Long and spectacular off-piste skiing adventure in Cortina developing along two beautiful downhill couloirs on the south and southwest sides of Tofana di Mezzo: Canale della Colonna and Bus de Tofana. A technically well-rounded, challenging, and greatly rewarding freeride itinerary, offering a spectacular view over the whole Ampezzo basin and its surrounding mountains.

  • Dolomites, Tofane Group
  • 5 hours
  • Medium difficulty
  • Presence of nearby refreshment point
  • Maximum number of participants
  • Suitable for adults only

Information about the steep skiing excursion in the Cortina couloirs #2

The excursion begins at the parking lot of the Freccia del Cielo cable car taking us up to Ra Valles. We come down a stretch of slope leading to the entrance of the Forcella Rossa. From there, on foot and with our skis on our backpack, we climb up a short yet steep slope leading to 2410 meters at the top of Ra Zestes; we keep going and effortlessly reach the entrance of the Canale della Colonna, so called because of its impressive and characteristic pinnacle.

The ski run along the couloir and the wide slope that follows is positively great. First it leads us to a narrow couloir which we negotiate on foot, then we ski down and board the cable car taking us back to Ra Valles. We go up to an altitude of 2828 meters by chairlift, then we climb on foot a slope leading to a fabulous pass. As we continue, we climb down a fun and thrilling via ferrata, secured to the guide, and we reach the Bus de Tofana that divides the north and the south sides.

The descent unfolds along a spectacular couloir initially narrow and steep which later opens to an unforgettable run on wide and gentle slopes down to Rifugio Dibona. From the lodge we return to the center of Cortina on snowy trails and ski slopes back to the cable car station. The descent totals an elevation loss of almost 2000 meters.

The freeride excursion to Canale della Colonna and Bus de Tofana has an elevation loss of 1900 meters on the off-piste, in addition to regular ski slope sections. It requires good training and mastering of skiing techniques because of its BSA (Good Mountain Skier) rating. Maximum incline is 37 degrees.


€ 360 - Price up to 2 persons

€ 390 - Price up to 3 persons

€ 440 - Price up to 4 persons

Where to meet your mountain guide for the the steep skiing excursion in the Cortina couloirs #2

  • Meeting point On the day of your excursion, meet your guide at:
    Tofana - Freccia nel Cielo
    Via dello Stadio, 12
    32043 Cortina d’Ampezzo, BL
  • Meeting time 8.00 am
  • Geographic coordinates 46°32'44.7"N 12°07'52.9"E
  • Transfer There are no transfers from the meeting point to the excursion site.

What to bring

  • Freeride skis
  • Freeride ski boots
  • Telescopic poles
  • Crampons
  • Ski helmet
  • Avalanche kit
  • Avalanche backpack
  • Climbing harness

What you need to know

  • 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, if available or for hire.
  • Reservation The reservation for this experience is individual, with a dedicated mountain guide. It may be reserved for a number of participants no greater than the maximum number allowed.
  • Excursion price The price shown is for the excursion with the dedicated 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.
  • Skipass The excursion requires the skipass, which is not included in the price, and may be purchased at the ski-lift ticket offices in the departure area.
  • 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.
  • Moderate terms of cancellation The terms of cancellation and change for this experience are moderate. Please view the terms.

How to reserve your mountain guide

To reserve a mountain guide for an off-piste skiing in the Dolomites for the steep skiing in the Cortina couloirs, you must send a request that provides and specifies your contact information, the number of participants and the date/period in which you wish to take the excursion.
We will respond immediately to confirm the availability of the guide, 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 or the mountaineering school, and all the contact information.

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