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Skitour to the Cima Vertana

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    Photo: Oliver Pichler, Sulden, Ortlergebiet
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Distance 12.4 km
5:35 h
1,616 m
1,616 m
3,509 m
1,919 m
The ski tour to the Cima Vertana (3.545 m) is a wonderful tour in Solda. The sporty challenge is not to be underestimated with 1.600 meters of altitude difference, as well as the breathtaking descent.
Highest point
3,509 m
Lowest point
1,919 m


46.514690, 10.597480
46°30'52.9"N 10°35'50.9"E
32T 622543 5152475

Turn-by-turn directions

You start at the parking lot above the valley station of the cable car. Afterwards turn left into the valley. The lower part is mostly filled up by a big avalanche, so in spring you use a path on the left side of the creek, which mostly leads up snow-free, where the valley gets wider. Follow the middle of the valley always upwards until you reach a plain under an icefall. Starting on the left side of this plain, one reaches a steep slope and over this to the right to the glacier (3050 m).
Always stay on the left edge of the glacier, always following a flat path towards Rosimjoch (attention: crevasses on the right!). In front of the yoke there is a ramp to the left under the south-eastern ridge of the Cima Vertana. A short steep right ascent onto this ridge. The summit is visible quite far back.
Then a large ramp flat left under the crest leads far into the basin. The last steep part may be reached without skis. The descent is on the way back.


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Getting there

From Spondigna/Spondinig via the street to the Stelvio Pass SS 38 to Gomagoi, then left to Solda. From Spondigna to the parking area is it approx. 20 km.


46.514690, 10.597480
46°30'52.9"N 10°35'50.9"E
32T 622543 5152475
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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
  • Kit para bolhas
  • 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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Peter Pichler
April 15, 2020 · Community
Eine der großartigsten Skitouren in meiner Laufbahn überhaupt. Wir hatten damals nach einem April-Schneefall Pulverschnee und mussten zu zweit alles vollkommen alleine hinaufspuren - doch dann diese Abfahrt!! Im Gegenüber und angsichts des 3-Gestirns Ortler-Zebru-Königsspitze.... Das war damals so ungefähr im Frühjahr 1995
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When did you do this route? April 10, 2009

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5:35 h
1,616 m
1,616 m
Highest point
3,509 m
Lowest point
1,919 m
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