The Marmolada, with its 3,343 m, is the widest and highest massif in the Dolomites. It’s located in the centre of a very famous tourist resort that in winter offers kilometres upon kilometres of perfectly snowy ski slopes that become a veritable playground for winter sports.
Particularly, those who practice backcountry skiing can choose from a number of spectacular itineraries that lead to an altitude from which you can admire magnificent wide views of spires and peaks that seem to go on forever. Access to these heights is made possible by three sections of the Malga Ciapela cable car lift (1450 m): the first part passes over an impressive vertical rock wall; at the top there is the intermediate station of Coston d’Antermoja (2350 m); the second section goes to Rifugio Serauta Lodge (2950 m), which also houses the museum dedicated to the Great War. The last tract practically crosses the entire glacier until it reaches the station at Punta Rocca where a new panoramic terrace was recently opened.
The base of the Marmolada gives way to the beautiful, fascinating Val Pettorina, comprising Rocca Pietore and the picturesque village of Sottoguda, where today you can still visit original artisan carpentry workshops and the ironworks where maestros still forge wrought iron. Finally, it’s worth paying a visit to the Serrai di Sottoguda, a deep natural gorge that’s about two kilometres long, carved in the hard rock over the course of millennia by the waters of the Pettorina torrent that runs from the towns of Sottoguda and Malga Ciapela.
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