Starting in the 2015/2016 winter season the San Pellegrino Ski Area will offer a truly new and fascinating offer in remembrance of the Great War. In fact, the Dolomites are an extraordinary open air museum, where just one hundred years ago Italian and Austrian-Hungarian troops battled bitterly from 1915 to 1917.
These historical footsteps have given life to a full schedule of day long ski tours for skiers who are already somewhat capable and especially interested in skiing to the crucial locations in the First World War.
The mountains that made history along with mankind just one century ago and the most significant museum sites can be visited in the company of ski instructors, which for this special occasion will serve as actual guides of the Dolomite territories, with the invaluable additional benefit of their historical knowledge.
One or more days will be spent skiing in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Dolomites, in the spirit of getting to know and love all the charm to be found in these places, the atmosphere and the culture, not to mention the unmistakable pleasure that just one day of movement in the open air can provide.
1) ALPE LUSIA – SAN PELLEGRINO
These two ski resorts were once the theatre for bloody battles during the Great War and there is still visible evidence of military operations and observation points here, where the soldiers lived in the trenches. Visit the Museum Moena – La Gran Vera – Grande Guerra Galizia Dolomiti 1914-18
2) TOUR OF THE GREAT WAR
The route for the “Ski tour of the Great War” winds around the base of famous spires and chains like Civetta, Pelmo, Tofane, Lagazuoi, Conturines, Settsass, Sassongher, Sella and Marmolada, all the way around the mountain that symbolizes the First World War and the slopes where bloody battles were fought: the Col di Lana.
3) CORTINA D’AMPEZZO
Cortina emanates glamour and history. Ski to the base of the Tofane, to discover the most technical and adrenaline inducing slopes in the Dolomites. Visit the Museum Intrà I Sass.
Discover the Queen of the Dolomites, both on the slopes and in freeride, skiing to the place where the famous “City of Ice” was carved out and built deep into the glacier. Visit the highest museum in Europe at 2900 m. The City of Ice was the only military project of its kind in the world, the result of detailed engineering studies which allowed the Austrian Hungarian soldiers to maintain strategic control of the glacier until the Italian retreat.
5) CIAMPAC – CANAZEI – PASSO PORDOI
These gorgeous ski resorts are adjacent to places of immense historical interest which at the time were presided both by the Bavarian Alpenkorps and the Standschutzen. At passo Pordoi an Ossuary Shrine was built to house the remains 8582 Austrian and German soldiers fallen in the Great War (454 Germans and 8128 Austrian-Hungarians), from various military cemeteries in the Dolomite valleys.
Single outing (1 day) € 60.00
Three outings to choose from in a week € 170.00
Complete Package of 5 outings € 250.00