It’s all turned white here in the Dolomites! The latest snowfall has not only topped up the pistes but covered the mountainsides with fresh, sparkling snow. We’re looking the part!
Skiers and winter walkers alike have been out enjoying the great conditions this week, and it’s been smiles all round at office hour. I put aside my skis for a day and joined one of our organised snowshoe walks to see what all the fuss was about off the beaten track.
Fresh powder snow and great conditions in the Dolomites
I wasn’t disappointed. The Edelweiss Terrace walk I a popular location in both summer and winter. Starting at the top if the Gardena pass (easily accessed by either bus in summer or the bubble lift in winter), the walk undulates its way down the left hand side of the valley. Views of the pistes accompany you down the full length of the pass and Corvara sits just ahead throughout, backed by the Pralongiá plateau and some of the Dolomites’ most famous peaks (The Fanes, Tofana de Roses, Setsass ect). One can also spot some of the local Via Ferrata (Cia Spitz is up on the left as you start and Tridentina’s famous bridge is visible to the right, in the Sella cliffs).
In the summer the Edelweiss walk is a popular spot for flower enthusiasts too. Wild lilies, orchids and gentians are amongst the many varieties than can be found. In the winter snowshoe hare tracks are dotted about in the snow and Mountains Chuffs circle ahead.
The real charm of a snowshoe is getting away from it all. Sometimes it’s good to leave behind the hustle and bustle of the pistes and lift queue and appreciate how peaceful the mountains can be. When there’s been fresh snow, making your own tracks through the untouched powder is a satisfying way to spend the day.
The walk itself isn’t too taxing with a fair mixture of ups and downs. Eventually we re-joined the pistes above Colfosco and stopped at the Edelweiss Refugio for a bite to eat before dropping down into the village itself to end the walk. From here some of our walkers jumped on the bus and others chose the short walk on into Corvara. All arrived back safe and sound for a well-deserved cup of tea and a slice of cake.
Collett's Mountain Holidays offer organised snowshoeing walks during the winter based in in Badia and Corvara.
Thanks to Beth for the words and excellent photos!