Frara

Alta Badia

Dolomites

Val Gardena/Alpe di Siusi

Trentino-Alto Adige

A long, varied and beautiful descent through a famous valley

Mountain Biking Difficult

Distance
8.9 km
Ascent
45 m
Descent
780 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
1.5 km
High Point
2.3 km
Gradient
Frara Map

Starting above the Passo Gardena and finishing down in the village of Corvara, this is a fabulous long descent taking in everything from wooden ramps to smooth trails and fast singletrack.

Description

After getting off the lift the trail begins with some fast and furious berms which lead you down to the Hotel Cir, right on the Passo Gardena. There are a couple of options for the ride to the Hotel Cir but they all meet up at the Gardena, and all involve well-built wooden features and smooth, fast trails.

After a very brief section on the road, the trail drops off to the right and heads down through meadows towards the foot of the Plans Frara gondola. The riding is fast and open for most of the route, and the scenery (particularly the huge towers looming above) is utterly spectacular throughout. The riding is never hard but it's the kind of terrain where you pick up speed easily, so hold your concentration - a fall would likely hurt on this section!

Once you reach the bottom of the Plans Frara the trail becomes much smoother and more mellow. It's also shared-use from here on, so cruise along slowly and be conscious of the many pedestrians you'll be sharing the trail with. Roll into Corvara and grab a cappuccino at one of the many excellent roadside cafes which line the streets of the village.

If you're riding the Sella Ronda there's an uphill section coming up after Corvara, so getting some caffeine and calories on board is a good idea!

Ride the Col Alta cable car and then ride quickly down to the Braia Fraida chairlift and take this up to reach the next section of the Sella Ronda - the Flé trail.

Difficulty

Difficult

Mostly stable trail tread with some variability featuring larger and more unavoidable obstacles that may include, but not be limited to: bigger stones, roots, steps, and narrow curves. Compared to lower intermediate, technical difficulty is more advanced and grades of slopes are steeper. Ideal for upper intermediate riders.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

June, July, August, September

Features

  • Flow
  • Technical
  • Picturesque
  • Singletrack
  • In the forest
  • Rock Gardens
  • Wooden Feature

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