Italy·February - March
3 days of ski-touring lessons and exploration open to all levels, sleeping in a mountain hut above Madonna di Campiglio.VIEW DATES
Ski-touring is the ultimate way to explore the mountains in winter, and what better place to learn how to do this than the Brenta Dolomites? A UNESCO site forming part of the Adamello-Brenta Natural Park, this area is characterized by its breath-taking rocky landscapes, pristine slopes, excellent food and friendly locals. This trip is perfect if you are a skier who is curious to try ski-touring - as long as you have good technique on-piste (i.e. can ski down red slopes) -or if you are looking for something not particularly challenging in terms of elevation gain and technical level. A local guide will accompany you step by step, curve by curve, working with you to improve your technique and develop the necessary skills to safely lead an expedition. You will be staying in a scenic mountain hut and experiencing a real winter mountain environment.
Meet our local partners in the Brenta Dolomites
Francesco is a climber, skier, mountaineer and guide living in the Brenta Dolomites whose passion is sharing the feeling of true adventure with others. Since qualifying as a guide in 2017 he spends over 200 days per year in the mountains :)
Explore the wild Brenta Dolomites the best way: by ski! 3 action-packed days ski-mountaineering accompanied by a certified guide.
Arrive in Madonna di Campiglio and catch the cable car to the Graffer hut. This is a 20 minute cable ride followed by a short ski-slope leading directly to the hut. (N.B. if you are planning on renting ski equipment you should do this before taking the cable car). Unpack and get to know your fellow travelers over dinner.
Meet for breakfast and a briefing with your guide at 8am, then it's off for a full day of ski-touring! Today we will focus on developing your confidence on some of the easier itineraries in the area, such as the Spinale da Malga Fevri or the Graffer Refuge to Valgiana Hut tour.
Another full day exploring the mountains on your skiis. If conditions allow, we'll get a bit more adventurous, for example exploring the Cima Mambino or Cima Camp Antic, while focusing on developing your safety and technical skills.
A half-day ski-touring (for example, a tour of the Malghetto Lake or short trip in the area) before heading off home. If you enjoyed yourself hopefully we'll see you again on one of our rock climbing trips!
The program is very flexible to take into account weather conditions, climbing level, and endurance of the group
The Brenta Dolomites is a UNESCO site forming the Adamello-Brento Natural Park, and the only section of the Dolomites to the west of the Adige river. Compared to the other better-known sections of the Dolomites, Brenta is characterized by a feeling of isolation and nature: no road runs through the centre of the group, so you are - quite literally - off-the-beaten-track.
The macro area chosen for this trip is the Grostè Pass in the North of the group. This area offers many itineraries (over 20!), from the most challenging (such as Sassara Peak or the Vallesinella Castle) to easy ones suitable for beginners. It's the perfect place to get to grips with the sport while exploring a truly unique area.
Rifugio Graffer al Groste is a mountain hut built just after the Second World War, intended as a base from which to venture into the wild mountain slopes. The Rifugio has everything you need for an active skiing holiday: a bar/ restaurant, terrace with incredible views, comfortable rooms and ski storeroom.
2.5 days ski mountaineering
24/7 certified guide
3 nights' accommodation
Transport to Madonna di Campiglio
Lunch (bring some snacks!)
You don't have to have previous ski-touring experience, as you will be accompanied at all times by a certified mountain guide who can teach you the required skills. The trip is open to both skiers and snowboarders (with a splitboard). To get the most out of this trip, you should be able to ski down a red piste easily and have some off-piste experience. The average elevation gain is 1000m per day, hence you need to be moderately fit. Your guide will adapt the itinerary according to the level and preferences of the group and conditions.
You can rent basic ski-touring equipment (skis, boots, poles) and avalanche rescue equipment (beacon, probe and shovel) for this trip. Just head to the checkout section and you will be able to add these items for a small fee. (Note that you can choose between renting each item individually or renting a set of ski-touring and/or avalanche rescue equipment. It is mandatory for everyone to have a full avalanche kit with them at all times when ski-touring).
Mapo Tapo selects locations and mountain guides with the utmost care. We can for any inaccuracies, however, accept no liability. Ski-touring is a risky sport that takes place in nature. Ultimately, you are fully responsible for the choices you make. Mapo Tapo recommends that anyone who does not have sufficient knowledge to go outdoors accompanied by a certified mountain guide.