Ski mountaineering in Cortina d'Ampezzo

Ski mountaineering is an ancient discipline whose origin dates back to the early days of history, when the people living in the mountains used to use the forerunners of our modern skis when they had to move on snowy terrains, either for hunting purposes or to reach faraway destinations.

Nowadays ski mountaineering is a highly engaging sport activity, which consists in climbing up a peak or mountain pass and then descending back, freely skiing off-piste in the pristine mountain nature, far from the crowded ski resorts.

Potentially, this discipline is within everyone's reach, but in order to take on this challenge it is imperative that you have the adequate athletic training, basic technical skills and the specific equipment, in addition to a good knowledge of the mountain environment.

Ski mountaineering excursions with the Dolomiti SkiRock Mountain Guides

In the winter season, the Dolomiti SkiRock Mountain Guides organize individual or group ski mountaineering courses on the peaks that surround the town of Cortina. These courses are aimed at improving your ascent and descent technical skills on any type of terrain and with any weather condition. Moreover, during the course, you will learn all the safety measures that you need to know when embarking on a ski mountaineering excursion and the fundamentals of the avalanche rescue operations.

The Dolomiti SkiRock Mountain Guides organize day-long ski mountaineering excursions in Cortina's basin and surroundings, always accurately choosing the itinerary according to the snow and weather conditions and to the technical skills, physical conditions and level of experience of the participants.

In the basin of Cortina and in the whole Dolomites range, there is plenty of ski mountaineering itineraries differing in levl of difficulty and duration time: from the day-long ones to the challenging multi-day excursions, that include overnight stays in the cozy, traditional mountain huts of the Dolomites.

Here you can find some of our guided ski mountaineering excursions in the Ampezzo basin:

Ski mountaineering excursions to Croda da Lago

  • Tour of Monte Mondeval and ascent to the summit of the peak
    Difficulty level: F - easy
    Duration time: 3/4 hours
  • Tour of Lastoi de Formin
    Difficuty level: PD - intermediate
    Duration time: 4/5 hours
  • Traverse of Monte Croda da Lago, Forcella Adì
    Difficulty level: TD - advanced, very difficult
    Duration time: 5/6 hours

Ski mountaineering excursions to Cadini di Misurina

  • Mountain pass Forcella della Neve
    Difficulty level: PD - intermediate
    Duration time: 3/4 hours
  • Mountain pass Forcella Pogoffa
    Difficulty level: D - difficult
    Duration time: 3/4 hours
  • Mountain pass Forcella degli Angeli
    Difficulty level: TD - advanced, very difficult
    Duration time: 3/4 hours

Ski mountaineering excursions to Tofane and Monte Lagazuoi

  • Cima Tofana di Rozes (3225 metres a.s.l.)
    Difficulty level: D - difficult
    Duration time: 5/6 hours
  • Forcella Grande
    Difficulty level: D - difficult
    Duration time: 4/5 hours
  • Forcella Quaire
    Difficulty level: D - difficult
    Duration time: 4/5 hours

Ski mountaineering excursions to Croda Rossa d'Ampezzo

  • Forcella col Fiedo
    Difficulty level: AD - rather difficult
    Duration time: 5/6 hours
  • Forcella Nord
    Difficulty level: ED - extremely difficult
    Duration time: 5/6 hours
  • Pala dell'Asco
    Difficulty level: F - easy
    Duration time: 3/4 hours

Ski mountaineering excursions to the Fanes-Sennes-Prags nature park

  • Cima Monte Sella di Sennes
    Difficulty level: PD - intermediate
    Duration time: 4/5 hours (starting from Rifugio Sennes)
  • Cima Piccola Croda Rossa
    Difficulty level: PD - intermediate
    Duration time: 5/6 hours
  • Cima Monte Lavinores
    Difficulty level: PD - intermediate
    Duration time: 4/5 hours
  • Cima Col Becchei
    Difficulty level: PD - intermediate
    Duration time: 3/4 hours (starting from Rifugio Fanes)
  • Cima Dieci
    Difficulty level: F - easy
    Duration time: 4/5 hours (starting from Rifugio Fanes)

Ski mountaineering excursions to Monte Cristallo

  • Val Fonda glacier
    Difficulty level: D - difficult
    Duration time: 5/6 hours
  • Forcella Cristallino
    Difficulty level: D - difficult
    Duration time: 5/6 hours
  • Mountain pass Passo del Cristallo
    Difficulty level: D - difficult
    Duration time: 5/6 hours
  • Val Popena
    Difficulty level: F - easy
    Duration time: 3/4 hours

Ski mountaineering itineraries rating system
This system of rating, grading and describing the difficulty level of ski mountaineering itineraries takes into consideration some parameters, such as the length of the itinerary, the steepness of the slopes, the presence of obstacles and the overall technical difficulty.

  • F: easy (easy low-angled slopes - 25/28 degrees)
  • PD: intermediate (easy slopes, with some steeper sections - 28/32 degrees)
  • AD: rather difficult (steep slopes, no terrain obstacles - 30/35 degrees)
  • D: difficult (steeper slopes with some technically demanding sectios - 35/40 degrees)
  • TD: advanced, very difficult (very steep and weather-beaten slopes - 40/45 degrees)
  • ED: extremely difficult (extremely steep and technically demanding slopes - over 45 degrees)

Equipment

Contact us to book a guided ski mountaineering excursion around Cortina D'Ampezzo, a ski mountaineering course or to require any further information

tel. +39 324 747 3939 – info@dolomitiskirock.com

Dolomiti SkiRock

Corso Italia, 14 - Cortina d’Ampezzo
Tel. +39 324 747 3939
Cod. Fiscale e P.Iva 01066430255