If the initial stretch of forest road (about 3 kilometres) appears to be a bit boring, the wide sunny slopes that you encounter when you get to Baita Pozze (altitude 2100m) are really ideal terrain for ski-mountaineering, offering you the opportunity to get to various peaks. The highest of these is Cima Vegaia, which lends its name to the entire Vegaia-Tremenesca subgroup of mountains.
"Scialpinismo nel Trentino" by U. Kossler, published by Tappeiner 2010.
Best time of year
Watch out for eventual snowdrifts at the sides of the ridge that leads to the forepeak.
The usual ski-mountaineering equipment
Tips, hints and links
Since the slopes are fully exposed to the south, you should carefully choose the period and departure times. It is ideal when there is firm spring snow (firn).
Village of Ortisè (1536 m)
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Follow the road to Malga Stabli (alpine dairy), which goes up through the meadows above the village as far as the first hairpin bend. From here, a forest road branches off to the left and covers about 3.5 km (turn right at the fork in the road after about 1 km) as far as Baita Pozze at an altitude of 2100m. From here, continue along a flat stretch of the road as far as a signpost, and then head north-westwards, starting to climb up the obvious ridge that leads to the forepeak. Once you are on the ridge (altitude 2813m), you only have to cross it (northwards) along a short stretch to the real peak. It is often a good idea to do the last few steep metres on foot over rocks as far as the cross.
Go up the Val di Sole, after the village of Mezzana, where you will see a fork in the road on the right to the villages of Ortisè and Menas. When you get to Ortisè, go to the upper part of the village, as far as a hairpin bend, beyond which the road is usually not cleared of snow (altitude 1525m).