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.
Santa Caterina Valfurva Start Itinerary
Day 0: Meet at hotel in Santa Caterina Valfurva/Forni hut for evening meal, meeting and kit check. If clients
intend to share a rental car then we will stay this night in the Forni hut which you can drive to and be in the
perfect position to head out the following morning.
Overnight will be in the hotel/Forni hut included.
Day 1: We will travel up to the Forni Hut (or just depart) where we will start our tour and head up to the Pizzini
hut. We will spend the day working on avalanche and rescue skills and doing a short tour.
Overnight will be in the Pizzini hut.
Day 2: We will ski one of the many options from the Pizzini hut. These could include an ascent of the South
Facing Gran Zebru or harvesting some cold North Facing turns over the pass on the Vedretta Castelli Glacier
or over the Col Pale Rosse. Overnight in the Pizzini hut.
Day 3: Today we will leave the Pizzini hut and head to the Marteller hut (maybe the nicest hut on the tour).
Options for this day include an ascent of Monte Cevedale and long 1100m descent to the hut. If weather is
poor we have the option of leaving the hut and heading up to the Casati hut with optional expresso stop before
skiing past the Tre Cannoni down to the hut, a tour steeped in world war 1 history. If feeling good there is the
option of afternoon tours from the hut. Overnight in the Marteller hut.
Day 4: With only one night in the Marteller we will leave and make our way to our final hut the Branca. Again
there are various routes that could be taken and we will pick the most appropriate. Most likely we would finish
with a long south facing run down the Val Di Rosole to the hut. Overnight at Branca Hut.
Day 5: We will spend the day skiing one of the many amazing peaks around the Branca hut with nice light day
packs. Some options include Palon De La Mare, Pizzo Tresero, San Matteo. Overnight at Branca Hut.
Day 6: Our final day of touring will start with skiing one of the other peaks around the valley that we eyed up
from the previous day. Then we will head the short way back out to the Forni hut and a nice lunch before
heading back down in the taxi to pick up our belongings and say our farewells. No accommodation included this night.
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.