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Skitour Malga Valcigolera

· 1 review · Back-country skiing · San Martino di Castrozza,Primiero,Vanoi
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A tour not too demanding starting from San Martino di Castrozza and arriving to one of the most scenic spots overlooking the Pale di San Martino.
Distance 7.5 km
2:30 h
414 m
411 m
1,888 m
1,475 m
The route starts very gently to then accentuate the elevation gain in the final part, with an effort amply repaid by the breath-taking view of the Dolomite group.
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Update: January 11, 2021
Risk potential
Highest point
1,888 m
Lowest point
1,475 m
Best time of year

Safety information

Remember, snowpack stability is subject to sudden and unforeseeable changes and shifts. Always check the local avalanche bulletin ( 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 – ).
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


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Tips and hints

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San Martino di Castrozza - Parking Colbricon Express Lift (1,475 m)
46.262168, 11.791494
46°15'43.8"N 11°47'29.4"E
32T 715125 5126964


Malga Valcigolera

Turn-by-turn directions

From the car park of the Sass Maor campsite (1,488 m asl), just before the start of the Colbricon Express Cableway in the Ces – Interski area, take the Valcigolera Forest Road keeping the Agility Forest Adventure Park on your left. The forest road is generally beaten because it is an itinerary used by the Troika with the horses, so in this first stretch of the route you can walk even without snowshoes. After a few hundred meters, at the first fork keep the right following Malga Valcigolera: after two hairpins, at the fork continue straight along the forest road, which returns to be slightly uphill until the bottom of the valley. At the Valcigolera bridge (1,654 m asl), continue on the left following the forest road, then turn right after about 20 meters, thus entering the valley keeping the Rio Cigolera on your right. At the end of the valley, follow the road that climbs towards the Malga along three hairpins with steep slope, to finally reach the Malga Valcigolera (1,883 m asl).


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Public transport




Frre parking at departure lift Colbricon Express


46.262168, 11.791494
46°15'43.8"N 11°47'29.4"E
32T 715125 5126964
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


For all ski-mountaineering 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.

Questions and answers

Question from Franca Ghidoni · January 27, 2020 · Community
Siamo a gennaio 2020. il percorso è fattibile? glòi ultimi aggiornamenti sono al 2018...
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7.5 km
2:30 h
414 m
411 m
Highest point
1,888 m
Lowest point
1,475 m
Public-transport-friendly Out and back Scenic Refreshment stops available Insider tip Forest roads Forest
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