Berggasthof Pederü (1548m)- Picodelsee (1850m) – Forcella Ciamin (2395m) – Picodelsee (1850m) – Lavarellahütte (2042m)

The weather this year is somewhat strange. First there are winds blowing form the south in December and January giving South Tirol and Kärnten more snow than anyone can ever remember. Then, in feburary, the wind changes direction, leading to a prevailing nordsztau at the alp hauptkamm, giving bad weather in munich, a lot of snow in arlberg and extremely dangerous touring conditions. The only solution at the moment is to go south, where the sun is shining and the conditions are safe!

So me, Micha and Tapio declare monday and tuesday out of office and head down to the Dolomites for three days of sunny frühjahrstouren in südtirol. A fter a quick scan of guidebooks, maps, travel reports, and weather- and avalanche forcasts, the area around Faneshütte and Lavarellahütte (they are only some 600m apart — horisontally, not vertically) seems to offer nearly perfect touring conditions. As it turned out this was also the case!

Me and Tapio meet up at the Munich central station and hop on the 06:30 train to murnau. As this is the first train leaving munich in direction GaPa of a sunday morning, most of our co passangers are recovering from a great night on the town. In Murnau micha picks us up and we drive the three hours to Pederü. In pederü we have luck and manages to get a parking space in what could possibly be the largest ski touring parking lot in the world. I am happy that we have all ready booked beds in the Lavarellahütte. Well it is sunday and most of the people will leave in the afternoon, bokking weren’t necessary…

As we start the 500m (this time vertical) ascend to Lavarella we still don’t know whether we will do some proper ski touring today or just transport ourselves and our gear to the cabin. As we reach the large plateau surrounding the Pocodelsee, the sun is shining into the irresitible cirque under the Forcella Ciamin. Out ski touring goal is set for the day. The climb up to the small pass is unproblematic, but longer than we estimated from below (which has never happened before … ). During the ascend some large clouds have been rooling in fromthe north, together with a chilly wind. We don’t spend much time at the pass, deskin, and hit the slope. Unfortunately, in the shade from the clouds the moist crust of the snow has frozen, making it very difficult to ski. Still we all agree that the middle part was excellent…

After a short break at the lake, we reskin and head for the Lavarellahütte. Now with all ready almost 1000m vertical in the thisght the last 200 vertical meters on the quite flat road to the cabin is a real p.i.t.a. Fortunately they serve Forst at the cabin, for quick regeneration of the spirits…

Date: 15th March 2009
Skiers: Micha, Staffan, Tapio
Location: Fanes, Western Dolomites, Südtirol, Italy