Giovanni Orlando UIAGM/IFMGA/IVBV Mountain Guide

Off-Piste Skiing in Val di Mesdì in the Sella Group

If this is the most famous off-piste skiing tour in the Dolomites, then there must be a good reason for it! Incredible views, perfect valleys for skiing and an adrenaline-filled gully. In short, one of the most beautiful medium-difficulty descent of the Dolomites!
Price from: 110€
PERIOD
december - april
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DURATION
Full day
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from 1 to 4
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MINIMUN AGE
from 16 year p
PERIOD
december - april
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DURATION
Full day
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SKILL
Medium p
STAMINA
Beginner p
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MINIMUN AGE
from 16 year p

It is certainly not by chance that the Val Mesdì on the Sella group is the most famous off-piste skiing tour of all the Dolomites! The mighty Sella massif is literally cut in half by a long valley. A valley that seems to have been created especially for skiing. Vertiginous walls, up to 500m high, enclose a beautiful valley with an ideal slope. A steep couloir to reach it guarantees the right amount of adrenaline for this adventure! The first part takes place on the beautiful Sella plateau, with breathtaking views of the Sassolungo range and the surrounding mountains. The long descent (about 1500 mt of negative vertical drop off-piste) is a nutshell of Dolomite off-piste skiing: wide valleys, endless fileds of fresh snow and a narrow couloir are the ingredients of this descent, for a perfect and inimitable mix of beauty, fun and adrenaline. The two short climbs (a total of 150 metres of difference in altitude) that lead to the Boè refuge can easily be done on back skis and do not require special skis and bindings, just simple piste equipment. However, I strongly recommend that you hire the appropriate off-piste equipment to make the most of this unique adventure!
This is an ideal descent for those who want to spend an incredible and unique experience, also for those who have a good technique on the piste and want to discover the wonderful world of off-piste skiing in the Dolomites.
The maximum gradient of the descent is 40° (similar to a steep black slope). Therefore, very good skiing technique is essential for this tour.

Program

Meeting time: 08.30am – Meeting point: starting point of the gondola Arabba-Portavescovo in Arabba village Alternative meeting point: Malga Ciapela, Corvara, Colfosco, Canazei, Alba, Campitello di Fassa, Santa Cristina or Selva di Valgardena
Ends of activity: early afternnoon (in base of the meeting point)

Support points: various huts on the slopes of the Sellaronda circuit

Price and general infos:
Excursion price
  • 1 person – 380€/person
  • 2 persons – 190€/person
  • 3 persons – 140€/person
  • 4 persons – 110€/persona

Term of cancellation: flexible

What to bring
  • full ski equipment (skis, ski boots, ski poles). On-piste equipment is sufficient, but I recommend that you hire proper off-piste equipment.
  • backpack with energy snacks and hot drink
  • ski helmet
  • avalanche self-rescue kit (avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe)
  • ABS or airbag backpack (recommended)
Fee includes:
  • UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide guiding
  • third-part incurance
  • avalanche self-rescue kit for those without one
The fee does not include:
  • Dolomiti Superski skipass (no local/valley skipass)
  • anything not specified under “Fee includes”

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What you need to know:
  • The minimum age should not be seen as a rigid parameter, but rather as a rough indication that will obviously depend on the technical skills, experience and level of training of the participants. If you feel that you or a member of your group would be able to take part in the excursion if your age were lower, please contact me directly at info@giovanni-orlando.it or call +39 328 83 15 601. In this case it is compulsory to contact the guide before registering for the activity.
  • The maximum number of persons indicated must be intended for a single guide. In the case of larger groups, one or more mountain guides will be used, in accordance with the maximum ratio indicated on the activity sheet. In this case, please send an e-mail to info@giovanni-orlando.it or call +39 328 83 15 601.
  • It is imperative that participants follow the instructions of the mountain guide before and during the activities and respect any changes to the chosen programme in order to ensure their safety.
  • Fees for facilities, transfers and accommodation are subject to change at the discretion of the operator (external to my company) and are not included in the price of the activity unless otherwise stated.
  • The fares shown in the ‘The fare does not include’ section are indicative and may vary.
  • For all itineraries and activities, the guide reserves the right to make changes according to conditions (weather, accessibility, refuges) and the physical condition of the participants.
  • The times indicated for carrying out the activities are subject to variations due to weather conditions and the physical state of the area (snowfall, terrain conditions, etc.) and necessarily depend on the opening and closing dates of the ski lifts, which are set seasonally/annually by the ski lift operators and are therefore in no way attributable to the mountain guide.
  • Minors under the age of 18, if unaccompanied, require a parental or guardian waiver to be given to the guide prior to the excursion.