Who We Are
Pierluigi (Pier) is the founder and the personal ski planner & head guide of Skiita. He was born and raised - on skis - in Italy, and currently resides in Whistler, BC, Canada. In 25 years within the Italian ski industry as an athlete, instructor, ski tester and guide, he has spent countless number of days exploring resorts, runs, restaurants, hotels, b&b’s, spa’s and all sort of mountain activities. He is a CSIA Level 3 Canadian Professional Ski Instructor, a Member of the Italian Federation of Winter Sports and of the Italian Alpine Club. He has standard and emergency First Aid certifications, and Avalanche Skill training. He is also a qualified Italian tour guide. You can find him in his office planning the next guided tour to Italy, or at the Whistler-Blackcomb Snow School for ski lessons. Off-season, he is a consulting engineer.
What We Do
We blend the art of skiing and the art of travelling into a unique experience, tailored to your very own being. Our ultimate goal is to guide you on a perfect multi-day ski tour overseas. But guiding you on a tour is a process that begins with planning the tour itself. So our tours are not planned beforehand and served cold. Here at Skiita we have decided to involve our clients in the planning process, we listen and we suggest. By offering fully customizable guided ski tours, our ski guide will personally work for you and with you to plan a tour that is just what you have always dreamed of. Our service is very flexible and can handle to the most demanding requests. We are only for truly ski lovers!
Where We Go
Anywhere your dream vacation will bring you: somewhere on the Italian Alps! The Italian Alps, which span across Northern Italy for about 750 miles, are home of more than 200 ski resorts. Sometimes we cross the national border, and we ski on the other side of the Alps in France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. The Alps and their famous mountain group called the Dolomites are a mecca for skiers: thousands of miles of groomed ski runs suitable for all kind of skiing ability, and breathtaking views. The typical alpine villages let you feel a connection to the mountains and to the valleys that have no equivalent anywhere alse in the world. And when the ski day is over, the aprè-ski can count on a limitless number of activities: shopping, dining, wine tasting, spa & massage, dancing & clubbing, climbing, snowshoeing, night skiing,…
When We Go
From December to March. This is how long the winter season lasts in Italy. For the 2015-2016 winter season we will organize guided tours anytime between January 4, 2016 and March 20, 2016.
Why Choose Us
Your great vacation is our great vacation – because we will be there with you! We are a small operation, and we like it this way. We take individuals and small groups to places that we love, that we profoundly understand, and that we want you to appreciate outside of the schemes of mass tourism. We are interested in connecting with people, in meeting and having fun with fellow skiers. Only fully personalized vacations and English-Italian guided tours can guarantee a memorable ski experience: no language barriers, no cultural misunderstandings, no worries about driving and travelling in a foreign country, no missed photo spots, no wasted time looking at the map,… If something is not up to your expectation, no need of a phone call: we are there! Aside from a wealth of knowledge about the mountains, the villages, the history of the territory and the landscape, we offer complimentary ski improvement lessons throughout your vacation and evening clinics about ski technique and ski tuning, Italian cooking classes, and more. Unlike others, we do not sell pre-planned tours nor have pre-arranged agreements with hotels and restaurants: every ski vacation responds to each individual’s need.
How It Works
After your first contact with us – either in person, by phone, email, Skype or by filling out the form at the bottom of this web page – we will ask you to complete a questionnaire. It takes about an hour, and you can do it in writings or simply over the phone with us. We would rather talk, so any concern can be immediately addressed. There are no personal questions, we only want to know with some precision what kind of skier you are, what kind of vacation style you prefer, and what you deeply expect from this ski experience in Italy. After your preferences are clear to us, we will start planning your tour. Since we do not sell pre-built packages, and we do not deal with travel wholesalers, it may take a couple of days before we can get back to you with a first draft of your guided ski tour and a first quotation. Then, we will work with you to tailor your vacation plan to your needs, as many times as it takes. We will later assist you in preparation for your travel, and once the departure day comes we will finally get to meet and guide you during your amazing ski tour in Italy!