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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.
Distance 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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Update: January 11, 2021
Highest point
2,622 m
Lowest point
1,339 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop


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 ( 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

Tips and hints

Alpine Guide:
We Ride Safe:


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


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:


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport coach line Trentino Trasporti:
Transfer from/to airport:


Getting there
Taxi and shuttle to the starting point:



Free parking at the departure lifts Colverde - Rosetta


46.264576, 11.833087
46°15'52.5"N 11°49'59.1"E
32T 718320 5127346
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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 Backcountry Skiing

  • 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
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Backcountry Skiing

  • 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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