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I'm planning a trip to the Italian Dolomites in March 2012 and have two areas in mind, one is the Thuile area and the other is Lagazuoi, located above Falzarego, midway between Cortina d'Ampezzo and Alta Badia. I wanted to ask if anyone has experience with these two areas? Any opinions would be appreciated.

 

We are thinking of staying at the Refuge Lagazuoi, looks like a very cool mountain top refuge at 2700 meters, here is a link:

 

http://www.rifugiolagazuoi.com/

 

This looks to be a very unique place (at least for me).

 

Video Link to the refuge

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yanF14_PiA

 

Lagazuoi.jpg

 

post #2 of 7

I would love to get over there some day....

Bucket list item, for sure!

post #3 of 7

By Thuile, do you mean La Thuile? That's not in the Dolomites, but in the Western Italian Alps. I've been there, and can help you out if you want.

The Lagazuoi refuge looks cool. The timetable for the cablecar going up there only extends to October, though it sounds from the text as if it's open in winter too. I'm not a huge fan of the skiing over there, but it sounds like you're there more for the experience anyway. The mountains in that area are very scenic, best in the Alps perhaps.
 

post #4 of 7

I have skied there and was even there this last spring.When you ski the back side stop at the stone restaurant as they speak German and you eat spaetzel, schnitzel,and beer. You then take a bus back. Very cool. Nake sure you also ski at cinque torri. The roads up to the base of the lifts are nuts, particularly the side away from Cortina. Make sure you go to the Fellini'esque afternoon parade of Romans in the piazza in Cortina! Brian

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I'm planning a trip to the Italian Dolomites in March 2012 and have two areas in mind, one is the Thuile area and the other is Lagazuoi, located above Falzarego, midway between Cortina d'Ampezzo and Alta Badia. I wanted to ask if anyone has experience with these two areas? Any opinions would be appreciated.

 

We are thinking of staying at the Refuge Lagazuoi, looks like a very cool mountain top refuge at 2700 meters, here is a link:

 

http://www.rifugiolagazuoi.com/

 

This looks to be a very unique place (at least for me).

 

Video Link to the refuge

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yanF14_PiA

 

Lagazuoi.jpg

 


Definitely Mr P. has it right.
La Thuile is in the west, near the border with France (in fact it's linked to "La Rosiere" in France)
Nice place but I remember it as a bit cold and with icy slopes (I prolly went there on the wrong day)

As for Falzarego, the image thare is of the mountain hut on a (literally) blown up mountain top (during WWI the Austrians had their defense line there and the Italians had to fight while climbing it. So decided to excavate a tunnel from bottom up and blow up the Austrians.
During the summer one can descend the mountain using what's left of the original tunnel. At least I did it in the mid '80s)
History tidbit aside, I'm not sure one can sleep there during winter, make sure to ask before hand. It's, of course operated in winter as well, many people go there to ski a classic "route"...the run down from it to Armentarola and back to the SellaRonda area.
The place where everybody stops and eat during the descent is called "Scotoni" and serves grilled meat, polenta and, yummm, thinking of it makes me wish to be there!

Or one can ski Cortina as well.
But i'd stay in any other villages of the area (La Villa, Corvara, Colfosco, S. Cassiano, just to name a few and using only the italian name, the german one being, respectively Stern, Kurfar, Kolfusch, S. Kassian, but in their original language the namesa are different again "La Ila... but I digress) and move skis on foot or by public transportation.
post #6 of 7

Things to consider:

Early March is fine.  The later you go in the month, the sketchier the skiing can be in that area.

Sleeping at 2,700 meters can be difficult for some.

If you get bad weather, you can end up hutbound for some time.  I've only been there in good weather, but the skiing around there would be a pain (or downright impossible/dangerous) in white out, high wind/heavy snow conditions.  Lift could be shut down due to wind.

I'd opt for a lower altitude location so that you have more options if the weather goes south.  There are tons of great lodging options in Alta Badia.  Maybe spend one night at the hut at the end of your stay so you can catch sunrise and sunset.  By all means go.  It's a very special area with a great feel and vibe to it.

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I forgot one piece of ...info...

In the summer of 1987s that aerial tram was subject to "special attentions" from an airplane too...

That time it appears it was an MB326 from the Italian Air Forces to get too close and cut the traction cable...
No dramatic consequences like in other cases, some injuried, many scared, one downed airplane and the tram staying shut for a while.
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