Splendid ski mountaineering trails near the Leitlhof Hotel
More and more people are discovering the joy and excitement of ski mountaineering: climbing to the top of a snowy mountain under your own steam, enjoying the well-deserved view, taking a souvenir photo and then skiing down to the valley on fresh powder snow. It’s a great source of peace and satisfaction to get far away from the beaten track and enjoy the mountains in their natural, unspoiled state.
You’ll find plenty of valleys and peaks to test your stamina in Alto Adige. Year after year, this Alpine region has proved one of the most popular destinations for ski mountaineering. The Hotel Leitlhof is in the eastern part of the Val Pusteria in Alto Adige, and so ideally situated for the many ski mountaineering trails. We’ll be happy to describe some of the wonderful ski mountaineering routes you can enjoy on your next holiday, starting from our hotel.
Easy route: to Prato Piazza
The starting point for this route is the “Ponticello” Hotel in Braies, from where you follow hiking path no. 18 through a beautiful snowy landscape. You cross the toboggan run twice, and then the path bends right for the Malga Stolla restaurant (not open in winter). The route climbs up to Prato Piazza, a plateau at a height of about 2000 metres a.s.l. After a delicious lunch of local specialities at the refuge hut, you can ski back down to the valley along the toboggan run.
Duration: 2.5 hours; change in level: 510 m
Aiming high: the Sasso di Sesto
Route to the Sasso di Sesto (Sextner Stein in German), part of the Val Fiscalina. Firstly, head to the Fondovalle Refuge Hut and continue from there into the Valle Sassovecchio. A path to the right leads down to the flat valley floor. Later, after crossing a steep rocky stream-bed, you’ll be able to see the Alpe dei Piani. Shortly afterwards, you’ll catch sight of the famous Tre Cime (Three Peaks). The route will take you up steep slopes and across gullies, until you reach the Locatelli Refuge Hut near the Tre Cime. From here, you climb the last stretch to the top of Sasso di Sesto, at 2539 metres.
Duration: 3.5 hours; change in level: 1,130 metres
For real experts: to Cima Piatta Alta (2,900 metres)
Starting from the Val Campo di Dentro car-park, take the forest trail to the Tre Scarperi Refuge Hut and then head down to the valley for a long section on the flat. From here, climb up through the forest along the slopes of the Hangenalptal Valley. First you climb a series of rocky steps to the end of the valley, and then a short flat section takes you up to the summit.
Duration: 6 h; change in level: 1,575 metres
Have you thought of everything? Essential equipment for every ski mountaineering excursion
Anyone who wants to go ski mountaineering, especially in more remote areas, should ensure they are very well prepared before setting out. In addition to physical fitness, it is vital to have the right equipment, including an avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe, mobile phone and first aid kit. It is equally important to ensure you have precise information about the duration, length and route of the trail, and to consult the latest weather and avalanche reports. The team at Hotel Leitlhof wishes you happy off piste skiing in the mountains!
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