Off piste skiing Ponte di Legno - Tonale, Italy
The Adamello Ski resort is one of the most famous ski resorts in Italy for off-piste skiing. Local Mountain Guide Cain Olsen introduces the classic descents.
The ski resort Adamello Ski is famous for being one of the best off-piste areas in Italy and in 2007 the network of pistes at Ponte di Legno (1257m) and Passo del Tonale (1883m) were joined together thanks to a new cable car.
As a result the freeriding opportunities is this sunny resort which borders the regions of Lombardy and Trentino Alto Adige have been significantly increased. Where before you had to return on foot or by hitchhiking, now you can make of use the efficient network of lifts and ski all day without having to worry about how to get home.
Another positive aspect of the Adamello ski resort is that even when there is little snow, the majority of the off-piste itineraries remain in condition thanks to the fact that they face north.
There is certainly something for everyone here with a fine selection of itineraries of all difficulties including those suitable for beginners. The minimum pre-requisites are being able to master red pistes, as well as having a good dose of enthusiasm. After the first couple of turns in powder snow, you'll discover that things aren't as difficult as they first seem.
The itineraries described here are the classic, most famous routes. If you want to push further still and ascend upwards with either skins or snowshoes, then you'll be greeted by another dozen or snow fantastic freeride trips. But more of that next time...
The routes described provide a general idea of the offpiste itinerary. It is worth bearing in mind that freeriding is a sport which is exposed to the mountain risks. It is for this reason that before embarking on this itineraries you must have all the right equipment, be good skiers and have all equipment for a self-resuce. Skiers must also have an excellent knowledge of the following:
- type of off-piste terrain
- possible dangers (avalanches, crevasses, icy slopes, sheer drops)
- avalanche bulletin
- other information specific for these itineraries.
The local Mountain Guides operate on this terrain and will be pleased to accompany you on these freeride itineraries or teach you how to ski offpiste, the basics of ski mountaineering and self rescue after an avalanche (use of rescue beacon, shovel and probe).
From Trento - motorway A22 (Brennero/Modena) north towards the Brennero, exit at S.Michele all'Adige; continue along the SS43 towards Passo Tonale to the bridge at Mostizzolo (4 km after Cles), then turn onto the SS42 and continue to Passo Tonale (motorway - Passo Tonale 90km).
From Milan - motorway A4 (Milano/Venezia) east towards Venezia, exit at Ospitaletto; continue along the SP19 towards Valle Camonica, at Rodengo Saiano take the SP510 and continue to Piancamuno. From here take the SS42 towards Passo Tonale (Milano - Pontedilegno 180km).
From Trento - take the train to Malè (Ferrovie Trento Malè), then continue by bus to Passo Tonale.
From Milano - take the train to Brescia (Ferrovie dello Stato), change here for Edolo (Ferrovie Nord di Milano). At Edolo continue by bus to Passo del Tonale.
As with all off-piste itineraries, rescue beacon, shovel and probe.
Adamello Mountain Guides