Ski mountaineering: Best locations

If you are among ski mountaineering enthusiasts or curious people who want to discover the beauty of this sport you can say you are lucky: in Italy there are the best places to practice it. It is not enough to be an alpine skier to practice this sport correctly and safely: you need a theoretical and athletic preparation and a special equipment. Usually ski mountaineers who approach the discipline rely on expert mountain guides to let themselves be guided along the best routes and enjoy the day to the full.

Off-piste, without ski pass and on fresh snow to watch from afar the other skiers who choose the already groomed and busy slopes. Discover the resorts recommended by Snowit to practice ski mountaineering. Here are some of them!

Discover which are the best places to practice ski mountaineering

Pontedilegno – Tonale

The area of Pontedilegno Tonale is ideal for ski mountaineers: here they will find a series of different itineraries in terms of difficulty, duration and technique. In fact, here every ski-alp fan will be able to choose the best route according to their abilities. Pontedilegno offers very simple and popular routes, such as the itinerary along the Pisagna Pass, but also difficult routes, such as the one to conquer the summit of the Presena Glacier, which require physical training and lots of technique. One of the most sought-after stages of ski mountaineering is the Adamello Grand Tour: an outing to be tackled in two days characterized by 1,400 m of uphill and a good 3,000 metres of downhill elevation gain.

Ski mountaineering in Ponte di Legno Tonale

Cortina d’Ampezzo

Cortina d’Ampezzo, also known as “the pearl of the Dolomites” needs no further introduction. The UNESCO World Heritage Site offers a lot to those who want to get to know the mountains in winter with ski mountaineering and want to leave the beaten track to enter a fascinating world even if difficult and variable. In Cortina there are several alpine skiing itineraries that can be undertaken with the help and experience of mountain guides who organize courses or excursions with seal skins. Among the most popular are, for example, the Croda da Lago; the crossing of the Cristallo Pass; the Croda Rossa or the crossing of the Creste Bianche.

Ski mountaineering in Cortina

La Thuile

In the silence, on pristine snow, the ski touring routes in La Thuile are experiences that are good for the heart. The Aosta Valley resort offers many itineraries suitable for all levels, where you will immerse yourself in the spectacular scenery of Mont Blanc. There are many excursions to experience pure emotions, such as the one that leads from the Piccolo San Bernardo Pass to La Thuile, or the more demanding itinerary that goes from La Joux (1,494 m) to Mont Valaisan (2,891 m), a point that offers a 360° panorama of the French mountains and the highest peaks of the Alps. To fully enjoy the pleasure of the experience, make sure you are properly equipped, check the weather forecast and don’t forget safety measures.

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Ski mountaineering in La Thuile


Ski mountaineering is made to discover the most isolated places in the mountains and to enjoy peace and quiet away from the slopes. Alagna is the perfect place to start a ski touring route, as it is part of the wider Monterosa Ski area and offers a large number of different and spectacular routes. Most of the tours have no particular difficulties and many routes are accessible even in late spring. The most sought-after destination is undoubtedly the Capanna Margherita, which is really magnificent in winter. An experience to try is certainly the overnight stay at high altitude and then finish the ascent to the last walls at the first light of dawn!

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Ski mountaineering in Alagna

Please remember, ski mountaineering is not easy to learn and should not be taken lightly, but if you are fascinated by it, this is the right time to start a few courses before next winter!


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