On the move in the captivating Dolomite Mountains with active-coach Georg Rabanser

“Mountains are my passion, both winter and summer. To move freely in nature, discovering your own strength, gives me inner satisfaction,” says the Savoy’s active coach Georg Rabanser. Georg lives with his family in the Val Gardena.



Georg lives with his family in the Val Gardena. As a keen active-guide, his hobbies are snowboarding, mountain climbing, mountain biking and hiking. Georg’s favourite place to be is out in the rugged Dolomite Mountains, and today he shares two of his favourite tours with us:

Traverse of the Sella – the Ladin mountain

We start the walk at the Gardena Pass (2121m) and climb up to the Pisciadù hut (2585m) from where we walk on to the Piz Boè hut (2873m). From here we can see the famous “Midday Valley” (Val Mezdì). After lunch, we continue across the Sella Massif to the Pordoi hut and then down to the Pordoi pass, from where we catch the bus back. The highlights of this hike are the idyllic Pisicadù mountain lake and the view of the Val Mezdì.

The Pana chimney

We start in Ortisei for a walk with many contrasts. Starting out, we take the funicular up to Rasciesa. We continue over fields to the Brogles hut, where we stop for a snack. Here is where the adventurous part of the walk starts. We climb over scree up the Pana chimney. The towering walls of the Geisler Mountain that surround us are particularly impressive. At the top of the chimney, we are rewarded with a stunning panoramic view. We then descend to Col Raiser and onwards to St. Christina, from where we catch the bus back to the Small Luxury & Spa Hotel Savoy.

Georg also gives us a few general tips for hiking

In the mountains it is important to have waterproof clothing with you at all times, and to wear sturdy shoes. Do not overestimate your capabilities, start slowly and drink plenty of fluids.