Without a doubt the Marmolada is one of the most beautiful and fascinating places to ski in the UNESCO Natural World Heritage Dolomites, especially now that more than 40 centimetres of fresh snow has fallen on the summit.
Malga Ciapela (1450 m) is a village that is easily accessible by car, either from Canazei (Province of Trento) or from Agordo (Province of Belluno). Here, skiers are greeted by a new bar where they can have a healthy, sweet or salty breakfast, and there is convenient, free parking with direct access to the famous funicular lift that takes you to the ski slopes in just a few minutes.
At the interim station at Serauta (2950 m) you’ll find the Museum of the Great War called museo Marmolada Grande Guerra and the self-service restaurant that seats 120. It’s the perfect place for a quick, tasty lunch break. Meanwhile, at Punta Rocca (3265 m), the highest point you can reach with the funicular, you can stop to marvel at some extraordinary views of the Dolomites, strap on your skis and take off down the mountain on the legendary “La Bellunese” slope. It’s about 12 km long, very wide and full of charm. The del Padon slopes are also very popular because they are perfect for skiers of any level. There’s even a school slope that’s the ideal place for anyone who wants to try out this sport, and plenty of space suited to the needs of the entire family.
The Marmolada is also an important junction for the lifts and slopes of the Sellaronda, one of the most impressive ski tours in the entire Alpine chain. It winds around the Sella massif over 4 Dolomite passes at Campolongo, Gardena, Sella and Pordoi. The itinerary can be easily completed in a day.
As an alternative, you can also take on the ski tour of the Great War that takes you skiing between the Marmolada, Civetta, Pelmo, 5 Torri, Tofana, Lagazuoi, Conturines, Settsass, Sassongher and Sella. Along the way you’ll come across old abandoned outposts, tunnels and cable supply routes built by Italian, Austrian-Hungarian and German troops as they battled the enemy and dealt with living conditions at these high altitudes during the First World War.