Discover the fascination of the Dolomites beside the pistes...
It ain't that easy to do uphill skitours, however this is one reason for the popularity of this sport. Beeing (almost) alone in the nature, beeing awary of yourself and the stunning nature around you. When you arrive your goals and go down through the powder all the efforts and struggles are worth it.
Everyone should be aware of the exhaustion and risks of skiexpeditions, therefore we suggest beginners and advanced sportsmen to start off to a ski excursion with a alpine guide to get to know the region and conditions.
Excursion - Tipps
The descent from the Valparola pass towards Armentarola
Altitude at departure: 2168 m
Altitude at arrival: 1621 m
Vertical drop: 700 m
Time: 20 minutes approx. for the climb and 20 minutes for the descent
Departure: Valparola pass
You can get to Valparola pass by car, public bus or taxi (buses from 8-9 people from Armentarola).Starting behind the Valparola mountain hut take the path which takes you to the southern side of a small hill. From here follow the summer trail which first traverses a slight downhill slope and then levels out until it reaches an area of boulders where you climb diagonally across the slope at the base of the Piz Ciampëi up to the valley on the left.The descent in the Armentarola direction in an open valley is an easy, pleasant one. The first part, on an ideal terrain brings you down to a clearing. Here you continue skiing on the right hand side of the river and through the wood and get to a wide, sunny meadow. Take the path on your left which brings you down to Armentarola.This is an easy and fascinating freeride excursion, ideal for those who are starting out on off piste skiing.
The Val Mezdì in the Sella group - Dolomites
Altitude at departure: 2950 m
Altitude at arrival: 1645 m
Vertical drop: 1450 m
Time: 1 hour climb and approx. 45 minutes for the Val Mezdì downhill
Starting from one of the 6 villages of Alta Badia you get to the Pordoi pass, by car or ski lift. At the Pordoi pass take the Sass Pordoi cable car.From the mountain station of the Sass Pordoi cable car descend to "forcella" Pordoi and continue in the Piz Boé direction. The terrain is flat/gently sloping so you have to walk up a short slope. If you have skins or snowshoes with you they’ll help, but they’re not necessary. In any event it's a good warm up for off piste skiing. From the Rifugio Boè/Bambergerhütte you start the Val Mezdì descent. After a first difficult and steep part follow the valley along the right side to the end. Here more hard work awaits and your fitness will be put to the test again - the middle of the run is steep and narrow. You can make two or three curves and be careful around the next rock. But by then you will have mastered the high alpine Val Mezdi free ride. The last easy part leads on a catwalk through the forest and meadows down to the village of Colfosco.
N.B: The itinerary is classified as medium but it should not be underestimated, especially in strong winds. In the central part of the canyon pay attention at large boulders and deep depressions.
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