Former world-cup skier, Matteo designs inspiring ski touring experiences in the Dolomites, his home and passion since he was a kid. He knows the best ski slopes & routes first-hand and what Adventure Travelers are looking for. Let’s walk, or better “ski” through its life and his job in Adventoured!
Can you tell us about your passion for the mountains and how it led you to become a ski-cup champion?
My passion for the mountains began at a young age, and I have always been drawn to the beauty and challenge of the Dolomites. I started to ski when I was three years old, so since ever! I was born in Rovereto in the Trentino region, so it was a natural path. Early on started doing competitions, I joined the National Team and I raced for the World Cup, ending up to be a world-cup champion skier 😉 After several injuries I stopped doing competitions, 3 years ago, and now I’m actively part of Adventoured and studying at the same time Visual Design in Milan.
Outdoor activities are always on my top list of priority: I think I’ve tried every sport in the world!
Can you tell us which is your favorite ski slope in the Dolomites and what makes it unique or challenging?
My favorite slope? I would say the Stelvio Slope in Bormio. I got into downhill in the true sense of the word, and it has remained in my heart!
The Stelvio ski slope in Bormio is a world-renowned ski destination, known for its challenging terrain and beautiful views. It is located in the heart of the Ortles-Cevedale group, a part of the Stelvio National Park. It has a total length of 12 km, with a elevation gain of 1,800 meters and a maximum slope of 85%. The slope is serviced by modern ski lifts and features a variety of terrain for skiers of all skill levels. It offers a spectacular view of the Ortles mountain and the whole Stelvio National Park. The Stelvio slope is a great challenge for experienced skiers, but it's also a great opportunity for beginner and intermediate skiers to improve their skills. I would recommend taking a guided tour for this slope, as the guide will be able to point out the best runs and provide tips on how to tackle the more challenging sections.
So you started as a Downhill Ski Champion and then moved to Ski Touring?
Yes after stopping competition, I opened up my horizons to different activities such as Ski Alp, Freeride and Ski touring. That’s why I share 100% the outdoor and sport values which lies in the Adventoured community. It’s a back-to-nature experience!
Together we design jaw-dropping tours that are in line with your expectations and give you the best in terms of landscape. From the point of view of a ski-cup champion and of a ski touring passionate!
What you would recommend to a skier in the Dolomites?
When planning a ski tour in the Dolomites, safety is of the utmost importance. We consider factors such as weather, snow conditions, and the skill level of the group. We also plan the itinerary taking into account the difficulty of the route, and the time required to complete it.
Furthermore, my tip is - don't be afraid to be guided: the Dolomites are vast, it is important to go with someone who knows the place. Guidance enhances your experience: there are maybe 3 different ways to reach the same place, and we plan the best solution. You can enjoy the view, the slopes in total relaxation and safety. This comes to the benefit of the oveall vacation, and you save a lot of time!
Which factors do you have to consider choosing the best tour?
When choosing a ski touring experience, there are several factors to consider ensuring that you have the best experience possible.
- Expectations: Are you looking for a panoramic tour, combining food & wine and mountain huts, or an adrenaline-charged experience based on climbing and hard sport?
- Skill level: Choose a tour that is appropriate for your skill level. If you're a beginner, look for a tour that is geared towards beginners and has an experienced guide who can teach you the basics. If you're an experienced skier, look for a tour that will challenge you and push you to improve your skills.
- Terrain: Consider the type of terrain you want to ski on. Are you looking for steep, challenging slopes or more moderate terrain? Are you interested in exploring a specific area or do you have a destination in mind?
- Safety: Safety should be your top priority. Make sure the tour operator has a good safety record and that the guides are certified and experienced.
- Group size: Consider the size of the group you will be skiing with. Smaller groups tend to be more intimate and offer a more personalized experience, as we say at Adventoured.
By considering these factors, you can choose a ski touring experience that is tailored to your needs and will provide you with an unforgettable experience in the mountains.