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The Great War Ski Tour

Skiing amidst the nature and history of the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

It is a spectacular route, suitable for everyone, winding around the foot of the most famous Dolomite peaks. Pistes and lifts create a ring touching the Giau Pass, the Falzarego Pass, the Badia Valley, Arabba and Alleghe, completely skirting the symbolic mountain of WW1, the Col di Lana.

You can do the entire Tour in one day. No other place is so rich in history as the area between the Lagazuoi and 5 Torri mountains and the Falzarego Pass, where the largest open-air museum of the First World War in the Dolomites extends, which can be visited in summer.

 You can ski the Tour in a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction.

PLEASE NOTE: sometimes, the Great War Tour is closed due to wind or technical reasons or opens only in a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction. To find out whether the Giro is open, click here.


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The Great War Ski Tour clockwise from Falzarego to 5 Torri

If you follow the Tour in a clockwise direction, from the Falzarego Pass you can reach the slopes of the 5 Torri on skis.

From here, you can first take the 4-seater chair lift to the Scoiattoli Refuge and then the 2-seater to the saddle Forcella Nuvolau.

Then you ski down the "Fedare" slope to the homonymous refuge, where a shuttle service provides the connection to Pescul and the Civetta area, thus allowing the continuation of the Tour.

Skibus timetables for the Great War Ski Tour and buses >>>

The Great War Ski Tour starting from the Badia Valley

You can start from the Upper Badia with a paying taxi bus leaving from Hotel Armentarola and stopping at the Falzarego Pass. Once at the pass, you can either take the Col Gallina and 5 Torri lifts or the cable car to the top of Mount Lagazuoi. On Mount Lagazuoi you can visit on skis the Austrian machine gun post and see, just below, the guard emplacement with the officers’ warehouses and dormitories. From up there, you descend along the Lagazuoi piste to reach the lifts at Col Gallina and then the 5 Torri chair lift, thus continuing the Tour in the direction of the Giau Pass.


Furthermore, there is a CORTINA EXPRESS bus operating on the stretch Colfosco - Corvara - La Villa - San Cassiano - Falzarego Pass and return, booking required.


The Great War Ski Tour counter-clockwise starting from the Civetta

In a counter-clockwise direction, the 5 Torri ski area can be reached with shuttle buses (on payment) departing from Pescul in the Civetta ski area (see the timetable above). With the Fedare chairlift, you reach the Averau saddle, descend the Fedare piste, turn right to the Croda Negra chairlift that runs to the small fork where the descent of the Croda Negra slope begins.
It is a beautiful, panoramic piste that leads first to Col Gallina and then to the Falzarego Pass, where you take the Lagazuoi cable car.

On Mount Lagazuoi you can visit on skis the Austrian machine gun post and see, just below, the guard emplacement with the officers’ warehouses and dormitories. Then turn left onto the Armentarola piste and descend between the rock faces of the Fanes group and the Conturines mountain and past centuries-old stone pines and spectacular icefalls to the Badia Valley. At the bottom, a horse-drawn tow takes the skiers to the slopes of the Badia Valley, where they proceed to Arabba, Padon and the Marmolada. 

Between ice falls, horse-carriages and breathtaking views



To complete the Tour in a relaxed way it is recommended to start early in the morning, as soon as the lifts start operating.

Distances including one hour for lunch:

Length of the route: 78-100 km
on skis: 25-41 km
with lift facilities: 17-23 km
by ski bus: 36 km
required time: 6.30-7.30 hrs.

Length of the route: 84,5-99 km
on skis: 34,5-43 km
with lift facilities: 20-26 km
with the horse-drawn lift: 1,5 km
by ski bus: 28,5 km
required time:7-8 hrs.

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