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Averau Refuge

The Averau Refuge is a popular stop on the Dolomites High Route No. 1 and the centre of many hiking routes. It is located on the slopes of the 5 Torri - Giau ski area.

This refuge is easily accessible on foot, on skis or by chairlift from the Fedare refuge on the Giau pass road. It is situated on the route of the ski tours Super8 and The Great War.

The Averau Refuge is owned by the Siorpaes family and run by Sandrone and his children Margot and Matteo, hence the welcoming and relaxing atmosphere. Their pride is the excellent cuisine, which prepares tasty dishes which can be enjoyed on the panoramic terrace with a stunning view of the Civetta and Marmolada mountains.

It is an excellent starting point for a visit to the WW1 open-air museum and for hikes of various levels of difficulty, as well as for climbing tours and equipped climbing routes. Two classic Via Ferratas are the moderately difficult Averau and de Ra Gusela, both offering breathtaking views. Climbers can tackle the climbing routes of Mount Averau, the climbing walls of the 5 Torri and the new crag Averau Sud - Renato De Pol Renè.

There are many routes with different levels of difficulty for 2-wheel enthusiasts. The lifts are equipped for bike transport, the Averau refuge has a video-monitored bicycle storage with a compressor, water pipe, tools for minor repairs and a charging station for e-bikes.

Events throughout the year

The Averau Refuge is a member of the Cortina Delicious Team, a consortium that organizes all kinds of events throughout the year: high altitude concerts, parties on the panoramic terraces, exhibitions and meetings in the cultural centres of the area, historical re-enactments in the museums of WWI, sports competitions, themed dinners and photo competitions and solidarity events.

The events of the 5 Torri – Giau area are published here.
See the list of all events in the surrounding area in the Events Calendar.


Rifugio Averau
Località Forcella Nuvolau,9
32020 Colle Santa Lucia (BL)

+39 0436 - 4660 / 335 6868066



Opening dates: June - October/December - Easter - Pls always check the opening and closing dates

  • INFO

    Altitude: 2.413 m

    Access: easily reachable on foot, skis or with the Giau chairlift

    Parking area: free, unattended parking lot at the 5 Torri and Giau Fedare chairlifts

    WiFi: free wifi

    Rental: ski rental next to the 5 Torri chairlift

    Pets: pets are not admited in the rooms

    Other services: dinners with transport by jeep or snowmobile, lunches with helicopter flight, for events & weddings


    Family suite: 306,00 Euros

    Double room: 153,00 Euros

    One bed in a dormitory: 75,00 Euros