Alternative weekend escapes: snowshoes, nature, mountain huts
As soon as the mountains turn white with the first snowfall, the desire to walk in snowy landscapes sets in. Many mountain huts stay open during the winter season and welcome mountaineers to warm up and relax in their cozy ambience after wonderful winter trekkings in the Natural Park of the Ampezzo Dolomites, UNESCO World Heritage site. For those who look for an alternative to alpine skiing, would like to keep away from the crowds and look for breathtaking views will enjoy these itineraries. A good mix of physical activity, unspoiled nature and a warm, welcoming atmosphere, always in the company of a professional local mountain guide. Experience the magic of snowshoeing in Cortina!
If you are not a skier or if you simply want to try out a new way to experience the mountains during the winter season, snowshoeing will win you over. Snowshoes were originally tools used by our grandparents to move on snowy terrain during the winter. Today, modern snowshoes have been modernized and readapted to enable a safe and easier winter hike. They have become lightweight and easy-to-use materials that even those who are less experienced can try out easily for a winter hike. We have a variety of easy itineraries, which follow mule tracks and easy trails, ideal for beginners.
The mountain hut
Malga Ra Stua (1.695 m)
Malga Ra Stua is a warm and cozy mountain cottage with a traditional Alpine style. It offers eight rooms with 2 to 5 beds, equipped with sheets, duvet and towels. Rooms have shared bathrooms. There is also a double room with private bathroom as alternative. Dinner is à la carte.
Day 1: The itinerary starts from road SS 51 di Alemagna, more precisely at Lago Bianco (1.512m). From there, you will follow trail n. 8 towards Ru Fiedo and the valley Val di Gotres, until arriving to the magnificent plateau of Lerosa (2.020m). You will have the opportunity to admire the rock formations of the mountain Croda Rossa and the distinctive landscape characterized by the rare beauty of age-old stone pines. From Lerosa there are two options to reach Malga Ra Stua: either following a path that rapidly descends on a trail in the woods with narrow bends or following a straighter trail a little further North.
Day 2: After a delicious breakfast, you will start your day-2 winter hike. From Malga Ra Stua you will head North until reaching Cianpo de Crosc; the ascent to arrive to Vallon Scuro and to the springs of the river Boite (1.758) is enjoyable and never too steep. You will then go back to Ra Stua along a trail on the East side, at the feet of Socroda. From Malga Ra Stua you will descent following the orographic right side of the Boite river, on the trail at the feet of Lavinores. While immersed in the broadleaf wood you will be able to admire the Boite river bed that the river has shaped, changing its course in the limestone rock, with waterfalls, cascades and pools. After reaching the clearing of Antruilles, the itinerary will end at the parking area of Sant’Uberto and from there you will arrive to Cortina by car.
- Total height difference: Ascent 610m; descent 650m
- Duration: Day 1 – approximately 4 hours ; day 2 – approximately 5 hours and 30 minutes
- Level: Easy