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SKI TREASURE HUNT IN THE DOLOMITES

Day Two of Ian Davis’s Dolomiti Superski adventure. Competing in the annual Ski Caching event. It has its roots in Geocaching.

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Essentially a treasure hunt on the slopes.

50 caches are placed across the whole of the Dolomiti Superski area.

As a team of two you visit each location earning from 1 to 20 points.

The closer, easily-found ones are lower scoring but the further flung locations have greater rewards.

If you manage to get close to visiting all the caches you will be scoring in the high 400’s.

The winners of this year’s event managed to accumulate 463 points, which is really impressive.

They were dedicated to the cause and certainly weren’t hanging around to have covered such a huge area.

Their reward was taking home the €400 winners’ prize.

To earn your points you have to send in pictures from each location.

There are 5 photo points where inventive and humorous pictures gain bonus points.

Val Gardena Ski Caching – Guide for extra bonus points

The starting gun goes at 09.30am with a mass start in the centrally-located town of Ortisei from where you have easy access to the whole area.

Val Gardena Ski Caching – waiting to start

After your day touring the area you finish back in Ortisei for drinks and prize giving.

Our day took shape by firstly enjoying the amazing views in the Seceda area before making our way over to Sassolungo pistes.

A great collection of slopes, it is also home to the Saslong World Cup downhill course.

Val Gardena Ski Caching – Team 12 at stage 16

Lunch was taken at the Curona Refuge: homemade traditional fair delivered by the local family who host all their guests like long lost friends.

The Ski Caching is a fully inclusive event – locals and international visitors made up the teams of young & old and families.

There were prizes for different classes and prizes drawn from the race numbers so everyone seemed to go home with a gift.

In summary, it was a great way to make you reach into the less explored corners of the Dolomiti Superski area.

It highlighted how well-linked the area is with its modern, efficient lifts.

We took it with a degree of seriousness.

But stopped for lunch and coffees, deciding to focus on inventive and imaginative photos at each cache.

Val Gardena Ski Caching – Team 12 earning vital points at stage 23 (Me, pictured Up the tree & Matt Lumb on the ground)

Val Gardena Ski Caching – Praying for points Team 12 at stage 38 (Matt Lumb pictured left and me on the right)

Val Gardena Ski Caching – Team 12 Profiteroles at stage 44 ((Matt Lumb pictured right and me left)

Ski Caching Team 12 at stage 46 – Not entirely sure who just joined us…

A superb day out for intermediate and advanced skiers and boarders.

Val Gardena Ski Caching – Flying the flag for points – Team 12 at stage 48 (Matt Lumb pictured left and me on the right)

Fact Box:

This annual event took part on the 18th Jan 2020 and will be repeated in 2021.

Entry is €50 per team of two.

Val Gardena Ski Caching – Team 12 at stage 49 – The Finale (Matt Lumb pictured left and me on the right)

Read Part One of Ian Davis’ trip to the Dolomites:

#PostcardFromValGardena

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