Snowshoeing on Monte Stivo
Snowshoeing • Rovereto, Vallagarina, Altopiano di Brentonico
Below you lies a stretch of lake bathed on both sides by steep mountains and you couldn’t be blamed for thinking of a Norwegian fjord!
Indeed, this route offers some unique characteristics: bear in mind that the south-west slopes of Monte Stivo are something of a natural terrace overlooking Lake Garda and, from this vantage point, this body of water truly calls to mind the Scandinavian coastline.
It’s not a difficult climb and the panorama is definitely worth the effort. However, although it’s a very popular tourist destination it must not be underestimated, in the case of fog or low cloud cover orientation can become difficult.
The Marchetti mountain hut has recently been renovated and, from December 2017, i twill remain open on weekends even in winter.
Remember, snowpack stability is subject to sudden and unforeseeable changes and shifts. Always check the local avalanche bulletin (www.meteotrentino.it or any other service that suits your needs) before departure and make sure you gather all possible information concerning current conditions from the local Mountain Guides (www.mountime.it).
GPS tracks are merely indicative of the more standard routes but must not be followed blindly without first checking current slope and terrain conditions.
Beware of icy stretches which can be quite frequent along this itinerary.
For all snowshoe treks, suitable apparel is strongly recommended. Temperatures can dip quickly and so garments should be warm and also be suitable for snowy conditions (such as waterproof Gore-Tex jackets). Furthermore, every group member should pack gloves, a cap, sun glasses and sun cream.
It’s also important to bear in mind that tight-fitting or insufficiently waterproof footwear can lead to frostbite.
We also strongly recommend that all members of the group pack an avalanche rescue kit consisting of avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel (this is also available for rent).
Ski poles can also come in quite useful and are therefore recommended.
In the case of icy snow, it is recommended adding a pair of crampons to your gear.
You can reach Santa Barbara pass from the national road no. SS88 of the Val di Gresta or from road no. SS48 of Monte Velo (the latter is not recommended as it’s quite narrow and sometimes closed due to snow). From the pass, continue for about 500 metres as far as the Sant’Antonio locality.
Once you pass the horse stables, you’ll find a large car park just before you reach the “no entry” sign along the road.
For changing the range of view, push the arrows together.