Snowshoeing excursions in Cortina d'Ampezzo

The origin of the snowshoes, known as "ciaspe" or "ciaspole" in the local dialect, dates back to the prehistoric times. Historians believe that the forerunners of our snowshoes were invented and used by huntsmen, farmers and woodsmen in the cold and snowy northern areas of Asia, Canada and North America approximately 6000 years ago.

Traditional snowshoes were made by craftsmen, they had a wooden frame with rawhide lacings and worked by distributing the person's weight over a larger area so that the feet do not sink too much into the fresh snow. Modern snowshoes are similar in shape but different in the material. Many different models are available: from the cheaper ones, made of plastic, to the more performing and expensive ones, made of lightweight metal.

As the time has passed, also the purpose of this type of snow footwear has changed: the snowshoes are currently used during leisure excursions or sport competitions. The strongest point of snowshoeing is that it does not require any specific technical skill, can be performed in easily accessible mountain areas with any weather condition and the equipment needed is undoubtedly affordable.

Snowshoeing excursions with the Dolomiti SkiRock Mountain Guides

The Dolomiti SkiRock Mountain Guides, thanks to their deep knowledge of the Dolomites territory and high level of experience, can offer amazing snowshoeing excursions, interesting from both an environmental and historical point of view. Our itineraries are suitable for everyone, from children to adults of any level of experience and training.

We offer several guided snowshoeing excursions, differing in length and duration time, and we always choose the itinerary according to the participants' needs and level of experience. The excursions may last from 3 hours for the easiest itineraries to 5 hours and more for the longer ones, aimed at well-trained and experienced hikers.

Moreover, we offer highly enjoyable and satisfactory multi-day excursions to discover the most amazing spots of the Dolomites, staying overnight in the traditional, cozy alpine mountain huts.

Here you can find some of our guided snowshoeing excursions in Cortina's basin and surroundings:

Snowshoeing excursions to Passo Giau

  • Excursion to the mountain pasture Alpeggio Forcella Giau
    Difficulty level: easy
    Duration time: approximately 3 hours
  • Excursion to Mondeval
    Difficulty level: intermediate
    Duration time: approximately 3/4 hours
  • Excursion to the summit of Monte Pore
    Difficulty level: difficult
    Duration time: approximately 4/5 hours

Snowshoeing excursions to Passo Falzarego

  • Historic excursion on the First World War trails (Passeggiata della Grande Guerra 1914/18) to the mountain pass Passo Val Parola
    Difficulty level: easy
    Duration time: approximately 3 hours
  • Excursion to the frozen Lake Limides
    Difficulty level: intermediate
    Duration time: approximately 3/4 hours
  • Excursion to the summit of mount Croda Negra
    Difficulty level: difficult
    Duration time: approximately 4/5 hours

Snowshoeing excursions to Cadini di Misurina and Tre Cime di Lavaredo

  • Historic excursion on the First World War trails (Passeggiata della Grande Guerra 1914/18) to Monte Piana
    Difficulty level: easy
    Duration time: approximately 3 hours
  • Excursion to the mountain pass Forcella di Rin Bianco
    Difficulty level: intermediate
    Duration time: approximately 4 hours
  • Tour of Tre Cime di Lavaredo
    Difficulty level: difficult
    Duration time: approximately 4/5 hours

Multi-day snowshoeing excursions

  • Excursions to the mountain huts Rifugio Sennes and Fodara Vedla
    Difficulty level: easy
    Duration time: 2 days
  • Traverse from Cortina to Braies
    Difficulty level: intermediate
    Duration time: 3 days
  • Haute route of the Ampezzo basin
    Difficulty level: difficult
    Duration time: 4 days

Snowshoeing excursions rating system

  • Easy: excursions on mild slopes in wide valleys, with little elevation differences, particularly suitable for beginners.
  • Intermediate: amazing excursions in mountain and forest environment, with substantial elevation gain and loss, suitable for physically fit and trained hikers.
  • Difficult: high-altitude excursions in challenging environment, suitable for trained, experienced and skilled hikers.

Equipment

Contact us to book a snowshoeing escursion around Cortina d'Ampezzo, a 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