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.
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:
- 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)
- 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”