The 2016/17 season had an early start with storms in November bringing snow cover to Italy, across the Dolomites and the Alps. This is the Belvedere webcam from 9 November 2016.
Luigi from Sporting 2000 snapped this pic on November 12th, out for a day of ski touring.
After arriving in Campitello from Australia, our season started with this beautiful bluebird day, 14th December, skiing Col Rodella with my daughter and DST guide, Helen. We eased ourselves our first day with a few runs on great pistes and a prosecco and vin brule.
One of the highlights of the start of the season is checking out new lunch spots. This is Ochsenhutte Rifugio, where the home-made ravoli were delicious.
Conditions for December and January were cold and clear, perfect for snowmaking and we had a great time on fantastic groomed pistes. But the ultra-dry December weather meant the snowpack stayed below seasonal averages for Christmas and New Year.
Pics below are DST Guides James and Dave carving it up in Arabba in January.
With perfect pistes and weather, top of the Marmolada was not a bad place to spend Australia Day. For the uninitiated, the Marmolada is the Dolomites highest peak and features a glacier and a 12 km run, “La Bellunese”, one of the longest runs in the region.
The good weather continued through February and March, with some off piste fun on the early Feb powder days.
Check out the DST guides below making the most of the fresh snow on Col Rodella and under the Sassolungo. Tristan reported waist deep powder!
Other highlights of the season included our nightly pre-dinner drinks at the Tobià bar, the 7 night Ski Safaris from Arabba and the 14th ENT doctors conference.
And to top it all off we were graced with Australian ski industry royalty, as Nan and Larry Adler enjoyed their 3rd trip to the Dolomites.
The views from Rifugio Lagazuoi never fail to disappoint on our Ski Safari trips. Check out these beauties below.
Some late season powder shots – Jane Denny and me (Maz).
Steve carving it up, heading down to Arabba in March.
And it wouldn’t be a Dolomites Ski Tours season without some serious freestyle action from my son and DST guide, Martin. Here he is mid-March at the Obereggen snowpark, just before we called an end another memorable season.