In one of the coldest winter of the last century (1916-1917), Dolomites were the battlefield of a unique and terrible war: the most incredible one fought among people.
Between the spring of 1915 and the fall of 1917, the Austrian Kaiserjägers and the German Alpenkorps on one side and the Italian Alpine troops on the other side clashed in high-altitude, facing harsh environmental and atmospheric conditions, along with indescribable problems due to the impossibility of being supplied with food and other materials.
The First World War Ski Tour develops along the military front of the Dolomites and goes around Mount Col di Lana, the “Bloody Hill”, symbol of the Great War, passing through the most spectacular landscapes of the Dolomites.
The tour is suitable for all skiers, adults and children, with at least an intermediate skiing level. The duration of the tour is approximately 6 hours and includes different transports: lifts, buses, horses and ski slopes.
The First World War Ski Tour can be completed either clockwise or anti-clockwise. If you start from Val Fiorentina (clockwise), take the lift in Pescul and then ski towards Alleghe. From Alleghe take the skibus to Malga Ciapela and continue towards Arabba, Corvara, San Cassiano, Lagazuoi, 5Torri and Fedare. From Fedare go back to Selva di Cadore by skibus. Following this direction, you have the possibility to enjoy a wonderful descent along the famous slope of Marmolada. If you follow the anti-clockwise tour, start in Selva di Cadore and take the skibus going towards Fedare. From Fedare continue towards Falzarego Pass, Lagazuoi, Armentarola, Corvara, Arabba, Malga Ciapela, Alleghe and return to the starting point.
- Total length: 82,50 km
- Length of the slopes: 31,00 km
- Length lift transport: 18,00 km
- Horse pulling: 1,50 km
- Length skibus transport: 30 km approx
- Suggested starting time: 9 a.m.
- Duration of the tour: 6-7 hours (included lunch)
- Best period: February-March
The tour map is available at the tourist office/Pro Loco Val Fiorentina.