Spectacular and thrilling off-piste skiing adventure along three popular and striking itineraries at the Sella Range: Pordoi, Joel and Holzer: an exciting steep skiing experience developing from the top of Passo Pordoi, in extraordinarily beautiful surroundings and along three technically challenging routes.

  • Dolomites, Sella Group
  • 6 hours
  • High difficulty
  • Presence of nearby refreshment point
  • Maximum number of participants
  • Suitable for adults only

Information about the steep skiing at the Sella Couloirs

We begin our excursion by boarding the Sass Pordoi cable car that is going to take us up to the Rifugio Maria at 2950 meters, one of the most panoramic spots in the Dolomites. Once we reach the summit we begin a first nice run along the great couloir beginning at Forcella Pordoi and leading back to the starting point of the lift. Back at the top station we reach the Joel Couloir.

At the beginning it has a characteristic aerial passage on a very steep wide cornice; then it unfolds along the couloir nestled among the rocky faces and down on gentle slopes taking us back to Passo Pordoi; there we ride once again the cable car to the top. We begin right away by getting down the Holzer Couloir, very wide at the start but narrower and narrower as it goes; it finally opens again in the middle section, where a short rappel to overtake an icy buttress is often required. After exiting the couloir, we keep on skiing on nice slopes in the final section of Val Lasties, until we reach the lifts leading back to our starting point.

The steep skiing excursion at the Sella couloirs includes an elevation loss of about 3200 meters in the off-piste skiing section. It requires good training and great mastering of technical skiing skills because of the OS (Excellent Skier) rating. Maximum incline is 50 degrees.

Where to meet your mountain guide for the steep skiing at the Sella Couloirs

  • Meeting point On the day of your excursion, meet your guide at:
    Pordoi Pass
    Start of the Sass Pordoi cable car
    SS 48 – Strada del Pordoi
    38032 Canazei, TN
  • Meeting time 8.00 am
  • Geographic coordinates 46°29'17.8"N 11°48'38.5"E
  • Transfer There are no transfers from the meeting point to the excursion site.

What to bring

  • Freeride skis
  • Freeride ski boots
  • Telescopic poles
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 the steep skiing at the Sella 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.
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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