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Off piste skiing Ponte di Legno - Tonale, Italy

01.03.2010 by Cain Olsen

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...


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