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Postcard from the Dolomites
Wednesday April 13, 2011 - Email this article to a friend

One of our partners, the ski school Inside Out, ran a course in the Dolomites earlier this month. The instructor, Rob Rees, has just sent us a report and some pictures of the area.

We stayed in the village of San Cassiano, a couple of lifts from the main Sella Rondo circuit.

The skiing in this corner of the Dolomiti Superski is very lovely, with some great cruisey piste skiing above and blow the tree line.  

Despite unbroken sunshine and high temperatures all week the skiing was superb.  

The standard of piste preparation is very high, and we had firm and occasionally icy conditions first thing each morning, followed by terrific grippy snow in the middle of the day, softening to slush as the afternoon went on.

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While the rest of Europe seemed top be melting fast, this corner of Italy seemed to be holding up well.  

Perfect for developing skills as the range of snow conditions allowed a little bit of everything to be sampled!

The scenery in that part of Italy is beyond stunning, but is matched by the quality of the mountain restaurants and the wonderful range of Italian food and drink (all at very 'non-French' prices).

The lift network is designed to encourage long-distance tours from village to village, almost entirely served by modern gondolas and fast chairlifts.

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We spent a couple of enjoyable days around the main Sella Ronda circuit, as well as sampling gems such as the Hidden Valley and the Cinque Torres tour.

This was our first trip to the Dolomites but we're already planning a couple of coaching weeks there next season, with an introduction to race training in January and a coaching clinic in March.

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As a bonus we even had a day in Venice on our way home as Venice airport is one of the airport serving that part of Italy.

Wandering around the sights of Venice really was a perfect end to a perfect week.

Sightseeing on the way backSightseeing on the way back












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