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Ritorto - Strada di Ritorto - snowshoeing itinerary

Snowshoeing · Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo, Val Rendena
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  • Panoramic view on the Brenta Dolomites
    / Panoramic view on the Brenta Dolomites
    Photo: Enrico Veronese, APT Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo, Val Rendena
  • / Sunset at Ritorto alpine hut
    Photo: Enrico Veronese, APT Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo, Val Rendena
  • / Snowshoeing at Ritorto alpine hut
    Photo: Paolo Viviani, APT Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo, Val Rendena
  • / Ritorto - Strada di Ritorto - snowshoeing itinerary
    Photo: Beatrice Bertolini, APT Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo, Val Rendena
  • / Forest road leading to Ritorto alpine hut
    Photo: Beatrice Bertolini, APT Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo, Val Rendena
  • / Panoramic view on the Brenta Dolomites
    Photo: Beatrice Bertolini, APT Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo, Val Rendena
  • / Frozen stream
    Photo: Beatrice Bertolini, APT Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo, Val Rendena
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An enjoyable stroll through a coniferous forest to Malga Ritorto, where there is an exceptional view of the Brenta Dolomites.
easy
Distance 2.1 km
0:45 h
70 m
70 m
An easy outing for the whole family, this itinerary is entirely on packed snow and is mostly flat as it winds through a stunning, tall forest of fir and larch. The landscape changes near the malga (a mountain farmhouse) as the forest gives way to mugo pine and pastureland. The panorama from Malga Ritorto is exceptional as you look out over the Brenta Dolomites mountain range. The view is especially stunning at dusk, when the setting sun colors the rocky spires pink. Thanks to its orientation, this is a particularly great spot to enjoy many hours of sun, from early morning till late into the afternoon. The restaurant and café here is an excellent place to enjoy a hot beverage or local alpine delicacies.

Author’s recommendation

Be sure to bring a camera. Two refreshment points are available along the way: the Patascoss refuge at the start, and the Malga Ritorto upon arrival.
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Update: December 30, 2020
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
1,762 m
Lowest point
1,726 m
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Cardinal direction
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Safety information

Experience walking along irregular mountain trails is recommended. In the event of fresh snow, snowshoes are also recommended. Be careful of ice when temperatures are particularly low. As you might imagine, the accessibility of these mountain trails depends entirely on the conditions found at any given time, such as the weather and other natural and environmental conditions. Therefore, before you set out, you should check the status of the trail by contacting alpine guides, lodge operators, or the local tourist office or park information office.

Tips and hints

For information on the conditions of the route:

www.campigliodolomiti.it/alpineguides

For information on  the weather and snow situation:

www.meteotrentino.it

www.ski.it/en/weather-report

For schedules and prices of ski lifts:

www.ski.it/en

Start

Madonna di Campiglio, Colarin area (1,734 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.228854, 10.815708
DMS
46°13'43.9"N 10°48'56.5"E
UTM
32T 640012 5121077
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Destination

Malga Ritorto

Turn-by-turn directions

From Madonna di Campiglio, by cable car Colarin Patascoss, you reach Patascoss area. From the cableway station, 1.750m , descend on the right side of the run, paying attention to skiers, for about 100m till you reach the road and enter a firs wood. Continue on a flat road for about 2 km till you reach the wide land of the mountain hut from where the panorama on the Dolomites is majestic (40 min). To return follow the itinerary vice versa to descend to Madonna di Campiglio by lift. e most trained can descend following the instruction of itinerary n.2 that brings directly to town.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

To reach Colarin: served by the Madonna di Campiglio ski bus (Colarin stop) or the Trentino Trasporti bus line. To reach Patascoss: Campiglio express lift, Colarin - Patascoss section

Getting there

In Madonna di Campiglio, park your car at the Colarin parking lot, then take the Pinzolo-Campiglio Express gondola lift to Patascoss.

Parking

Free parking at Colarin lot, near south tunnel entrance.

Coordinates

DD
46.228854, 10.815708
DMS
46°13'43.9"N 10°48'56.5"E
UTM
32T 640012 5121077
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Equipment

Appropriate winter clothing, hiking boots, walking poles and instep crampons or snowshoes, water bottle or thermos flask.

Basic Equipment for Snow Shoe Walking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots appropriate for winter use (B1+ recommended)
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Sunglasses
  • 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 Snow Shoe Walking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Snowshoes  
  • 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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Difficulty
easy
Distance
2.1 km
Duration
0:45 h
Ascent
70 m
Descent
70 m
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1600 m 1800 m
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