We were based in the Val di Fassa region and did many easily accessible tours up to huts and high-points.

Covered about 150k in the week with approx 4500m of ascent on foot. Some long days.

Once away from the popular valley routes there is a feeling of remoteness in some of the high country that belies the close proximity of some ski areas and high road passes.

Many of the rifugi are closed at this time of year but some do provide winter rooms for those prepared to face the chill to enjoy the solitude.

The Val San Nicolo from Pozza and Val Gardecchia from Pera offer superb snowshoe trips with easy access that then lead to huts and high passes if you want to push on that bit further than the last hut/restaurant.

The Val Duron from Campitello is another easy-accessible valley which is much more open and again leads to a high pass.

The small Baita at half-way is a great stop for a drink but don't expect a choice of food – goulash and polenta was the one and only offering on our stop. Not great if you're a veggie.

There is a great mix of huge rock walls and towers and stunning mountain ranges to feast your eyes on in this part of the Dolomites.

Snowshoes can easily be rented in the many ski hire stores and are very reasonable. Lightweight ski-touring gear is also available and this opens up a multitude of tours and possibilities.

The weather is generally good in winter and when it's not, well there's always the wine and pasta!

Posted by: Mike H Tagged as: Skiing,Mountaineering,Travel,We Are Experts