The Great War ski tour

The "Great War ski tour" develops around Col di Lana - the iconic symbol of World War 1 - beneath famous peaks and mountain groups as Civetta,Pelmo, Tofane, Lagazuoi, Conturines, Settsass, Sassongher, Sella, and Marmolada.


86 km


7-8 hours


42 km


44 km

There are many access points to start the Great War ski tour.

From Cortina, the most convenient starting point is the 5 Torri chairlift at Bai de Dones (free toll parking area), located at about 13 km from Cortina centre along the SR 48 road heading to Passo Falzarego.

On top, you may visit the Italian trenches and enjoy spectacular views of the peaks all around – namely Col di Lana, Tofana di Rozes, Castelletto , and Col dei Bos – from the deck of Rifugio Scoiattoli.

From Passo Falzarego, take the cable car to Mt Lagazuoi, the highest point of the tour at almost 2800 m asl. As you ride up, you can spot the loopholes of the Italian mine tunnel on the rockface and the Tre Sassi Fort on the road to Passo Valparola. On the ridge of Mt Piccolo Lagazuoi there was the Austrian emplacement known as Feldwache 4, the only frontline emplacement that can be reached on skis. Just below the cable car top station, turn right and follow the signs.

Then, descend along Armentarola, one of the most fascinating ski runs in the Dolomites. At the end of the ski run, a horse drawn tow (upon charge) takes skiers as far as the Val Badia ski area, to continue the tour towards Arabba, Padon, and Marmolada.

From Punta Rocca, a very long ski run descends on Marmolada slopes as far as Malga Ciapela.

Take the bus to Alleghe and discover the wonderful Civetta ski area as far as Pescul. Ride the bus up the road to Passo Giau until you reach the Fedare chairlift to return to 5 Torri ski area.

Transport services: The ski area is part of the Dolomiti Superski carousel and is connected to nearby valleys by an efficient skibus and local bus service. Dolomiti Superski pass holders are entitled to use the skibus for free. Ski buses connecting Pescul- Fedare and Masarè-Malga Ciapela, shuttle taxis, and horse-drawn sledge are on payment.

Rest stops: Rifugio Scoiattoli: Ph. + 39 0436 867939 Rifugio Averau: Ph. + 39 0436 4660 Rifugio Lagazuoi: Ph. + 39340 719 5306 Rifugio Scotoni: Ph. + 39. 0471 847330

Recommended period:

From December to March

Recommended clothing:

Ski wear.

Minimum recommended age:

10 years


Check weather forecast; better not to venture in case of fog.





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Super 8 ski tour

The Super 8 ski tour develops in an 8-shape itinerary across the most scenic saddles of the Dolomites such as Forcella Averau, Croda Negra and Lagazuoi. The views over Tofane, Pelmo, Marmolada and Civetta massifs are among the most spectacular mountainscapes in the world.

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Livelli di difficoltà

Facile: Itinerario facile che non richiede tecnica particolare.

Medio: Pendii e valloni ampi, fino a 25 gradi.

Difficile: Pendii fino a 35 gradi; richiede buona tecnica su ogni tipo di neve.

Intenso: Pendii fino a 45 gradi senza forte esposizione; tra 30 e 40 gradi con esposizione forte o passaggi stretti; richiede una tecnica ottima.

Estremo: Pendii oltre i 45 gradi senza forte esposizione; a partire da 50 gradi con esposizione forte.

Grading system

Easy: easy itinerary that does not require any technical skill.

Medium: Wide slopes and deep valleys, steepness up to 25 degrees.

Difficult: Steepness up to 35 degrees, good technical skills on every type of snow conditions are required.

Severe: Steepness up to 45 degrees with little exposure; between 30 and 40 degrees with high exposure or narrow stretches. Excellent technique is required.

Extreme: Steepness over 45 degrees with little exposure and from 50 degrees with high exposure.

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