This tour focuses more on skiing, than traversing from one area to another. In fact the tour starts and finishes in the same town, Santa Caterina. There are many high peaks to bag and long ski runs down. We seldom have to carry our skis and we often spend two nights in the same hut, which eliminates the pressure of having to make it to the next hut. There is a lot of skiable terrain in this area and many different options for loops. When the tour is finished you can visit the 2000 year old Roman baths in Bormio.
The Ortler-Cervadale group lies in northern Italy, just below the Austrian and Swiss borders. This area is the border between Italian and German speaking areas and was the front line in World War 1. Evidence of the battles can been seen at some of the passes with barb wire and machine gun placements. Large parts of this range are now protected in a National Park. Although this is a high, mountainous and heavily glaciated area, there are no peaks above 4000m. This makes the area less famous and less crowded than the nearby Haute Route.
Larry Dolecki will be your guide for this trip. Since he first visited the Alps as a teenager, Larry has returned to the Alps almost every year to ski, climb and continue exploring this great range. After the mountains of Canada, this has become his second home. The Ortler route offers many variations, alternative ski descents or bad weather options. An experienced guide will ensure you get the most out of your ski holiday. Larry has extensive local knowledge of the mountains and culture. He will provide you with the expertise to make your Ortler trip the experience of a lifetime.
This tour requires good physical condition and advanced skiing ability. You should have previous experience back country skiing. We can and probably will be skiing in all conditions from powder to corn, wind hammered and frozen crud. There is no day that is particularly hard, but doing it day after day for a week takes its toll. Good skiing ability will help you save energy on the descent. Mountaineering skills are not a prerequisite and will be taught as needed on the tour. You must be able to do a kick turn on steep icy slopes and side slip on 40 degree slopes.
Dates: April 19- 25, 2016
Price: $2075 US, minimum 4 people
Meeting Place: Santa Caterina, Italy
IFMGA Mountain Guide
Stay in European mountain huts
Breakfasts and dinners included
Group safety equipment; rope, radio
Use of avalanche transceivers
Although some of the strategically located huts started as military bases, they are anything but Spartan. The Ortler traverse is sometimes known as the Cappuccino traverse, the Italians know how to live well. Good food, good drink and comfortable rooms are the trademark of this tour. Many nights we will sleep two people to a room, sometimes even with your own washroom. All huts have showers.
Are you ready for adventure?