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Crossing the Pale Plateau and descent towards Gares

Freeride skiing · Pala Group
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A Little-used route but of high aesthetic value thanks to the incredible views over the northern range of the Pale di San Martino.
difficult
7 km
2:00 h
81 m
1,364 m
The route crosses the Pale Plateau, reaching Gares (Canale d'Agordo); exposure to the north and relative protection from winds allow for optimum snow conditions to be maintained.

Author’s recommendation

Alternatively, you can ascend the High Banks up to the last hill overlooking Valbona and descend the steeper slopes near Sasso Negro - good navigation skills and good knowledge of the snow conditions are required.
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Updated: July 08, 2019
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,622 m
Lowest point
1,339 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

ROSETTA "GIOVANNI PEDROTTI"

Safety information

The Antermarucol Pass can be reached by crossing the High Banks on foot, in order to avoid losing altitude, if the snow is sufficiently settled. Otherwise, descend in the "Buse" and re-ascent up to the fork. Do not take the crossing after Malga Valbona in the woods, as when the sun beats in the afternoon there is a high risk of avalanches which come down from the channels above. Take care to not re-ascent too soon in the woods as there are jumps in the first channels.

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.

Please note that the practicability of the itineraries in a mountain environment is strictly linked to the contingent conditions and is therefore influenced by natural phenomena, environmental changes and weather conditions. For this reason, the information contained in this page may have changed. Before leaving for a tour, make sure the path you will approach is still accessible by contacting the owner of the mountain hut, the alpine guides or the visitor centres of the nature parks, the info offices of the local tourist board.

Tips, hints and links

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

Start

San Martino di Castrozza – Paek station Rosetta Lift. (2,622 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.264576, 11.833087
DMS
46°15'52.5"N 11°49'59.1"E
UTM
32T 718320 5127346
w3w 
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Destination

Capanna Cima Comelle - Gares

Turn-by-turn directions

Ascent description: From the exit of the Rosetta chairlift, descend on the often marked slopes which lead to the vicinity of the Pedrotti refuge, heading for the clear saddle below it; descend further in the direction of the high banks, following summer path 756 towards the Antermarucol Pass to its lowest point (2469m) (N46° 16.074' E11° 50.783'). Take care to not descent too far to the left towards the Piano dei Cantoni (summer path 703). Roughly following the route of the summer path to a flat section, and seeking out the channel which leads to the shoulder between the high banks and a hill (alt. 2536m), re-ascend it until you reach the highest hill on the left (2536m), keeping the Crests of the high banks on the right. Splendid terrace on the northern range of the Pale di San Martino.

Descent description: From here, both pushing and skiing, you reach the Antemarucol Pass (2334m) (N46° 16.202' E11° 51.224'), the clear shoulder at the end of the Buse di Col Alto. This is where the most interesting part of the descent starts, heading to the left of the valley initially, then moving to the right side. On reaching the rocky spur, cross to the right over to the slopes which lead down to the Malga Valbona.

It's not worth descending as fare as Malga, better to cross to the right (East) to stay high and head for the lower extremity of the Sasso Negro (suitable snow required), picking up once again summer path 756 (take care to not descend too far due to rock barriers below and to find the summer path entrance to the woods) (N46° 17.842' E11° 52.939')

Continuing on crossing the woods, passing over two avalanche channels that lead down from the Forcella Cesurette, where a steep wooded slope descends down to the Gares plains. Follow the curves of the summer path, or if snow permits, take an easier wide route at the end of the wooded section which descends to Casere Cesurette and to the Capanna Cima Comelle near the cross-country skiing course. Take care to not re-ascent too soon in the woods as there are jumps in the first channels.

Return in San Martino with taxi: http://www.sanmartino.com/EN/taxi/

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport coach line Trentino Trasporti: www.ttesercizio.it
Transfer from/to airport: http://www.flyskishuttle.com/en/

 

Getting there

http://www.sanmartino.com/EN/getthere/
Taxi and shuttle to the starting point: http://www.sanmartino.com/EN/taxi/

 

Parking

Free parking at the departure lifts Colverde - Rosetta

Coordinates

DD
46.264576, 11.833087
DMS
46°15'52.5"N 11°49'59.1"E
UTM
32T 718320 5127346
w3w 
///galleons.shelves.basics
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.).

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Distance
7 km
Duration
2:00h
Ascent
81 m
Descent
1,364 m
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