Col Margherita - Passo San Pellegrino
Col Margherita

Introduction

The Col Margherita Park is the most exciting part of Ski Area San Pellegrino. It’s a true paradise for experienced skiers who want to have a good time and put their technical skills to the test on very challenging slopes and a freeride trail that is unique in all of Dolomiti Superski. All the tracks are served by the fast Col Margherita cableway, which sets off from an altitude of 2514 metres and arrives at Passo San Pellegrino, in the heart of the ski area.

Don’t miss the new run called pista La VolatA. This is a steep, fast run, featuring a continuous series of spine-tingling walls with gradients of up to 50%, for a total length of 2350 m and 600 m of altitude drop. This slope will host the downhill and Giant Slalom races for the FIS #ValdiFassa 2019 Junior Alpine Skiing World Championships

The Col Margherita and Le Caviette slopes are just as beautiful and scenic, but definitely more accessible for everyone. Both are about 3km long and perfect for warming up those muscles before taking on the La VolatA. The Col Margherita is all wide yet constant curves, several incline changes and two very steep segments; Le Caviette is a gentler descent with room for stops on the way down.

From Col Margherita you can ski towards Falcade along the  Col Margherita-Lago Cavia red slope; then you can choose to return up the  mountain with the namesake quad chair with windshield, or you can ski all the way down to Le Buse  and take the new 8-person cabin lift back up to the summit.

FREERIDE TRAIL

The freeride trail winds down the North face of the Col Margherita, offering breath-taking views of the San Pellegrino valley and surrounding Dolomite peaks.  This track is the only one of its kind in the entire Dolomiti Superski, featuring visible signs, an ARVA test gate, and qualified personnel who can warn skiers of eventual avalanche risks, insufficient snow conditions or poor visibility. There is also a timely rescue service managed in association with State Police and Alpine Rescue teams. From Passo San Pellegrino take the cable car lift to the top of the Col Margherita, then let yourself go in an electrifying descent in fresh powder past hidden obstacles, over jumps, through steep turns and forested areas to get back down to the valley.

The first stretch is quite a steep, open slope that descends slightly to the left and then connects with a very wide canyon. This half of the route lies outside the forests so it is really fun for skiers who like wide turns in fresh snow. In the second part the steep gradient tapers off into woods that aren’t too thick, where there are several descent options to choose from. Total altitude difference: 600 m.

Campo Artva

The ARVA slope on the Col Margherita Park is equipped to simulate rescue operations involving one or more victims of an avalanche, who can be located searching with the ARVA device: in a fenced off area covering about 100 x 100 m, which represents a hypothetical accumulation zone of an avalanche, 6 containers holding special ARVA transmitters are placed at various depths and inclinations; they can then be activated by a central command located at the entrance to the testing area.

The training slope is located at an altitude of about 2300 metres above sea level, between the Lovers’ slope and the one that goes down to Lago Cavia from the Col Margherita. It can be reached by taking the Col Margherita funicular lift from Passo San Pellegrino and then ski down along the slope, or you can skin or snowshoe up from Passo Valles in about one hour.

Through simple operations at command headquarters, users can activate one or more transmitters, simulating realistic search operations of varying difficulty, according to the individual’s specific preparation. The transmitters are contained in crush-proof plastic boxes covered with a 40x30 cm wooden panel. At the simple touch of the probe, the devices send signals to central command, which automatically activate an acoustic and flashing signal that indicates their locations. Once all the devices are found, central command will read the times it took to find each individual ARVA (container).

The search and rescue simulation is sufficiently realistic, since the users do not know the locations of the 6 transmitters, which are also activated one (or more) at random. The automatic system is accessible to everyone and is useful for anyone who wants to perfect their search and rescue skills. In addition to the automatic mode, the control station also has a manual-portable control system that can be used by instructors in the field to follow and supervise the trainee, who can practice activating or deactivating each buried device.

Contact

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