Col Margherita Freeride Park: Passo San Pellegrino is the place for off-piste skiing!

On the north face of Col Margherita, with its high elevation (2513 m) that favours excellent snow conditions for most of the winter, skiers who love the adventure of skiing off the beaten slopes in complete freedom can put their style to the test in breathtaking descents on the brand new Col Margherita Freeride Park.

The tract is equipped with appropriate signs, ARTVA tested gates and qualified personnel who can signal the presence of avalanche risks, insufficient snow or poor visibility – that is, anything which might interfere with an enjoyable descent or timely rescue operations, which are managed in collaboration with the State Police and Alpine Rescue teams.

Safe and easily accessible. Once they arrive at Passo San Pellegrino, skiers can easily reach the Col Margherita Freeride Park with the fast Col Margherita cable car lift, and between runs they can stop for a nice rest in two lodges, Husky Bar and Diametro 64, located at the top and at the bottom of the lift facilities, that offer two cabins with a 100 person capacity.

To do freeride you must have the proper gear. In case of danger or in the event of an avalanche, having the proper equipment will help in your rescue and may save your life: ARTVA, sonar probe, spade and backpack, freeride skis or snowboard. Use of a helmet is strongly advised: even the snowiest areas might seem safe, yet there are hidden hazards underneath the snow like rocks and trees. Enjoy the thrill, but be safe!

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The Col Margherita also offers an  ARVA training slope, which is very a useful place to “practice” using the ARVA device and avalanche probe, an instrument used by most excursionists in the Northern Alps, and which is becoming more widespread among excursionists, especially young free riders in Italy.

The  ARVA slope in the San Pellegrino Ski Area 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.