In the Dolomites, there's a famous loop that can be completed on skis, known as the Sella Ronda. At the beginning of March, I set out on a market research trip to the Southern Alps and Northern Dolomites, but spent the first day of the completing this circular adventure in the sunshine with my colleague Tobias.
We started in Val Gardena, a famous ski town and resort, looping through various ski areas including Alta Badia and Arabba, as well as a slight detour through onto the Marmolada glacier.
We didn't need to skin up or hike very often, though we chose to a few times in order to earn a few fresh turns. Almost everywhere was hard wind- and sun-crust, with a soft ankle-breaking snow underneath (really hard work on the legs). We had to remain vigilant at all times too, as the risks of skiing this kind of off-piste can be quite high. We are both very experienced, well equipped and were prepared for the environment though, so we really could make the most of the day.
Although it was a big day out, with only a few stops for delicious Apfelstrudel and to reapply suncream, it was one of my best ski days this season. I would love to go back in prime conditions and ski the Marmolada glacier again in thigh deep powder (wouldn't we all), but for spring skiing it was pretty great.
Anyway, enjoy the photos!