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Alpine skiing in Fanes Sennes Braies natural park

The nearest cable cars are located in S. Vigilio 18 km from the Fanes hut. They are connected to the Plan de Corones skiing resort outside the Fanes - Senes - Braies Natural Park.

Warning! Some of the excursions require an adequate preparation, equipment and/or an expert guide because they're dangerous!

If you want to have the indications with you in the next excursions, click here, print the document e put it in your backpack.

The proposals for alpine skiing excursions are taken form the book "FANES - Wandern durch Geschichte und Landschaft" (FANES - Hiking through history and landscape) from Peter Kübler and have been translated.

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(1) Col Toronn (Turtle- 2,459 m)

From the Fanes Hut ascend approx. 150 m in a northerly direction, walk along the Pices Fanes pasture in a westerly direction and then in a north-westerly direction until reaching the "Schildkröte" (turtle), which is so-named due to its unique shape. From here the summit is easily reachable. Usually the last few metres have to be done without skis.

Duration: from 1 hour to 1.5 hours.
Return on the same path. Difference in altitude approx. 400 metres.
Easy introductory tour, little danger of avalanches when the route is carefully chosen.


(2) Ciastel de Fanes (Fanes Castle - 2,657 m)

Like the previous excursion (1) to the Pices Fanes pasture. Continue until reaching Col Toronn in a flat valley walk in a north-westerly direction until the twin-peaks of "Castello" appear. Walk around it on the left side until you reach a fork (2,608 m), where you take off your skis to ascend to the summit.

Duration: from 2 hours to 2.5 hours.
Return on the same path. Difference in altitude approx. 600 metres.
Easy introductory tour. In case of avalanche danger special attention is required on the slippery pavements of Sass da les Disc.


(3) Monte Castello (Bivouac of Freedom - 2,770 m)

From the Fanes Hut ascend the road to Limo Pass (2,172 m) and downhill to the small barrack and further on to the Gran Fanes pasture. For a short stretch follow the valley in the direction of Ju da l'ega (south-west), until you can comfortably enter the valley between Furcia Rossa and Ciampestrin.

A moderate inclination at the start, afterwards somewhat steeper, you reach a plateau after which you keep right. Cross the masses of a large avalanche and you will reach a small valley below the outstanding walls of Ciampestrin. From the valley cross the slopes of Valun Blanch and after crossing the last steep ramp you will reach the bottom of the Monte Castello rocks and the small hut of the Bivouac of Freedom.

Duration: from 3.5 hours to 4 hours.
Return on the same path. Difference in altitude approx. 800 metres.
Easy tour. In case of avalanche danger be careful on the short downhill track from Limo Pass (barracks) to the Gran Fanes pasture.


(4) Col Bechei de Sora (2794 m)

From the Fanes Hut take the road to Limo Pass (2,172 m) and to the frozen Limo Lake. Turn left (east) and take the ascending path, rather steep at first, afterwards somewhat flatter, until reaching the almost flat plateau above 10 "Spalto" (2,565 m). From there ascend the serpentine path in a northern direction until reaching the peak (attention -overhanging snow!) On the ridge continue in an eastern direction until you reach the panoramic summit.

Duration: from 3 hours to 3.5 hours.
Return on the same path. Difference in altitude approx. 850 metres.
Excursion of medium difficulty. In case of danger of avalanches be careful on the southern slopes, below the peak of Col Bechei de Sora.


(5) Sass dla Crusc (Ciaval, 2907 m)

As in the previous excursions (1) and (2) to the Pices Fanes pasture. Continue in a south-westerly direction and afterwards in a westerly direction along path 7 (usually some sign-posts protrude from the snow) to Forcela dla Crusc (2,609 m). Attention-overhanging snow. Ascend to the right (north) until reaching the ski depot below the peak where you take your skis off and continue by foot.

Duration: from 4 hours to 4.5 hours for ascending.
Return on the same path. Difference in altitude approx. 850 metres.
Easy tour. In case of fog or bad visibility orientation might be problematic.


(6) Sass da les Disc (3026 m)

As in excursion (2) below Fanes Castle, which you leave to your right. Continue left (west) and ascend the steep southern ridge to below the summit, where you find a ski depot.

Ascending the peak without skis along a fixed-aid climb is reserved for expert alpinists, equipped with climbing harness and crampons.

Duration: from 3.5 hours to 4 hours to the ski depot.
Return on the same path. Difference in altitude approx. 1000 metres.
The southern slopes of Sass da les Disc provide a danger of avalanches.


(7) Piz d'Lavarela (3055 m)

From the Fanes Hut to Limo Pass and down to the Gran Fanes pasture. Continue in a south-westerly direction to Ju da l'ega. Shortly before the valley turn right (west), cross a sparse pine slope and steps to the right in order to enter "Busc da stlü" valley. Cross to the right below the walls of Piz Parom and the Lavarella massif, where you finally reach the summit fork (2,885 m) and where you take off your skis.

Climb up a gap and finally a ledge in a northern direction, where your reach a less steep back. Continue ascending another gap and you will reach the ridge. From there walk in the direction of the cross below the summit or in a westerly direction with a rather exposed part, or in easterly direction to the highest peak (difficulty grade 1).

Duration: from 4.5 hours to 5 hours.
Return on the same path. Difference in altitude approx. 1100 metres.
The higher part of the valley is prone to avalanches.