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Freeride skiing recommended route

Pale plateau and descent down the Val di Roda

Freeride skiing · Pala Group
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Stupendous route in a spectacular setting which alternates between various scenarios of the Dolomites: moonwalking on the plateau, magnificent in the Pradidali high valley, and almost hidden in the Roda Valley.
Distance 9.1 km
4:00 h
507 m
1,629 m
2,813 m
1,497 m
The descent, a pearl for real enthusiasts, should be made at the right moment; in order to find good snow on the entire descent demands intuition, knowledge of the environment and of snow The ring is surely the most suggestive of the group, even in relation to the altitude difference when ascending, and the long ski back down to San Martino di Castrozza.

Author’s recommendation

The circuit is a jewel in the skiing crown of the Dolomites; it should be undertaken at the right moment to find firn in the Pradidali valley and stable powder in the Roda Valley. There are two anchor points for abseiling, the higher of the two has been placed for when the snow is difficult to reach safely with a 20m drop.
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Update: December 29, 2020
Highest point
2,813 m
Lowest point
1,497 m
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Safety information

Avoid the Pradidali Alto pass after northerly winds, as snow can accumulate on the steep slopes below. Equally to be avoided is the high passage below the Pradidali Tower in ascent towards the refuge hut, if there are build-ups in the same conditions. Take care on the North West slopes after leaving the main Roda valley before entering the woods, as there are always avalanches as soon as the temperature starts to rise! The lower part of the Roda Valley can at times ice over, take care not to slip in such cases as there are high jumps!

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.

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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San Martino di Castrozza – upstream Rosetta Lift (2,619 m)
46.264655, 11.833178
46°15'52.8"N 11°49'59.4"E
32T 718327 5127355


San Martino di Castrozza – Prati Col

Turn-by-turn directions

On exiting the Rosetta chairlift, head for the holes below the refuge hut. Once there, put leathers on and head up the hillside slopes which lead to the Pale di San Martino plateau itself (N46° 15.965' E11° 51.037'). From here, taking a wide loop along the hillside under the Cima di Roda and Cima Scarpe slopes, you reach the vicinity of the Pradidali Alto pass (N46° 15.555' E11° 51.084'). Descend the steep slope leading to the fork below, from where you cross over to the right under the vertical walls of the Pala di San Martino, Cima Immink and Cima Pradidali, reaching the Pradidali lake area, without descending too far into the valley in order to not lose too much altitude. Now re-ascend towards the Pradidali Refuge (2278m) and then, in a westerly direction, towards the slopes below the Pradidali clock tower, which leads in around 30 minutes to the Ball pass ((N46° 14.803' E11° 50.830'). From the other side of the fork, a small corner of paradise opens up: thick, high-quality snow in a carved-out valley exposed to the north which leads around to the Felicita tower, without being excessively steep - the first and lowest of the vertical clock towers in the Roda valley which overshadow the left side; on the right you will find the Cima Immink and the imposing west face of the Pala di San Martino. Going around the tower, sometimes a rope is needed to pass over a brief rock jump, which however in normal snow conditions is covered over. The channel which follows however is often narrow and good technique is required in order to ski and have fun. Exit left as soon as the slopes allow, in order to move over to the parallel channel, as soon as the main channel is blocked by a rock jump. Overcome a brief steep section, which at times is poorly covered by snow, and ski towards the fun of the slopes below in the woods until you reach the bed of the torrent which gives the valley its name. Cross it and pass over the typical erratic masses which lead to the forest road. From here, in order to return to the Colverde Gondola lift car park, follow the forest route north, initially as a gentle incline, followed by a descent.

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Free parking throughout the Colverde - Rosetta ski stations


46.264655, 11.833178
46°15'52.8"N 11°49'59.4"E
32T 718327 5127355
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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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4:00 h
507 m
1,629 m
Highest point
2,813 m
Lowest point
1,497 m
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