Eighty kilometres of history and nature, along slopes covered in perfect snow, exhilarating altitudes, views unequalled anywhere in the world, and frozen waterfalls: this, in essence, is The Great War Ski Tour. In winter you can do the entire Tour in one day: skibus, slopes and lifts create a ring touching the Giau Pass, the Falzarego Pass, the Badia Valley, Arabba and Alleghe, completely skirting the Col di Lana. It is a spectacular route, suitable for everyone, winding around the bases of the most famous peaks. In no other place are there so many memories concentrated as in the Lagazuoi 5 Torri area, where you can see the emplacements of the open-air museums. You can start out from the Civetta on a bus which takes you to the Fedare refuge at the Giau Pass, from where the chair lift goes up to the Averau refuge.
At the Cinque Torri the Italian trenches can be seen. The terrace of the refuges command splendid views of the Col di Lana, the Tofana di Rozes, the Castelletto and the Col di Bos. At Falzarego Pass you can go up to the Lagazuoi by cable car, to reach the highest point of the Tour, a full 2800 metres high. From the cable car cabin can be seen the openings of the Italian mine tunnel and the Tre Sassi Fort on the road to the Valparola Pass.
On the Lagazuoi, you can visit the Austrian machine gun post and just below it the guard post with the officers’ shack, with skis at its feet.
You then descend by the Armentarola slope, in one of the most fascinating environments of the Dolomites. At the bottom, a horse-drawn tow takes the skiers to the slopes of the Badia Valley, where they proceed to Arabba, Padon and Marmolada. You will need to have a Dolomiti Superski skipass for use the free skibus service.
These routes are to be paid:
Skitour Pescul Fedare - First War Ski Tour by ticket on board
Masarè - Alleghe - Malga Ciapela - First War Ski Tour by ticket on board
Armentarola - Falzarego Pass
In order to complete the Tour at leisure, you should leave early in the morning.
The Great War Ski Tour from Falzarego to the 5 Torri
If you follow the Tour in an anticlockwise direction, you can reach the slopes of the 5 Torri from Falzarego on skis.
From here, you can first take the modern four-seater chair lift to the Scoiattoli refuge and then the second lift to the Forcella Nuvolau.
You then go down the "Fedare" slope to the homonymous refuge, where there is a shuttle service providing the link with Pescul and the Civetta, and the continuation of the Tour.
The Great War Ski Tour starting from Badia
You can start from the Upper Badia using a paying taxi-bus leaving from Hotel Armentarola and stopping at the Falzarego Pass.
From the Pass, you can take the cable car to the top of Mount.
From there, you descend along the "Lagazuoi" slope to reach the Gallina Ridge ski lifts and thence the 5 Torri chair lift, continuing the Tour in the direction of the Giau Pass.