Ski area Marmolada
Marmolada, with its 3,342 meters of height and called the Queen of the Dolomites, is one of the most scenic ski resorts in the Dolomites. Its long slopes, snow-covered from November to May, are perfect for downhill and cross-country skiing, but also for off-piste and ski mountaineering.
Many are the skiing disciplines you can practice on the ski resort of the Marmolada: downhill, cross-country, ski mountaineering, snowboarding, telemark skiing, ski carving and off-piste.
Here you find also one of the most exciting and panoramic slopes of the world, a joy for all downhill skiers: it’s La Bellunese, 12 km with a breathtaking vertical drop. The ski run starts on the glacier, at an altitude of 3,300 meters, and winds down to an altitude of 1500, where you almost always find a perfect snow. To reach the beginning of the slope you have to take the famous cableway of Malga Ciapela, divided in three sections, allowing you to reach Punta Rocca in 12 minutes.
If you love cross-country skiing or simply want to enjoy nature and the silent winter landscape, the small resort of Malga Ciapela has several loop trails of different lengths that cater to all ability levels. If on the other side you want to explore this territory in an original way, still with your skis on, you can choose among three ski tours: Marmolada, Sellaronda, and First World War.
Marmolada isn’t just for skiers, this ski resort features in fact a number of tourist attractions that will appeal also to other type of vacationers. If you love history, don’t miss a visit to the Museum of the Great War of Serauta, with finds of the First World War discovered under the ice of the glacier. Nearby you can visit also the old trenches. The ride on the cableway is an experience by itself, and once you get to Punta Rocca you can visit the Grotto of the Virgin Mary, containing a statue consecrated by Pope John Paul II, and the new panoramic terrace, the highest in the Dolomites. If you feel more like staying on the valley floor, there are several routes you can follow on foot or with the snowshoes in the Val Pettorina valley. And then there are the ice walls of the canyon Serrai di Sottoguda, perfect for ice climbers, but also for a romantic walk.