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Recap of Ultimate Destinations' 10-Day escorted SKI group vacation holiday trip to MOENA in VAL DI FASSA in the DOLOMITES In ITALY, for Seniors & 50's & over,

February 29 to Monday March 10, 2008.

PRICE per person

$2895 Canadian Double occupancy - $3095 Canadian Single occupancy.


AIRFARE on Alitalia direct flight from Toronto to Milan and return.


TAXES and CHARGES - Airport, airline, fuel, hotels and services.


All TRANSFERS - Airport to and from hotels - Resort hotel to and from ski areas -  Resort hotel to Milan hotel.


Local Ski and Mountain GUIDE.


RESORT HOTEL with buffet BREAKFASTS and full course DINNERS.


MILAN HOTEL with buffet breakfast.


ESCORTED from Toronto to ski resort, ski areas, Milan and return.


Departed for Italy Friday February 29th, 2008 at 7:00pm, after over an hour's delay for de-icing prior to take off, but a strong tailwind helped the aircraft make up the lost time.

Arrived in Milan Italy Saturday morning March 1st, 2008 then about 4 hours' on our private bus to the resort hotel. 

 Stayed 7 nights in Moena, Val di Fassa in the 3-Star Superior Hotel Catinaccio Rosengarten (as good or even better than many Caribbean so-called 5-star's) with indoor swimming pool, including buffet Breakfasts & Full Course Italian Dinners. Saturday March 1st to Saturday March 8th.

Moena is a beautiful small Ladin town, ideally situated in the centre of Val di Fassa.  Vigo di Fassa, Pozza di Fassa and Canazei are a few km north and Cavalese a few  km south. 

Val di Fassa in the Dolomites in the Italian Alps in Europe is Ed Pollock's favorite ski destination, with more lifts and ski runs than in all North America. 

And unlike in western North America, we were able to ski all the marked runs even if there had not been much snowfall, because all of them have snowmaking and grooming every night, so we did not have to worry about snow conditions.

There are more than 120 ski lifts around the valley: 8 cable cars, 7 gondolas,  more than 50 chairlifts (5-seaters, quads, triples and doubles) and more than 40 surface lifts. The resort altitude is 1300m, highest peak 3284m, longest run 6km and vertical drop 2060m.

There are more than 250km of marked downhill ski runs, nearly all with snowmaking, rated 40% easiest (blue runs), 45% intermediate cruising (red runs) and 15% more difficult (black runs). 

Most of the lifts are the latest new high-speed detachable quad chair lifts, many with bubbles, that have been installed in the last few years, replacing the old surface lifts and double chairs.  

Many of the lifts also have moving carpets at the loading area.  Because the detachable high speed lifts get you up the hill so much faster,  so we skied more than 4,000m (as much as 15,000 ft.) of vertical each day, hardly ever skied the same run twice and skied at a different area each day. 

SKI SAFARI Ski Around to a different ski area every day for all six days.

PRIVATE BUS TRANSPORTATION from resort hotel to and from DIFFERENT SKI AREAS every day for 6 days.

GUIDE & SKI INSTRUCTOR Bruno Pederiva, local Certified Italian Ski instructor and Mountain Guide, for 6 days,

You can click on thumbnails to see details of each day's skiing at the 6 different ski areas the group skied at. The maps and charts were obtained by entering the number on the ski pass on the dolomitisuperski.com web site. If you would like to see how this works, enter skitour pass number 311 99483 for the dates we skied in the 2007/2008 winter season on the web site ski performance check page.

Sunday, March 2nd 2008

Alpe Lusia

Monday March 3rd 2008


Tuesday, March 4 2008


Wednesday March 5th 2008


Thursday March 6th 2008


Friday March 7th 2008

Passo San Pellegrino

PRIVATE BUS TRANSFER - Left the resort hotel Saturday March 8th, 2008 at 10:00 am after breakfast at the resort hotel. Arrived in Milan early in the afternoon.  In Milan the group spent 2 nights in the Best Western Hotel Cristoforo Colombo, an eclectic late 19th century building located a short distance from the city centre, at the beginning of Corso Buenos Aires, one of the main shopping streets in Milan.

2-NIGHT'S ACCOMMODATION IN MILAN - Saturday March 8th, to Monday March 10th, 2008 in the 4-Star Best Western Hotel Cristoforo Colombo, with buffet breakfast Sunday morning and breakfast-box Monday morning and left at 6:30pm for Malpensa airport in Milan.

PRIVATE BUS TRANSFER from Milan hotel to Milan Malpensa Airport.

AIRFARE on Alitalia direct flight from Milan to to Toronto. Returned Monday, March 10, 2008, from Milan Malpensa airport at 10:00am and arrived back at Toronto Pearson Airport at 2:30pm, after 9 days in Italy. 

ESCORTED from Toronto to Italy, daily during stay & back to Milan and then back to Toronto by Ed Pollock. This was Ed's fifth ski group trip to Val di Fassa, in addition to more than a dozen previous ski trips to ski areas in the Alps.

Click here if you would like more information on Skiing in the Dolomites and Val di Fassa.  You'll find links to other sites and especially check out the inter-active area maps to find out more about all the slopes, lifts and other facilities. If you do it early in the day you can see it live on the web-cams - (Italy is 6 hours ahead of us).

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