Ski mountaineering excursion to Mount Formenton and Vallon de Raola

Mount Formenton, 2830 metres a.s.l., is located in the Tofane mountain group, along the hogback that descends from the peak of Tofana di Dentro towards North. At the foot of the steep rock face used to lie a small glacier, which unfortunately has almost completely melted due to the recent substantial warming of the Alpine areas.

The whole area of the Tofane mountain group was a First World War battle scene and nowadays it is still possible to see along the excursion's itinerary the remains of the trenches and the relics dating back to that period.

The ski mountaineering excursion to Mount Formenton and Vallon de Raola is one of the most beautiful and enjoyable itineraries of the area. You will ski down amazing long valleys at the foot of the imposing rock faces of the Tofane, in a majestic, challenging, pristine natural environment.

We strongly recommend embarking on this challenging excursion only with perfect weather conditions. The itinerary is suitabe for expert mountaineers, well equipped with climbing rope, crampons and ice axe.

Information about the ski mountaineering excursion to Mount Formenton and Vallon de Raola

The itinerary starting point is the terminal of Bus de Tofana chairlift at Ra Valles.

Skiing northward along a traverse at the foot of the rock faces of Tofana di Mezzo and Tofana di Dentro (Tofana Terza), you will reach a slope that goes up on the left between the peaks of Tofana di Dentro and Monte Formenton (the summer hiking trail). Climb up along the steep and narrow rill until you reach the ledge on the right, where an equipped climbing route passes (you will see the sign on the rocks) and which leads up to the side of Monte Formenton, at 2830 metres a.s.l..

From there, the off-piste skiing descent begins: you will ski down Vallon Formenton, in majestic amphiteatres created by the surrounding peaks and along wide valleys that descend towards North to reach the cliffs of Val Travenanzes.

Put the climbing skins on your skis again in order to safely climb a challenging traverse up to the beginning of a narrow rill, which goes down towards Vallon de Raola. After the last 800 metre long off-piste skiing descent along the rill you will reach Pian de Loa.

From there, continue along the cross-country skiing trail to reach the hamlet of Fiames, where it is possible to take the bus to go back to the terminal of Freccia nel Cielo cable car.

Technical information about the excursion:

  • Starting and arrival point: Freccia nel Cielo cable car
  • Mountain/massif: Tofana di Dentro
  • Overall elevation gain: 630 metres
  • Overall elevation loss:  1600 metres
  • Duration time: approximately 5 hours
  • Exposure: North
  • Difficulty level: OSA ("Ottimo Sciatore Alpinista", which means "Very expert ski-mountaineer")

The mountain huts along the path and nearby offering facilities and food are the following:

  • Rifugio Ra Valles
  • Albergo Fiames


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