Day 4: Maria Luisa Hut to Piansecco 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 relatively short day which can be extended in a number of ways.

However in hot weather it is worth being early (and hence possibly not extending it) as the final ascent is S facing. From the hut it is a flat skin across or beside Lago Toggia and gently up to the Passo San Giacomo at 2312m.

An optional peak is to the N, the Punta di Elgio at 2837m, then diagonally down to the same pass- this also avoids the flat skin.

From the pass enjoy the gentle NE descent, then slightly more steeply N, then NW down to the hamlet of All'Acqua at 1614m.

Check beforehand that your hut is open but, assuming it is skin steeply up sunny slopes to the Piansecco Hut at 1982m.

If the hut is closed you can either take your own supplies or stay in the Hotel in All'Acqua.