Ski Mountaineering to the Top of Antelao Mountain

The ski mountaineering excursion to the top of the Antelao Mountain, one of the iconic peaks in the Dolomites, is spectacular, long and challenging. It is an extraordinary and well-rounded alpine itinerary deserving a try.

It requires going through diverse terrains including couloirs, steep slopes and exposed ridges before you reach the summit cross at 3264 meters.

  • Dolomites, Antelao Mountain
  • 8 hours
  • High difficulty
  • Presence of nearby refreshment point
  • Maximum number of participants
  • Suitable for adults only

Information about the ski mountaineering excursion to Antelao Mountain

The ski mountaineering excursion to the Antelao requires the implementation of a variety of alpine techniques:  we climb with sealskins, crampons and pick, using ropes while climbing as a group; we descend particularly steep stretches or overcome cliffs and we freeride on skis. The first part of the itinerary starts with ski mountaineering, taking us first to Forcella Piccola and the start of the Lindemann couloir, which we negotiate with crampons and pick. After a second stretch in the couloir, we climb the famous Antelao slabs on skis, reaching the Cosi Bivouac (currently swept away by a landslide); we leave our equipment there and proceed again with crampons and pick. To reach the summit cross we must continue along the spellbinding, narrow, and exposed summit ridge. The satisfaction of reaching the summit and the incredibly beautiful view encompassing all the Dolomites are the just reward for the energy spent in overcoming 1700 meters in elevation gain.

The descent, still very rewarding, is handled on skis following along the climbing route.

Starting from Rifugio Scotter, the ski mountaineering excursion to the Antelao Mountain has an elevation gain of 1700 meters both on the way up and down or 2150 meters from San Vito di Cadore; it requires good training and knowledge of ski mountaineering techniques because of its OSA (Excellent Ski Mountaineering Skills) rating. Maximum incline is 45 degrees.

Where to meet your mountain guide for a ski mountaineering excursion to Antelao Mountain

  • Meeting point On the day of your excursion, meet your guide at:
    Dolomiti SkiRock Mountain Guides - Mountaineering School
    Corso Italia, 14
    32043 Cortina d'Ampezzo - BL
  • Meeting time 5.30 am
  • Geographic coordinates 46°32'12.2"N 12°08'23.7"E
  • Transfer The transfer from the meeting point to the location of the excursion will take place using the guide's vehicle and/or your own. Upon request, we can organize a private shuttle or jeep service for you.

What to bring

  • Skis
  • Ski boots
  • Telescopic poles
  • Skins
  • Ski crampons
  • Crampons
  • Mountaineering ax
  • Avalanche kit
  • Avalanche backpack
  • Climbing harness
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks

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.
  • 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 mountain guide and 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.
  • 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 the ski mountaineering excursion in the Dolomites to Mount Antelao, 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.
Powrock 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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