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Snowshoeing in the Dolomites - Exodus Travels
Snowshoeing in the Dolomites - Exodus Travels
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46 reviews
Starts
Innsbruck
+4 Destinations
Northern Italy
Ends
Innsbruck
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Start and end in Innsbruck! With the ski, snowboard & snow tour Snowshoeing in the Dolomites, you have a 8 day tour package taking you through Innsbruck, Austria and 3 other destinations in Europe. Snowshoeing in the Dolomites is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
14
Travel style
Ski, Snowboard & Snow, Adventure

46 Reviews

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  • Snowshoeing in the Dolomites reviewer 1
    Written on October 22, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A magical experience that showcases a fantastic country, its people and its animalsWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The people in the group and sitting around the campfire chatting every nightSeeing a leopard and its cub from a few metres away and the evening dinner Zambezi cruise.Camping wildWhat did you think of your group leader?Sam was great and everything you want in a leader - relaxed and unflappable which created a great atmosphere and yet kept everything running smoothlyOur local guide Joseph was amazing at finding and getting us close to the animalsDo you have any advice for potential travellers?I went in late Sep / early Oct and it was really hot.  The best thing I took with me was a silk sleeping bag liner as often this was all you needed.You may find it strange on the first few days that there is a lot of relaxation time in the afternoons (due to the heat) - such as midday to 5pm which we found a struggle on the first few days but it soon makes you relax and switch off and becomes part of your normal dayIs there anything else you would like to add?To be quite honest I think it is one of the best holidays I have had.  You completely switch off from life back home

  • Snowshoeing in the Dolomites reviewer 2
    Written on May 13, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Brilliant trip in a beautiful part of the world. Top marks for the catering and staff at Hotel Adler too, very well looked after.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Views from the Durrakopf are well worth the effortWhat did you think of your group leader?Karl is a real gem- constantly cracking jokes, the trip wouldn't be the same without himDo you have any advice for potential travellers?Do not, on any account, pass up on the opportunity for some kaiserschmarrn.Tyrolean night at the hotel is a lot better than you might expect!Is there anything else you would like to add?I've heard a rumour that Exodus are considering doing away with the minibus and providing taxis instead. Please don't. The cameraderie of travelling together in the bus is all part of the fun; and it wouldn't be much fun to stand around in the cold waiting for taxis after a long day's trekking.

  • Snowshoeing in the Dolomites reviewer 3
    Written on March 18, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    GreatWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Views from the peaksWhat did you think of your group leader?ExcellentDo you have any advice for potential travellers?Go for itIs there anything else you would like to add?Wonderful hotel

  • Snowshoeing in the Dolomites reviewer 4
    Written on February 9, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    This was a new experience for me - I had some time off in January and decided to give it a go.  Snowshoeing is not technically difficult and the snowshoes are not that heavy to wear, but the trip is quite a demanding Grade B.  On a sunny day (at least) the views and sense of achievement are worth it.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Standing on top of Durakopf was both the literal and methaphorical high point of the holiday.  A stunning view across the alps and Dolomites.  However, the sneaking view that it would be nice to come back in spring and see it all in technicolour (rather than 360 degrees of white) did enter my head...What did you think of your group leader?Sara was an exceptional leader, first rate in every way.  She look excellent care of the group and knew when to push us and when to let us take a breath.  In addition, highly knowledgeable and fun to be with.  She also supplied us with sweets as regular intervals.  What more could you ask for?Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Consider bringing a small kettle to make a flask with a hot drink for the day.  The hotel will do it, but they charge (quite reasonably).  Also take care about ordering tap water in the hotel, again they charge (not so reasonably).Regulating your temperature on the walks is important - on ascents you will quickly get very hot, and then get very cold when you stop.  A number of breathable layers is the best idea.  I found my ski jacket quite hot from time to time.  Whatever you do, take good gloves (ski gloves or similar) and a hat and scarf.

  • Snowshoeing in the Dolomites reviewer 5
    Written on February 4, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    An excellent holiday and good value. Great to have a swim / sauna after a day snowshoeing. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The 2 days Snowshoeing on Monte Piano and Lutterkopf/ Durrakopf - magnificent views and a variety of scenery to walk through.What did you think of your group leader?Outstanding. Sara really got to know and understand her clientsDo you have any advice for potential travellers?Useful to be able to speak a little German if they were travelling separately from the group and had to make their own way from Innsbruck. Even though Villabassa is in Italy, the food is heavily Germanic.Is there anything else you would like to add?Some fastenings /clips of some snowshoes were broken or broke while members of the group were out. Some poles were bent. The snowshoes I had used in France were a much better quality with clip fastenings at the toes and stronger plastic. I suggest the snowshoes used by Exodus could have been better maintained. Also the vehicle which broke down in the low temperatures. Due to new regulations Sara took the group out on only 4 days. Is it not possible to have a different driver for some of the time? Please note these comments do not detract from a superb holiday. 

  • Snowshoeing in the Dolomites reviewer 6
    Written on February 4, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A fantastic way to see the area in the snow; glorious views and scenery.  Highly decadent to be be able to ease any muscle aches and pains in the sauna and steam room each evening!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Reaching Lutterkopf summit with a 360 degree panorama of the Dolomites and Austrian AlpsWhat did you think of your group leader?Sara is an inspirational, knowledgeable and fun group leader.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Make sure you read the kit list to ensure you bring all the essential items

  • Snowshoeing in the Dolomites reviewer 7
    Written on January 28, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    A great way to visit mountains in winter, visiting places that can't be reached any other way. A comfortable hotel with a good recovery suite - sauna, steam, pool with massage jets.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Watching the full moon rising, and appearing to roll up the side of a distant mountain as the moon's path followed the same angle.Being above the tree line with views of the Dolomites and the other mountain ranges.What did you think of your group leader?Sara was excellent - always encouraging, and supportive, with a good sense of humour, lots of patience and plenty of sweets!She went  to a lot of trouble to get me information about travelling to Bolsano on my day off to see the Iceman (Otzi), and gave me some photocopies of Geology info when she found I was interested.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Make sure you are fit - it's hard work, not just walking in snowshoes, but there's quite a bit of height gain involved - over 1500 feet on 3 of the days.  On the Exodus website there is (fairly well hidden - didn't find it until I got back) a suggested schedule of fitness training for a grade B which would give an idea of the level of training that would be useful.  A bit more help than the "reasonable fitness" in the part of the brochure I found.I took my own travel kettle as suggested in an earlier review- the hotel charges for filling a flask - possibly 2 Euros. (My favourite drink for cold walking is lemon and ginger tea, easily made from teabags, no milk required - you might like to try it). They also charge 75c for tapwater at the evening meal so it's worth either having a drink from your room before going down, or taking your own bottle.On the free day I went to see Otzi, the Iceman, a 5,300 year old well preserved body found in the ice in 1991 with all his clothing and travelling equipment, a lot of it very well preserved.  A unique find.  He is now in a purpose built museum in Bolsano, a 2 hour fairly scenic railway journey away.  Entry to the Museum 11 euros I think.  I was in there 3 hours, but 2 might be more normnal.  I'd read about him years ago and one of the reasons I selected this trip was to go and see him.  Google it, if you haven't heard of him.  It gives your legs a day off too, which mine appreciated more than they would have appreciated trying cross country skiing......  Your leader will I'm sure be able to provide you with info.  Trains every 30 mins.  One change at Fortessa.  If you go when the ticket office is open (after 9.15 am I think) you can get a return for 15 euros, otherwise 30 from the ticket machine.  But if on the cheaper ticket beware Eurocity  trains (Ec in the timetable) as you will pay a supplement on board.  Also beware the small print in the timetable for one of the return trains from Fortessa -can't remember the time but around 5 pm, written in pale brown with a H at the top of the column - it's Bank Holiday Fridays only. Is there anything else you would like to add?Highly recommended!

  • Snowshoeing in the Dolomites reviewer 8
    Written on January 13, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A fantastic winter break - beautiful scenery, lovely hotel, a great group of people and an excellent guide.  And we had sunshine (most of the time) every day! What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Taking in the views for the top of Mudlerhof.  It had been a long pull up to the top but it was definitely worth it. Fantastic views in all directions, if only we'd had the time to explore further.  A great way to spend New Years Day. What did you think of your group leader?Karl was excellent.  He has a fantastic knowledge of the mountains and a keen interest in their history and the people.  He built a strong rapport within the group and encouraged us all to make the the most of the holiday both on the mountains and in the hotel.   He went the extra mile.    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?As with all walking activities, you will benefit from a decent level of fitness but all of the trips were within the capabilities of an averagely fit individual.  There is no particular technical challenge at this level of snowshoeing - if you can walk you can snowshoe.Take plenty of layers - it was sunny but it was also cold. You won't lose weight - all the exercise is balanced by the excellent food at the Hotel Adler.Is there anything else you would like to add?A great winter break in the mountains - looking forward to the next one!

  • Snowshoeing in the Dolomites reviewer 9
    Written on January 10, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Wasn't sure walking with tennis racquets on my feet was going to be such a good look ! This was an exhilarating trip staying at a wonderful hotel, lovely group of fellow travellers, great guide and stupendous winter scenery.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Standing atop Monte Piano, on a plateau of swirling snow surrounded by peaks. It was like standing in the centre of a coronet. Yay we did it !!What did you think of your group leader?Karl has an inspiring passion for the Dolomites. He was thoughtful and encouraging about making sure we enjoyed every element of our holiday. His deep knowledge of the area created confidence alongside his stories describing the history as we chugged along.He invited feedback throughout the week and wanted to make sure the holiday would be the best that it could be for us. Best ever group leader.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?We were the oldest on the group (60 + 66). We probably should have done some more steep hill walking before we went, but we had a wonderful time and highly recommend the trip. Is there anything else you would like to add?Hotel Adler was a real treat. Highly recommend escaping our grey skies for some astonishing winter scenery!

  • Snowshoeing in the Dolomites reviewer 10
    Written on January 9, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    Wonderful scenery and walking combined with an excellent hotel and a first class group leader. Terrible handling of our transfer upon arrival though (see below).What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Getting through some rather poor and nasty weather (and missing lunch as a result) to find a refuge open mid afternoon serving hot meals and gluhwein. We felt like we had earned it!!What did you think of your group leader?Met Alejandro before in Tuscany so expected him to be excellent again. He was. Great group leader out on the walks and good company in the evenings too. Very knowledgable and ensured that everyone in the group was catered for.Is there anything else you would like to add?The hotel Adler was a marvellous place to stay and the staff did their utmost to accomodate everyone's needs.  Great group of people to share the holiday with too.The only sour point of the holiday was the diversion of the outgoing flight from Innsbruck to Salzberg which was unavoidable due to poor weather. However the shambolic arrangements to meet us and transfer us upon arrival were far from avoidable and should have been handled much, much better. The holiday is worth 5 stars - but the transfer debacle merits at least one star being lost.

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  1. Day 1: Start Villabassa.
  2. Day 2-4: Three guided snowshoe walks.
  3. Day 5: Free day
  4. Day 6-7: Our final two snowshoe walks.
  5. Day 8: End Villabassa.

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    It is too bad there is no 6 or 8 star rating available. 5 isn't really good enough for TourRadar. This enterprise surpasses even the most stringent, high-bar criteria for excellence of customer service. These people are consistently, constantly, on top of your tour itinerary, where you are are in the process, your current status and your situation, they answer the phone on the 2nd or 3rd ring, I'M NOT KIDDING, nd when they pick up they already know who you are, what your tour and status is, and they instantly produce precise answers and solutions to your questions or problems in a matter of seconds. I don't know who the competition is for this outfit but my advice to them is, give up. Go find another line of business. You will never catch up with the platinum customer service these people provide.

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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 227 km.
  • Innsbruck (Austria)
  • 84 km
  • Villabassa (Italy)
  • 14 km
  • Fanes-Sennes- Braies Natural Park (Italy)
  • 14 km
  • Villabassa (Italy)
  • 16 km
  • Parco Naturale Tre Cime (Italy)
  • 100 km
  • Innsbruck (Austria)

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