5 - 6
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In the Massif of the Marmolada (the Dolomites' highest peak), this is a brilliant low-grade ski tour through some wild valleys.
The skiing is straightforward and there are no major objective hazards, so this is the place to head if you're looking for an easy introduction to Dolomites touring. Start from the Passo San Pellegrino and skin up a jeep track to the Rifugio Fuciade.
The Fuciade has excellent food, even by local standards - which is saying something! Swing south around a blunt ridge and then climb easily up to the Passo Forca Rossa.
Just follow the logical line on the ascent - there are no dangers and generally not much to worry about other than enjoying the view.
Ski down a narrow-ish gully and drift to wherever the best snow and terrain is - there are no hidden obstacles so just go where the skiing looks best.
Follow the valley easily to the forest and then go down a good track to the campsite - the Malga Ciapela Marmolada.
Either stop here or (if conditions allow) carry on down a deep, narrow gorge (called Serrai di Sottoguda) on a good track to Sottoguda.
The canyon is famous for ice climbing and if you're here in early season, you'll see some spectacular frozen icefalls high above you. With this being a relatively short tour, you should arrive back in the valley at lunchtime and there is a lovely restaurant - La Montanara - waiting for you.
The food is excellent, the food superb and the staff friendly.
Once you're done eating and drinking, call a taxi on 0039406796016 and head back to your start point.