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Crossing the Plateau, Fradusta Peak and descent to the Canali valley

Back-country skiing · Pala Group
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m 3500 3000 2500 2000 1500 1000 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Rifugio Rosetta ROSETTA "GIOVANNI PEDROTTI" BAITA LA RITONDA CANT DEL GAL Malga Canali
This is the classic ski crossing of the Pale, alternating between desert and lunar landscapes on the Pale Plateau, and the majestic vertical towers of the Canali valley.
difficult
Distance 13.3 km
5:00 h
475 m
1,795 m
2,908 m
1,300 m
The route is quite easy, even if good navigational knowledge and attention are required in order to overcome the maze of sinkholes and dips alternating along the route before reaching the Canali pass.

Author’s recommendation

There are many variants of the descent, the first of which, just under the Fradusta peak: you can descend on the steep slopes which take you to Buse Alte, and from here re-ascend the Manstorna and descend its steep valley; or after a brief ascent re-join the previous route at the Canali pass. Take care to choose the correct entrance to the woods which leads to the Treviso Refuge and not descend too far into the main valley, which becomes impassable.
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Update: December 29, 2020
Difficulty
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Landscape
Highest point
2,908 m
Lowest point
1,300 m
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Rest Stop

Rifugio Rosetta
Malga Canali
CANT DEL GAL
ROSETTA "GIOVANNI PEDROTTI"
BAITA LA RITONDA

Safety information

Take care with navigation on the High Plains, which isn't easy for those who aren't familiar with this type of terrain: the itinerary, despite being easy and relatively safe, is not free from the danger of avalanches, especially on the first steep slopes after the Canali pass.

Remember, snowpack stability is subject to sudden and unforeseeable changes and shifts. Always check the local avalanche bulletin (www.meteotrentino.it or any other service that suits your needs) before departure and make sure you gather all possible information concerning current conditions at the Mountain Guides’ office. (+39 0439 768795 – info@aquilesanmartino.com ). GPS routes are merely indicative of the more reasonable track but must not be followed blindly without first checking current slope and terrain conditions. GPS tracks are merely indicative of the more standard routes but must not be followed blindly without first checking current slope and terrain conditions

Safety, evaluation capacity and knowledge are extremely important and fundamental aspects for those who want to practise outdoor activities in winter. In the following lines you can find some useful advice to practise outdoor activities in safe conditions:

-choose an itinerary that meets your psychophysical and technical conditions

-contact the Alpine Guides to verify if the tour is feasible. If you are not an expert, go on tour with a professional guide

-don't go on tour alone

-before going, tell someone your destination and at what time you plan to be back

-check the local bulletin giving information about snow, weather and avalanches

-check the equipment and be sure that the self-rescue kit (arva, probe and shovel rescue) is appropriately working

Tips and hints

Alpine Guide: www.aquilesanmartino.com

We Ride Safe: http://www.sanmartino.com/EN/we-ride-safe/

Start

Colverde - Rosetta Ski Stations (2,622 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.264601, 11.833138
DMS
46°15'52.6"N 11°49'59.3"E
UTM
32T 718324 5127348
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Destination

Val Canali - Albergo La Ritonda

Turn-by-turn directions

Ascent Description: On exiting the Rosetta chairlift, head for the holes below the refuge hut. Once there, put leathers on and head up the hillside slopes which lead to the Pale di San Martino plateau itself (N46° 15.965' E11° 51.037'). From here, identify the Fradusta and head for the valley which naturally leads in its direction (N46° 15.703' E11° 51.825'), until identifying the North-East ridge which links Forcella Alta of the glacier with the peak of the Fradusta itself. Ascend the steep ridge which leads to the crest and follow it until reaching the peak (N46° 15.072' E11° 52.401'). 

 

Descent Description: descend the back of the north-east crest until the clear Forcella Alta of the glacier and continue in the opposite direction from where you came (North-East) and cross a small hill to reach the Foc di Sopra area. Descend the clear channel which leads to lower Foc, from which you can identify the Canali pass (N46° 15.331' E11° 54.097'), reaching with an easy push the entrance of the Canali valley. From here the skiing gets serious, and problem-free in terms of navigation, the descent route is not obligatory up to the entrance to the woods which leads to the Treviso refuge via a crossing. Sometimes, the crossing is difficult due to little or frozen snow In such cases, remove your skis and continue on foot or with crampons if necessary. From the refuge, if the snow allows, we recommend descending the channel just to the south, which leads down to the bottom of the valley without vegetation, otherwise descend through the woods on the summer path. Continue on the forest road as far as the snow conditions will allow (return to San Martino with Taxi: http://www.sanmartino.com/EN/taxi/)

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Public transport coach line Trentino Trasporti: www.ttesercizio.it

Transfer from/to airport: http://www.flyskishuttle.com/en/

 

Getting there

A13 motorway (Bologna-Padua), Padova Sud or Padova Ovest exit
•    SS47 Valsugana national road (towards Bassano/Trento) to Cismon del Grappa
•    SS50bis national road (towards Feltre/Belluno) to Arten
•    SS50 national road towards Primiero, San Martino and Passo Rolle -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A4 motorway (Torino-Trieste) to Vicenza + A31 motorway (Vicenza-Valdastico), Dueville exit
•    SS47 Valsugana national road (towards Bassano/Trento) to Cismon del Grappa
•    SS50bis national road (towards Feltre/Belluno) to Arten
•    SS50 national road towards Primiero, San Martino and Passo Rolle -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A22 motorway (Modena-Verona-Brennero), Trento Sud exit
•    SS47 Valsugana national road (towards Bassano/Padua) to Cismon del Grappa
•    SS50bis national road (towards Feltre/Belluno) to Arten
•    SS50 national road towards Primiero, San Martino and Passo Rolle -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A22 motorway (Modena-Verona-Brennero), Egna-Ora (BZ) exit
•    SS48 national road  (towards Val di Fiemme - Val di Fassa) to Predazzo
•    SS50 national road towards Passo Rolle, San Martino di Castrozza and Primiero (in this order)

Taxi and shuttle: https://www.sanmartino.com/EN/taxi/

 

Parking

Free parking throughout the Colverde - Rosetta ski stations

Coordinates

DD
46.264601, 11.833138
DMS
46°15'52.6"N 11°49'59.3"E
UTM
32T 718324 5127348
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

For all off-piste skiing activities, the proper apparel is strongly recommended. Skiers must bear in mind that temperatures can dip quickly and garments should also be suitable for snowy conditions (such as waterproof Gore-Tex jackets). Furthermore, gloves, cap, sun glasses and sun cream should also form part of every off-piste skier’s basic gear.

It’s also important to bear in mind that tight fitting or insufficiently waterproof ski boots can cause frostbite.

It’s also COMPULSARY to carry with you an avalanche rescue kit consisting of avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel (this is also available for rent).

A suitable helmet and other safety equipment are also strongly recommended (avalanche airbags etc.).

Basic Equipment for Ski Touring

  • Ski Helmet
  • Goggles
  • Sunglasses
  • 2 pairs of Gloves: lightweight, breathable and windproof for going uphill, regular ski gloves for downhill
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Lightweight rain and windproof ski jacket
  • Additional warm jacket
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Lightweight wind- and waterproof ski pants
  • 20 to 28 liter rucksack, preferably backcountry type
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Ski Touring

  • Ski touring boots
  • Ski touring bindings to fit boots
  • Ski touring skins to fit skis
  • Skis
  • Ski poles, preferably telescopic type
  • Avalanche safety equipment to consider: beacon, avalanche probe, avalanche shovel
  • Ski touring crampons
  • Crevasse rescue kit
  • Ski touring harness
  • Light ice axe
  • Ski touring ropes
  • Avalanche airbag backpack
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
13.3 km
Duration
5:00 h
Ascent
475 m
Descent
1,795 m
Highest point
2,908 m
Lowest point
1,300 m
Public-transport-friendly Scenic Refreshment stops available Cableway ascent/descent Summit route suitable for snowboards Forest
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1600 m 1800 m
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