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Fresh snow descent from Val Mezdí valley in the Sella group

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  • Val Mezdí
    / Val Mezdí
    Photo: Alta Badia/Alex Moling, Tourist Association Alta Badia
  • Skitour Val Mezdi
    / Skitour Val Mezdi
    Photo: Alta Badia/Francesco Tremolada, Tourist Association Alta Badia
  • / Freeride Dolomites
    Photo: Alta Badia/Francesco Tremolada, Tourist Association Alta Badia
  • / Val de Mezdí - Sella Group
    Photo: Alta Badia/Freddy Planinschek, Tourist Association Alta Badia
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moderate
Distance 8.4 km
1:45 h
177 m
1,305 m

The ski tour through the Mezdí Valley is one of the classics among the off-piste itineraries in the Dolomites. The tour runs from south to north and is characterized by a short crossing of the Sella-massif with only little difference in height, and by a steep and technical descent to Colfosco, through this narrow valley in the middle of the rocks.

Caution:

  • The tour is classified as moderate, but it should not be underestimated, as it can be very demanding in case of wind or icy snow.
  • It is recommended to be accompanied by a local alpine guide.
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
2,950 m
Lowest point
1,645 m
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Start

Coordinates:
DD
46.500351, 11.807460
DMS
46°30'01.3"N 11°48'26.9"E
UTM
32T 715416 5153472
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Turn-by-turn directions

From Alta Badia, you can reach the start of the tour - the top of Pordoi Pass - by the Sella Ronda (the ski round trip around the Sella massif). On the Pordoi Pass you go up by cable car to Sass Pordoi (2950 m). A relatively easy descent leads to the fork Forcela Pordoi. Now you have to climb - first level, then increasing - until the Boé /Bamberger Hütte: snowshoes and skins facilitate the climb.

At the Boé/Bamberger Hütte you should definitely take some time to enjoy the 360° panorama and to look down into the Mezdí Valley: it is impressive! The descent begins with a narrow, difficult and steep part. Also challenging is the central part of the valley - especially in not so snowy winters - due to large rocks and deep depressions.

The last part is easy and pleasant, it runs along a forest path and crosses gentle meadows down to Colfosco.

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Getting there

*By car

  • Coming from Innsbruck: take the A 13 and the A 22 toll motorway and exit at Bressanone/Brixen, following the signs to Brunico/Bruneck along the Val Pusteria/Pustertal road as far as San Lorenzo/St.Lorenzen. Follow the signs to Val Badia/Gadertal 
  • Coming from Verona-Bolzano: take the A 22, exit at Bressanone/Brixen and continue as above

*By train

The nearest train stations are:

  • Brunico - 37 Km
  • Bolzano (via Passo Gardena) - 72 Km (via Brunico) – 100 Km
  • Connection train station – Alta Badia by the local bus SAD: www.sad.it

*By air

  • Innsbruck - 130 km
  • Munich – 330 km
  • Venice Treviso / Venice Marco Polo – 180 / 200 km
  • Verona – 213 km
  • Milan Bergamo / Milan Malpensa - 310 /400 km
  • Information airport transfer: www.suedtirolbus.it - www.cortinaexpress.it

Coordinates

DD
46.500351, 11.807460
DMS
46°30'01.3"N 11°48'26.9"E
UTM
32T 715416 5153472
w3w 
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Equipment

Basic Equipment for Ski Touring

  • Ski Helmet
  • Goggles
  • Sunglasses
  • 2 pairs of Gloves: lightweight, breathable and windproof for going uphill, regular ski gloves for downhill
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Lightweight rain and windproof ski jacket
  • Additional warm jacket
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Lightweight wind- and waterproof ski pants
  • 20 to 28 liter rucksack, preferably backcountry type
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Ski Touring

  • Ski touring boots
  • Ski touring bindings to fit boots
  • Ski touring skins to fit skis
  • Skis
  • Ski poles, preferably telescopic type
  • Avalanche safety equipment to consider: beacon, avalanche probe, avalanche shovel
  • Ski touring crampons
  • Crevasse rescue kit
  • Ski touring harness
  • Light ice axe
  • Ski touring ropes
  • Avalanche airbag backpack
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Angelo Trematerra
January 07, 2018 · Community
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
8.4 km
Duration
1:45 h
Ascent
177 m
Descent
1,305 m
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