Stuff you should know about the Dolomites 2017 Ski Season
The Dolomites Sellaronda, the world’s largest ski circuit, is operational from Saturday 3rd December 2016 to Sunday 2nd April 2017. Four Full Fall-Line Months!
Selected areas of the Dolomites Super Ski area open on Saturday 26th November 2016 and are scheduled to remain open until early/mid-April 2017. Subject to conditions, some areas will remain open until 1st May 2017.
Dolomites Ski Safaris
The first Dolomites Ski Safari begins on Sunday 1st January 2017 and the final group returns on Friday evening, 24th March 2017.
Ski the Dolomites World Cup Runs
The mens classic downhill in the Val Gardena is scheduled for 17th December 2016 with the Super G running the day before.
The Giant Slalom in Alta Badia, using the Gran Risa, is scheduled for 19th December.
The ladies get a new Giant Slalom course in Kronplatz on 24th January 2017, with the Cortina d’Ampezzo GS and Downhill races schedule for 28th and 29th January 2017.
All these World Cup pistes feature as part of our Dolomites Ski Safari itineraries.
Dolomites Ski Statistics
The 2015/6 was a challenging ski season across Europe. The Dolomites Ski area performed better than many of its competitors due to it’s huge investment in programmed snow making systems.
The first significant natural snow arrived over 12th and 13 January 2016 falling onto the incredible amount of artificial, compact snow that had been produced earlier in the season.
The resulting quality of the ski slopes, especially at the beginning of the season, was amazing and highly praised by those that came to ski.
With over 9,320,678 passes sold, the 2015/6 season turned out to be a record season with over 5.5% more Dolomites ski passes being bought, year on year, a rise of 3%. These passes generated more than 147 million ‘beeps’ or ski lift rides.
Stats just in for the previous season, show that the total number of vertical meters covered by all the users skiing on the Dolomite Super Ski area was a staggering 40,248,810 kilometres vertical with the average daily ski pass elevation gain of around 4,220 m.
Never Ski the Same Trail Twice
Statistically, skiers with a weekly Dolomite Super Ski pass used the same lift only 2.27 times during a typical 6 day/7 night ski vacation. This clearly illustrates the extensive nature and choice available to skiers. It also demonstrates a unique feature of the Dolomites ski area; the ability of undertake long ski journeys, crossing from one valley to another without having to take the same lift or trail/piste.
On the Inspired Italy Dolomites Ski Safari you never ski the same trail/piste twice, unless, of course you want to – the Marmalada is always an exception!
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