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"Mesdì" valley

Freeride skiing · Sella Group
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  • Spiz De Mezdì
    / Spiz De Mezdì
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  • / Imbocco del canale della Val Mezdì
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  • / Torrioni lungo la Val Mezdì
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One of the classic freeride routes in the Dolomites, which allows you to traverse the entire "Sella" massif.
Distance 7.7 km
3:00 h
120 m
1,450 m
Spectacular fresh snow tour amidst the overhanging and breathtaking faces of the canyon of the "Mezdì" valley, one of the most popular of the "Sella" group massif.

Easy to ski thanks to its width, it always guarantees excellent snow thanks to its north-east orientation.

The descent runs on slopes with a medium gradient, but also consists of more challenging sections such as the beginning and end sections, as large rocks are scattered along the way.

Descent in a grandiose setting, typically dolomite, between rock towers hundreds of metres high. Everyone is advised to use a guide and make sure the conditions are good.

Possibility of a variant that descends a little lower: in this case, good local knowledge is required.

When the sun starts to warm up (from mid-March), ice can be found near the northern slopes in the last part.

Also easy to do with a snowboard.

Author’s recommendation

If you are approaching this practice for the first time, it is reccomended to contact the Alpine Guides.
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Arabba Fodom Turismo
Update: August 05, 2021
Risk potential
Highest point
2,950 m
Lowest point
1,594 m
Best time of year
Cardinal direction

Safety information

Pay attention to the wind.

Always let someone know where you are going and the approximate duration of the hike and avoid going alone.

The telephone number in case of emergency is 112 or 118 (ambulance).

Tips and hints

Mounitain guides:

- Francesco Tremolada

- Filippo Beccari

Before the start, it is reccomended to get informed about the weather, which changes rapidly in the mountains, and the conditions of the route.


"Pordoi" Pass - "Sass Pordoi" cable car top station (2,881 m)
46.500444, 11.807622
46°30'01.6"N 11°48'27.4"E
32T 715428 5153483


End of the ski run that take to the "Borest" lift to "Corvara"

Turn-by-turn directions

From the "Pordoi" pass, at the arrival point of the "Sass Pordoi" cable car, go on foot in a north-easterly direction across the large summit plateau to the foot of the western slope of "Piz Boè" and then ascend for 15 minutes on skis along the summer trail.

From here, a long diagonal path starts towards the west, leading to the "Boè" rifugio (closed in winter), from where you take the descent to the "Mezdì" valley.

After about 6 km of descent, you reach the "Colfosco-Corvara" where you meet the slopes again.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

From the centre of Arabba, take the "Porta Vescovo" cable car and, from the top, follow the indications for "Pont de Vauz", from where you take the cable car to the "Pordoi" Pass to take the "Sass Pordoi" cable car.

Getting there

By car
  • From Innsbruck A22 Brennero highway to the Bressanone tool booth, continue through the Pusteria valley, Badia valley, the Campolongo Pass and the Pordoi Pass
  • From Verona/Milan A22 Brennero highway up to Egna Ora tool booth, continue for Fiemme valley, Fassa valley, Pordoi Pass
  • From Venice A27 highwayway tool booth Belluno follow the Agordina 203 to Agordo, Caprile, Arabba and Pordoi Pass

By train

Nearest railway stations

  • Belluno - 70 km
  • Brunico - 48 km
  • Ponte Gardena - 51 km

By bus

By plane

  • Venice Treviso/Venice Marco Polo - 160/170 km
  • Innsbruck - 140 km
  • Verona - 270 km
  • Milan Bergamo/Milan Malpensa - 310/400 km


Free parking is available near the "Porta Vescovo" cable car and paid parking near the Church of "Arabba".


46.500444, 11.807622
46°30'01.6"N 11°48'27.4"E
32T 715428 5153483
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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The skier's kit:
  • underwear ski trousers
  • thermal underwear ski shirt
  • knee-length ski socks
  • technical ski turtleneck
  • waterproof long ski trousers
  • sweatshirt or pile or technical goose down jacket
  • padded, breathable and waterproof ski jacket
  • neck warmer
  • ski gloves
  • ski helmet (compulsory up to the age of 14, STRONGLY recommended after this age)
  • anti-glare ski mask
  • sun cream
  • ski boots
  • skis (ask your rental shop or ski shop for advice on ski equipment length and width)
  • freeski poles
  • waterproof backpack or backpack with waterproof cover (better with ABS system)
  • avalanche beacon
  • avalanche shovel
  • avalanche probes

Basic Equipment for Backcountry Skiing

  • 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 Backcountry Skiing

  • 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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