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San Pellegrino (PH Harald Wisthaler)

Enclosed within an amphitheatre of pleasing peaks, Col Margherita constitutes an adrenaline high for skiing fans. The cable car of the same name takes you to 2514 metres to one of the most attractive places in the Dolomites, taking in the south face of the Marmolada, Mt. Pelmo, the majestic Civetta and Focobon peaks and stretching as far as Pale di San Martino. This is the starting point for the Ski Area San Pellegrino’s black run. La VolatA. Its name, meaning ‘the sprint’, was not a random choice. The piste is 2400 metres long, drops 630 metres and sections of it have gradients of nearly 50%.  Last winter the Italian downhill skiing elite tried its hand on La VolatA, including national women’s team skiers Brignone, Bassino, Goggia and Pirovano as did German and Slovenian national team skiers and many others. The stars who have skied on this slope have also included Peter Fill and Christof Innerhofer. La VolatA was also a training ground for former American skier Lindsey Caroline Vonn’s European trials. 
This challenging piste is FISI and FIS certified for downhill, superG, giant slalom and special slalom races. It is the jewel in the Alpine crown and suitable for the most demanding skiers, too.

Alongside La VolatA, there are less challenging but equally panoramic pistes such as two red runs, Col Margherita and Col Margherita-Lago Cavia. Col Margherita is made up of wide turns, ever varying widths, frequent changes in gradient and two very steep sections. Col Margherita-Lago Cavia, on the other hand, leads in the Falcade direction with two options: at the end of the slope you decide whether to climb back up to Col Margherita, in its windproof roofed chair lift, or continue on to Le Buse or further down to Falcade before climbing back up again in the convenient cable car. Less challenging but no less attractive, the Le Caviette piste’s 3 km of gentle descent is suitable for everyone.

As well as being the starting point for some of Ski Area San Pellegrino’s most high adrenalin slopes, Col Margherita is also a place from which to admire the Dolomites minus skis.  At its highest point, 2550 metres, Col Margherita Park is a chance to play at guessing the names of the various mountains on the horizon with a veritable rudder. Easy to get to by cable car, InAlto’s large windows and lunch time menus offer snacks and pre-dinner drinks with views over some of the main Dolomite peaks. It is the ideal place for non-skiers wanting to slow down and take in the beauties of one of the most beautiful views in the Alps.



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