Arabba - Marmolada.
Malga Ciapela, touristic place overlooked from Marmolada, the Queen of the Dolomites,
it is very valued by every levels’ skiers because of the strategic locatio in and between the most important skiareas with an enormous possibility of choices: the Dolomltes' Superski. The landscape and the friendly atmosphere make of Malga Ciapela and Rocca Pietore’s area an oasis of the turism.
Arabba and Malga Ciapela bring you the sight of wonderful giant mountain formations and the experience of spectacular excursions as well as skiing runs you can only dream about, such as the legendary Sellaronda or a day trip on the 3,342 metre high Marmolada, the 'queen of the Dolomites'. None of the Dolomite peaks is higher, none makes such an impression. From Malga Ciapela there are cable cars which lead right to the peak. We start off in Arabba, then the tour moves on to Porta Vescovo, which is formed just like a bishop's cap. This point offers a breathtaking view of the majestic Marmolada glacier. To warm ourselves up the very fast 'Ornella' run leads us towards Pescoi. Over the ridge of the Passo Padon the tour follows on to the Passo Fedaia and from there in three stages to Punta Rocca covering more than 1,300 metres in height, reaching at 3,269 metres the highest point in the whole of the Dolomiti Superski resort area, just a few metres under the Marmolada summit.
The scene before us is unforgettable. Just like a real queen the mountain receives visitors, her snow covered head held high. On the summit you have the feeling that the whole world lies at your feet ! Seeing this for the first time takes one's breath away. It took 270 million years for all of this to come into being. To the south an 800 metre cliff stands vertical, to the north we can make out the glistening sugar coated silhouette of the giant on Lago Fedaia. Yet another colossus, Monte Pelmo, makes its presence felt here, once conquered as the first three thousand metre peak. We simply have to sit up and take notice of the 12 kilometre long run ! Worldwide there are very few of this length and even fewer are so lovely. This is skiing in its most spectacular form!
Tip: the Museum of the Great War (1915-1918) in Marmolada.
The Museum of Marmolada, the highest in Europe, is placed at 2.950 mt. in the
cable car station of Serauta, on the edge of the glacier. It recalls the mountain front of the First World War (1915-18). The fallen and those who fought are remembered here regardless of nationality or ideological persuasion. They struggled and many died on these icy mountains. War relics, photographs and historical documents are on show.