Cross-country skiing in the Dolomites

Cross-country Skiing Dobbiaco

8 days
1 245 €
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Ski surrounded by the Dolomites' jagged peaks

Our most popular cross-country skiing centre, Dobbiaco, is a charming town set at 1200m amid the unique scenery of the Dolomites, in the Alta Pusteria region. Days are spent following a variety of ski tracks deep in the heart of the mountains, with their towering limestone walls and jagged peaks of coloured stone. Our base for the week is the welcoming hotel run by the Tschurtschenthaler family, where warm hospitality and comfortable surroundings provide the perfect balance to an active itinerary.


  • Find the right level on multigrade weeks
  • Explore an extensive network of loipe
  • Relax in a comfortable family-run hotel in picturesque Dobbiaco

Key information

  • 5 days guided cross-country skiing
  • 7 nights at the 3-star Hotel Tschurtschenthaler
  • Mix of flat easy loipe to challenging ascents/descents
  • Cross-country skiing grades 1-4, Beginners to Advanced
  • Multi-grade skiing available on certain dates

What's included

  • 7 nights half board at Hotel Tschurtschenthaler 
  • 5 days of ski instruction/guiding 
  • One cross-country leader per grade
  • Cross-country ski hire
  • Loipe and bus pass
  • Airport transfers (for group flights only)
  • Return flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck with Thomson Airways

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation - (available on request)
  • Superior rooms available, depending on departure date. 
  • Visas or vaccinations
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  • Day 1

    Start Dobbiaco.

    Our trip starts in the lovely village of Dobbiaco, in South Tyrol, just over the border from Austria. 

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Days 2-4

    3 days cross-country skiing.

    Each day our leader chooses routes according to the grade and snow conditions. Many kilometres of easy track along the valleys offer wonderful options for beginners and improvers. For the more advanced skiers, there are more challenging routes, such as the track that leads south to Cortina d'Ampezzo, a memorable route among spectacular mountains, passing under the triple rock buttresses of the imposing Tre Cime di Lavaredo.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    Free Day

    Usually today is the free day to relax at the hotel or enjoy optional activities such as self-guided snowshoeing or perhaps a visit to one of the local museum. 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Days 6-7

    We continue our explorations on skis.

    The Sexten and Prags valleys offer a choice of undulating routes in typical Dolomites scenery and the high Plaetzwiese Plateau also offers superb routes at about 2000m.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    End Dobbiaco.

    Our trip ends in Dobbiaco.

    Meals included: Breakfast
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Essential Info



No visa required for British passport holders.
Please note in Italy it is compulsory to carry ID with you at all times.


No visa required for British passport holders.



There are no specific health risks.


There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfast and evening meals are included.

An ample buffet breakfast prepares us for the exertions of the day ahead. The excellent evening meals draw equally on Italian and Austrian traditions. They are usually made up of 4-courses, but it is always possible to skip one if you want a lighter dinner. For lunch our leaders will take us to a variety of cafes or huts where we can enjoy some traditional Tyrolean dishes as well as some international classics. 


Dobbiaco is situated at 1200m and at this height snow can lie from December to mid-March, with fresh snowfalls at any time. Average daytime temperatures in winter are around -5ºC, though they can fall as low as -15ºC, with approximately 8 to 10 hours of daylight. At all times of the winter you can hope for periods of clear bright weather and in February and March it can become surprisingly warm in the sun. Equally, at all times you need to be ready for the occasional stormy day.

Snow conditions have been quite unpredictable across Europe for several years now and on occasions not all loipen (tracks) are open. The snow conditions may mean that at times we have to travel further away to find good tracks. While this has so far never been necessary in the region, we also recommend taking trekking boots in case conditons are simply not good enough for skiing.

Weather chart for Cortina d'Ampezzo

Is this trip for you?

Compared to those used for downhill, cross-country skis are longer, thinner and lighter with bindings that allow you to lift up your heel. Most cross-country skiing is undertaken on prepared tracks (loipe) covering flat and hillier terrain enabling you explore the winter landscapes away from the confines of the alpine pistes.

Exodus offers cross-country skiing holidays to suit a wide range of technical and physical levels. Our cross-country skiing grades reflect both the level of physical fitness required and the level of skiing experience required. They are comparable to the activity levels we use on our snowshoeing, cycling, activity and trekking holidays, however we believe a slightly different system is required, due to the tuition we provide on our holidays. This sets our cross-country skiing holidays apart, as we tend not to need to teach people how to ride a bike or walk. The aim remains to create groups of similar ability and fitness. Our descriptions are below, however feel free to call and speak to an expert if you are unsure which grade or type of holiday will suit you best.

At Dobbiaco, there are four grades of skiing offered, ranging from beginner to intermediate and advanced. Availability varies and depending on the dates there may be two leaders offering two different grades or one leader offering a single cross-country skiing grade. Please check the grade of skiing that applies to your selected week via our website:

Grade 1 - Beginners

A week for complete beginners. Inevitably we start with the basics, including how to stop using the snowplough technique and how to turn. You will be on skis for at least 5-6 hours a day with a focus on tuition, getting comfortable on skis and building towards longer tours through the winter landscape.In some centres there may also be some easy off track skiing. This involves heading off the pre-cut tracks, typically across frozen lakes or snow covered pastures.

Grade 2 - Improvers

These weeks are ideal for those who have enjoyed at least one grade 1 holiday and grasped the basics. They offer tuition to refresh and improve technique and typically will ski a little further than Grade 1 weeks, and over more varied terrain, i.e more ups and downs and therefore requiring a slightly higher level of fitness. In some cases these weeks are acceptable for newcomers to cross-country skiing. Beginners on these weeks should be very fit and proficient in sports that develop balance - ice-skating, roller-skating or roller skiing and will need to pick up the basic technique quickly. Please contact us if you wish to book a Grade 2 holiday but have not skied before.

Grade 3 - Intermediates

A grade 3 week is ideal for those looking to push on, tackle some slightly steeper terrain and cover more ground each day. Typical groups will have a few weeks skiing behind them, be very comfortable with the basics and happy on longer day tours. There will still be tuition on these weeks, at the required level.

Grade 4 - Advanced

Choose this level if you can tackle ‘ups and downs’ competently, manage a controlled snowplough descent, and if you want to ski at a lively pace. You should also be able to get up swiftly and easily by yourself after a fall. The mix of track and off-track skiing varies.

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Tschurtschenthaler Hotel - 3 Star

This fine hotel has been welcoming our groups for many years. The attractive building is traditionally styled, but with the advantages of a small swimming pool, sauna and beauty treatment room (treatments not included). An ample buffet breakfast prepares us for the exertions of the day ahead and evening meals draw equally on Italian and Austrian traditions. After dinner you can relax in the lounge or go through to the bar for a drink with the locals. All rooms have en suite facilities and are comfortably furnished.

Superior rooms offer more spacious accommodation and are available for a supplement, depending on departure. In order to guarantee availability, please inform Exodus when booking and note this is payable before departure.

Single Accommodation

Single accommodation available on request for a supplement.

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Trip Notes

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed March 2017
    Wendy Wilman

    Ticked all the boxes

    Holiday provided exactly what I wanted. Confidence to master the basics of a new and demanding sport, excellent leader, great hotel, fabulous location and a friendly group.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    On the fourth day of skiing after fresh snow, we explored a stunning valley in beautiful weather. Had another wonderful lunch in the knowledge we would work it all off before our 5 course dinner! Does it get any better?

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very friendly, very knowledgeable and a very patient and inspiring teacher.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Target your pre trip training. Good stamina level essential. Triceps, adductors and shoulders suffered! Then just go, eat ski and lose weight !

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Living in north of England it was bit frustrating to have flight back too late for last train north. Maybe need to explore regional options next time.
  • Reviewed March 2017
    Gillian Miles

    What a surprise!

    Now, I realised pretty quickly that I am NOT the demographic that Exodus aims for. I am fat and mid 50 and although I ride my city bike every day to work and walk the dog,I am not fit. I do not have a racing bike, I walk rather than run (or take a bus or tram) and my gym membership lapsed years ago. I like to swim properly - but thats it. However, I could join my road biking, running, daily yoga doing husband on this trip, AND have a good time!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    When I realised I could keep up with the others in my group, that it was ok to be slower, that Liz, our teacher was patient with me and enjoyed my successes as much as I did! That Liz could adapt the programme to allow me to stay with the group, without frustrating them.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Amazing. Liz Procter, ex PE teacher and fitness nut - you were amazing. At times when I could have sat down and cried, you were there, helping set me right and encouraging me all the time. You set me goals and helped me adapt. You were always there with a ready reward or thick hot chocolate and strudel!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just go! I had NEVER skiid before and I love d it. Yes we will go again... The hotel is basic and there is no choice for main meal for vegetarians, but we were always full!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is beautiful area and well worth a visit. Even if there is not much snow, it still works for beginners. The Nordic arena is great for practice.
  • Reviewed March 2017
    James Watson

    Thanks for returning Mr Snowman

    Another good holiday with good company and extremely knowledgeable group leaders. Extremely good accommodation in the welcoming Hotel Tschurtschenthaler with it's excellent Wellness Centre. Good skiing in reducing snow conditions until the last day.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The first was the final day when the snow returned with a vengeance and we were able to enjoy our final long ski in really good conditions. The second was the really enjoyable final evening with Alex's entertaining slide show (and my thank you speech to the group leaders!)

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Alex was his usual bubbly self. Really supportive of the less experienced skiers whose skills progressed really quickly over the week with his entertaining instruction. He is the first leader I have seen using penguins, Christmas Puddings and chocolates on trays to encourage people to improve their skills. He managed this while working extremely hard to find good snow for us to ski on safely. His co-leader assisted in this process.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Put your trust in the leaders as the Exodus leaders I have experience of have all been excellent. Make sure you have a wide range of different layers of clothing as the temperature in Dobbiaco varies considerably during the day. If you like wine ask Marlies the hotel owner for advice regarding the local wines the hotel stocks. She knows what she is talking about.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    When you have finished for the take time to explore Dobbiaco's coffee shops where you'll find good cakes, coffee and hot chocolate. On the free day use the transport pass to explore further. It's worth the effort.
  • Reviewed March 2017
    James Watson

    Alex and his penguins

    This was a really good week of my two weeks. A good mixture of skiing and valuable instruction from Alex. He managed the mixed abilities of the group members really well using the penguins (don't ask!) to assist him in doing this. The other participants were good fun and easy to get along with. The hotel as usual was really good.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The long ski at the end of the week where we were able to put what we had learnt into practice.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Extremely good at providing instruction that met the needs of the whole group. He was good company and in good humour the whole week. Was aware of health and safety but did not let this interfere with our enjoyment.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Challenge yourself. The leader will support you and know when to encourage you to extend yourself. Watch out for the penguins!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The day after the holiday finished I participated in a local race. I was given invaluable advice in doing this by Alex and Liz the other leader. They made it clear that this was not part of the holiday and that I needed to have my own adequate insurance.
  • Reviewed February 2017
    Helen Gentles

    Cross country skiing Dobbiaco

    A fantastic week of beginners skiing around the Dolomites. We had excellent tuition from Alex, the hotel was very comfortable with the added bonus of pool, saunas and steam rooms at the end of the day. Food was delicious.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Being able to come down hill in control! It was a great feeling when you got the technique right and were able to glide along in the beautiful scenery.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Alex was a first class leader and teacher. He had all sorts of tricks and tips to help us improve including the use of felt penguins and skiing down with chocolates on a tray - you got to eat them if they stayed on! Even had a quick game of one legged football. Snow on the mountains was limited but the tracks were fine as they bring in fresh snow. Alex took us to different areas according to the best skiing.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Have a small lunch in preparation for a 5 course evening meal.
  • Reviewed January 2017
    Louise Sproule

    Great tour leader

    Alex our tour leader was brilliant. He was bright, cheerful, knowledgeable, creative and above all stretched us but looked after our safety too.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Skiing 26 KM

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Brilliant - he is exceptional - he is knowledgeable, experienced, creative in his teaching method, informative, fun but also made sure we were safe at all times.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you do level 3 make sure you are fit enough for it.
  • Reviewed January 2017
    Carol Snipe

    Brilliant time in Italy

    We had a brilliant week, cross country skiing in Italy. Unfortunately there was not much snow, and it didn't snow while we were there, but artificial snow had been laid for the tracks so we were still able to ski as planned, just not in as many different places. The hotel was lovely and the food was really good. We had good leaders who made every effort to find good tracks to ski, and who helped us all to improve our skills, and the company all week was excellent.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There was a good mix of people in the group, and everyone gelled together really well. It was great soon after we arrived to watch the traditional lighting of the Christmas tree by Nonna, with real candles! Only a whole heap of snow would have made it better.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Andy was the leader of our group, and he helped everyone to improve their cross country skiing. He went out of his way to find decent tracks, not helped by the weather!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    These days Christmas time is too early to have anthing like a guarantee of snow in this part of the Alps.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This was our first Christmas away, and we really enjoyed it.
  • Reviewed January 2017
    Stephen Smith


    Great trip, excellent leader well organised

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    all participants said that they felt that they were looked after and their needs were met

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Liz was very patient with the individuals in the group and competent in teaching basic skiing skills
  • Reviewed March 2016
    Anne Booth

    Dobbiaco cross-country skiing

    A really well organised week of cross-country skiing with excellent leaders, a great group of people and some fabulous scenery.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Finally realising that I had mastered the half snow-plough.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Liz was excellent. Everything was extremely well-organised. She really looked out for her group when we were skiing, particularly on the days when it was pretty icy and her teaching was really good.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The bus rides each day were a great way of seeing more of the area, and the lunch stops were, without exception, really good value. The cafe across the road from the hotel does a mean hot chocolate.
  • Reviewed February 2016
    Ann Branson

    Ski ing with Super Woman!

    Exodus employ some really great people to lead their trips , but those of us who booked a week in Dobbiaco this February were in for a real treat! For one week only Exodus had managed to get Superwoman....and we were the lucky ones! Karen Messenger is a young Canadian who spends her summers working in a National Park at home and her winters pursuing her 'Tour de Fun' competing in XC country long distance races around the world , known by the wonderful name of Loppets ! For the first two days Karen gave us great ski tips in the mornings and lovely skiing routes in the afternoon keeping her true identity secret, until all was revealed at an evening power point.....we were all very inspired and very impressed when she explained that the 'Fun' bit her Tour de Fun was that she dressed as Superwoman for her some races everyone was whacky and she completely fitted other more earnest gatherings there was some amazement , but , she said, the outfit worked wonders for her. So our holiday highlight came on the going home day when we we all went to cheer her as she entered the local Winter Olympics stadium , dressed in red and gold coming in as 26th out of 167 international women skiers , including professional teams , from all over the world, completing the 32 k classic style race in under two hours . And then she did it all again the next day this time with be the skating technique and achieving 7th out of the field of 29 other mad women who tackled both days! What an inspiration and what fun! We will be back ! Hopefully seeing Karen again !

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Watching our ski instructor flashing into the Dobbiaco Winter Olympics stadium dressed as Superwoman looking fresh as a daisy after a 32km race.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Skilled , enthusiastic and very supportive of those at the back. Lovely moments when I was that person and we started discussing the Larch trees we were skiing past , those beautiful deciduous conifers that have such soft delicate branches in the spring and summer that I love to stroke...her favourite tree too!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't expect to be a XC country expert in one week! Or even after three years...but know the tours will be a delight from day one and the good Exodus leaders will always get you home!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    See if you can get Karen Messenger again next year!

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.


What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.


2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.


3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.


 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 


Next steps? 

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