Young, jagged and imposing, the Dolomites are perhaps the most impressive mountains in Europe. Its whitish or grayish rocks are famous for the pink tone it acquires with the light of the sunset that shows its most fantastic side, the Dolomites, considered the friendly face of the Alps is a garden that receives the warm Mediterranean air, dotted with rocks that look like chisels at the hands of giants and villages of Tyrolean tradition, it becomes an impressive place for summer excursions, being the winter its most sublime moment to enjoy its majestic landscape.
Located in the northeastern part of Italy, between the regions of Veneto, Trentino Alto Adige and Friuli Venezia Giulia, the Dolomite mountains are a mountain range that is part of the Eastern Alps, cataloged as a Natural World Heritage Site by Unesco and the best place to stay in Italy.
Its attractions include 18 peaks that rise above 3,000 meters, many of them located in the mountainous Marmolada, including Punta Penia, with its 3,342 meters high making it the highest mountain in the Eastern Alps.
There is a wide variety of snowshoe routes, ranging from few-hour night trips that involve a passage to a mountain refuge to short advisable trails for beginners. An ideal option, a few hours away, is the Ronda Runch Hut directly above the Pedraces.
A great feature of ski resorts are their small systems, and in this walk, you can avoid the uphill climb by climbing on the Santa Croce chairlift to be transported at 2045 meters without sweating. From the lift station, the path passes through the charming church of Santa Croce, the nearby Rifugio Mountain Refuge and the cafeteria before heading gently towards the base of high and steep cliffs. In deep snow, the descent falls again, passing through isolated mountain shelters, it’s like a fun combination of hiking and skiing, with panoramic views of the valley to the Ciampani peak of 2668 meters and the mountains of the Puez Massif.
Italians do most things in style and their mountain huts are no exception. Any idea of ramshackle, old wooden cabins and freezing in sleeping bags is banished in the epic night journey through the massif of Fanes, an experience that should not be missed. You will also find charming villages, numerous ski slopes, hiking or mountaineering routes and natural landscapes of incomparable beauty.
Among the most famous rock formations of the Dolomites are the isolated five limestone towers, Cinque Torril, that top the horizon of the mountain within a short distance from the chairlift. It is an easy place to make snowshoes; with just a quick walk, a hot cup of coffee and lunch, Cinque Torri is the perfect place to enjoy an extraordinary adventure in the winter of Dolomiten.
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