This famous ski resort has some great ice climbs which enthuse not just because of their technical difficulties but also because of their beauty: all are set in fantastic thick woods beneath overhanging towering faces. The areas in which these icefalls are situated are relatively safe and not prone to avalanches.
The Val Gardena can be reached either from the north or the south via the A22 motorway by exiting at Chiusa. Alternatively, follow the highway north from Bolzano and turn off at Ponte Gardena.
Nicola Tondini looking for a way out. Photo by Alberico Mangano