weg zur raschoetz huette winter rodeln rasciesa
weg zur raschoetz huette winter rodeln rasciesa

Winter hiking path and sledge run Rasciesa

Thanks to the Rasciesa Funicular and a short walk through the snow, you can easily reach the starting point of one of the longest sledge runs in South Tyrol.

The Rasciesa high plateau above Ortisei in the Val Gardena valley (St. Ulrich in Gröden) forms the border between the Val Gardena and the Val di Funes valleys. It is probably one of the most impressive places in South Tyrol, from where you can see many Dolomite peaks, such as the nearby Sella Massif and the Sassolungo Group.

Both in summer and in winter you can experience unique impressions here and admire what Mother Nature has to offer. We experience the Rasciesa in the winter time, where it has something very special to offer: the descent by sledge down into the valley. The funicular in Ortisei takes us up to the mountain station (Attention: The ascent on foot along the sledge run is not allowed!).

From the mountain station we walk along trail no. 35 to the Rasciesa Mountain Hut (Raschötzhütte) in a short time and with a slight difference in altitude. From there you can reach the summit of Mt. Rasciesa di Fuori (Ausserraschötz), where the Seurasass Crucifix is located, in another 15 minutes and then descend to the Chapel of the Holy Cross. From the Rasciesa Mountain Hut, the sledge run descends into the valley.

Author: Giacomo Roccabruna

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

Starting point: valley station of the Rasciesa Funicular, Ortisei
Signposts: no. 35, 10, Resciesa Dedora
Distance: 2 km (ascent on foot from the mountain station to Rasciesa di Fuori), 7 km (sledge run)
Walking time: about 45 minutes (ascent), 20 minutes (sledge run)
Altitude difference: approx. 190 m (ascent), 1,000 m (downhill run)
Altitude level: between 2,100 and 2,280 m a.s.l. (ascent), 1,280 m a.s.l. (valley)
Rest points: Chalet Raschötz (at the mountain station of the funicular), Rif. Rasciesa mountain hut
Experienced in: January 2018

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