Itineraries with snowshoes in Cortina

7 scenic snowshoeing excursions in Cortina

Cortina d’Ampezzo is one of the most famous and enchanting destinations in the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Besides skiing, Cortina offers many other winter entertainment options and opportunities to connect with nature, including snowshoeing. Snowshoes, or “ciaspole” in Italian, are devices that attach to shoes and allow walking on snow without sinking, either following beaten paths or creating your trail. Snowshoeing is suitable for everyone, including children, and does not require specific technical skills—just a desire to discover the mountains in all their beauty and breathe fresh air.

In this article, I suggest five snowshoeing excursions in Cortina d’Ampezzo, among the most beautiful and captivating that can be experienced in this area. Each excursion has its charm and level of difficulty; however, all are relatively easy, offering breathtaking views of the Dolomite peaks and snow-covered forests. Before embarking on these adventures, remember to check the weather conditions and avalanche bulletin, and rely on an experienced mountain guide if you are unsure about the route to follow.

If you want to delve deeper into the topic, here’s an article entirely dedicated to snowshoeing.


1. Fedare

I begin this brief list with a truly short walk that is accessible to everyone, yet still located in a magnificent area of the Dolomites. The green meadows of Fedare (from the Ladin word “fèda,” meaning “sheep”) covered in a pristine snowy blanket in winter are situated just below Passo Giau, heading west. Although we venture beyond the borders of Cortina d’Ampezzo, we won’t stray too far.
The route unfolds across open and sunny terrain, offering ample possibilities for more or less extended variations.

Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 180 meters
Average Time: 2 h
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2. Pousa Marza

The Pousa Marza area is located on the eastern edges of the Dolomiti d’Ampezzo Natural Park. A snowshoeing trip to Pousa Marza can certainly be counted among the most beautiful snowshoeing excursions in Cortina. A less frequented location, it offers a dreamlike scenery.

The initial ascent has a significant incline; however, you shouldn’t be discouraged as the steep section is not of long duration. As we well know, a bit of time is needed to tune muscles and the “engine.”

Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 990 feet
Average Time: 2:30 h – 3 h
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3. REfuge Dibona from Cian Zopè

Among the must-try snowshoeing excursions in Cortina, the itinerary from Cian Zopè to the Dibona Refuge stands out, nestled at the base of the imposing south wall of Tofana di Rozes. This adventure ranks among the classic outings in Cortina and provides the opportunity to encounter agile chamois, particularly abundant in this captivating Dolomite area.

With a bit of luck and frequent glances at the sky, you might even be fortunate enough to spot the golden eagle, which has chosen to nest in this splendid territory. Prepare yourself to embark on an extraordinary journey through breathtaking landscapes and unforgettable encounters, fully experiencing the essence of snowshoeing in Cortina.

Difficulty: Easy ascent but steep – Very steep descent
Elevation Gain: 1200 feet
Average Time: 3 h
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4. Becco and Muraglia di Giau

Another magnificent snowshoeing journey, ideal for exploring the hidden corners of the Dolomites, is undoubtedly the one leading to Becco Muraglia and the evocative remains of the Muraglia di Giau.

This route, immersed in the tranquility of nature, unveils the beauty of the landscape, while the Muraglia di Giau, now embraced by vegetation and marked by time, even when buried in snow, adds a touch of mystery and history to the experience. An unforgettable journey to discover the lesser-known treasures of Cortina, for those who wish to fully embrace the magic of snowshoeing in this mountain paradise. It is certainly one of the most beautiful snowshoeing excursions in Cortina.

Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 660 feet
Average Time: 2 h
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5. From Pezié de Parù to Cortina city center

I add to this brief list another beautiful snowshoeing excursion, a charming walk through the woods at the foot of Becco d’Aial, perfect to undertake when snow is falling and weather conditions do not allow for high-altitude routes.

Indeed, when clouds envelop the sky and obscure the spectacular views of the Dolomites, limited visibility can turn into a risk due to difficulties in orientation. In these circumstances, it is preferable to choose one of the numerous paths winding through the quiet coniferous forests that surround the Cortina Valley. With a bit of luck along the way, you might also have the opportunity to encounter the noble inhabitants of the forest: roe deer.

Difficulty: Easy
Descent Elevation: 890 feet
Average Time: 2:30 h – 3 h
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6. In the Val Fonda

The snowshoeing excursion in Val Fonda stands out as an excellent alternative for those seeking a non-steep path, free from fatigue and orientation issues. However, it’s important to note that if you are looking for the warmth of the sun, this route may not be the most suitable choice, as it winds through the bottom of Val Fonda, in the shadow of the imposing peaks of the Monte Cristallo group that dominate the valley.

The flexibility of the itinerary is a strength, as it is not a loop trail, allowing everyone to decide how far to proceed or backtrack at any given moment.

Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: Maximum 820 feet (the elevation gain varies depending on how far we want to venture into Val Fonda)
Time: 1 h – 2:30 h (the time varies depending on how far we want to venture into Val Fonda)
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6. Monte Piana and Monte Piano

Monte Piana (Flat Mount), located in the Belluno Dolomites, is a fascinating destination thanks to its spectacular 360-degree panorama that embraces the most beautiful peaks of the area. This mountain, standing at 2,324 meters, lies on the border between the provinces of Belluno and Alto Adige. It is a place of memory and history of the tragic events of the last century, where during the Great War more than 14,000 soldiers lost their lives.

A snowmobile transport service allows reaching the starting point of the snowshoe excursion to Monte Piana. Of course, one can also hike up, but considering the 560 meters of elevation gain and the length of the trail (6 km), I suggest using the snowmobile. This way, you can spend more time on Monte Piana walking in a magnificent environment. The descent can then be done on foot, by snowmobile, or with a sled, provided and included in the transport price (25 Euros per person – year 2024).

Difficulty: Easy
Elevation gain from Rifugio Bosi: Approximately 160 meters.
Time: 2 hours (time varies depending on how much we want to wander around Monte Piana and Monte Piano).
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