Dolomites, Italy

13 05 2011

Just before I left Europe I was invited to go to the Dolomites with freeskier Stian Hagen and photographer Klaus Polzer. For those who don’t know the Dolomites are  a mountain range located in the north east of Italy. I caught a train from Mayrhofen to Innsbruck and then got picked up at the train station by Klaus, and we were on the road.

We arrived late the first evening into Alta Badia area in the Village of Corvara. It’s famous for its World Cup giant slalom event every year in December pulling in over 40, 000 spectators! You can actually ski around this mountain with lifts and pistes. This is called Sella Ronda, connecting the four villages of Corvara, Arabba, Canazei and Selva (or Wolkenstein).

Klaus Polzer and Stian Hagen

The first day of skiing the weather was perfect and the snow was surprisingly good. We drove over to the village of Arabba, geared up and skied over to Marmolada, the highest mountain in the Dolomites standing at 3343m and the only mountain with a big glacier. We skied on the glacier trying to get some spring time shots. Great day and finished off with a nice Pizza back in Corvara.

looking at the Marmolada glacier

The second day we skied on the Sella, a special mountain group as it lies between the four Ladin valleys of  Badia , Gherdeina, Fassa and Fodom.
We hiked up to the highest peak ‘ Piz Boe’ which is 3.152m. We drove through a super windy pass just to get to the ski lift.  Our goal was to ski some coliours. Once again we geared up ready to ski. The weather came in for a bit but we waited it out and found the most amazing coliour to ski.

Piz Boe - waiting for the weather to clear

looking down into the Coliour

It was an amazing trip and fun to ski with Stian Hagan and shoot with Kalus Polzer. I can’t wait to ski more in the Dolomites…Maybe next year 🙂




One response

25 05 2011

next year for sure!!!

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