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News December 14, 2019

Steep skiing in the Dolomites, Conturines West couloir.

The Piz Conturines is one of the 3000m peaks in the Dolomites, in Alta Badia. In the big wide West face surrounding the village of San Cassiano, there’s a steep ski line down an amazing and long couloir, first skied by Andy Kostner from Corvara back in the 80s. The long approach from Capanna Alpina, 1100 vertical gain covered in…

News December 9, 2019

Ski touring and off piste in the Dolomites, Winter season 19-20

After all the snowfalls we had here in the Dolomites at the beginning of November, I can say we are going to have an epic winter season 19-20 here in Southern Alps. All the ski touring and off piste enthusiasts have been skiing every possible lines in the mountains thanks to the exceptional snow conditions and a very stable snowpack….

News October 30, 2019

Climbing the Messner route on the Second Sella Tower, Dolomites.

by Giovanni Pillitteri. “First Ascent” “At times, sitting under big climbing walls, I see – along the pillars and the cracks, between ledges and ridges – an imaginary line that, sinuously, invites me toward the top. A line has appeared and I follow it with confidence. It is not about the pride of being the first: it is the satisfaction…

News / Ski Touring June 12, 2019

Sci alpinismo intorno al Gaulihutte, Berner Oberland.

Tutti conoscono il lato famoso del Berner Oberland, quello dei 4000 con i nomi più lunghi e complicati delle Alpi, col trenino a scartamento ridotto più caro del mondo (probabilmente è vero), col ghiacciaio infinito dell’Aletsch e l’Eiger. Ah…la parete Nord! Il Gauligletscher, a nord est del gruppo, rappresenta il lato selvaggio dell’Oberland, “the wild side” detta alla inglese, che…

News / Off-Piste Skiing April 24, 2019

Forcella Marmolada backcountry ski traverse.

The Forcella Marmolada backcountry ski traverse is one of my favorite itineraries in the Dolomites, when the winter days are getting longer and the temperatures rising up. The “purists” start right from the bottom of the basket lift in Passo Fedaia, ottherwise if you take the cable cars from Malga Ciapela you only need to skin and climb for less…

News April 11, 2019

Sci ripido in Dolomiti, Sassolungo, Odle, Sella e Cristallo.

Ormai è una consuetudine sciare in Dolomiti per un pò di giorni insieme a  William e i suoi figli, in versione “famiglia allargata”. Qualche anno fa si è unito Tom (oggi sposato con Rozzy, figlia di William) a questa gang del ripido, a suo tempo ha passato il battesimo del fuoco giù per la Forcella del Vallon, quest’inverno è stato…

News / Off-Piste Skiing January 28, 2019

Sci ripido nella Zugspizte, il Neue Welt.

La Zugspitze con i suoi 2962 metri è la montagna più alta della Germania. Al confine tra il Tirolo e e la Baviera, fa parte del gruppo calcareo del Wetterstein, ed è proprio per questo che mi ricorda le Dolomiti. Per gli amanti dello sci ripido, la Zugspitze offre una delle discese di sci ripido più entusiasmanti delle Alpi, il…

News January 22, 2019

Off-piste skiing around Innsbruck, Tirol, Austria.

We’re getting close to the end of January, winter in the Dolomites has only been felt so far, with two weeks of crazy north wind and some pretty cold days. Groomers don’t have to worry though, as Dolomiti Superski has a phenomenal snow making system and all the pistes have been opened since Christmas time on all the resorts. Skitouring…