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Hundreds of miles of sun-kissed slopes await you in the very north of Italy, between the Ötztal Alps, Passo Resia, and Ortles in the region of South Tyrol. During this 5-day ski camp, combine the best of the two worlds—the amenities of ski resorts and the thrill of the backcountry. Minimize the effort and maximize the fun by using ski lifts of three different resorts—only to continue skinning to find the best snow and slopes with 3,000-m altitude drops! Once the day is over, unwind in a heated swimming pool before savoring the northern Italian delicacies and fine wines. Join your UIAGM mountain guide and turn your skiing holiday into a bona fide adventure.
On Ortler, 1,640 ft ascents grant a 9,800 ft descents
Combine ski touring with the convenience of ski resorts
Relish the cuisine and wines at the crossroads of three countries
Found at the crossroads of Switzerland, Italy, and Austria, the region of South Tyrol in the eastern Alps provides top-notch ski areas—especially around the lofty peak of Ortler. To best experience all the area has to offer, you will freetour using ski lifts and continue ski touring in search of the best powder stashes and slopes with insane altitude drops!
On Day 1 you will reach your accommodation in Prato allo Stelvio by the afternoon. Settle in your accommodation and meet your guide and fellow skiers before dinner. You will go over the details of the adventure which awaits you and do a gear check.
Start your days with hearty breakfasts in your hotel and get ready for ski touring! The primary objective will always be to search for lines of higher quality and with the best snow. This will be done by utilizing ski lifts in three different resorts—Resia, Solda, and Senales. The positive altitude difference will be about 500 m (1,640 ft), which means that you will continue skinning to gain the additional 500 meters in altitudes after utilizing the ski lifts. Needless to say, descents will dwarf the ascents, with altitude differences between 2000 and 3000 m (6,560-9,840 ft). Later in the day, enjoy top-quality regional dishes and wine, hang out with fellow skiers, or simply go for a swim in your hotel’s heated pool.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Ascent: max. 500 m (1,640 ft)
As always, all good things come to an end. Take a last chance to celebrate your achievements with your guide and fellow skiers, say goodbye to Italy or continue touring on your own.
Alessio has been passionate about mountains and sports since he was a child. He brings years of knowledge from rock climbing, mountaineering, and skiing to wherever he works. In addition to being an expert in his field, he enjoys meeting new people and introducing them to the local culture!
What you get on this adventure:
What’s not included:
To enjoy this freetouring adventure, you need to be in very good physical shape and ready for a challenge. All participants should feel comfortable on challenging blue or black-level resort runs and be able to skin to gain up to 500 m of altitude difference. You need to be able to ski for 3 full days to manage controlled descents in variable conditions. Keep in mind that you will get plenty of breaks and that your guide can always adjust the pace if there ever occurs a need for that. What is more, your guide will oversee your technique and potentially teach you how to better manage the terrain and become more confident off-piste!
To participate in this tour, you need to have previous backcountry/slackcountry skiing experience. Starting in a ski resort, each day your group will use ski lifts and subsequently skin to gain up to 500 additional meters in altitude. Keep in mind that the descent altitude differences will be much higher: 2,000-3,000 meters. Your guide will take care of the planning, oversee your technique, and teach you how to better manage the terrain. They also have the experience and avalanche training necessary to keep you safe. If you’ve never backcountry/slackcountry skied before, we suggest joining this beginner-friendly backcountry skiing/avalanche education tour.
For technical backcountry ski touring gear, you will need to bring:
For personal items, we recommend bringing:
Mandatory gear can be rented from the guide if you don’t have your own. You can rent:
The equipment rented from your guide will be given to you upon your arrival.
Avalanche safety pack, including backpack, beacon, shovel and probe can’t be rented anywhere near Ortler. If you need to rent this gear, let us know and we can help make arrangements.
Group sizes and prices:
If you already have a group of people to share your vacation with you can book this trip privately. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
If your group has skiers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
A 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid thirty (30) days months prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies.
To get to Prato allo Stelvio, most people fly into Verona Villafranca Airport, which is just under 3 hours away. From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service. Other options include flying to Venice, 4 hours away, or Milan, 5 hours away.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, you will meet your guide at your accommodation. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in South Tyrol, please refer to Italy’s Ministry of Health Website and Italian National Tourist Board Website..
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!