Day 3: Margaroli Hut to Maria Luisa Hut


Analysing terrain data

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The exposure grade does not take into account objective hazards (stone fall, seracs, etc) but only the consequences of the skier falling.

Low Exposure (E1): Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.

Medium Exposure (E2): As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

High Exposure (E3): In case of a fall, death is highly likely.

Extreme Exposure (E4): In case of a fall, the skier faces certain death.

In case of a fall, death is highly likely.


This is a fairly straight forward day following major valley features to link the two huts. Skin from the hut up the valley to its N to the Passo di Nefelgiu at 2583m.

From here there is a lovely enclosed N facing descent.

Half way down you can follow the valley floor which is steeper or break out R at about 2300m, heading past a small lake at 2365m, then down the spur to the NE, then SE to the road.

It is then a short distance to the charming hamlet of Riale at 1729m.

From here you head NE either up the switchbacks of the summer road or making your own track if it is banked out, to the Maria Luisa Hut at 2160m.

If you have spare time and energy later in the day you can head up to the Kastellucke pass at 2714m to the E.