The Ortler tour might be the perfect blend of incredible skiing and comfortable first class Italian hut service.
Unlike a lot of European Hut tours the Ortler is a circuit tour starting and finishing at the Forni hut just above Santa Caterina Valfurva. We will spend 6 days travelling through stunning glaciated terrain, skiing peaks and glaciers and eating delicious food. During the 6 days we will be staying at only 3 huts. This gives us the opportunity to enjoy day tours to ski peaks with nice light day packs or if you are feeling a little tired have a rest day.
The Italian huts have a well deserved reputation for good food, tasty desserts and fine Italian coffee. The huts have smaller sized rooms, comforters and hot showers also. Included in the cost of this trip is dinner bed and breakfast at these huts.
Another huge advantage of this tour is the lack of traversing, that’s right split boarder’s, this is a great tour for you. On this tour we are either going up or going down with very little time going across.
During World War 1 this area of the mountains was a hotbed of conflict between the Italians and the Austrians. Many of the huts we stay at were built during this conflict and there are many relics still on the mountainside to remind us of the fighting that took place here.
Come join us for Cappucino and Powder this spring.
Participants on the Ortler tour should be advanced intermediate (minimum a SOLID blue run skier in varied conditions) or stronger skiers or riders, have a high level of cardio vascular fitness. Participants should have toured in the backcountry with a minimum of 10 days in varied conditions.
The days are not super long, potentially as short as 4-6 hours, making this a good tour for a first European hut trip. These days can be longer for those looking for more skiing.
An Introduction to Ski-Mountaineering (or Introduction to Mountaineering) with CMS (or other climbing school) will ease the learning curve of ski-mountaineering. Completing an AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course is also strongly encouraged.
If you are unsure if you meet the prerequisites you can book a trip with a CMS guide to help work on your skiing for the trip.
Trip Participants should have a solid background of being an advanced blue or above resort skier, with at least a minimum of 10-days of backcountry ski touring experience. The Haute Route has some days that are more committing then others, and the unforgiving high mountain glaciated terrain, does not make retreat or ‘bail out options’ easy on all the days, so therefore participants need to come properly prepared in regards to physical fitness, mental stamina, and technical skiing and touring ability.
*** For those that are interested and enthusiastic, and or are wondering if they meet the requirements to join, CMS can offer guided backcountry ski days here in Colorado (or elsewhere) to help assess current skill levels and to also help people develop the skills they need to enjoy a successful experience on this tour. ***
This tour will start at the Forni Hut above Santa Caterina di Valfurva
The two most convenient airports to fly into are Milan or Innsbruck. From the airports to Santa Caterina there are a couple of options.
- Rent a car and drive to Santa Caterina. This is definitely the easiest option and fairly economical if there are a few people renting together.
- There are a few public transport options both train and shuttle bus and we can direct you to some resources to help plan that leg of the trip. This is cheaper but is less direct timewise.
· 50% deposit due with an accepted application
· Balance due 90 days before Day 1 of trip
Expedition Cancellation Policy:
· A non-refundable $100 application fee will not be refunded from your initial deposit.
· 100% (minus application fee) will be refunded 120 days prior to trip start.
· 50% (minus application fee) will be refunded 91 to 119 days before trip start.
· 25% (minus application fee) will be refunded 46 to 90 days before trip start.
· 0% will be refunded 0 to 45 days before trip start.