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Monte Rinalpi

By: Eraldo Meraldi, Mountain Guide
Area: Rhaetian Alps, Group: Ortles Cevedale, Height: 3012m, Country: Italy, Region: Lombardy

The ski mountaineering trip to Monte Rinalpi or, better still, Vallone di Rinalpi is certainly one of those outings that deserve putting in that little bit extra; the altitude gain and its overall length will almost definitely be rewarded with a great ski in a unique location far from the crowds. As you skin up through Val Lia, where squirrels often jump from one tree to the next, and you reach the wide north-facing slope below Cima Piazzi, it becomes clear that this environment is varied, majestic and fascinating. In the past I've even come across a fox close to malge Borron and a curious eagle soaring high above Colle Rinalpi. Once a crow, hopping up, beat me to the summit before spreading its wings and flying slowly down into Valdisotto; its wings barely moved and it disappeared  into the blue sky, a beautiful vision that gave me a sense of absolute freedom.
 
After malga Borron the morphology of the valley changes and you are greeted by harmonious, smooth snowy slopes an our tracks that ascend these slopes must be as such.

Vallone di Rinalpi, due to its favorable orientation, is less affected by the wind so most descents are almost always down fairytale, powder snow, fairytale, that you'll remember for quite a while.

This area is both romantic and somewhat forgotten by the passing of time, it's rare that you meet others along this outing and this is why you should slowly savour the day, looking around for shapes and shades of white which the snows create. The unusual view from the summit, onto the "County of Bormio," is a nice postcard to send to the ones that you love, as one used to do in the past.

ROUTE

Park the car at Isolaccia and begin the ascent by following the beautiful road past the hamlet Baite di Pezzel to the church Madonna di Presedont at 1750m. Follow the signs for  malga Borron and enter the beautiful larch and pine tree forest. The imposing north face of Cima Piazzi soon springs into view. Continue on past the Borron huts and continue without loosing height to enter a vast plateau.From here head left to enter the valley which ascends through the moraine and the western slopes of Corno di San Colombano. Ascend the steep section centrally, then continue via a logical and obvious line close to Colle di Rinalpi. Ascend northwards up the final steep section, then head south once again up the final metres that lead to the summit.

MAPS/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Kompass 072 Parco Nazionale dello Stelvio 1:50 000 / 96 Bormio - Livigno 1:50.000

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From the start of winter to April

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4 - 4.30 hours depending on snow conditions and fitness

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B/S Good skiers.

ASCENT ORIENTATION

North

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1652m from Isolaccia

DEPARTURE

Isolaccia

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