Ski the Alps with Penny Pitou - February 2 - 10, 2018
VAL GARDENA, ITALY $2895 per person double occupancy
Trip Leader: Penny Pitou
Perhaps best known for winning two silver medals in skiing at the 1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley (the first American to win a medal in Dowhhill), Penny has taken her European ski racing experience and successfully run ski and hiking trips to the Alps for over thirty six years. Her knowledge of the mountains, the people, and the countries combined with her ability to speak German and French fluently make for great trips - well organized, educational and fun. Penny personally escorts each trip, but gauges the abilities of the individuals when deciding daily adventures. Having achieved over 75% repeat business consistently on each trip over the years, Penny must be doing something right! Come join her on a skiing or hiking adventure!
Val Gardena, Italy
St. Ulrich/Ortisei, Val Gardena
In the midst of the Dolomites lies the Gardena Valley with three well-known ski resorts: St. Ulrich (Ortisei), the largest, at the beginning of the valley, picturesque St. Christina (S. Christina) in the middle and Wolkensteirn (Selva) which lies at the end of the valley.
Val Gardena became known in ski circles when the World Championships were held there in 1970. Each year since, the resort hosts a World Cup downhill race. Buying the "Dolomiti Superski" pass gives access to one of the greatest "Ski Circuses" in the Alps with over 450 lifts and 750 miles of interconnected trails. The "Sella Ronda" is an 18 mile tour around the Sella mountains, through 8 ski areas, with stops along the way for sunning and lunch, returning in late afternoon to St. Ulrich.
The people of this region have a Germanic passion for detail and hard work, so everything runs smoothly; and they also have the Italian love of life, so they play as hard as anyone in the world enjoying great music and food. The cooking is a wonderful marriage of Italian creativity with pastas and wines and German hardiness with meat and potatoes. There is extensive snow making throughout the Gardena Valley.
Altitude of resort (St Ulrich): 4,078ft. Highest point served by lift: 8,796ft. Vertical drop: 4,718ft. X-country trails: 110 miles. Ski Terrain: Beginner 30%, Intermediate 50%, Expert 20% Transfer time from Munich: 5 hours, Venice: 4 hours.
HOTELGARDENA GRODNERHOF: The Gardena Hotel has always been famous for its outstanding cuisine that includes local Mediterranean and international specialities. This completely renovated hotel is located a casual walk (200 meters) from the town escalators and tunnel that bring you to the Seceda gondola and the Super Dolomiti ski circus. Elegant and comfortable, all the double rooms are in the superior category, beautifully decorated and furnished in local motif. Bathrooms have hair dryers and bathrobes. The Wellness Center features a large swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna, fully equipped gym and an exclusive beauty farm with innovative beauty treatments. The hotel offers a "Fitness Program" with gymnastics, aerobics and aqua gym. The service is outstanding and the Italian - Austrian ambiance combines both tradition and innovation.
- Roundtrip Motorcoach transfers between airports and hotel
- 7 nights accomodations at the Hotel Grodnerhof (5-Star) in St. Ulrich/Ortisei
- Buffet Breakfast and multi course dinner daily
- Welcome Cocktail
- Porterage at hotel
- Free use of hotel swimming pool, sauna & spa facilities
- Local Ski Guides--5 days (good intermediate skiers and up)
- Tips to ski guides and hotel staff
- Prearrangement of lift ticket purchase
- Taxes and service charges
- Personally escorted by Penny Pitou
Approximate cost of 6 Day:
Super Dolomiti ski pass - TBA
***AIRFARE IS NOT INCLUDED - We would be happy to arrange your air.