Dolomites backcountry ski tour to the Croda Rossa in Ampezzo

Reaching 3146 meters, the Croda Rossa Peak is located on the border between South Tyrol and the Veneto region, within both the Natural Park of the Dolomites in Ampezzo in the province of Belluno and the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park, in South Tyrol.

The backcountry excursion in the Dolomites to the Croda Rossa is spectacular; it unfolds facing the great north face of the Croda Rossa in Ampezzo. The gateway to the great amphitheater, surrounded by rocky walls made of main dolomite, red, black, brown and grey in color, is truly breathtaking.

Many legends have been written on this area and this mountain in the Dolomites, found in the book “Legends of the Dolomites”

Information on the Dolomites backcountry excursion to the Croda Rossa

From Cortina we drive towards Dobbiaco – Villa Bassa, following the signs to Lago di Braies. Then we drive up to 2000 meters to the large parking lot at Prato Piazza, where you can glimpse at the climbing route.

The itinerary for the Dolomites backcountry excursion to the Croda Rossa starts off following a cross-country trail for about a hundred meters, then turns straight towards the great amphitheater. Once we reach it, we climb to 2580 meters reaching the Fork of the Pine, located on the left of the great rocky wall.

To reach the top of the fork, you need to tackle quite a steep stretch, gaging it carefully and checking the conditions and stability of the snow. The descent follows the same trail.

Technical Data for the backcountry excursion to the Croda Rossa

  • Reference: Croda Rossa
  • Level of difficulty: Medium
  • Total time: 4 to 5 hours
  • Exposure: North
  • Support Point: Prato Piazza Restaurant and Lodge


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