Ski tour to Mt Lavinarossa

The 2,748 m high Mt Lavinarossa is a classic ski mountaineering destination in the rear Val Casies, at the border to East Tyrol.

We start our ski tour in the Val Casies, at the parking space near the toboggan run in Santa Maddalena (approx. 1,500 m a.s.l., turn right at the roundabout, than left and than again right into the snow-covered road way). We follow the forest road along the toboggan run, pass the start hut and continue until we reach a small bridge, which we cross. We turn left and hike along the stream up to the Köfler moutain hut (1,806 m a.s.l.).

Near the small mountain hut we leave the forest road (before the bridge) and hike upwards through a forest aisle. The ascent gets continuously steeper and more difficult. Arrived at the idyllic Malga dei Prati mountain hut, we have passed the forest and continue our tour in a beautiful white winter landscape surrounded by impressive high peaks. From the Malga dei Prati mountain hut we continue our tour towards northeast. From the so-called "Stieresboden" area we hike in a relatively gentle country. Under the Heimwald Jöchl, the mountain pass between Mt Monte del Bosco and Mt Lavinarossa (2,748 m a.s.l.), the ascent gets steeper.

Arrived at the pass, we turn right and hike along the ridge to the peak of Mt Lavinarossa. What a wonderful view of the Dolomites and the East Tyrolean mountain chains! We descend on wonderful powder snow, keeping to the right, until we reach a forest road at the tree line near the Malga dei Prati mountain hut, which we follow back to the parking space.

Please note: this is a ski tour of moderate difficulty without any big technical challenges safe for the steeper section through the forest aisle, which can also be avoided by descending on the forest road. The panorama is very beautiful!

Author: BS

Important: if you want to do this ski tour, please take information about the current weather and snow conditions and the avalanche risk on site. It is essential to carefully plan your tour and use detailed maps as well as the right technical equipment (avalanche transceiver, probe, shovel)!

Starting point: Santa Maddalena (Val Casies), parking space at the bottom of the toboggan run
Route: toboggan run - Köfler mountain hut - Malga dei Prati mountain hut - "Stieresboden" area - Heimwald Jöchl pass - Mt Lavinarossa
Walking time: approx. 3 hours
Altitude difference: 1,250 m
Altitude level: between 1,500 and 2,748 m a.s.l.
Orientation of the slope: south, southwest
Experienced in: December 2009

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