TOP 5 gourmet huts that can be reached on snowshoes
Need to work up an appetite before your next meal? Then head to a gourment mountain hut on one of these magical snowshoe walks.
From Passo San Pellegrino to Rifugio Fuciade:
a romantic Ristorante set amidst stunning scenery
This is an easy excursion starting from Passo San Pellegrino above the Val di Fassa. Park your car for free at the pass, and then follow a gentle 4 km long trail through a landscape of snow-covered trees and meadows, backed by Dolomite cliffs. After a while, you’ll come to some rustic huts: a sign that you’re close to Rifugio Fuciade, whose inventive cuisine, rooted in Trentino tradition, has earned high praise from both restaurant critics and cookery writers. With its rustic-chic atmosphere and flickering candles, it’s a romantic choice; and you can deepen the emotional glow by returning to your car on a horse-drawn carriage.
From Passo Rolle to Capanna Cervino:
a magical walk beneath the Pale di San Martino
Set in the heart of the Unesco Dolomites and the Paneveggio Natural Park, the mountain hut can be reached by an easy, 20-minute walk, beneath the stunning crags of the Pale di San Martino. Park your car in Passo Rolle (free parking), strap on your snowshoes, and in no time at all you’ll find yourself in front of a crackling fire in this traditional wooden hut. The food is full of local flavours: be it bread and mushroom gnocchi or Porcini mushroom Tortelloni, or even a simple local cheese and speck platter. Then, when it’s time to go home, it’s back on with the snowshoes, and out – briefly – into the quiet and magical world of white.
From Sant’Antonio di Mavignola to Malga Ritorto:
a view over the Brenta Dolomites
Many of our most scenic snowshoe walks involve a fair amount of climbing. But not this one. Your starting point is on the road from Pinzolo to Madonna di Campiglio, just beyond the village of Sant’Antonio di Mavignola. When you see the sign “Fratè”, take the forest road on the left until you reach the Milegna meadows, then follow the signs for “Giro di Campiglio” until you get to a wooden hut. Here you will start seeing the signs for the Malga Ritorto. After a stretch of woodland walking, you will suddenly find yourself in a wide clearing with a stunning view: straight out onto the western wall of the Brenta Dolomites. Once inside the Malga, you can feast on fresh Alpine cheeses, scented with mountain herbs, and aromatic mushrooms.
snowshoeing, gourmet food and a sense of well-being
From the Millegrobbe Nordic Ski Centre on Alpe Cimbra, (where you can park your car), follow the signs for Malga Costalta along a snow-covered path. You wind in and out of the forest, beside the Nordic ski trails, before reaching an an Austro-Hungarian cemetery from the Great War – blanketed with snow. From here, walk downhill beneath snowy pine trees to a big white esplanade. Here lies Malga Millegrobbe. The owner Max will welcome you with a range of local beers and dishes made from venison and Vezzena cheese. He also has his own well-being centre, complete with sauna, Turkish bath and relaxation area. As well walking to Malga Millegrobbe during the day, you can also visit it at night by snowmobile.
Malga Stablasolo in the Stelvio National Park:
a walk into another world
In the heart of the Stelvio National Park, lies the Val di Rabbi, a lovely, unspoilt little valley, which feels a million miles from the modern world. This is where you’ll find Malga Stablasolo. You can leave your car at the Nordic Ski Centre at Plan, right after the Thermal Spa in Rabbi. The walk takes you through forest, and across the Rabbies stream on a wooden bridge, before a gentle climb up to Coler and the Rifugio Al Fontanin. From here there are still 3,5km to go - on soft, white snow – before you reach the Malga and its fabulous range of traditional dishes. Leave some room for dessert. The Malga is famous for its old-fashioned sweets and cakes.