolomites combines perfectly groomed slopes, a myriad of choices of pistes, scenery to die for, cuisine quite out of the ordinary and excellent high quality accommodation.

In addition to putting together ski safaris for private groups (be it only 4 people or for up to 12 people), I am always delighted to hear from anyone interested in booking their own ski holiday in the Dolomites where I can organise accommodation and tailor make everything as required….again, nothing is too much trouble.

Mario delmonego

Your private ski guide and instructor

With decades of experience as a ski instructor, born and bred in the Dolomites and having also worked in Canada and New Zealand, the key element to your ski safari is Mario.


Accommodation can be chosen and selected according to one’s preferences. You may wish to combine ‘simple’ but comfy refuges with more luxurious high end ones and even the odd night in an unforgettable mountain hotel such as the Rosa Alpina.


We tailor make your itineraries according to your private group, level of skiing, preferred style of accommodation and personal preferences. Every element of your ski safari is bespoke to you to guarantee THE very best Dolomites adventure.

We Recommend

San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge

Val Pusteria, Italian Dolomites

Away from it all, immersed in the sensuous paradise of an elegant, charming and much-loved home, San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge is a unique and luxurious refuge. To stay at San Lorenzo, be it in summer or winter, is undoubtedly an unmatched European mountain experience.

Rosa Alpina

San Cassiano, Italian Dolomites

Luxurious and hedonistic with superb hospitality and service, Rosa Alpina is a dream summer and winter destination. With it Michelin Restaurant, indoor pool and SPA and a truly veritable reputation, Rosa Alpina is a jewel in crown of the Dolomites.

Sport Hotel

Arabba, Italian Dolomites

This charming family managed hotel in the heart of the Italian Dolomites offers absolute comfort in an area of outstanding natural beauty and some of the best skiing and walking in the world.

Locanda degli Artisti

Canazei, Val di Fassa, Trentino, Italian Dolomites

This very special, unique jewel of the Dolomites goes beyond expectations on all levels – contemporary design, original art, exceptional gastronomy and warm hospitality – Locanda degli Artisti is the magical miracle new hotel opening of 2021!

“Thanks very much for your follow-up message.  We had a most wonderful and  memorable trip with our dear friends.  Mike and I are very grateful for your prompt, thorough and detailed attention to our initial request for assistance with travel planning of our Ski Safari. I’m certain we are truly “homesick” for the Dolomites, as we settle back into our our Michigan homes.  We definitely miss Mario, as well.

Hotel Schloss Sonnenberg was an exquisite property, the owners and staff were very kind and hospitable, it was lovely.  The breakfast and dinners were incredibly delicious, perfectly prepared, fresh and high quality. The location was impressive, perched on the hillside, overlooking the river and village… We were most impressed with a private tour of the hotel courtesy of the owners, from the ancient crypt and shrines, wine cellar, spa and wellness areas, salvaged ancient architectural pieces and artefacts, along with a detailed history of the monastery – very, very special!  Their family’s dedication to the restoration and preservation of the history, structures and grounds is admirable. Rosa Alpina was most inviting, again, terrific dining options – incredible food, lovely hotel, professional service, spacious rooms…All the facilities were sparkling clean, and every attention to detail ensured. Very comfy beds and linens, as well. Refugio Faciade was truly a unique experience, as you described. Quite the adventure… We appreciate the very unique and special qualities that draw thousands to dine at Refugio Faciade.

Mario is The Best! He is a supreme professional in all aspects – ski guide, tour guide, dining guide, and history guide.  He was most careful to assess our on-snow skills and abilities, and subtly observed our reactions to increasingly challenging slopes (we were game for most anything). We were never “over-faced”, and he ensured we had the best possible experience every day. We were so lucky to enjoy incredible snow conditions, along with the astonishing beauty of the Dolomites, and tremendous systems of interconnected ski areas.  He is a most adept juggler- keeping track of us on the slopes and aboard chairlifts, gondolas and cable cars. We covered considerable territory every day.  As you know, he arranged exquisite midday dining at incredible restaurants – overwhelming experiences in and of themselves! We can’t conjure up enough compliments, or adjectives to assign to such amazing planning.

We so enjoyed our conversations with him, and were most grateful for his dedication to ensure our enjoyment…  All transportation to the ski areas and hotels were perfect (realizing how much effort is involved in timing and communications). The skiing was awesome. As my friend, Sally, said to me after lunch our first day “we can never ski in The States again!”

Our trip was enchanting, magical and a true adventure! We look forward to returning for another adventure and Ski Safari in the coming years.  Many, many thanks for all your assistance.

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