Diving into the steep of the Dolomites
|Week 07||10 February - 16 February 2019||
. 5 days full guiding
. 6 nights accommodation with breakfast and dinner, based on twin or triple rooms
. safetyequipement (transceiver-shovel-probe)
. organizational costs
. avalanche airbag
. transport to location
. lift tickets, around 40, - euros per day
. lunches and drinks
. travel insurance
. minimum of 5 to a maximum of 5 participants per guide
Niveau E: U heeft flink wat technische bagage en voelt u thuis op steil terrein, couloirs (45 graden) en geëxponeerde wanden en in iedere sneeuwsoort.
Niveau C: U heeft de capaciteiten om in terrein steiler dan 25 graden te hiken of heeft al eens met stijgvellen of splitboard gelopen.
Niveau C: U heeft voldoende conditie om off-piste de hele week goed door te komen. Daarnaast heeft u ook voldoende conditie om een stuk tot twee uur te lopen in de sneeuw.
The massive limestone towers of this mountain range have always been a fascinating to alpinists. The valleys and narrow couloirs which meander in between are an eldorado for freeriders. Let’s make it straight: this is probably the most beautiful area for off-piste skiing on planet earth.
We will have Canazei, right next to the Pordoi and Marmolada peaks, as our base camp for the first three days. We will start on the slopes of the Sella to warm up and then quickly take the cable car to the Pordoi. Here we will climb for an hour in order to access the descent through the Val Mesdi. In the afternoon, we will ski on the north facing slopes of the Marmolada. For the next two days, we will mainly ride around the Passo Pordoi, in couloirs like Canale Joel Alton and perhaps the famous Canale Holzer.
On Wednesday evening, we will drive to Cortina d'Ampezzo, next to the Tofana. There, the Vallon de Raola and the forests around Cortina provide delightful yet technical playgrounds. On Friday we will finish in the Cristallo. If the conditions are good, the 1500 meter-long Canale Staunis Nord can be an option. Most itineraries are quite preserved from skiers, as they have to be accessed on climbing skins. But for all of them, except the Val Mesdi, the hike up takes half an hour maximum.
The Dolomites are located on the southern side of the Alpine arc, about two hours away from Innsbruck via the Brenner Pass. One can access Canazei by the Sella pass, and Cortina by the Falzarego pass. Both villages are Italian-speaking, which makes the atmosphere there quieter than in German-speaking valleys such as Val Badia and Corvara. Canazei and Cortina are about 1.5 hours away from each other.
In case there is too little snow in the Dolomites, we will move to other areas, depending on the conditions at that time. The Adamello mountain range for instance is the most southern and glaciated one of the Eastern Alps. It provides great freeriding in vast larch trees forests, with beautiful glaciers in view. High altitude and good amounts of snow are guaranteed in this area. Fresh powder is always a plus, but it is excellent fun to be around the impressive limestone pillars of the Dolomites.
And worst-case scenario: if snow lacks in Italy, we are only 2,5 hours away from the world-famous Austrian ski resorts of the Dachstein, with similar steep terrain.