“I want to get my ski legs back” is a comment often heard during a winter season and rightly so; in most cases an entire year has passed since the last time on snow. For a lot of people, the Italian Dolomites is a familiar place either from spending a summer walking holiday in the area or perhaps due to many returned visits year after year. However, many of our guests are brand new to Collett’s and the idea of going off skiing in an unfamiliar area can be quite daunting. To help settle in our new (and well-known) guests, organisers from every chalet offer a hosted ski day every Monday up on the Pralongia Plateau. Full of beautifully long blues to test the legs, a few short reds runs to assess confidence and a bundle of Rifugios for those all important coffee stops, not forgetting the ease of accessibility from the resort; our staff deem this the best place to enjoy your first day back on skis whether it has been 1 year, perhaps 2 or 3 since you last skid, are new to the area or if you know it incredibly well.
This particular week Ciasa Verena was joined by two large groups on the plateau, most of whom had never been to the area before. A lengthy chat about the day during office hour the night before reassured the guests that this was an itinerary for them – the group would start off together but if it happened to split due to a mix of ability, an arrangement for lunch would mean friends could come together again.
The morning was overcast but the temperature held at a nice -1°, preventing the snow from turning slushy. We started the day with a lovely long blue down to San Cassiano and soon realised that our group of 15 had a very similar skiing ability so everybody stayed together just nicely for the morning.
We’d decided on a late lunch to avoid the queues. To make sure everybody was feeling reasonably hungry our organisers suggested heading to the fun park to take on a few jumps – Dave was celebrating his birthday and was the first one there! Sending me down as guinea pig was their way of finding out just how high I’d jump and after realising it wasn’t too scary they all followed in turn. Next stop; the slalom. This particular slalom, on the Corvara side of the plateau, is free for all, times you on the way down and records your every move that can be watched online at the end of the day.
Lunch was very welcome after all the fun and games so we headed to Rifugio Bioc for something hot and to enjoy a nice leisurely break as the snow began to fall outside. We were left with an hour of skiing in the afternoon and decided to branch over to Cherz, down to the Campolongo pass and up to the Boe run. The choice of the blue over the red run meant we had it all to ourselves and this brought a fantastic end to the day. Before heading back to the chalet to prepare for the canapés and cocktails, a refreshing beer was enjoyed at the ice-bar only minutes from the chalet as the clearing of cloudy skies showed off the stunning Sassongher peak.