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Make plans to race the 2014 Marcialonga and Dolomitenlauf now!

Thu, Mar  14, 2013 - By VBT

Now is the time to organize your group to travel with VBT to the 2014 Marcialonga and Dolomitenlauf Worldloppet races.  Registration for VBT's 2014 Worldloppet Ski Tour closes on April 30, 2013.  You can contact our sales team to learn more about Worldloppet departures , and our other 2014 cross-country ski tours.  Be sure to ask about our early booking and group discounts-bring 10 people along (plus yourself) and your trip is free!

Join VBT on the Worldloppet Trip of a Lifetime here!

I'm still all smiles after adding two more stamps to my Worldloppet Passport in January.  A dozen of VBT guests traveled to Austria and Italy for 12 days in January to compete in the Dolomitenlauf and Marcialonga. Of course, the 42km and 70km competitions were highlights of the trip, but they book-ended one of the best weeks I've ever experienced in Europe.

Dolomitenlauf Worldloppet xc ski

The Italian's have a saying, "hunger is the best spice."  There's nothing like working up a big appetite after a day of skiing, then sitting down for a satisfying meal of homemade Italian ravioli and a fresh caprese salad.  At Hotel Maria in Cavalese, we even had a cooking class where we learned to make apple strudel, then had it for dessert after dinner.  Of course, the breakfasts of hard-rolls, sliced cold-cuts, homemade jams and fresh squeezed orange juice were a great way to kick off the day, too-especially with the 70km Marcialonga to go before lunch!

When we weren't skiing or eating, we took advantage of a variety of other activities. The 7km downhill sled, or rodel, as the Austrians call it, was one of the highlights. After skiing all morning, I really felt like I'd earned the chairlift ride to the top of the mountain, where we soaked in the afternoon, alpine sunshine before sledding back down to the village of Obertilliach.

Marcialonga xc ski race

You can't spend a week in the Alps and not sneak out for a day of alpine skiing.  Famous in the Nordic ski community for hosting the final climb in the Tour de Ski, Alpe Cermis is also one of the best Alpine ski areas in the Dolomites-it takes two gondolas and one chair lift just to get to the top of the mountain! Once you're there, you can see across the Alps all the way to Austria and Switzerland.  There's something awesome about coming home with a sun tan in January. 

Check out VBTsPhotoshare site to see more photos of our adventures.  If you're interested in learning more about joining our 2014 Worldloppet tour, check out the VBT website. Act quickly, as our registration for the 2014 Worldloppet Ski Tour (including the Dolomitenlauf and Marcialonga) closes on April 30, 2013. 

Yes, that's less than 1 week from now! You can contact our sales team to learn more about Worldloppet departures , and our other 2014 cross-country ski tours.  

Consider the trip of a lifetime, we know you want to!

Garrott