7 DAYS OF SKI TOURING in ITALY (Ortles - Cevedale)
We begin by riding the gondola, then chair lifts up to over 3100 meters–the only way to begin a high ski tour! From the top of the ski area, at about 3250 meters, we ski down (with a bit of side-stepping) and hop over Passo del Madriccio and enjoy a long descent down into the Marteller valley. We'll plan for lunch or a coffee break at the Zufallhütte before we continue with about 300 meters of skinning up to the Marteller hut at 2610 meters.
Our goal for this day to is to reach the Branca hut. To get there we must cross over the high ridge near Monte Cevedale. We can either ski more or less directly up the Cevedale Glacier and cross the ridge at its low point near the Casati hut (a good spot for a cappuccino), and descend down to the west and then south to the Branca hut, or for a more ambitious alternative, we can ski up towards the top of Monte Cevedale, descend the Cedec glacier a short way, then make a short but steep skin up to the pass between Cevedale and the nearby Pasquale, descending directly to the Branca from here. A third, and even more ambitious route is to traverse the summit of Palon de la Mare before descending to the hut.
If we are are feeling really energetic we can also include a quick ski up the Cima Marmotta at 3330 meters. The descent from this peak is north facing down the Alta Glacier so with a bit of luck we'll have some good cold snow!
The Branca is a very fine hut, with great food, wonderful coffee, a good wine selection and hot showers!
The Branca hut's location at the entrance to a giant cirque of high peaks, all with large glaciers flowing north towards the hut, make it a conveniently situated base from which to do two recommended ski ascents/descents; the Pizzo Tresero at 3594 meters, and the Punta Matteo which is 3678 meters high. We'll make our selection when we get there
For our second day of touring out of the Branca hut, we can do whichever of the Tresero or San Mateo peaks we did not do the day before. There are other good ski peaks in the area also, such as the Palon de la Mare, a 3685 meter summit just east of the hut.
On day 5 we head north to the Pizzini hut, located at 2700 meters in the Cedec valley. This can either be an easy ski up the valley, or a more adventurous (and arduous) ascent over the Pasquale-Cevedale col. The ski route from Pasquale descends the steep Cedec Glacier. Facing northwest, it should hold good snow if we're lucky.
We plan 2 nights in the Pizzini hut. For the day between, day 6, several options exist. A fine and fun tour leads up to the 2279 meter high Col Pale Rosse, under the steep south face of the Zebru, which offers a long, satisfying ski descent, usually on great corn snow.
We return to the Pizzini hut for the night.
On our last day we climb up, crossing again the provincial border between Lombardia to Alto Adige. We pass the Casati hut and continue north to cross the high Eisseepass, before skiing the fine slopes back into the Sulden ski complex. With a bit of luck we'll be able to ski all the way to town.
Travel from Solda to airport
Return in USA.