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Monday, September 17, 2007

Ferrata Brigata Tridentina

This is justifiably a highly popular ferrata. One of the main reasons is the natural beauty of the Sella walls which, combined with the exposure, make the ascent up to the Torre Exner a highly satisfying outing. Other factors include its easy access, the possibility of cutting the itinerary short in bad weather, Rifugio Cavazza, the option of climbing up to Pissadù and, last but not least, the famous suspension bridge. Try to avoid the weekend crowds so as to get the most of this fantastic outing.

Getting there
Take the road to Passo Gardena and the car park and disused quarry at 1956m, six hairpin bends beneath the Pass towards Val Badia.

From the car park at 1956m follow the marked path to the base of the ferrata. Alternatively, from Passo Gardena take path no. 666 for about 30 mins to join the ferrata slightly above the start.

Start by climbing up the first vertical face using the metal cables to reach a terrace and the path that leads in from Passo Gardena. Continue to beneath the east face of Torre Exner and follow the well-equipped ferrata up and leftwards. A variation leads off through the wide gully at about 2350m to the Masores plateau and Rifugio Cavazza. The ferrata however continues steeply up the east face to reach a series of ladders shortly beneath the summit, to then traverse leftwards across the suspension bridge which spans the deep gap. Once on the Masores terrace, stride across to Rifugio Cavazza and lake Pissadù just a stone’s throw away.

Take path no. 666 northwest down Val Setùs. Cables have been fixed on the steepest sections and snow patches may still be present in late August. The path joins up with the one that coasts beneath Torre Brunico and leads back down to the car park



Saturday, September 15, 2007

Catinaccio group: Ferrata Passo Santner

The Ferrata del Santner, situated on Catinaccio’s impressive west face, seems to have been made specifically to extenuate the beauty and very particular nature of the entire Dolomites massif. It follows a natural line diagonally leftwards and, leading relatively easily into the heart of King Laurin’s kingdom, is quite simply unforgettable. One of the most famous rock formations in the Dolomites meets the eye at the gateway to the Gartl valley: the mythical Torri del Vaiolet. The Ferrata Passo Santner is without a doubt one of the most beautiful and famous round-trips in the Dolomites.

Getting there:
From Pozza di Fassa drive to Passo Costalunga and continue on right at the fork for the Laurin chairlift at Frommer. Take this to Rif. Fronza alle Coronelle. From Carezza take the chairlift to Rif. Paolina and continue on path no. 552-549 to Rif. Fronza. From Vigo di Fassa take the cable car Ciampediè to Rifugio Ciampediè and then continue on paths no. 549 and 552 to Rif. Fronza.

From Rif. Fronza take path no. 550 up polished rocks quickly to the fork. Turn off left onto path no. 542 to cross Catinaccio’s SW face. The start of the ferrata proper is located on a scree terrace.

From the scree terrace follow the ferrate across ladders, pegs and cables up north through gullys and across minor saddles. The path twists and turns in search of the easiest line through this rock maze to reach the highest col at 2680m. Cross this and descend carefully into a gully which often remains covered in snow. Climb up the opposite flank on the gully’s left-hand side to reach Passo Santner, 2760m, just a few minutes walk away from Rifugio Santner and the Via Normale climbing routes to the Catinaccio peaks. The panorama westwards onto the green Alto Adige deep below is stupendous.

Descent: From Passo Santner follow path no. 542 down into the Gartl and the monumental Tre Torri del Vajolet. Reach Rifugio Re Alberto (2700m) and the lake at the foot of these famous towers, to continue through the large basin on path no. 542 through this massif, polished by the thousands of footsteps to the famous refuges Vajolet and Preuss (2243m). Proceed towards the Gardeccia basin to then follow signs right (no. 541). This path traverses beneath the Catinaccio’s east face to the fork and path no. 550, which leads steeply up to and over Passo delle Coronelle (2630m) to then return to Rif. Fronza. Alternatively, for those wishing to return to Rif. Ciampediè and Vigo di Fassa, follow path no. 546 from Rif. Vajolet to Rifugio Gardeccia and then continue on path no. 540 to climb up to Rifugio Ciampediè.



Tuesday, September 11, 2007

A hotel just in the centre of Moena, Dolomites

In the centre of Moena, one of the nicest towns in the Dolomites area, in the Fassa Valley, surrounded by a wonderful and fable-like landscape, "Post Hotel Moena" (3 stars) is a perfect accommodation if you are looking for comfort, charm, delicious local cuisine, welcoming atmosphere and strategic position. A Dolomites hotel where to spend an unforgettable holiday both if you are planning to spend there your summer relax or your winter fun.
All the rooms and suites at "Post Hotel Moena" have been realized to make guests fell like if they were at home. Spacious, and nicely furnished in warm chalet style, they are all equipped with en-suite facilities, internet connection, safety box, TV, radio and hairdryer.

At "Post Hotel Moena" you will find a relaxing, quiet and charming atmosphere. A typical tyrol style accommodation.

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Monday, September 3, 2007

Alpe di Siusi - Seiser Alm, Dolomites

Relax on Europe’s highest alp while walking the numerous paths which criss-cross the Alpe di Siusi or while on tour by mountain-bike down the slopes or hang-gliding, riding or Nordic walking through the endless meadows and stopping to admire the enchanting scenery of the Dolomites; and not forgetting the possibility of swimming in these glorious surroundings.Also the younger guests will find a whole new world to discover on the Alpe di Siusi while families with small children will enjoy the vastness of this hilly highland and the sunny position of this excursionists paradise. Parents! You will be able to enjoy your holidays too thanks to all the offers and events organised for children such as baby’s week and fairy tale week.
Völs am Schlern - In Fiè allo Sciliar...
The rugged cliffs of the Dolomites tower over soft green pastures, wooden fences stretch over the undulating plateau and divide yet unify a unique landscape ... - this is Fiè allo Sciliar. The eclectic mix of majestic mountains and grassy fields, together with a rich cultural heritage makes Fiè and its surrounding areas one of the most exciting holiday destinations in Europe. The village of Fiè allo Sciliar is situated on an extensive plateau at the foot of the world-famous Dolomites mountain range, overlooking the Eisacktal valley. Fiè and its surrounding areas are dominated by the impressive Sciliar mountain, whose highly particular shape has made it the very symbol of South Tyrol. Between the valley floors and the mountain tops ice-age glaciers formed fertile terraces and plateaus, which today enclose the village of Fiè. The village itself is located at an altitude of 880 metres above sea level, with the lowest-lying point belonging to the municipality at 315 m, and the highest at 2564 m. The area is settled all year round up to an altitude of 1130 m above sea level.

Siusi allo Sciliar
The sunny Alpine village of Siusi lies at the foot of the Sciliar Massive, at an elevation of 1,000 meters above sea-level. Amidst numerous meadows and woods, this tourist town is rich in tradition and the starting-point of the newly-constructed lift to the Alpe di Siusi.In this way it is possible to develop a real contact and to experience the wonders of Mother Nature with all 5 senses..

Kastelruth - Castelrotto
Kastelruth, the main town of the Schlern Region, offers an inviting combination of picturesque little streets to stroll along, an idyllic village square where you can puase and absorb the atmosphere, as well as specialty stores, restaurants, and pastry shops. Everyone here is looking forward to your visit - not just the famous sparrows of Kastelruth. That's because Kastelruth is a place full of merry townsfolk and visitors who appreciate the charm, the beauty, and the numerous opportunitiers for rest and recreation, culture, the arts, and to engage in active pastimes.

Seiser Alm - Alpe di Siusi
The Alpe di Siusi is regarded as one of the most fabulous landscapes in the Dolomites. In the summertime, countless trails lead through verdant fields. The rich flora blossoms between mid-June and mid-July, and includes many rare species. In autumn, when the landscape adorns itself in a riot of colours, the air acquires an uncanny clarity … you will be surprised!


Dolomiti Superski

Dolomiti Superski is as unique and gigantic as the Dolomites themselves. 1+12+1,200. 1 skipass gives access to 12 large ski resorts and more than 1,200 kilometres of slopes. Plenty of nature, friendly people, endless entertainment. A great place for families. Attractive offers. Last but not least - sunshine on 8 out of 10 days. The ideal conditions for families, beginners, champions and high society to make the most of fantastic holiday time in a winter wonderland.



Skiing in Cortina, Dolomites

Skiing at Ra Valles
Accessible via "Freccia del Cielo" Cablecar, the area is equipped with three chairlifts and connected through a black slope, Forcella Rossa, to the Tofane skiing area. The east-facing slopes are of average difficulty and are surrounded by an imposing, spectacular environment with wonderful views over the Cortina valley below and the encircling massifs above and around. Since the altitudes of the slopes range from 2850m to 2200m of height, snow conditions are excellent till late spring (in 2001, for a short period of time, skiing was possible even in July).

Skiing at Tofana area
Splendid, red and black demanding slopes, such as the legendary Canalone, the Vertigine Bianca or the Olimpia, where the Women's World Cup downhill race takes place every year.Afternoon shadows come early except for the upper part, where the sun remains above the horizon till late.

Skiing at Socrepes, Lacedel, Pocol
This area lies at the foot of the Tofane group; its ski-slopes, all easy and particularly suitable to children and beginners, are the perfect site for the very first ski lessons. The area is connected to the other pistes of the Tofane.

Skiing at Faloria
In just a couple of minutes the modern Faloria cable car transports you up to 2134m.Once on the summit simply choose from one of the 30 km of perfectly groomed pistes, the pride and joy of our skiing area.The Vitelli four-man chairlift takes you to the top of numerous fantastic descents.The Faloria pistes are reached either by Faloria cable car, which starts in the center of Cortina, or from the village Rio Gere, located 7km from Cortina center. Ample parking facilities are available here.Rio Gere can also be reached by skibus.And... at Rio Gere the Faloria pistes are linked to the Cristallo area.From Winter Season 2004/2005 the way to Faloria pistes from Rio Gere is more comfortable and faster, thanks to the new four-men chairlift "Pian de ra Bigontina".
The Faloria cable car was built in 1939. At the time the only lift at Cortina was the Cortina-Belvedere to Pocol. Although this no longer exists, it nevertheless shrunk in comparison to the 900m Funivia Faloria.The construction of the cable car, also known as the “Prince of Piemonte”, was hailed as a great technological feat.The new cable car represented a revolution for skiing in Cortina. All of a sudden a vast skiing area at 2100m became easily accessible to thousands of skiers!Three stations were constructed- the valley station at 1230m, located next to the bus station (at the time train station)- the half-way station at Mandres, 1500 m- the top station at Faloria a 2120 mThe original cable car has been modernised and the current top station is not the original – the remains of this can be seen when walking along the Faloria path.

The Cinque Torri - Averau area is certainly the best in Cortina for skiing. The northern exposure of some runs offers excellent snow conditions throughout the winter and the new snowmaking facilities guarantee a perfect snowcover even when snowfalls are poor.The southern slopes as well , descending from Rifugio Averau to Rifugio Fedare and the Giau Pass, are excellent for skiing.
The ski-runs in the Cinque Torri area extend over two opposite slopes. The north-facing one counts a larger number of tracks connecting Rifugio Averau to Bai de Dones; whereas, there is only one run on the south-facing slope from Forcella Nuvolau to Rifugio Fedare in the Giau Pass area.All the slopes, ranging from easy to intermediate ratings, are highly rewarding for the beauty of the landscape. The favourable exposure of north-facing slopes guarantees
The Cinque Torri lie within the Dolomiti Superski area, and convenient connections to the nearby areas are provided.
The area can be reached skiing from the Falzarego Pass along a connection trail; while a very frequent skibus service provides transportation back to the Pass.The same skibus service, in the opposite direction, leads to the Pocol-Tofana area and Cortina lifts.



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