In 2017 I visited the Dolomites for the first time and it’s no secret that I fell in love with the area. In fact, Menno and I have been back countless times since then. Of course, we are very lucky, as they are only a 2-hour drive away from us, and even though we live in a beautiful area in the Austrian Alps, the Dolomites have completely stolen my heart. So this winter, we decided to re-visit some of our favourite locations, as well as some beautiful new ones, and explore the Dolomites in winter.
The Dolomites In Winter
Our first stop this winter was the Drei Zinnen National Park and the Braies area. Having got the bug for ski touring this winter, we decided to pack our touring skis and attempt the ski tour up from the Fischerleintal to the Sextener Stein. This stunning tour in the Drei Zinnen National Park was one of the most beautiful tours I have ever done. Although the climb up had a few challenging and steep sections, the magnificent views helped me keep going even when my legs started turning to jelly. With very tired legs the next day, we decided to take it easy, and re-visit one of our favourite locations, Lake Braies. With the lake frozen over, we hiked across and around the lake and enjoyed seeing this beautiful location covered in snow.
Our second visit was for my 33rd birthday. We decided to pack our skis and head for another area of the Dolomites that we hadn’t yet seen. Our destination was the famous ski resort of Cortina. We spent a day skiing the whole Cortina area, on both sides of the valley, and I can honestly say it was the most beautiful area that I have ever skied, surrounded by the giant spires of the Dolomite mountains.
Instead of taking the fast route back home, we decided to drive home over some of the many mountain passes that you can find in the Dolomites. We drove across the Falzarego Pass, the Pordoi Pass and the Sella Pass and were speechless after almost every hairpin turn at the incredible views that we saw. If you’re looking for an unforgettable road trip, and you’re not of a nervous disposition, you should definitely drive these routes!