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Dolomites for non-skiers

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Dolomites for non-skiers

Hi, we are going to the Dolomites in late January. Where would the best place be to go where there are many activities for people in the group who do not ski? We are looking at San Martino di Castrozza, or Auronzo di Cadore. Thanks very much.

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1. Re: Dolomites for non-skiers

How EXACTLY are you getting there.

Is your group mixed of skiers and non-skiers

What is the ability of the skiers.

There is nearly no skiing at Auronzo di Cadore. A handful of lifts and only 5 pistes. A total of about 15km/8miles of piste

Bored after 5mins

San Martino di Castrozza is a very small ski resort area (only 45km/28miles in total and some of it needs buses)

Bored after an hour or 2.

Consider that places I go for day trips have over 200km of completely interconnected piste (no buses).

You need to identify where you will fly into, how many people and mode of transport.

Some resorts are easier to get to than others and of course if there is a public transport system non-skiers can easily get out for the day. Many ski resorts are isolated and have minimum of activities for non-skiers



If you chose Ortisei - it is the biggest ski resort town in the Dolomites. Linked to Selva di Val Gardena/Wolkenstein and Alpe di Siusi/Seiseralm ski areas. 500km of interlinked piste.





For non skiers there is also the chance to get out and about. There are 2 bus services (No. 170 and 350) which run to Bolzano/Bozen the capital city of Süd Tirol.

Süd Tirol region of Italy used to be Austrian. All place names are officially in both German and Italian. German and Italian are both official languages. 70% speak German

This is just an example. There are many other options. Much depends on your EXACT overall itinerary.

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2. Re: Dolomites for non-skiers

I think Ortisei would be a great place to spen a few days, but I also would ask how are you getting there and if you are driving are you prepared for the winding snow covered roads?

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3. Re: Dolomites for non-skiers

Thanks for the information. We are only 2 non-skiers. We have now decided to travel separately from the people who ski for some days. We will be flying in and out of Venice, and will travel by public transport. What we are looking for is a place which is fairly easy to reach by train and/or bus from Venice, and where it is easy to get around by public transport. We would like to do some walking (with snowshoes) and go to the top of one of the mountains by cable-car or finicular. Thanks very much.

Edited: 18 December 2012, 18:42
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4. Re: Dolomites for non-skiers

If you want "snow shoeing" and mountain cable cars you are still really talking a ski resort. Why go to a diffierent ski resort than the skiers.

Where are they going to. It might be a lot easier to go altogether.

Public transport to "ski resorts" is often long and convoluted. There are sometimes shuttle services from Airports to ski resorts but these often only run on Saturdays and Sundays.


The absolute easiest place to get to from Venice is Cortina d'Ampezzo - skiers and non-skiers

Getting to Cortina from Venice is very easy.

The Cortina Express runs at least 3 times a day and only takes ~ 2h15 from Venice - Simples


On weekends the Cortina Express service is extended to Corvara - Alta Badia


Cortina is however not cheap but if you are only going for a few days not so expensive - however be aware that in ski resorts Hoteliers often reluctant to take short term bookings.



Local Cortina bus info


Plenty of local buses around Cortina to take you to the Cable cars

Below shows the village services. They go to various lifts - e.g. Lagazuoi

(Funivia is a cable car)





There is also a local SII/SAD 445 service that goes to Dobbiaco/Toblach in Süd Tirol




Out of Venice getting to somewhere else will be long and convoluted.

e.g. going to Cortina by public transport takes the best part of nearly 4hrs. Can involve a couple of trains and a local bus

There is the Skicivetta area near Lago di Alleghe


It is a bit involved public transport wise.

You would first have to get to Belluno. There are some direct Regional trains (2hrs) but many connections require 2 trains.

www.fsitaliane.it for Italian rail

You would then need a local Dolomitibus Number 3. This takes 1h15 to Alleghe


So at least 3h15 not taking into account connection times - the Linea 3 bus sometimes has 2 hrs between services.

As you are not bothered about the amount of skiing but still need a "ski resort" (cable car, snow etc) then your choice of San Martino or Auronzo may fit your requirements - however


Train to Calalzo from Venice 2h45 direct. 3h30 with one change

then local Dolomitibus Linea 31 - takes ~ 30mins

Auronzo doesn't have a cable car - only a couple of chair lifts.


This would require 3 trains to Feltre (over 2hrs) then a local bus (1h30). Sometimes over 2hrs between services

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5. Re: Dolomites for non-skiers

Thanks very much for all the detailed information. We have decided to all go together to Ortisei, which was mentioned in the first two replies. We had a look at the websites you recommended, and also contacted the tourist office. There seems to be many activities for non-skiers, and we were able to find good accommodation at a reasonable price. Your help is much appreciated.

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6. Re: Dolomites for non-skiers

At the TI in Selva--a 20 min walk from Ortisei or a quick bus ride from Ortisei, you can sign-up for some fun evening cooking classes. If you are staying in Val Gardena at a location part of that association, the classes are at an incredible reduced rate of something like 10 euro per person per class.

I took one of those cooking classes. The instructor's was native to Ortisei and her English wasn't too good. Things were friendly enough to figure out though.

There are spas and ice rinks everywhere too.

Edited: 11 January 2013, 19:28
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7. Re: Dolomites for non-skiers


Also looking at Dolomites for non skiers from venice

Would you recommend ortisei?



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8. Re: Dolomites for non-skiers

Yes, Ortisei and the Val Gardena are wonderful, and then you could also visit Bolzano.





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