Ortler, Italy ski tour • March 3 – 9, 2015

This year’s ski touring season got off to a cracking start with a group of tough cookies in the Ortler region. Our arrival was preceded by a significant snowfall, followed by truly fierce winds, which made for some interesting and truly “variable” snow conditions. Fortunately it was a group of strong and experienced back country skiers, so the skills were there to deal with what the mountain dished out.

More photos (33 more) from this week can be found on our website here.

Monte Cevedale from the east.

Monte Cevedale from the east.

 

Marteller hut. Our first night's digs.

Marteller hut. Our first night’s digs.

 

An afternoon tour above the Marteller hut.

An afternoon tour above the Marteller hut.

 

Ice cave on the Forni Glacier.

Ice cave on the Forni Glacier.

 

Wind blown snow.

Wind blown snow.

 

Heading up to Pizzo Tresero.

Heading up to Pizzo Tresero.

 

Planning the following day from the comfort of the Branca hut.

Planning the following day from the comfort of the Branca hut.

 

ah, the Strudel...

ah, the Strudel…

 

John and the Forni Glacier.

John and the Forni Glacier.

 

Skinning up to Passo di Zebru Sud.

Skinning up to Passo di Zebru Sud.

 

And then up to the Passo di Zebru Nord.

And then up to the Passo di Zebru Nord.

 

Booting up Cima Zebru.

Booting up Cima Zebru.

 

Skiing over the summit of the Cima di Solda.

Skiing over the summit of the Cima di Solda.

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