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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

Ski touring around the Gaulihutte, Bernese Oberland.

The Bernese Oberland is one of the most popular ski touring area in the Alps. Everybody knows about the 4000m peaks around there, very few people (except the locals) go checking out the “wild east” side of this mountain range, say it’s difficult to get in there as you have to skin a lot to reach the two main huts,…

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

Steep skiing in the Dolomites, Sassolungo, Odle, Sella and Cristallo.

  It’s been some years now that I’ve got to meet William, his son and daughter for some steep skiing in the Dolomites. Rozzy’s partner Tom joined us few years ago, the steep and technical Forcella del Vallon chute was his “initiation” to couloirs in the Dolomites, this winter it was Loraine’s turn, Hugo’s fiancée. To me it feels like…

News / Off-Piste Skiing January 28, 2019

Skiing the Neue Welt on the Zugspitze.

The Zugspitze with its 2962 meters is the tallest peak in Germany. Located on the border between the Tyrol and Bavaria, it’s part of the Wetterstein mountain range. Its limestone reminds me a lot of the Dolomites. For steep ski enthusiasts, the Zugspitze features one of the most exciting steep ski descents in the Alps, the Neue Welt, which starts…

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…

News December 8, 2018

Again on top of the Matterhorn via the Hornli Ridge.

My idea of climbing the Hornli ridge on the Matterhorn with Graham came up fueled by lots of enthusiasm and the great weather, perhaps due to an overdose of high altitude and thin air? Anywhow, I did my best to leave the Gouter Hut as soon as possible to get back to the car and drive to Switzerland to meet…