Book the amazing three-day ski mountaineering traverse in the Dolomites that starts from Mount Lagazuoi and reaches Lake Braies, crossing the Dolomiti d'Ampezzo Nature Park and the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Nature Park in South Tyrol. Take part in a group experience and share the mountain guide that will accompany you to discover the awesome ski mountaineering itineraries of the two most beautiful and interesting Dolomites nature park.

  • Dolomites
  • 3 days
  • Medium difficulty
  • Presence of nearby refreshment point
  • Maximum number of participants
  • Suitable for adults only

Information about ski mountaineering weekend from Cortina to Braies

This 3-day ski mountaineering trip will take you to high mountain passes, crests and not too steep nor weather-beaten slopes. The average elevation gain of the ascents is 850 metres and the elevation loss of the off-piste skiing descents is more than 1000 metres.

Group planning of the ski mountaineering weekend from Cortina to Braies:

> departures every Tuesday and Friday starting from 2020 December 20th until 2021 April 16th.

Choose the date or period (in the request form) in which you would like to do the 3-day trip in the Dolomites and join an existing group.

Tour itinerary

The trip starting point is Passo Falzarego, where we will take the Lagazuoi cable car that leads up to the mountain hut Rifugio Lagazuoi, 2800 metres a.s.l., with its panoramic terrace overlooking the most amazing landscape of the Dolomites.

From there we will ski down the untracked, gentle slopes at the foot of the vertical south-west faces of Mount Lagazuoi and Cima Scotoni to get close to the mountain pass Forcella del Lago. Climbing up its slopes for an overall 300 metre elevation gain, we will reach the top of Forcella del Lago. We will then descend down the opposite face of the col for a hundred metres, circumventing a rocky ledge, and start ascending the rill Val di Campestrin up to the summit of Monte Casale (2832 metres a.s.l.). From the summit, we will ski down the wide rill Vallon Bianco to reach the mountain hut Malga Fanes and from there, after a 20 minute walk, we will get to the Rifugio Fanes, 2097 metres a.s.l..

From the mountain hut the excursion continues with an off-piste skiing descent along the trail covered with snow that leads to the frozen Lake Piciadel. Then the itinerary goes up again passing through the wide rill Val di Mezzo, that leads to the mountain pass Forcella Ciamin, at an altitude of 2610 metres. The descent down the north face is very challenging at the beginning, as the first part of the slope is very steep. The itinerary goes down along the rill Gran Valun to reach firstly the mountain hut Fodara Vedla and then the Rifugio Sennes (2116 metres a.s.l.).

From the latter mountain hut the path crosses the Sennes plateau, after which the Rifugio is named, and reaches the foot of Mount Croda del Becco. Descending firstly along a ridge and then on a gentle slope, you will reach the summit of the peak Piccola Croda del Becco (2762 metres a.s.l.), which is an amazing panoramic viewpoint over the main Dolomites summits, from the Tre Cime di Lavaredo to Mount Cristallo, from Tofane to the farthest peaks of the Tauern ridge in Austria. From there, you will finally descend along the rill Lavina Bianca, skiing down its amazing, 1100 metre long slope that reaches the frozen Lake Braies.

The last part of this excursion will be the backward trip to Falzarego Pass: a 50 minute taxi ride.

Technical information:

First day of the ski touring

  • Overall elevation gain: 850 metres
  • Overall elevation loss: 1400 metres
  • Duration time: around 6 hours
  • Difficulty level: intermediate
  • Overnight breakfast and dinner: Rifugio Fanes

Second day of the ski touring

  • Overall elevation gain: 800 metres
  • Overall elevation loss: 1100 metres
  • Duration time: around 6 hours
  • Difficulty level: intermediate
  • Overnight breakfast and dinner: Rifugio Sennes

Third day of the ski touring

  • Overall elevation gain: 430 metres
  • Overall elevation loss: 1100 metres
  • Duration time: around 5 hours
  • Difficulty level: intermediate
  • Transfer to Falzarego Pass: taxi

You will spend the two overnight stays in the mountain huts Rifugio Fanes and Rifugio Sennes respectively, two very nice and cosy typical huts that offer to the hikers rooms and facilities, as well as a wide choice of excellent traditional mountain dishes.

Where to meet your mountain guide for the ski mountaineering excursion

  • Meeting point On the day of your excursion, meet your guide at:
    Funivia del Lagazuoi (start of the cable car)
    Passo Falzarego
    32043 Cortina d’Ampezzo, BL
  • Meeting time 8.00 am
  • Geographic coordinates 46°31'09.0"N 12°00'30.7"E
  • Transfer The transfer from Braies to the start of the excursion will take place using the taxi service

What to bring

  • Skis
  • Ski boots
  • Telescopic poles
  • Skins
  • Ski crampons
  • Crampons
  • Avalanche kit
  • Avalanche backpack

What you need to know

  • Participants Anyone over the age of 16, with an adequate level of training and fitness, can participate in this experience.
  • Under 18 Minors under the age of 18, if unaccompanied, require a waiver of liability from the parent or guardian of the child, that must be given to the guide before the excursion begins.
  • Equipment Remember to bring the minimum required equipment for the activity. If you do not own the equipment let us know, we will provide it for you.
  • Booking The booking for this experience is to join a group with a shared mountain guide. It may be reserved for a number of participants no greater than the maximum number allowed and the availability left.
  • Price per person The price shown is for one participant in the group excursion with a mountain guide and possible transfer using the guide's private vehicle. It is valid for individual reservations for a number of participants that does not exceed the maximum number allowed and the group availability left.
  • The price of the tour includes The price shown includes the following services:
    . Briefing 
    . Technical equipment 
    . Accommodation as noted in itinerary 
    . Treatment as noted in itinerary 
    . Local English speaking certified mountain guide 
    . Transfers 
    . Local tourist tax
  • Safety The mountain guide may cancel or suspend the excursion or change the itinerary if minimum safety conditions are not guaranteed. Please view the terms.
  • Rigid terms of cancellation The terms of cancellation and change for this experience are rigid. Please view the terms.

How to reserve your mountain guide

To book the ski mountaineering weekend from Cortina to Braies, in the Dolomites, with a shared mountain guide, you must choose the date in which you wish to take the group excursion and you must send a request that provides and specifies your contact information, the number of participants.
We will respond immediately to confirm the availability of the date, the deadline, if any, to confirm the option for the reservation, methods of payment, characteristics and organization of the activity.
Once the reservation is confirmed, we will send you the receipt and the presentation voucher with the details of the service, the name of the mountain guide and all the contact information.