Castelir is the starting point of the Bellamonte 3.0 cableway which connects Bellamonte ski area with Alpe Lusia. As soon as you leave the slopes you are immersed in a quiet environment. The itinerary takes place in a sparse forest of fir and larch trees. In the final part the vegetation gives way to the wonderful views of the Pale di San Martino and the Lagorai chain. The itinerary is also generally used by hikers with snowshoes.
The wooden huts of Canvere with the Pale di San Martino in the background are a panorama that deserves more than a photo.
Remember, snowpack stability is subject to sudden and unforeseeable changes and shifts. Always check the local avalanche bulletin (www.meteotrentino.it or any other service that suits your needs) before departure and make sure you gather all possible information concerning current conditions by calling the Mountain Guides.
GPS routes are merely indicative of the more reasonable track but must not be followed blindly without first checking current slope and terrain conditions.
THE 10 RULES FOR HIKERS
Prepare your itinerary beforehand
Choose an itinerary that suits your physical abilities
Choose suitable clothes and equipment
Check the weather forecast
Hiking by yourself is more risky; if this is the case, take a mobile phone with you
Leave information about your itinerary and your expected return time
If you are not sure about your itinerary, contact an Alpine Guide
Pay attention to signposts and directions that you find along your way
Do not hesitate in going back if you feel too tired
WAY UP Take the forest road behind the El Zirmo restaurant which, in constant ascent, connects Castelir to Malga Canvere. You move further and further away from the slopes through a wide forest with typical alpine huts. The slope is constant, but never particularly pronounced. Arriving at Malga Canvere, the forest thins out and the few pine trees embellish the view over the imposing Pale di San Martino and the Lagorai chain. The hut is not managed.
WAY DOWN From the huts, head left along the obvious snowy forest road that leads to the slopes of the Bellamonte - Alpe Lusia skiarea and descend along the slope keeping to the left.
all notes on protected areas
Public transport friendly
Ski bus service from Predazzo to the Castelir ski area (Bellamonte).
From Predazzo drive towards Passo Rolle. Once passed the village of Bellamonte, turn left and follow the directions to skiarea "Bellamonte - Alpe Lusia" (Castelir).
Many parking lots at the lift departure.
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Book recommendation by the author
Ski Touring Excursions - Fiemme, Dolomiti di Fassa e Primiero - Marco Bozzetta Editore
Book for sale in the bookshop Deflorian in Tesero
Author’s map recommendations
Tabacco – Val di Fiemme, Lagorai, Latemar N° 14
Kompass – Val di Fiemme, Catena del Lagorai N° 618
For all ski-mountaineering activities, the proper apparel is strongly recommended. Skiers must bear in mind that temperatures can dip quickly and garments should also be suitable for snowy conditions (such as waterproof Gore-Tex jackets). Furthermore, gloves, cap, sun glasses and sun cream should also form part of every off-piste skier’s basic gear.
It’s COMPULSORY to carry with you an avalanche rescue kit consisting of avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel (this is also available for rent). In the case of hard snow cover or ice, ski crampons are recommended.
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