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Italiaoutdoors Food and Wine Private Guide Service Creates Custom Italian Ski Adventures for 2014

Custom Luxury Tours for Small Groups Combine Ski and Snowboarding in the Dolomites with Gourmet Dining and Wine Tastings

NEWBURYPORT, Mass., Sept. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Responding to growing demand for exceptional and personalized travel experiences, Italiaoutdoors Food and Wine is now working with clients to create their 2014 custom luxury ski holidays in Italy. These small group tours are individually designed and personally led by partners Vernon McClure, a ski and snowboard instructor and mountain guide recently named one of "Italy's Best Local Guides" for his knowledge of the Dolomites, and Kathy Bechtel, a certified ski instructor and chef. Together, they customize unique tours that are designed to meet the singular needs of each group, crafting a custom itinerary that provides the perfect balance of activity, rest, and culinary and cultural explorations, all set against some of the most stunning panoramic vistas in the world.

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Activities are tailored to all ski levels, from shorter trails and groomed terrain for relaxed athletes to off-piste skiing for more advanced skiers.  Shopping expeditions, snowshoe excursions, winery tours and tastings and cooking classes are arranged for non-skiers, or those who wish a rest day. Evening explorations, from fine dining at exclusive ristorante to horse-drawn sleigh rides to a traditional mountainrifugio, introduce the sensational regional cuisine and some of the best wines in Italy. An avid researcher of and writer about Italian wines, Bechtel carefully creates a wine program for each tour, introducing wines from Northeastern Italy from world-renowned Amarone and Prosecco to undiscovered varietals like Lagrein, Teroldego Rotaliano and Schioppettino.

Dates are available beginning December 2013. Trips are all-inclusive, with the exception of air. For individuals looking for a scheduled tour, Italiaoutdoors Food and Wine offers a Gourmet Dolomites Ski Holiday, March 16 -22, 2014, priced at $3995 per person, double occupancy.

About Italiaoutdoors Food and Wine
Italiaoutdoors Food and Wine ( is an owner-operated private guide service, creating and guiding active tours in Italy. Unique in their ability to combine active biking, skiing and hiking adventures with world-class culinary programs — including tours with James Beard award-winning chefs — Italiaoutdoors has more than 15 years of recreational programming experience, plus formal culinary and wine training. The owners — experts in fitness, food, and Italy –personally lead each tour.


Kathy Bechtel