Monte Cornetto – Bondone

A classic, easy to follow ski mountaineering route that takes you to the panoramic Cornetto summit, one of the three peaks of Monte Bondone

Monte Cornetto – Bondone
Monte Cornetto – Bondone
Monte Cornetto – Bondone
Monte Cornetto – Bondone
Monte Cornetto – Bondone

Mountain range: Bondone
Starting point: Le Viote; Cross-country Skiing Centre (1547m)
Total distance: 8.50km
Exposure: east, west, north

How to arrive
Take the SP85 from Trento up towards Bondone. When you reach the top of the road in Vason (1631m) descend westwards towards Le Viote. Park near the cross-country skiing centre and Rifugio Tambosi (restaurant and bar), or along the road for Garniga.

Introduction
A classic, easy to follow ski mountaineering route that takes you to the panoramic Cornetto summit, one of the three peaks of Monte Bondone. The ascent to Cornetto is not particularly demanding technically, except for the last stretch up to the summit, where the incline gets quite steep; here good skiing skills involving about-turns on steep slopes are required. A certain amount of care is also needed on the middle part of the route, where the ridge narrows at the end. Take care as the slope gets steeper and the snow pack may conceal some danger of avalanches.

Locations
Le Viote (1547m); Costa dei Cavai; Monte Cornetto (2180m).

Itinerary

From the car park, cross the broad open fields where the cross-country skiing track, useful in some parts, runs south, south-westwards towards Bocca di Vaiona. Here you cross the broad Torbiera delle Viote (peat bog). Once you get to the other side of the wide plateau, climb the broad, gently sloping valley (Valle dell'Eva) which leads to Bocca di Vaiona.
Bear left (south) before arriving at Bocca di Vaiona and climb the long, clearly visible ridge which ends right at the foot of Monte Cornetto. The ridge is called Costa dei Cavai and there are different ways of ascending it depending on the tracks already made and/or snow present.
The SAT 607 path runs along the entire Costa dei Cavai ridge.
Climb the first, steeper stretch of the slope and continue southwards staying on the top of the long ridge, which becomes increasingly pointed as it approaches the summit of Monte Cornetto. The sharpest and narrowest point of the long ridge near some rocks can be reached from the flatter part.
The easiest part, both technically and from the point of view of the risk of avalanches, ends here. Pass to the right of the small rock wall - a steep, exposed stretch above a long gully that plummets down towards the Valle del Sarca (westwards). Take care and carefully assess the stability of the snow pack as avalanches often start from this point.
Cross this stretch and then climb back up the slope (southwards) from the opposite side until you arrive at the base of the rock walls on the north side of the Cornetto summit. Here you reach a sort of plateau where you can find a SAT sign indicating where the summer trails fork.
From here make a broad curve to the right, to circumvent the rocks that form the north side of the mountain. By doing this you will pass onto the west side of the Cornetto. Cover the last stretch which brings you up to the summit. This stretch is fairly steep and requires some experience of making about-turns on steeper slopes.

Notes
Do not go beyond the rocks on the ridge if the snow is not very compact, as from here up to the summit there are steeper slopes, which could give rise to avalanches.

Maps
Kompass 075 -Altopiano di Pinè- (1:35 000)

Facilities - Contacts
Bar in the Centro Fondo Viote del Bondone (cross-country skiing centre)



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