How to Adventure in Style
In a connected world, travelers are increasingly seeking ways recharge off the grid away from the bustle of daily life and there is no better place to do so than in the mountains.
The Dolomites are some of Italy’s best kept secrets. Characterized by unique languages and dialects, remote valley villages, and breathtaking scenery, the region is less about the glitz and more about wellness and health that could only and come from a life lived well. The remoteness of the region has left the area largely off the tourist track and the local culture and communities remain as they have been for generations. Recently, The Ranch Malibu launched its first off-site intensive program.
At the heart of hospitality in the Dolomites is a tight-knit community of mountaineers, guides, and hoteliers with a passion for their home and for sharing the best of the mountains with guests. One of the leaders of travel in the region is Agustina Lagos Marmol, Founder and Managing Director of Leslie Swanson Travel’s on-site partner, Dolomite Mountains.
For Agustina Lagos Marmol, the outdoors are in her blood. “I grew up horseback riding, fly fishing, and hiking,” the Argentinian said during a recent conversation. “The best summers were at the ranch with my family and cousins, spending time in nature.”
Those summers, Lagos Marmol developed a love for the outdoors that provided a foundation for a life devoted to encouraging others to get outside.
“I came to Italy as a guide for Butterfield [and Robinson],” she said. “Those were the wild days for us. I traveled a lot and learned the mountain guide mentality. I fell in love with the Dolomites and never left!”
Since starting Dolomite Mountains, Agustina has pioneered the concept of the “Ski Safari,” a unique program that takes advantage of the nearly 1,000 miles of connected ski runs through the region. Ski safaris are multi-day adventures taking adventurers from valley to valley throughout the region without ever having to take off their skis. The views are beautiful during the day and in the evenings, guests stay high in the mountains at cozy rifugios, small lodges with warm hosts and amazing food.
“People love the ski safari and there is no other place in the world where you can do it,” Agustina said. “It’s the best way to experience the mountains. Something totally different every day.”
Ski safaris range from 1 night excursions to weeklong adventures.
“Active travel and experiences are about enjoying and taking time for yourself,” Lagos Marmol said. “Italy has some of the most beautiful nature in world and it is amazing to share it with guests.”
But true to style, Agustina proves that in choosing adventure, you do not have to sacrifice style. Here are some of her must-pack items for an action-packed trip to Italy:
Sisley Nutritive Lip Balm
Refreshing and regenerative after a day in the mountains.
Practical and stylish, Agustina loves the Italian brand, Panama Hatters.
Effortless chic and comfortable, Lagos Marmol’s favorite is Chanel’s leather version of the classic shoe.
Slim White Blouse
“I have a lot of them—they are easy to wear and look great with a good pair of jeans regardless of where you are going or what you are doing.”
“I always carry a cashmere sweater, poncho and foulard with me. I just got a Loro Piana one that I love.”