SKIINGIN THE MARMOLADA AREA
From here you can take a breathtaking slope along the 12km of the Marmolada glacier, the historic "Bellunese", the longest piste in the Dolomites and voted by the international specialist press as the most lovely of all Alpine pistes. The ski resort is completed by the delightful Mount Padon slopes which always have good snow cover and, with a 900m gradient, they have runs for skiers of all levels of expertise, plus a learning slope for beginners and spaces equipped for the needs of all family. Mount Padon also grants easy access to the spectacular ski runs of Sella Ronda.
These are plenty of opportunities for fans of cross-country skiing with a 7.5km trail, plus snowboarding and Telemark skiing.
FOR KIDS SNOW EQUALS PURE MAGIC
Deep in the Malga Ciapela woods, at the foot of Queen Marmolada, The Kinderheim "La casseta incantata di Biancaneve" (Snow White's enchanted cottage) whisks kids into a fairytale worls, with entertainers in traditional costumes, fun, games and endless surprises. There is more fun for all the family on the highly original 4km trail "La volpe ti guarda" (the fox is watching you], a route you travel in ordinary or snow shoes, wending your way through the woods exploring the traditions and crafts of "once upon the time".
THE GREAT WAR TOUR, SELLA RONDA AND DOLOMITI SUPERSKI
The Great War ski tour covers the First World War theatres of the war on a route that meanders at the foot of Mounts Marmolada, Civetta, Pelmo and Tofane, around the most striking symbol of that terrible war: Col di Lana. It was in these very mountains, between 1915 and 1917, that the Austrians and Germans faced the Italian Alpine troops in bloody battle. The keen eyes of our expert guides are able to point out the visitors all the traces of the war that are to be found all over that landscape: walkways cut into the rock, tunnels, fortified positions built by the soldiers to confront both the enemy and the harsh weather.
The magnificent pistes on this trail are suitable for all skiers, a particular marvel being the Bellunese piste that plunges down from Punta Rocca, on the slopes of the Mount Marmolada, finishing at Malga Ciapela.
With Arabba so close at hand, the Marmolada ski area is the ideal place for skiers who want to access the Sella Ronda circuit. We are also located right at the heart of Dolomiti Superski with its 1.200 km of pistes and Punta Rocca, at 3.269m above sea level, is the highest point, boasting some of the most spellbinding scenery in the whole area.
SNOW SHOES AND ICE CLIMBING
Magical trails to follow in snow shoes, meandering through the woodlands of Val Pettorina. The Serrai di Sottoguda gorge with its froyen waterfalls is an essential destination for ice climbers and it is lso the stunning backdrop to unforgettable night time torchlight processions. Created by the gradual erosion of the glacier and, in more recent times, the waters of the Pettorina stream, the Serrai trails snake through an absolutely unspoilt landscape for some 2km, linking the villages of Malga Ciapela and Sottoguda.
Val Pettorina and Marmolada are the perfect destination for those dreaming of direct contact with nature but who are not trained and experienced climbers. A delightful example is the trail across the Valle Ombretta, with a view of the south west wall of Mount Marmolada. This trail takes you on a fascinating trip through more recent history, with the many relics of the First World War, that have withstood the ravages of time. The most classic route and the most popular among visitors to the Dolomites, is undoubtedly the one of Serrai di Sottoguda: a steep, narrow gorge of unparalleled beauty that you can explore on foot or in the little tourist road train. From the 2km trail you can marvel at the water gushing down the perpendicular walls then plunging into the Pettorina stream below.
MARMOLADA ON TWO WHEELS
The Marmolada and Val Pettorina are ideal for those travelling on two wheels, either with or without a motor, and they can be sure to find a range of special offers at the local hotels. Road cyclists can challenge themselves with tight hairpin bends of the Fedaia Pass, emulating all those great cycling champions, or mountain bike fans can do their own thing on one of the countless dirt roads running through the many woodlands.
THE QUEEN OF MOUNTAINEERING
With its imposing South Wall and vast ice fields on the northern face, Marmolada has always been the undisputed star of the show that is mountaineering in the Dolomites. The story starts in 1862 with the first conquest of the Punta Rocca peak by Viennese climber Paul Grohmann together with his guide Pellegrino Pellegrini (the very first mountain guide in the Dolomites), making their ascent from the northern face. However, it is that towering giant, the South Wall, 4 km long and rising from 600 to 1000 metres, that climbers of every nationality have numbered among their major challenges, adding their own chapters to the ever evolving history of mountaineering.
Among the most famous mountaineering routes are the historic 1901 Bettega Tomasson route, the 1929 Micheluzzi route, the 1981 "Attraverso il Pesce" route, the 1985 "Cattedrale" route and the most recent ones "Alienza" and the 2006 "Colpo di Coda" route.
ROCK CLIMBING ROUTES
The "vie ferrate" (routes equipped with climbing aids) are extremely popular, not only for their spectacular scenery, but also because there is an ample choice of routes presenting different levels of challenge, there is something for beginners as well as the most experienced climbers.
The Sas de Rocia route is perfect for people having their first go with helmet, harness, karabiners and ropes and, on reaching the top, a spellbinding landscape unfolds from this central point among Mounts Civetta, Pelmo and Sasso Bianco. A more demanding climb and one of great historical interest, is the "Via Ferrata delle Trincee", a fascinating route that takes in the trenches and battle fields of the First World War, with many old Austrian emplacements literally clinging to the sheer rock faces. Real aficionados will not want to miss the death defying "Ferrata della Marmolada", their chance to throw down a challenge to the Queen of the Dolomites.