Outdoor Recreation

Hours (April - December)

Monday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Holidays Closed

Contact

Caserma Ederle
Bldg. 249

WiFi Available

Tel:
+39 0444-71-7453

Military DSN Tel:
(314)634-7453

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Activities We Offer

  • Escorted & guided cultural trips
  • Challenging high adventure activities
  • Skiing & snowboarding
  • Water sports
  • Hiking & biking
Equipment Rental

Winter Activities

 

Daily Weekly
Snowboard Package $25.00 $100.00
Ski Package $25.00 $100.00
Alpine Skis $15.00 $60.00
Alpine Ski Boots $10.00 $40.00
Alpine Ski Poles $5.00 $20.00
Snowboard w/ Bindings $15.00 $60.00
Snowboard Boots $10.00 $40.00
Ski Jacket $5.00 $20.00
Snowboard Helmet $1.00 $4.00

Note: All skis and snowboards come with free use of a helmet.

Biking

  Daily Weekly
Road Bicycle $20.00 $80.00
Mountain Bike $10.00 $40.00
Cruiser Bike $8.00 $32.00
Child Seat Bike $8.00 $32.00
Bike Helmet $1.00 $4.00

Note: All bikes come with free use of a bike helmet.

Scuba

  Daily Weekly
BCD $10.00 $40.00
Regulator $10.00 $40.00
Wet Suit $10.00 $40.00
Dry Suit $50.00 $200.00
10 Liter Tank $5.00 $20.00
12 Liter Tank $5.00 $20.00
Tank Fill $2.00  

 

High Adventure

  Daily Weekly
Kayak $45.00 N/A
Life Vest $5.00 $20.00
Child Hardness $5.00 $20.00
Climbing Harness $5.00 $20.00
Rock Climbing Shoes $10.00 $40.00
Climbing Helmet $5.00 $20.00

Note: Risk management practices mandate that climbing ropes, carabineers, protection devices, rappel devices, nylon runners, etc. will only be issued to participants of a supervised command sanctioned ODR program. Issue records of other climbing equipment must be logged and maintained.

Camping

  Daily Weekly
Tent $10.00 $40.00
Sleeping Bag $1.00 $4.00
Sleeping Bag Liner $1.00 $4.00
Sleeping Pad $1.00 $4.00
Backpack $5.00 $20.00
Child Backpack $5.00 $20.00

Miscellaneous

  Daily Weekly
Canopy $35.00 N/A
BBQ Grill $35.00 N/A
Dunk Booth $35.00 N/A
Fest Tables w/ Chairs $10.00 $40.00
Horseshoe Set $5.00 $20.00
Cornhole Set $5.00 $20.00
Golf Clubs $5.00 $20.00
Jogging Stroller $5.00 $20.00

Equipment Service Charges

Services Require 78 hours turn around

Minor Bike Tune-Up

$45.00

Major Bike Tune-Up

$65.00

Belt Wax

Provides a light even coat of wax on base.
Good for short term use (1-2 days).

$10.00

Hot Wax

Hot iron applied hand wax, allows base pores
to expand & to absorb wax efficiently.
Good for longer use (7-10 days).

$15.00
Edge Sharpening (hand) $15.00
Edge Sharpening (machine) $10.00
Snowboard/Ski Edge & Wax $25.00
Bindings Adjusted or Cleaned $10.00
Bindings Removed $15.00
Snowboard Bindings Installed $10.00
Thread Repair (per hole) $15.00

 

Instructional Classes

SCUBA

  • Open Water Course
  • Advanced SCUBA
  • Rescue Diver
  • Master SCUBA Diver
  • Specialty Courses (Nitrox, Night Diver, Deep Diver, Wreck Diver, Underwater Photographer, Navigation, Search/Recovery & Dry Suit Diver
  • Professional Leadership Courses (Dive-Master, Assistant Instructor & Instructor Courses)

Skiing/Snowboarding

  • Free instructional classes on ski/snowboard on trips for beginners (check with Outdoor Rec for details and trips)
  • Ski and snowboard maintenance
FAQ - Trips

When do I need a passport on an ODR trip?

Per European law and the SOFA agreement, a tourist passport is required for any trip outside of Italy and all overnight trips when staying in a hotel. If you don’t have your tourist passport, we highly recommend stopping by the passport office in the Central Processing Facility (Bldg. 28) to apply for one!

Who is able to go on ODR trips?

All valid DOD ID card holders with access to post and their guests are welcome on ODR trips. Guests are required to receive a pass from the Pass and Badge Office in Bldg. 4B. ODR will not stop to sign in and out guests, so this pass allows them to enter with their passport. With this pass, guests can also go on trips without their host.

How do multiple-day visitors get a pass so they don’t have to be signed on each time?

According to the USAG Italy visitor webpage, “After the visitor(s) initial entry to the installation, the ID cardholder can bring the guests to the Pass and Badge Office in Bldg. 4B to request a pass. Active U.S. ID cardholders (those registered or unregistered with U.S. Army Europe's area of operations Installation Access Control System) with visitors from outside of Italy can sign up their guests for a 30-day pass. The Pass office is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. To contact them, call DSN 634-7053 or commercial (country code 39) 0444-71-7053. If visitors arrive on a U.S. or Italian holiday or non-working day, they should return to the Pass and Badge Office on the next duty day. Note: The Installation Access Control System is a U.S. Army Europe program and both the ID card holder and guest may reside in the continental United States.”

Can you tell me more about the trip leaders?

Our guides consist of both Americans and local nationals with expertise in their respective fields. These range from art, history, and architecture, to snowboarding, climbing, scuba, and more. ODR also partners with outside guides and businesses to provide experts for specific trips.  All of our guides strive to be safe, enthusiastic, and accommodating for all our participants!

Does ODR plan private group trips?

Yes, ODR can plan private group trips based on availability. When it comes to booking private trips, the sooner the better as our staff is limited and our schedule fills quickly! Contact ODR for more info.

Am I physically ready for this trip?

Our adventure activities are rated on a 5 point scale, with 1 being the lightest level of activity and 5 being the most strenuous. Here is some further breakdown.

  • Level 1 – Very light: Appropriate for people of all levels.

These trips are designed to accommodate people of all fitness levels.  No prior experience is required. Participants can expect gentle terrain and easy pacing.

Trip examples: Beach trips, stroller/wheelchair friendly, maintenance classes.

  • Level 2 – Light: A generally relaxed level, with brief moments of basic fitness required.

Great for newcomers to activities. The pacing is usually catered towards the participant, the terrain may be more rolling or engaging, and the activity duration is 1-3 hours with resting opportunities.

Trip examples: Sailing, stand up paddle boarding, horseback riding.

  • Level 3 – Moderate: Not too strenuous, but also not too easy. A good level of fitness is recommended.

A potentially challenging day for a physically unprepared participant. Terrain can be challenging, weather more demanding, and activity duration is between 2-6 hours. Resting opportunities are available, though maybe not constantly. Expect some soreness the next day if unprepared.

Trip examples: Skiing and snowboarding, rock/ice climbing, sea kayaking, whitewater rafting.

  • Level 4 – Vigorous: Very active and recommended for physically prepared participants.

All participants should be arriving in good physical condition, prepared for an active day. The terrain can be challenging to severe and the duration can be between 2-8 hours. Rests will be limited

Trip examples: Mt. Pasubio hike, via Ferrata.

  • Level 5 – Strenuous: Unavoidably physically demanding. A high level of fitness is absolutely required.

Rigorous activity in potentially remote and very challenging environments. High physical fitness is necessary to participate and lack of fitness could lead to serious consequences.

Trip examples: Hydrospeed, certain via Ferratas, whitewater kayaking.

What size group can I expect?

Group sizes are based on trip category. Cultural trips can handle large groups (anywhere from 40 to 80 participants) on large commercial buses. Trips such as wine tastings and cooking classes benefit from groups up to 15-20 participants. Adventure trips typically range from 8-16 participants, though we will utilize large buses to take more participants for ski trips.

What is expected of me and what should I expect of others on an ODR trip?

You will enjoy a trip that is right for you. Review the trip details and contact ODR to obtain more information.

Fellow participants can have a major impact on your experience. We all come with our own goals, expectations, and abilities. We also come to enjoy the experience as well, so here are a few expectations to help with that:

  • Select a trip that is appropriate for your interests and abilities
  • Behave in a manner which does not put yourself or others at unnecessary risk
  • Come prepared with all essential items and clothing for the trip
  • Be courteous and respectful to other participants while traveling. This includes being aware of your speaking volume and the volume on any electronic devices you are using.  Additionally, be courteous about the limited space and seating arrangements and make sure to pick up after yourself.
  • Behave in an appropriate and courteous manner to your fellow participants as well as the host nation.
  • Be punctual for timelines laid out in the itinerary or by the trip leader.
  • Remember to enjoy yourself and have fun!

ODR reserves the right to prohibit access to participants who are behaving in a way which disrupts the trip or are under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances.

What if I’m traveling alone on an overnight trip?

For many of our overnight trips, a single room can be arranged for a supplementary cost. This is based on a trip-by-trip basis. If you are interested in a single room, consult the ODR staff for availability. Please note that single rooms are often in limited supply and not all of our overnight accommodations will have this option.

Prices are based on double occupancy. There are no single supplement fees for those willing to share a room. We will find a roommate for you and it may even be a great way to meet a new traveling buddy!

What do I need to bring?

Generally, this information is available online for all trips. Occasionally the information will be provided at a later date, either at the time of registration or in an email from the trip leader. For adventure trips, all necessary equipment is normally provided unless stated otherwise.

Where can I find more details about a trip?

Trip details can be found on our website, drop by the ODR center, call and speak with our staff, or search the internet for extra info about the area. Typically, the week of the trip we send an additional email with more details about the trip.

Is it possible to receive a discount if I don’t need something included in the trip cost?

ODR plans and prices all of our trips as packages. Credit is not provided for services that are not used.

Why is there an age limit on some trips?

Age limits can be found on trips for multiple reasons, including but not limited to:

  • The activity is unsafe or not appropriate for all ages
  • A contracted company may not allow all ages with their services
  • The trip may be focused towards a specific audience
  • The trip may include alcohol or firearms which have legal age requirements

Are there any ‘children only’ trips?

Youth programs are generally programmed by Child, Youth and School Services (CYSS). Visit www.italy.armyMWR.com to find upcoming trips and programs. Visit the Parent Central Services Office in Bldg. 108, Davis Hall, to register your child for CYS Services.

Do children receive a discount on trips? Will they if I keep them on my lap?

Children receive discounts on some trips. Price reductions for children are listed along with the cost for adults. Feel free to ask if you are unsure.

According to Italian law, all participants must have their own seat equipped with seat belt while traveling in a vehicle.

Are pets allowed on ODR trips?

Unfortunately ODR is unable to accommodate pets on our trips.

How can I submit a trip review?

Your comments are important to us. Let us know what we can do to improve our services for you, our customer. Submit an Interactive Customer Evaluation (ICE). The link for Outdoor Recreation on Caserma Ederle is https://ice.disa.mil/index.cfm?fa=card&sp=104251&s=199&dep=*DoD&sc=15

There is also a suggestion box and an ICE drop box for written recommendations located in our facility. We value our customer’s reviews and constructive feedback.

When will the new book of trips come out?

This is one of our favorite questions because it means you’re excited to see what is coming up! Generally, calendars are released every 6 months. The Spring-Summer edition is released in late February or early March, and the Fall-Winter calendar is released in late August or early September.

All of our seasonal trips are listed on our website calendar at www.italy.armymwr.com and are often visible there before the book is printed.  You will find additional information about each trip and the most up-to-date corrections or additions are there as well.

FAQ - Reservations, Payments & Cancelations

How do I reserve or sign up for a trip?

Drop by ODR during normal operating hours to register. Full payment is required at the time of registration. It is also possible to sign up for most of our day trips online at https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac103/wbwsc/Vicenzarectrac.wsc/wbsplash.html

How do I register for trips online?

First, visit our online registration site at https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac103/wbwsc/Vicenzarectrac.wsc/wbsplash.html

Check out upcoming activities, availability status and register for trips. You will be asked to create an account and password to register for trips. If you have any issues or forget your password, don’t hesitate to contact us for assistance.

Can I see how many spots are still available for a trip?

Yes. You can find this information when registering online. Log on to https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac103/wbwsc/Vicenzarectrac.wsc/wbsplash.html  

Click on Outdoor Recreation and then ODR Activities to review the upcoming trips. Click on “Enrollment Details” on the right side of the list to see the remaining number of seats available. Be advised that with registration, the number continuously changes. The online system can occasionally lag behind actual registration numbers.

I need to cancel a trip I’ve signed up for, what is your cancellation policy?

We understand that things come up and cancellations will happen, especially in the military environment. This is our policy:

For Trips, recreational, cultural, and instructional. No refund will be provided for cancellations within three (3) days of the scheduled trip. 50% refund will be provided for cancellations made within four (4) to seven (7) days of the scheduled trip. 75 % refund will be provided for cancellations made within eight (8) to ten (10) days of the scheduled trip. 100% refund will be provided for cancellations made within fourteen (14) days, illness documented by physician, or unforeseen mission requirements documented by Commander. It is the responsibility of the patron to ensure they are able to attend and have approved leave/pass at the time of registration.

For Instructional programs. No refund will be provided for cancellations within seven (7) days of the scheduled course. 75 % refund minus cost of course materials (books, etc.) will be provided for cancellations made within eight (8) to ten (10) days of the scheduled course. 100% refund, or rescheduling at no additional cost, will be provided for cancellations made due to illness documented by physician, or unforeseen mission requirements documented by Commander.

For Rental equipment. In the event of cancellation three (3) days prior to the reservation date the customer will pay fee equivalent to one-day rental. Cancellation 4 days or more before reservations will result in 100% refund.

What if ODR cancels my trip? Will the trip be cancelled if the weather is bad?

ODR reserves the right to cancel or adjust trips to ensure the utmost safety and security for our guests. If a trip is cancelled, participants will be notified of refund details.

Can I transfer to another trip?

Transferring to another trip is possible and is usually handled on a case-by-case basis. Timing and availability of the transfer are the most important factors. If you are interested in transferring to another trip, contact ODR directly.

Which methods of payment does ODR accept?

All prices are in U.S. dollars. Methods of payment include: cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and check. ODR does not accept Euro or Military Star Card.

FAQ - Rental Center Questions

What can I rent from ODR?

ODR offers a wide selection of recreation rentals. From bicycles and camping gear to SCUBA equipment for certified divers. For a complete listing of our rental equipment, visit our website at http://italy.armymwr.com/europe/vicenza/programs/outdoor-recreation/ or drop by ODR.

Note: Risk management practices mandate that climbing ropes, carabineers, protection devices, rappel devices, nylon runners, etc. will only be issued to participants of a supervised command sanctioned ODR program.

Can I reserve rental equipment in advance?

Equipment can be rented up to 10 days in advance of the pickup date. Full payment is required at the time of reservation. This can be especially helpful during ski and snowboard season!

What if my rental equipment is lost/damaged/stolen?

The POC signing for the equipment is responsible for cleaning, any damage, lost items or parts and will pay for repairs if needed.

We have a large function coming up, can you tell us about rental items and costs?

We have canopies, BBQ grills, tables, chairs, fest tables and benches, a dunk booth, and some yard games. Visit ODR for a list of available equipment and prices. Selected items must be paid for when reserving. The POC signing for the equipment is responsible for cleaning, any damage, lost items or parts and will pay for repairs if needed. Canopies are required to be set up both at check out and check in before return can be finalized. If you are using Unit Funds you must also get authorization from the NAF Financial Management Coordinator. Delivery may be available for 20 or more tables for an additional charge.

Do I need to be a certified SCUBA diver to rent SCUBA equipment?

Proof of current certification is required in order to rent SCUBA diving equipment.

Do you eventually sell your old equipment?

Unfortunately, we do not host a used gear sale.

FAQ - Local Information & General Questions

Does ODR sell tickets to amusement parks and other attractions?

ODR does not sell tickets to any local parks or attractions. For scheduled trips, it will be specified whether the trip includes entrance fee or if it is a separate cost.

Sometimes we receive information about discounts for ski resorts or other local outdoor activities, so feel free to call or stop by the ODR desk and ask what we have currently available.

Can you do any maintenance on bikes, snowboards, etc.?

During the winter months (Oct-Apr) we offer ski and snowboard maintenance such as base repair, edging, and waxing. Other services may be provided but we may recommend a full-service shop for specific maintenance.

At this time we are offering complete bicycle maintenance services. Don’t hesitate to drop by and ask any bicycle-related questions you may have. We have experienced cyclists on our staff who can normally offer advice and/or point you in the right direction.

Could you tell me more about the city buses and schedule?

Local buses are operated by the Aziende Industriali Municipali (AIM). Resources are not provided in English; so we recommend using Google Maps to help you find what you need.

A bus stop for Line 1 is located immediately outside of gate 2 (the Chapel Gate). This runs directly to the center of town (Centro Storico) and the Vicenza train station (Stazione F.S.), normally every 15 minutes during the week. 

Bus tickets can be purchased downtown at the main bus station, at most Tabbacherias, machines located at some bus stops and directly from the bus driver, though it is slightly more expensive to purchase directly from the driver.

The AIM seasonal bus schedule http://www.aim-mobilita.it/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=232&Itemid=213.

We realize this can be a bit intimidating, but don’t worry! It’s part of the fun of experiencing Europe.

Could you tell me more about riding the trains?

Vicenza’s train station is located within walking distance of the center of town, and is a short bus ride on Line 1 from the stop directly outside gate 2 (Chapel gate). Tickets can be purchased at the train station or online at www.trenitalia.com. Additionally, the website is very useful for searching for train schedules and pricing and is also available in English.

One of the most popular destinations to travel to by train is Venice, as the parking is limited and expensive. The preferred arrival station for Venice is Venezia S. Lucia (the main station). Check the schedule in advance to save time and money. By catching the hourly Regionale Veloce (Fast Regional train), Venice can be reached in about 45 minutes for less than 6 euro.

What should I do this weekend? What events are going on in the local communities?

Get out and explore! We live in a central location with activities taking place in town and in the surrounding communities constantly. There are local festivals, volksmarches (fun runs), bike rides, music and more.

A great resource to find out what’s happening locally is www.LivingInVicenza.com.

For volksmarches check out http://calendariopodismoveneto.blogspot.it/

 An event calendar is available on http://vicenza.com/eventi-oggi

TripAdvisor Top Things to do lists popular tourist attractions http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g187872-Activities-Vicenza_Province_of_Vicenza_Veneto.html

Does ODR have maps of the area and surrounding cities?

ODR maintains a regular supply of maps, some available for a small fee but most of them are free. We pick up maps while on trips, have them delivered, and purchase some for your convenience. Stop by the ODR to see if we have what you need!

I’ve got a great idea for a trip! How can I share it?

We are always looking for new ideas, and greatly appreciate suggestions. The easiest way to share ideas is to drop a note in our “Suggestion Box” on the counter, or speak with one of our programmers directly. You can also feel free to call or email us if it is more convenient.

How can I meet other folks to go on adventures with?

One way is by signing up for trips that interest you, as you are likely to meet people with similar interests. A day with ODR normally provides plenty of opportunity to meet like-minded folks to strike up a conversation with. Many lasting friendships have been born this way!

Also, speak with an ODR employee about active groups and clubs on post to find others who share your interests. We have a very active and tightknit community to get linked up with.

I think ODR is awesome and I want to help out, can I volunteer?

We welcome volunteers in our program. Register online at www.myarmyonesource.com or visit the Volunteer Coordinator located in Davis Soldier & Family Readiness Center, Bldg. 108. Or call DSN 634-7492. 

Do you have contact information for other MWR facilities?

Complete information about what other Family and MWR programs offer is available on our websitewww.italy.armymwr.com, as well as any events or activities they have planned. You will find it easy to search our calendar by choosing your category of interest (CYSS, social & dining, sports & fitness etc.) and viewing only what interests you, or view the entire list in either a calendar or list format. By clicking on the facilities and programs you can choose from a category list to find location, hours of operation and contact information for the facility you choose. The site is optimized for mobile so you can view it on the go.  

Do you have recommendations for things I can visit or do on my own, such as outdoor activities, local wineries or places for Families with children?

Government regulations prohibit us from endorsing private organizations or businesses, but you are welcome to stop by ODR and ask the staff on duty for their personal favorites. We also have books available with local information about parks and outdoor adventures and popular cities that you may wish to visit while in Italy.