Italian Dolomites Snowshoe
Italian Dolomites Snowshoe
Italian Dolomites Snowshoe
Italian Dolomites Snowshoe
Italian Dolomites Snowshoe
Italian Dolomites Snowshoe

Italian Dolomites Snowshoe

Snowshoeing in the Italian Dolomites

A snowshoeing holiday in the magnificent Italian Dolomites. This part of the northern Italian Alps is one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, with vertical walls, sheer cliffs and narrow, deep and long valleys. Yet it's an ideal area for snowshoeing, with perfect trails that negotiate this dramatic scenery and offer a unique perspective on this magical place. Be prepared to be impressed!


  • World class stunning mountain scenery
  • Highly experienced Italian 'High Mountain Guide'
  • Excellent hotel with Italian hospitality
  • Saunas to ease those muscles
  • Peaks, spires and secluded valleys
  • A week of truly beautiful snowshoeing

It has eighteen peaks rising to over 3000 metres (9840ft), many with spectacular rock spires and towers, such as the world famous Tre Cime. It is the exceptional natural beauty of the rock formations and geology that have given the Dolomites, World Heritage status.

I was surprised by the scenery, absolutely stunning! The food was great, brilliant mix of cultures, with Austrian and Italian dishes. Never quite knew when to speak German or Italian, but loved the challenge. Oh, and the skiing was amazing, first class tracks and wonderful journeys that will stay with me forever. 


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  • Today you arrive in the characterful town of Dobbiaco, Italy, also know as Toblach. The Sud Tirol is predominantly German speaking, with Italian the second language. If arriving by bus/train be sure to check both names, Dobbiaco and Toblach. Please advise us if you require this.

  • A short drive from our base at Dobbiaco takes us to our starting point in the valley below the Strudelkopf, also know as Monte Specie, at 2307m (7566ft). Even the drive is scenic and an introduction to the Dolomites and the stunning rock sculptures. The trail along Val di Stolla follows a forest path in a gorge until it reaches a high alp, which gives the first stunning views of the mountains of the Dolomites and in particular of the red rocks of the Croda Rossa. We leave the meadow and contour round to the Strudelkopf and its view point over the world famous Tre Cime towers. A fabulous first day in the mountains! After a cake stop at Prato Piazza we aim to take the local bus back down to our starting point at Pontechello.

    Ascent: 850m (2788ft) Descent: 396m (1298ft) 


  • Today we remain in Val Pusteria and head for the Bonner Hütte below the impressive summit of the Corni de Fana, which rises to 2663m (8734ft). The Corni de Fana sees four distinctive flanks join on the summit, a true meeting of the mountain. We start from the tiny hamlet of Hofer and climb steadily through lovely pine forests until we arrive above the treeline. Here we are treated to views all the way back down to the Val Pusteria. The Bonner Hütte now appears in the meadow above us and is a good enticement for the final climb to the hut with thoughts of hot chocolate, cake and a wood burning stove!

    10km. Ascent: 700m (2296ft) Descent 700m (2296ft) Distance: 10km (4.4 miles)

  • This is a gorgeous snowshoe walk! We set off today for the Valle di Casies which is surrounded by very tempting summits. Our goal is the fabulous pass - the Kalkstein Jochl - which sits at 2328m (7635ft) and offers excellent views of the range. We park at the hamlet of San Magdalena and begin as we often do, with a gentle stroll through the forests, until the trail passes through a lovely alpine hamlet and the treeline thins out. Here we are truly on the open mountain and it is a beautiful and steady climb to the pass. We love this snowshoe walk with its sense of wide open spaces and stunning views.

    Ascent: 800m (2624ft) Descent: 800m 2624ft) Distance: 8km (5 miles)

  • Misurina is a 'beauty spot' by the lakeside en route to Cortina d'Ampezzo, and is often visited in winter by those en route to the Three Peaks. In winter as in summer it is a lovely location for a village, and easy to see why the original settlers would choose to build there. It is our starting point for our hike today when we will aim to catch views of the Tre Cime, also known as the Drei Zinnen, perhaps one of the most famous mountain views in the world. Three immense towers of rock rising above the valley, truly breathtaking. We have various options for a hike in this area, and we will make a decision based on the snow conditions. Wherever we climb we are treated to a vista of rock towers and jagged spires. A truly spectacular mountain setting!

    Ascent: 800m (2624ft) Descent: 800m (2624ft) Distance: 9km (5.6 miles) approximate as it depends on our chosen route

  • A hike today from the Kreuzbergerpass. The pass gives us a good starting point for our trip offering various trails through the forests. Our goal is the lovely Nemes Alm Hütte where hopefully we can enjoy a coffee and cake stop! As always the Dolomites offer up some fantastic views and vistas with impressive peaks and summits. During this week we are literally spoiled for choice when it comes to break-taking mountain scenery. Our aim will be to complete a circuit around the Kreuzberger before heading back to our hotel for another session in the spa!

    Ascent: 700m (2296ft) Descent: 750m 2460ft) Distance: 10km (6.3 miles)

  • We have a short drive along the valley to Taisten, and then climb to the start of our hike at the Mudlerhof, a mountain inn. We then set off for the Brunnerwiesen Alm which gives us lovely panoramic views of the Dolomites. After walking up through the pinewoods we cross a saddle to reach the summit cross of the Lutterkopf which sits at 2145m (7035ft). After the obligatory photo opportunity we continue along the ridgeline to our second summit of the day, the Durakopf, which sits at 2275m (7462ft). It's then down to the saddle and back round to where we started the walk, completing a great circular route.

    Ascent: 685m (2246ft) Descent: 685m (2246ft) Distance: 8km (5 miles)

  • Today we leave from our base at Dobbiaco and head home after a week of snowy peaks and stunning scenery.

It is always our aim to complete the proposed itinerary outlined above, however, it may be necessary for our guides/instructors to adjust the daily itinerary based on the weather conditions, group safety and enjoyment.


On all our trips we aim to accommodate our guests in well-situated, clean, characterful, family run accommodation. We are painstaking in our research to give you the best option possible and one that is good value. Our suggested accommodation, listed below, is subject to availability at the time of booking. We have given details of our favoured venues and those we intend to use. If unavailable we will book alternative accommodation of a similar standard.

Our trip fees are based on two people sharing a room. However, on many of our trips single rooms are available on request for a supplementary fee.

Hotel Tschurtschenthaler, Dobbiaco/Toblach


The Hotel Tschurtschenthaler is a family run hotel right in the heart of Dobbiaco/Toblach. It is ideally positioned for easy access to the many outdoor shops, as well as the bars, and coffee shops. The hotel has a really lovely spa area which is great for easing any tired muscles.

All rooms are all en suite, and some have balconies. The hotel is run by Marlies whom we have gotten to know over several years of visiting the Dolomites. Single rooms may be available on request for a supplementary fee. 

  • If choosing to travel by air you can fly to Innsbruck, in Austria or Venice, in Italy. Verona airport, also in Italy is another possibility.

    If flying to Innsbruck you then take a train to Dobbiaco, also called Toblach on train schedules. Be aware that in the Dolomites/Sud Tirol all the towns and village have an Italian name and a German name. If choosing Innsbruck you can take a free shuttle bus, takes 15 mins and leaves every 10 mins, from the airport to Innsbruck central railway station. The train departs hourly, for Brennero/Brenner, change here for Fortezza/Franzensfeste, then on to Dobbiaco/Toblach. The journey takes approximately 3h00, and the changes are every 30 mins at Fortezza and Brennero. If your departure flight is too early for the first local train between Dobbiaco, and Fortezza then you can book a taxi at the hotel to take you direct to Fortezza.

    A useful link which gives other options, such as the trains from Venice to Dobbiaco, is Rome2Rio which gives a map and overall picture. Local trains for Dobbiaco can be found at You can also take the train from the UK all the way to Dobbiaco, you can check times here.

  • You must have the appropriate insurance for your chosen activity, including helicopter rescue, repatriation and medical costs. We also advise you take out Trip Cancellation/Curtailment Insurance in the event of you being unable to join the trip. The insurance referred to should only be purchased AFTER we have confirmed your trip is guaranteed to run. 

    The insurance clause set out in our 'Terms and Conditions' is below:

    Insurance: It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical expenses, injury, illness, death, cost of repatriation, and personal accident risks. This must include cover for the activities to be undertaken during the trip. For tours taking place outside the United Kingdom you must ensure that your insurance covers rescue from the mountains, including helicopter rescue. It is the right of the leader to make a decision to call for helicopter rescue if such assistance is needed. Costs incurred by you, the client, due to an evacuation, rescue or other emergency shall be your responsibility. Any subsequent costs incurred for expenses, not limited to but including such costs as hotels, food, transport etc, shall be borne by you, the client. You are responsible for ensuring insurance cover is adequate for the particular needs of your chosen activity. You must be fully aware of the implications involved in arranging your own travel insurance and understand the limitations and exclusions of the policy. By agreeing to our Terms and Conditions you are authorising Tracks and Trails Ltd, or the person employed to lead the trip for Tracks and Trails Ltd, to instigate rescue and/or helicopter evacuation procedures without previously obtaining the permission of the company issuing your insurance policy. We reserve the right to cancel your booking at any time if we are not satisfied you have the necessary insurance policy covering your activity. Please ensure that your insurance covers you to the maximum altitude given on your trip itinerary. If you are unsure or are joining a bespoke trip then please contact us for specific details. Most of our trips have a maximum altitude of 3,000 metres (9840ft), except the Tour de Monte Rosa which reaches 3316m (10,877ft). You must bring all insurance documentation with you at the time of the activity. We also recommend your insurance covers you for trip cancellation and baggage loss/damage. Tracks and Trails Ltd are unable to accept responsibility for the loss or damage to any client equipment or luggage.

    For further details, please read the Insurance section on our website.

  • Winter mountain weather in the European Alps can vary considerably, and in this respect it is no different to any mountain environment where the terrain influences the weather and it can change from valley to valley. 

    In winter the weather can deliver everything from clear blue skies, and glorious sunshine, to heavy snowfall and strong winds. Essentially, as with all mountain journeys, you should be prepared for any eventuality.

    Temperatures vary depending on the month, generally December, January, and February are colder, but by March and April the temperatures are warming up and spring is on the way. 

    In December and January they can range from -10°Celsius (14°F) to 3°Celsius (37.4F), in February from -5°Celsius (23°F) to 7°Celsius (44.6°F), and in March from 0°Celsius (32°F) to 13°Celsius (55.4°F). 

    The above figures are a general indication only as the weather can vary considerably year on year for any given month.


  • For each of our trips there is a minimum number of guests required to book before we can 'guarantee' your trip will run. This is normally 4, and on some occasions 5. 

    In the 'Dates and Prices' section you can hover over the 'Status' button to see how many more bookings are required for your trip to be confirmed. 

    The maximum number of guests that we take on any given trip is indicated in the 'At a Glance' box on the right hand side of the trip page. 

    We will, on occasion, run trips that have not reached the minimum number because our guests have agreed to pay a supplement to allow the trip to go ahead, enabling them to book their travel. If the trip then reaches its minimum number we refund the difference. Do contact us if you wish to discuss this option. 

    We strongly advise you do not book travel until we have confirmed your trip is 'guaranteed' to run. If you book travel before we have confirmed it is 'guaranteed' we cannot be held responsible for any financial loss if the trip does not go ahead.

  • After we have processed your booking we will send you a comprehensive clothing and equipment list that is appropriate to your trip and activity. There will be some items on this list that we strongly recommend and others which are suggested. Our list is based on our experience of what is needed for any particular trip, but it is not the definitive article! If you have items you like to use then do bring them, but be aware of over-loading your 'day' rucksack with items that are heavy and therefore making the trip more challenging.

    Please contact us if in any doubt about what to bring.

  • When booking a holiday as a solo traveller a twin bedded room comprising of two single beds, is booked as standard. This will be with someone of the same gender unless you request to pay extra for your own room. Single rooms are often limited in supply so if you would like to pay a supplement for a single room we urge you to get in touch as soon as possible. This trip has a single supplement of £200. 

  • On many of our trips there will be an element of 'group kit' which will be shared amongst our guests. As mountain people you will be used to team work and working together to the mutual benefit of the group.

    The 'group kit' will be minimal and simply a case of sharing out a few lightweight 'survival shelters'. On a week-long trip you may carry a small shelter for just one day before passing it on to the next person. 

    On many of our cross country ski trips to remote areas there will also be a few additional items to share such as the grip waxes/klisters, spare pole, and snow shovel. These items are shared in such a way that no one is over burdened. 

    Other group items necessary for safety and comfort will be carried by your guide/instructor.

  • We go to great lengths to work with first class guides and instructors who are passionate about their work. They are all fully qualified, and insured, and hold the correct documentation.

    Please note your guide/instructor has complete discretion to make a daily decision on whether or not to take the advertised route based on the weather and the ability of the members of the group. They have our authority to make any route changes they believe are necessary in the interests of safety and enjoyment. 

    For our walking, family, and snowshoeing trips your guide will be a fully qualified and experienced International Mountain Leader. For our running trips your guide will be an International Mountain Leader, and an experienced mountain 'trail runner'.

    If you have booked on a cross country ski trip you will be with a fully qualified professional BASI Nordic Ski Instructor or equivalent. BASI is the British Association of Snowsport Instructors. 

  • This is a general statement with regard to luggage and is not specific to your trip. Please read on.

    Point to Point

    The majority of our point-to-point trips have luggage support which means your bags are transferred each day to the next accommodation and you only need to wear a small/medium sized 'rucksack' for items you might need during the course of the day. 

    On some trips which feature a night in a refuge/rifugio/hut your main luggage may not be available that evening due to lack of vehicle access. Your rucksack should be of sufficient capacity to carry a few extra items required for this overnight. Your trip itinerary will indicate on which nights you do not have access to your main luggage. If in any doubt please contact us

    Centre Based

    For our centre based trips, in other words where you are staying in the same accommodation all week, you are welcome to bring whatever luggage you require. However, do refer to the note below with regard to 'size' and the lack of elevators in some hotels. 

    Size of Luggage

    Please note that many hotels do not have elevators. This means you may need to carry your luggage to your bedroom. 

    On our point-to-point trips where your luggage is moved along the route by taxi we ask that you keep the weight to a maximum of 15kgs (33lbs), and ONE bag per person. Many of the taxi companies who move your bags impose a 15kg (33lbs) limit and restrict the number because they have to unload and reload the vehicle each day. If you take more than one bag you may be asked to pay a supplement. 

    Luggage on wheels is a good idea, and as stated you need to be able to carry your luggage to your bedroom which may involve climbing several flights of stairs.  

  • We do not include lunches in your trip fee for various reasons. We have found our guests have particular tastes and requirements for 'trail' or 'hill' food and it is better you choose and buy what you require. Buying supplies and trying local specialities is a great way to inter-act with the local people and to practise your language skills. 

    Lunches on our trips are 'picnic' style lunches, in other words you take a packed lunch with sufficient snacks, food and fluid to sustain you throughout your day of activity. If there is the possibility of lunch being taken at a restaurant/farm/cafe beside the trail, your guide/instructor will advise you of this. 

    Each evening you can choose to order a picnic or a sandwich from the hotel, or your guide/instructor will advise you of other options such as a local shop or market and whether you need to purchase items in the evening or if the shop/market is open early enough the next morning not to delay your start. In all cases we would always ask you to settle any 'bill' for lunch or drinks in the evening and not in the morning when there may be a queue.

  • On your itinerary you will find an indication of the amount of ascent and descent you can expect each day. This offers a guideline to how much effort might be expended each day and allows you to decide, based on previous experience, if your fitness and stamina are correct for the trip. 

    We make every attempt to ensure these statistics are as accurate as possible, but ask you to note that the most modern of technology used to record these details can show considerable variations in terms of ascent, descent, and in particular distance. In other words no two people using GPS devices on the same route will have exactly the same details recorded at the end of the day. 

    The statistics given should be used as a 'general' indication of the effort required. 

  • It is useful to arrive at your destination with some cash in the local currency, however, on most occasions it is relatively easy to visit a 'cash machine' after arrival and withdraw money on a credit or debit card. Some of our locations are an exception to this in particular Norway, where the accommodation will often have no facilities for withdrawing cash, but they will take a credit card. 

    On many of our trips we will visit remote cafes/farms where it is wonderful to enjoy a drink and a cake, at places such as these they will only accept payment in the local currency in cash. 

    On our walking and running trips which take in the route of the 'Tour du Mont Blanc' you will find that Euros will also be accepted in Switzerland as we are never far from the frontier, but the exchange rate will be poor.

    Below is a list of the currency and the currency symbol for each of the countries where we run trips:

    Italy = Euro/€

    Germany = Euro/€

    Sweden = Krona/SEK

    Norway = Kroner/NOK

    Bulgaria = Lev/BGN

    Switzerland = Swiss Franc/CHF

    Finland, including Lapland = Euro/€

    Spain, including Mallorca = Euro/€

    France, including Corsica = Euro/€ 

    Poland = Zloty/PLN = Euros will be accepted, but some local currency is advisable

    Czech Republic = Koruna/CZK - Euros will be accepted, but some local currency is advisable

  • Food

    On all our trips we prefer if you can experience local tastes and dishes that reflect the culture of the country we are visiting and for this reason many of our accommodation options will be family run with a reputation for the traditional food of the region. 

    If you have a 'special' diet because of an allergy or intolerance to a certain food type which will make you ill the accommodation will cater for this as best they can, eg gluten free, nut free, lactose free. 

    If you are vegetarian then this is not a problem as the hotels/refuges are used to being asked for vegetarian meals. Our accommodation will try to cater for those with vegan diets but in remote refuges in the mountains this is more difficult. If you would like to discuss the suitability of a trip for a vegan diet then please contact us. Gluten-free diets will be possible with regard to the evening meals, but we would advise that you bring along some gluten-free snacks for your breakfasts and lunches.

    If you have a 'special' diet which is NOT because of an allergy or intolerance, and is not 'veggie' then we apologise but we cannot cater for this. The accommodation on the popular routes will be catering for many people each evening, in some cases up to 70/80 meals per night, 7 days a week, and realistically they cannot produce many different meal options unless the food will result in illness. 


    The countries we visit all have tap water that is drinkable. If for any reason a particular hotel is having a problem with a remote mountain water supply they will normally post a sign over the tap indicating that you must not drink the water. At all times you are welcome to ask your guide/instructor if the water can be drunk. We would ask, for environmental reasons, that you avoid using single-use plastic bottles, and bring a water bottle that can be used repeatedly. 

  • A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required for visits to countries outside the EU, such as Norway. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice.  

  • We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

    Note that if your trip involves staying in a mountain refuge/rifugio/hut that electric sockets may be in short supply and for that night you may not be able to charge any items. Although the accommodation will have electricity this will often be supplied by solar panels or a generator and limited to use by the staff. For this reason we advise that carrying a small slimline and lightweight 'battery pack' can be very useful for recharging phones which many of you will also use as your camera. 

  • Before booking consider whether you expect to be in the appropriate physical condition on the date of your  departure to allow you to fully participate in and enjoy your holiday. If you have any doubts because of an illness or injury it would be advisable to check with your doctor.

    UK residents should obtain and bring with them the free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment in certain European countries, but is not a substitute for medical travel insurance. We advise that you always carry your insurance documents with details of the Emergency Medical telephone number for your insurance provider, and your policy number. 

  • We feel strongly about protecting the environment and do not encourage the use of single-use plastic items. We would ask that you arrive with a ‘water bottle’ or ‘hydration system’ that can be used repeatedly. We would point out that we operate a ‘zero tolerance’ for rubbish, and would ask you to remove all your rubbish items from the mountain even those you consider to be bio-degradable. In particular we ask that you remove any toilet tissue.

    You can read our full policy here.

  • Working across international boundaries, and with various currencies means that the price of our trips can change overnight. We have, however, undertaken to guarantee that once you have paid your deposit the price of your trip is fixed. In this respect we urge you to book early to ensure that you receive the price advertised on our website. The website price may increase due to currency fluctuations, but we guarantee that the price advertised on the date of your booking will be maintained in your individual case. 

  • Due to the specialised nature of our holidays, we co-sell a number of trips with 'partner' companies. These are carefully selected to ensure they reflect our ethos and standards in terms of the service we offer our guests. By encouraging other companies to sell our trips it means that your chosen holiday may reach its 'minimum' number earlier, allowing us to guarantee the trip and to give you the go-ahead to book your travel arrangements.

    There may be occasions when our partners have helped book your accommodation and organise the logistics for your trip. On these occasions your hotel may have recorded your room reservation in the name of one of our partners. 

    We guarantee that companies with whom we work will offer the same package as Tracks and Trails Ltd. The price will be the same, though occasionally they may be operating in a different currency. Your itinerary and the items that are included, or not included in your trip fee, will also be the same. 

    We believe in team work, and enjoy working with other small high quality companies. If you have any questions about this policy please contact us and we will be happy to discuss it with you. 

Prices may vary depending on date.


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What's Included

  • Half board accommodation in a 3* hotel or similar, based on two people sharing
  • Services of a professional Italian 'High Mountain Guide'
  • Snowshoe equipment; snowshoes, poles, snow shovel, transceiver and avalanche probe
  • In resort transport to get to the start of our hikes
  • Tracks and Trails memento - a gift to take home!

What's Not Included

  • Lunches
  • Flights
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Insurance
  • Travel to the resort

I was surprised by the scenery, absolutely stunning! The food was great, brilliant mix of cultures, with Austrian and Italian dishes. Never quite knew when to speak German or Italian, but loved the challenge. Oh, and the skiing was amazing, first class tracks and wonderful journeys that will stay with me forever. 

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At a Glance

From Price £1535
Holiday Type Snowshoeing
Duration 8 Days
Group Size 8
Minimum Age 18
Maximum Altitude 2328m (7635ft)
Countries Visited Italy
Meet In Dobbiaco/Toblach, Italy
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