Ski mountaineering and via ferrata at Cristallino d'Ampezzo

This is a beautiful ski mountaineering excursion to the Cristallino d'Ampezzo, an interesting itinerary mainly suited for those who love to venture in mixed terrains in part-ski, part-sealskins routes, part-climbing with crampons and ice ax, and part via ferrata and foff-piste runs.

The Cristallino d'Ampezzo is a magnificent rocky tower 3008 meters high, isolated by the large and deep Staunies valley to the east, separating it from the Middle Peak of the Cristallo and by the Great Fork to the west separating it from the Cresta Bianca.

The first to climb the Cristallino were Baron von Eotvos and his alpine guide Michele Innerkofler in 1879.

Information on the ski mountaineering excursion to the Cristallino

Generally, the ski mountaineering excursion to the Cristallino d'Ampezzo is tackled starting from Rio Gere, where you can take the chairlift to Son Forca.

The ski mountaineering route starts following the chairlift in Staunies, reaching the station's middle stop, then veering to the left along the large and deep valley leading to the Great Fork at 2870 meters.

Wearing crampons, we start climbing the rocky ridge along the Via Ferrata Ivano Dibona, passing over rocky, snowy and icy sections, vertical ladders and the famous breathtaking suspended bridge at an altitude of 3,000 meters.

When we reach the lift’s top station, it is worth climbing a few meters more to the Lorenzi Hut (closed), to admire a fantastic and unique panorama spanning 360 degrees over the Dolomites.

We descend along the steep and deep Staunies valley, dropping straight down to Son Forca, then continuing along the ski run reaching Rio Gere.

Technical data for the ski mountaineering excursion to the Cristallino

  • Reference: Cristallo
  • Range Starting and ending point: Rio Gere at 1690 meters
  • Elevation gain from Son Forca: 800 meters
  • Elevation loss: 1300 meters
  • Downhill Steepness: 38 degrees in the initial part
  • Exposure: east and south-east
  • Total time for the excursion: about 5 hours
  • Support points: Rio Gere Restaurant and Son Forca Lodge
  • OSA Level of difficulty: excellent ski mountaineering skills


Contact us to book the ski mountaineering excursion to the Cristallino, a mountaineering course or to require any further information

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Dolomiti SkiRock

Corso Italia, 14 - Cortina d’Ampezzo
Tel. +39 324 747 3939
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