The Ortler, Tyrol region, Italy
At the end of a long planes, trains, and automobiles journey lies the Southern Tyrol ski resort town of Sulden, perched beneath the sheer Ortler Wall. From Sulden, classic ski touring routes extend in cobwebs to the south, perfect for week-long hut-to-hut loops. The Ortler stands out from other tours with its steep descents, amazing hut base camp options to limitless terrain, and plentiful skiable summits, including the broad, glacier-covered Monte Cevedale and the formidable Gran Zebru (aka Konigspitze). Be sure to make it to the Branca Hut for Arrabiata pasta with just the right amount of spice. The catchy German drinking songs will have you staring at the bottom of many an empty bier in no time.
Based on the sheer vert around here, you're guaranteed to sweat out the alcohol.
Setting off from the Marteller Hut, 2610m Apr 2009