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11-DAY ESCORTED and GUIDED SKI GROUP vacation holiday TRIP to the ALPS in ITALY - 7 nights in MOENA, VAL DI FASSA in the DOLOMITES - Plus 2 nights in ROME - Designed especially for SENIORS & 40's and over - Left Friday February 25th, 2011 - Returned Monday March 7th 2011.
On the last weekend in February 2011, Ed Pollock again escorted a small group of skiers  over age 40, to  Val di Fassa in the Dolomites in the Italian Alps in Europe - Ed's favorite ski destination, with more lifts and ski runs than in all North America. And unlike North America, you can ski all the marked runs even if there has not been much snowfall, because 95% of them have snowmaking and grooming every night. So you do not have to worry about snow conditions. 
On the last weekend in February 2011, Ed Pollock again escorted a small group of skiers  over age 40, to  Val di Fassa in the Dolomites in the Italian Alps in Europe - Ed's favorite ski destination, with more lifts and ski runs than in all North America. And unlike North America, you can ski all the marked runs even if there has not been much snowfall, because 95% of them have snowmaking and grooming every night. So you do not have to worry about snow conditions. 

PRICE* per person (tentative - Canadian or U.S. dollars):

$2900* Double occupancy.

 

$3100* Single occupancy.

>> INCLUDING <<

>> **FLIGHT to ITALY << Departed from North American final gateway airport Friday February 25th, 2011 in the late afternoon on a direct flight to Rome Italy, arriving in Rome Saturday morning February 26th. Then a short flight from Rome to Bolzano, the closest airport to our hotel in the Alps. >> TRANSFER << by Private Bus from Bolzano airport to resort hotel in Moena, Val di Fassa, about an hour's drive. 
>> 7-NIGHT'S RESORT ACCOMMODATION << in the 3+ star HOTEL CATINACCIO ROSENGARTEN, with indoor swimming pool, optional sauna, etc., (as good or even better than many Caribbean so-called 5-stars), including buffet >> BREAKFASTS << and Full Course Italian >> DINNERS <<.
Moena is a beautiful small Ladin town, ideally situated in the centre of Val di Fassa with Vigo di Fassa, Pozza di Fassa and Canazei a few km north and Cavalese a few km south.  Villages range in size from fewer than a thousand permanent residents to  a few thousand.
There is a good variety of shops in Moena and nearby towns and villages, offering rentals and new downhill and cross-country equipment, as well as clothing, plus all the regular kinds of stores you would expect to find.  And of course there are the bars, cafes, discos etc. for your après-ski and evening enjoyment.
The valley language, architectural style and local cooking is a reflection of their Ladin heritage (similar to Romansch in Switzerland) with a blending of Austrian (from the days of Emperor Franz Josef prior to the first World War I) and of course, Italian. 
>> 6-DAY'S of SKIING << in the Dolomites, Sunday February 27th to Friday March 4th 2011. >> SKI SAFARI << Skied Around to a different ski area every day all six days: Alpe di Lusia, Latemar, Arabba, ski tour  Sella Ronde (including the Val Gardena downhill run & Corvara), Civetta, Buffaure, Passo San Pellegrino and other nearby ski areas in the Dolomites, seldom skiing the same run more than once.

Note: The Ski Safari Ski Around program is not for beginners. Skiers who might have been uncomfortable with some of the ski around program slopes cauld have chosen to ski other areas or slopes escorted part of the time by the tour escort.

There are more than 120 ski lifts around the valley, consisting of 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. And more than 250km of marked downhill ski runs, nearly all with snowmaking - 40% easiest blue runs - 45% intermediate cruising red runs - 15 % more difficult black runs. In addition, the area has over 100km of cross-country trails, many with snow-making and track setting.
>> SKI GUIDE / SKI INSTRUCTOR << Bruno Pederiva, our group's personal local Certified Italian Ski instructor and Mountain Guide, for 6 days and arrangements for Private Bus >> TRANSPORTATION << right from the hotel to and from the slopes to visit and tour a different ski area every day. 
On Saturday, March 5th, 2011 - after 6 days of skiing, we left the resort hotel late morning for a 45 minute Private Bus << TRANSFER >> to Bolzano, where the most of the group boarded the aircraft a short 1-hour >> FLIGHT to ROME <<. A Private Bus >> TRANSFER << into the heart of the city where we checked into our hotel for the next two nights, the ideally situated 3+ star Hotel Firenze Palace, located near Piazza de Spagna. (Two of the group rented a car and travelled from Bolzano to Turin and spent a few days there before flying to Rome and staying there for 2 nights before returning to Canada.)  
>> 2-NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION in ROME << Saturday March 5th to Monday March 7th, 2011 at the 3+ star HOTEL FIRENZE PALACE. Just a five minute walk to the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, the stairs of Trinity of the Mounts and the sights of the Eternal City.
Buffet >>> BREAKFAST <<< Sunday morning. HOTEL GUEST ROOMS were all soundproofed, equipped with air conditioning and heating controllable from the room, satellite television, minibar, radio, and telephone with direct external line. Each room had its own private bathroom, with toilette accessories and hairdryer. 
HOTEL LOCATION: The entire renaissance area was within walking distance; Piazza del Popolo and the gardens of Villa Borghese. Just a few minutes walk to the streets of antiques as Via Margutta and Via Babuino  as well the streets of the best fashion designers Via Condotti, Via Frattina and Via Borgognona. Easy to reach via the metro line - just a few stops to The Vatican and St Peter’s Square
Buffet >>> BREAKFAST <<< Monday morning before leaving for the airport.    
>> TRANSFER << from the Hotel in Rome to Fiumicino Airport Monday morning.
>> RETURN **FLIGHT << Monday, March 7th, 2011 arriving back at your North American gateway airport after 9 full days in Italy. 
>> LOCAL ACCOMMODATION TAXES and HOTEL GRATUITIES << for both hotels were also included. 
>> ESCORTED << by Ed Pollock from Rome in Italy, daily during stay in Val di Fassa & Rome, on Transfers to and from airports in Italy as well as on each day of skiing. This was Ed's seventh ski group trip to Val di Fassa, in addition to more than a dozen previous ski trips to ski areas in the Alps. A senior and ski writer, Ed had also skied all over North America.  

<< NOT INCLUDED >>

<< FLIGHT TAXES and FUEL SURCHARGES >> at time of final flight booking, came to an additional $400 ( Canadian), based on charges then in effect.  
<< SKI PASS >> Super Dolomiti 6-day ski pass was not included, because seniors over 65 received a discount when their pass is purchased at the ski area. Certified ski instructors and others with acceptable documentation would have also qualified for an additional discount. This also reduced the cost of advance payments and travel insurance. The adult 6-day pass was 205 (approximately $260 Canadian Sept. 1, 2010), less applicable discounts, to be paid in Euros on arrival.
<< SKI RENTAL >> 6-day ski rental prices were €60 for good carving skis.

More Information:

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). 
*TRAVEL AGENTS - Contact The Vacation Station for wholesale information.
**FLIGHTS can be arranged from anywhere in North America. 
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