Ski Mountaineering Week in the Dolomites

Although it’s not like crossing large glaciers such as the ones found in the famous Chamonix Zermatt Haute Route, the Dolomites still offer extraordinary ski mountaineering trips in unique and spectacular surroundings.

Here you can make your way through larch and pine forests, across narrow passes reaching the top of mountains, dropping down along long valleys surrounded by vertical dolomitic faces and by steep, wide ski slopes of fresh powder.

Discover the Dolomites with Dolomiti SkiRock on a weeklong ski mountaineering tour. It starts in Cortina d'Ampezzo, crossing two Natural Parks and two regions:

  • The Natural Park in the Ampezzo Dolomites in the Veneto region;
  • The Natural Park of Fanes, Sennes and Braies in the Trentino Alto Adige region

This program includes excursions that are not too challenging nor exceedingly technical; however good basic training is required due to the length of the trip.

We spend the nights in typical mountain cabins as we reach them along the crossing. Superbly managed, they can host up to two or four people, including private bathroom and hot shower; they are renowned for spoiling their guests with refined cuisine matched with excellent wines or beer.

Program for the ski mountaineering tour in the Dolomites

Day 1: Tour of the Lastoi de Formin
This sunny and panoramic leg reaches the summit of the Mondeval Peak and, further up, the summit of the Lastoi de Formin. Along the way we can visit the location where the 7000-year old skeleton of a prehistoric man, called the Mondeval Man, was found. It is now on exhibit in the museum at Selva di Cadore. We spend the night at Rifugio Giau, one of the most panoramic and beautiful locations, a spot ideal for taking pictures of the Dolomites at sunset.

Day 2: Tour of Cadin di Fanis
This is a diverse trip that includes climbing to the Forcella delle Quaire on a narrow and steep path followed by a spectacular run dropping off along a wide and easily skiable valley that faces north. These beautiful surroundings are crowned by a spectacular rocky yellow wall. We spend the night at Rifugio Lagazuoi, at 2750 meters, the most scenic overlook in the Dolomites.

Day 3: Beautiful Ciampestrin Valley
After climbing up to the Forcella del Lago we go down on the opposite side climbing up again along the nice and wide Ciampestrin Valley which takes us to the summit of Monte Cavallo at an altitude of 2912 meters. The descent almost follows the upward trail we previously took, up to a long plateau leading to the Rifugio Fanes, where we will spend the night.

Day 4: to the Summit of Sasso delle Dieci
Beautiful and sunny leg surrounded by the great Dolomitic landscape reaching the summit of Sasso delle Dieci at 3000 meters through a short climb on rocks. The descent follows along wide and fun slopes down to the Rifugio Fanes where we spend the night.

Day 5: crossing the Forcella Camin
Spectacular crossing overtaking the Forcella Camin, then dropping down along a beautiful valley, facing north, which almost always offers a nice and powdery snow cover. We spend the night at Rifugio Sennes

Day 6: Sella di Sennes Mountain
This is a relaxed and pleasant excursion across a wide plateau leading to the summit of this unusual mountain, offering good skiing along its long and untouched slopes. We spend the night at Rifugio Sennes.

Day 7: Small Croda del Becco
Beautiful leg offering a spectacular descent over 1200 meters long, following the wide Lavina Rossa Valley that reaches down to Lago di Braies. We return to Cortina by taxi.


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