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Passo del Dito

By: Cain Olsen, Mountain Guide
Area: Eastern Alps, Group: Adamello - Presanella, Height: 2924m, Country: Italy, Region: Trentino - Alto Adige

Passo del Dito is one of the most desired off-piste itineraries in the Alps, a descent for many but nevertheless not for everyone. The +50° upper section is no wider than two meters across and this is best descended with a short abseil, nerves of steel and excellent skiing technique. The view from the road which joins Ponte di Legno to Toanle below is worrying, it seems almost vertical! The best skiers side-step down the first couple of meters (snow conditions permitting), but we nevertheless recommend you take with you all the necessary gear for an abseil.

GETTING THERE

Car
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).
Train:
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.

ACCESS

At Paso del Tonale (1883m), park the car at Telecabina Paradiso. Take the fast lift which in a mere 8 minutes leads to Passo Paradiso 2585m then the chairlift Paradiso - Presena (2729m). At the top of the chairlift ski left (west), taking care not to lose height, into the bowl beneath Passo di Casamadre. Put on skins or snowshoes and ascend SW for 200m to reach Passo del Dito (2924m).

ROUTE

From the col we recommend you abseil down the first couple of meters (bolt belay) as this is very steep and narrow. As you descend the gully widens and becomes less demanding. Exit the couloir onto the open slope and continue south to the road, heading towards a big larch tree. Two narrow gullies, less steep the the previous one, lead to the Alaska off-piste itinerary. From here continue on down to the middle station (1634m).

NOTES

Beauty:
Ski 5
Snowboard 5

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200m

DESCENT HEIGHT DIFFERENCE

1300m

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