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A guidebook to winter in the Dolomites, featuring 50 ski touring and snowshoeing routes in the Italian mountain range. The graded routes, all of which take less than a day to complete, commence from the bases of Cortina, Arabba, Val di Zoldo, San Martino and San Vigilio, taking in stunning scenery, quaint villages and enchanting mountain vistas.
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Guidebook to 50 ski touring and snowshoeing routes in the Dolomites. The routes, which carry an Alpine (and when appropriate, a Volo/Toponeige) grading, range from 5km to 18km, taking between 2 and 7 hours to complete. The routes are based in and around areas such as Canazei, Arabba, Corvara and San Martino, taking in stunning scenery, quaint villages and enchanting mountain vistas.
Clear route descriptions are accompanied by 1:50K mapping and photo topos, together with information such as total ascent and descent (as well as aspect), expected duration of route and equipment required. Also provided is invaluable practical advice on things such as mountain safety and navigation, equipment, transport options to, from and around the Dolomites, ski passes, accommodation and more.
Regarded as one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world, the Dolomites offer endless winter escapades. Those who venture off the beaten track and into the backcountry (whether by ski or by shoe) will discover a veritable winter wonderland.
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|Language and culture|
|When to go|
|Food and drink|
|Travel and health insurance|
|Using this guide|
|1 Canazei – Val di Fassa|
|1 Latemar Labyrinth|
|2 Val San Nicolò|
|3 Forcia Neigra|
|4 Val Duron|
|5 Forcella Sassolungo Nord|
|2 Canazei and Arabba – Sella Group|
|6 Val Mesdì|
|7 Canale del Ghiacciaio|
|8 Canale Col Anton into Val Lasties|
|9 Val Setus|
|3 Ortisei and Selva – Val Gardena|
|11 Alpe di Siusi traverse|
|12 Chiesetta di San Giacomo and Monte Pic|
|13 Forcella di Mesdì|
|14 Forcella della Roa|
|4 Corvara – South Badia|
|15 Val de Chedul and Col Toronn|
|16 Forcella de Ciampei|
|17 Pisciadù and the Ciampac traverse|
|18 Santa Croce and Ranch da Andrè|
|19 Lech dla Lunch to Lech da Sompont|
|5 San Martino in Badia – North Badia and Fanis|
|20 Monte Muro|
|21 Crep dales Dodesc|
|22 Munt da Medalges|
|23 Malga Vaciara|
|24 Utia Lavarella circuit|
|25 Col Becchei Dessora|
|26 Monte Castello|
|6 Arabba – Marmolada and Livinallongo|
|27 Punta Penia|
|28 Forcella Marmolada|
|29 Monte Sief|
|7 San Cassiano – Passo Falzarego|
|31 Forcella Grande|
|32 Cadin di Fanis|
|33 Canale della Nonna|
|34 Col dei Bos|
|35 Cinque Torri and Nuvolau|
|36 Tofana di Rozes|
|8 Selva di Cadore – Passo Giau|
|37 Monte Pore|
|38 Monte Mondeval|
|39 Lastoni di Formin|
|40 Croda da Lago|
|9 Pecol – Val di Zoldo|
|41 Col de la Puina|
|42 Città di Fiume|
|43 Rifugio Venezia traverse|
|44 Spiz de Zuel|
|10 Cortina and Misurina – Passo Tre Croci and Tre Cime|
|45 Malga Ra Stua|
|46 Posporcora and Col Rosa circuit|
|47 Forcella Faloria traverse|
|48 Passo del Cristallo|
|49 Giro delle Tre Cime|
|50 Sasso di Sesto|
|Appendix A Glossary of mountains, towns and passes|
|Appendix B Glossary of mountain terms|
|Appendix C Useful transport and tourist information contacts|
|Appendix D Ski schools, mountain guide offices and sports shops|
|Appendix E Further reading|
James Rushforth is a busy man. His Facebook feed is a never ending stream of beautiful pictures of climbers, skiers, walkers and mountain scenery to die for, most often the Dolomites where he spends a lot of his time. Although it makes me green with envy it does brighten the long gloomy hours spent working at my desk.
There's something here for the broadest possible range of winter mountain visitors, from accomplished ski tourers to British hillwalkers taking their first steps by snow shoe.
The Dolomites make for a perfect venue for snow shoeing and for those looking to complete their first forays out into a winter wonderland. The weather is often very stable, there is little glaciated terrain, there are bars and huts on many of the routes which serve good food and drink; all of this makes for a rather friendly experience far removed from the blizzards of the Cairngorms and their unpredictable weather.
Furthermore many of the skiing routes are also modest and suitable for those looking for day tours but who still want a full mountain experience. It’s a good staging post before moving onto bigger adventures, somewhere you can hone and build skills without the commitment required in other more glaciated alpine areas.
The pictures ARE stunning, but they need to be bigger to grab you by the hand, walk you to the travel agent and book you your ticket. That said, the maps are super, a step up from other touring guides I've seen, and everything is very clear.
In summary, this guide is great for novice to intermediate winter explorers, looking for a beautiful area which is easy to access, well appointed with hotels and restaurants, and who want a holiday rather than an expedition. The book is fabulously well written, and while the pictures would really benefit from a bigger format the graphics are really good and its useful smaller format is at least handy for stuffing in pockets.
UK Hillwalking. See the full review here.
A cheaper, easier, slower - and rewarding - alternative to skiing? Snowshoeing – which is basically hiking in the snow using a pair of racket-like devices attached to the sole of your boots. This allows you to walk on snow-covered ground without sinking. Now among the fastest growing winter sports, snowshoeing has actually been around for thousands of years as a means of moving around, especially by hunters and farmers who could thus walk amid deep snow. The great thing about snowshoeing is that anybody can do it (and it’s a great workout too)!
Whether you're new to snowshoeing or you have some experience, you'll find plenty of inspiration inside Ski Touring and Snowshoeing in the Dolomites.
"The routes have been chosen carefully to give you the best of what the area has to offer - a must for anyone looking to visit the Dolomites in Winter"
Trek and Mountain magazine
Banff Mountain Book Awards 2017 – Longlist for best guidebook. September 2017