Dolomites - Ski Mountaineering and Snowshoeing

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 UKC Articles 26 Mar 2015
Ascending the ridge of Colac, 3 kbThe Dolomites boast one of the largest pisted ski areas in Europe: The 'Sella Ronda' - a circular network of lifts and pistes that can be completed in either direction around the Sella Massif is particularly popular and draws thousands of visitors every year.

However away from the hustle and bustle of the piste lies an intricate network of peaks, ridges, couloirs, open faces, snow-covered valleys and pastureland; a winter paradise for those willing to venture off the beaten track and get into the backcountry. Whether you're looking for technical ski mountaineering, steep couloirs or simply a relaxing snowshoe up a remote snow-covered valley, the Dolomites has something for every ability.


 Null 26 Mar 2015
In reply to UKC Articles:
Well done - a mini guide to ski mountaineering, snowshoeing, and the Dolomites !

Searching hard for omissions, did you mention that the emergency telephone number is 118 ?
And for goodness sake don't go without appropriate off-piste rescue insurance - they will still come and get you, but an emergency chopper ride is way expensive.

P.S. Great photos, as usual.
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 LHempton 28 Mar 2015
In reply to UKC Articles:

Great article Rushy!
 James Rushforth Global Crag Moderator 29 Mar 2015
In reply to Erstwhile:

Thanks guys. Emergency services contact number added as well as insurance information .
DuncanBoar 30 Mar 2015
In reply to UKC Articles - Dolomites - Ski Mountaineering and snowshoeing:

Really interesting article with great photos, Compliments!
Just as a tip for anyone buying snowshoes, if you are just after a beginners model then TSL are cheaper generally than 'Inooks'. They also tend to be a little broader and so offer a bit more support and stability for beginners. If you are passing a 'Decathlon' (a popular outdoor store in Italy, pretty similar to 'Cotswold Outdoor' in size, they normally do snowshoes below the 100 euro mark, as there is the demand that you don't get in the UK.

 James Rushforth Global Crag Moderator 30 Mar 2015
In reply to ItalianAlp:

Thanks very much.

Totally agree with the TSL and Decathlon snowshoe advice, definitely a lot cheaper!
In reply to UKC Articles:

Lovely set of photos!
 James Rushforth Global Crag Moderator 04 Apr 2015
In reply to ChrisBrooke:

Thanks Chris. Just read your profile of 'best climbing experience' don't think I could have put it more eloquently, sums up my experiences perfectly, might have to lift that .

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