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Freeride Val Cigolera

Freeride skiing · Lagorai Mountain Range
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A well-known destination for Freeride lovers, which over the past few years has seen a huge increase in the number of participants of this discipline.
moderate
4.5 km
0:30 h
20 m
936 m
This very wide basin, facing north, with continuous slope and optimal snow conditions for long periods has made San Martino di Castrozza famous in the Freeriding world.

Author’s recommendation

Val Cigolera's ample basin is almost entirely skiable, this route represents the most classic and "safe" descent, however, as always, a minimum evaluation of the snow layer is required, given the presence of steep slopes. Furthermore, it is useful to have an ability to navigate and read the land in order to avoid taking on routes which are difficult to cross when there is lots of fresh snow.
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Updated: October 19, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,328 m
Lowest point
1,409 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

Evaluate the avalanche risk: the steep slopes and channels which descend from the adjacent mountainside to the Ces-Tognola ski lift can kick off at any time, as is the case with the slopes below the containment nets on the return route. Take care of the various jumps of varying heights in the wooded area. As the forest return route is used by both cross-country and alpine skiers, take particular care and moderate your speed on descent.
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.

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

Upstream Tognola Gondola Lift (2,325 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.251452, 11.755137
DMS
46°15'05.2"N 11°45'18.5"E
UTM
32T 712364 5125676
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Destination

Station below the Tognola Gondola Lift

Turn-by-turn directions

Reach "Punta Tognola" using by first using the Tognola gondola lift, and then the "Malga Tognola - Cima Tognlola" chairlift. Alternatively, the same point can be reached by leaving from the Ces station using the Ces-Tognola transportation system. Follow the return route towards the Tognola ski station until following the narrow section, marked on the left hand side by protective netting. At the first left hand curve of the route, just after the end of the protective netting, leave the route to the left and ski over the thalweg and the following slope which leads down to a flat area. From here there is no obligatory route, descend the ample slopes and the larch forest below until reaching the forest road which leads to Malga Valcigolera (milepost 368). Follow the road, cross the bridge of the Rio Valcigolera, and after around 250m by the signpost for the summer route to Tognola (heading straight on towards the Ces ski station), leave the road and follow the route through the woods, following the Rio Valcigolera until reaching a bridge. Cross the bridge and follow the track to the left, which quickly comes out on the final section of the "Tre di Tognola" slope, then proceed to the valley station of the gondola lift.

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: http://www.sanmartino.com/EN/taxi/

 

Parking

Free parking throughout the Tognola ski stations

Coordinates

DD
46.251452, 11.755137
DMS
46°15'05.2"N 11°45'18.5"E
UTM
32T 712364 5125676
w3w 
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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.).


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
4.5 km
Duration
0:30h
Ascent
20 m
Descent
936 m
Cableway ascent/descent suitable for snowboards Forest
1600 m 1800 m
Morning
1600 m 1800 m
afternoon

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