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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
Distance 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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Update: December 29, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
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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.

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

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 
///hooky.crabmeat.rock
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 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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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
4.5 km
Duration
0:30 h
Ascent
20 m
Descent
936 m
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