Hohe Kreuzspitze
Hohe Kreuzspitze

Ski tour to Mount Altacroce

The 2,742 m high Mount Altacroce is considered one of the most beautiful ski tours in the Val Racines valley.

Starting point for our tour is the head of the Val Racines valley, at the parking space of the little chapel (voluntary fee) in the hamlet of Vallettina (Flading) at 1,482 m a.s.l. We traverse the bridge over the Rio di Racines river and start traversing the clear forest, first on a beaten path, soon in the open country. In a wide bend to the right (the terrain becomes steeper) we walk to the Klamm Mountain Hut (Klammalm). After a short break we continue in a wide bend to the left.

The route is still the same for Mt. Piccola Punta di Montecroce (Kleine Kreuzspitze), the kid brother of our destination. We walk across a little dam wall (2,000 m a.s.l.). Across a very steep slope oriented towards east, the crux of the tour (avalanche prone), we reach Lake Butsee (2,340 m a.s.l.). Now the terrain becomes highly impressive and Alpine, the view back becomes more and more breathtaking. Finally the last south-oriented slope is really steep is overcome, it takes us to a ridge underneath the summit, which is finally reached on foot.

Highly impressive tour, perfect summit on the 2,742 m high Mt. Altacroce (Hohe Kreuzspitze) with unique view, but it requires absolutely secure conditions and Alpine experience. Take special care on the slope beneath the lake - avalanche tragedy in 2000!

Author: BS

If you want to do this ski tour, please take information about the weather and the current conditions of the trail on site!

Starting point: Valletta in Racines, at the chapel at the head of the valley
Walking time: approx. 3 - 3.5 hours (ascent)
Orientation of the slope: NW, NE
Altitude difference: 1,300 m
Rest point: none
Experienced in: January 2010

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