The Great War Ski Tour is an 80 km long trip back in time on skis to witness the dramatic events of World War 1 in the Dolomites as it develops along the military front and follows historical First World War sites winding beneath the most beautiful Dolomite peaks.
In winter you can do the entire Tour in one day: ski bus, 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 restored emplacements of the open-air museums.
At the 5 Torri (Five Towers) you can see the Italian trenches. From the terraces of the refuges you can enjoy splendid views of the Col di Lana, the Tofana di Rozes, the Castelletto and the Col dei Bos.
At Falzarego Pass you can go up to the top of Mt. Lagazuoi by cable car and reach the highest point of the Ski Tour: 2732 metres.
On your way up with the cable car you can see the loopholes of the Italian mine tunnel and the Tre Sassi Fort on the road to the Valparola Pass.
The Austrian emplacement Feldwache 4 (FW 4) on Mt. Lagazuoi is the only emplacement on the front line that can be reached on skis by turning right directly after the departure of the slope at the top station of the Lagazuoi cable car Lagazuoi. It was dug into the ridge, called Muraglia Rocciosa by the Italians: a rock wall fortified by the Austro-Hungarian soldiers in order to defend the Lagazuoi saddle. This emplacement is a tunnel dug into the rock with two armoured emplacements for machine guns and two embrasures for the observation of the areas Col dei Bos and Castelletto. Today, there is a reproduction of the Schwarzlose machine gun.
On the western slope of the ridge you can see the recesses which have been dug into the rock for the Austro-Hungarian huts.
Then you descend 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 ski area of the Badia Valley, where they proceed to Arabba, Padon and Marmolada.
From the Falzarego pass 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 Averau saddle.
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.
You can start from the Alta Badia using a paying taxi-bus that leaves from Hotel Armentarola and stops at the Falzarego Pass. From the Pass, you can take the cable car to the top of Mt. Lagazuoi. From there, you descend along the Lagazuoi slope to reach the Col Gallina lift and thence the 5 Torri chair lift, continuing the Tour in the direction of the Giau Pass.
From the Civetta
The 5 Torri ski area can be reached counter-clockwise with the shuttle buses (on payment) departing from Pescul in the Civetta ski area. Then take the Fedare chairlift to the Averau saddle, descend the Fedare piste, turn right to the Croda Negra chairlift, which leads to a small saddle, the starting point of the Croda Negra slope. This beautiful panoramic piste leads first to Col Gallina and then to the Falzarego pass, where you take the Lagazuoi cable car. On the Lagazuoi you can visit the emplacement FW 4 and then descend on the Armentarola slope to the Val Badia.
The area is part of the ski carousel Dolomiti Superski and is therefore well-connected to the slopes of the adjacent valleys with ski buses and public transport services. You will need a Dolomiti Superski ski pass for the use of the free ski buses.
Please note: you have to pay for the ski buses Pescul-Fedare, Masarè-Malga Ciapela, the taxi buses and the horse carriage.
The Great War Ski Tour requires an early morning ski start
DISTANCES (including one hour for lunch)
Length of the route: 78-100 km
on skis: 25-41 km
with lift facilities: 17-23 km
by ski bus: 36 km
required time: 6.30-7.30 hrs
Length of the route: 84,5-99 km
on skis: 34,5-43 km
with lift facilities: 20-26 km
with the horse-drawn lift: 1,5 km
by ski bus: 28,5 km
required time:7-8 hrs