Freeridingat Passo del Tonale

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Freeridingat Passo del Tonale

Freeride skiing • Adamello-Presanella Alps
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  • Il ghiacciaio del Pisgana
    / Il ghiacciaio del Pisgana
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  • Cain Olsen in piega
    / Cain Olsen in piega
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  • Via nel canalone ancora tutto da tracciare
    / Via nel canalone ancora tutto da tracciare
    Photo: Marco Dalla Riva, VisitTrentino
  • Firn mattutino sul fuoripista del vescasa
    / Firn mattutino sul fuoripista del vescasa
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  • Il caratteristico dito roccioso che da il nome al canale
    / Il caratteristico dito roccioso che da il nome al canale
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  • La gioia di poter disegnare le prime tracce
    / La gioia di poter disegnare le prime tracce
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  • Nell'anfiteatro del Cantiere
    / Nell'anfiteatro del Cantiere
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  • Rientrando verso il passo del Tonale
    / Rientrando verso il passo del Tonale
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  • Salendo al Passo del Dito
    / Salendo al Passo del Dito
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  • Ghiacciaio del Presena visto dalla Forcella del Dito
    / Ghiacciaio del Presena visto dalla Forcella del Dito
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  • Freeriders
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  • curve in uscita dal Canale del Dito
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For off-piste skiing enthusiasts, the Passo del Tonale-Presena Glacier ski area has deservedly become one of the most sought-after destinations in the entire Alps!

medium
7.7 km
1:15 h
48 m
1150 m

The ski area of the Passo del Tonale is definitely one of the best destinations for off-piste skiing in western Trentino thanks to a series of favourable characteristics such as elevation (ranging between 1,900 and 3,000 metres a.s.l.), exposure (mainly northerly) and the cut of the land itself which offers a range of valleys and ravines with varying slopes and difficulty levels.

Off-piste descents such as “Il Cantiere” (the Building Site) or the “Canale del Diavolo” (The Devil’s Channel), to name but a few, attract free-ride aficionados from across Europe.

A typical day’s skiing would usually start off with a warm-up descent along the Vescasa off-piste route which can be reached with the Alpino chairlift (southern exposure). This would be followed by a second descent down the narrow valley of the “Il Cantiere” which can be reached with the ski-lift facilities of the Presena glacier and the day would be topped off with a final, and steeper, descent down the “Canale del Diavolo” gully which can also be reached from the facilies of the Presena glacier after a 10 minute uphill hike (a climb of about 80 metres).

Author’s recommendation

“Freeride in Lombardia” byP.MarazziandG.Bordoni, ed.Versante Sud 2010. Map“Adamello-Presanella”by 4Land, scale1:25.000, table no.138.

outdooractive.com User
Author
Ale Beber
Updated: 2018-11-14

Difficulty
medium
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Altitude
2984 m
1839 m
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Safety information

Remember, snowpack stability is subject to sudden and unforeseeable changes and shifts. Always check the local avalanche bulletin (www.meteotrentino.it) before departure and make sure you gather all possible information concerning current conditions at the Mountain Guides’ office. https://www.guidealpinevaldisole.it

Also remember that off-piste skiing within recognised ski areas is regulated and subject to limitations: find out about any areas that may be off-limits or inaccessible.

GPS routes are merely indicative of the more reasonable track but must not be followed blindly without first checking current slope and terrain conditions.

Equipment

For all off-piste skiing activities, the proper apparel is strongly recommended. Skiers must bear in mind that temperatures can dip quickly and garments should also be suitable for snowy conditions (such as waterproof Gore-Tex jackets). Furthermore, gloves, cap, sun glasses and sun cream should also form part of every off-piste skier’s basic gear.

It’s also important to bear in mind that tight fitting or insufficiently waterproof ski boots can cause frostbite.

It’s also COMPULSARY to carry with you an avalanche rescue kit consisting of avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel (this is also available for rent).

A suitable helmet and other safety equipment are also strongly recommended (avalanche airbags etc.).

Tips, hints and links

Ski Area

https://www.valdisole.net/it/Adamello-Ski-Pontedilegno-Tonale/

Local mountain guides:

https://www.guidealpineadamello.it

Start

From the car park of the Paradiso cable car station in Passo del Tonale (2,984 m a.s.l.) (2984 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.220079 N 10.585050 E
UTM
32T 622246 5119721

Destination

Back at the car park of the Paradiso cable car station in Passo del Tonale

Turn-by-turn directions

There are plenty of beautiful and recommended routes but here we’ve decided to go for what is probably the most classic of the descents: the legendary “Il Cantiere”.

Access to this route is extremely simple as it lies just a few dozen metres from the upper station of the Presena cableway.

The first stretch is probably the steepest (30°) and requires some extra attention but from then on just follow the contours of the snow and the gentler slopes while avoiding the steep walls of the narrow valley.

At the bottom of the slope you’ll have to cross about 300 metres of level terrain, maybe helping yourself along with your ski poles every now and again, to reach the return track (an old military road) which will take you as far as the tunnel (he you must remove your skis as ice tends to form inside) which leads back to Passo del Tonale.

Public transport

Public transport is available

http://www.pontedilegnotonale.com/IT/Ski_Bus/

Getting there

Follow the entire Val di Sole as far as Passo del Tonale and then leave your car in the large carpark  on your left from where the ski-lift facilities for the Presena glacier depart.

Parking

Plenty of parking available.

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Difficulty
medium
Distance
7.7 km
Duration
1:15 h
Ascent
48 m
Descent
1150 m
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