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Guide to Freeride on Marmolada, Dolomites

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I've written a blog which I hope some of you will find useful - its a fantastic area for side country and freeride skiing.

http://www.casa-alfredino.co.uk/skiing-guides/marmolada-freeride/
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Looks good. Cheers snowHead
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It's a really lovely area. I guess I should have posted this before the Birthday Bash but I was only preparing it yesterday!
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I think you need to include a section on the rules and regs on off piste skiing in that area. I was with a group on one of the routes you mention when we stopped by two policemen. Once they established we were not all fully equiped with the required AVI gear and we did not have a registered local guide it was clear that we were in trouble. They were talking about arrest fines pass confiscation etc.

At this point the youngest member of the group who was a fluent Italian speaker and related to the hotel owner went into full arm waving name dropping attack mode and she literally drove the police backwards towards their skimobiles. It was impressive to watch.

They turned up at our hotel that night and it transpired that the area centered on Arabba does have a rule that bans skiing out of bounds without a guide and avi gear. Names were taken and warnings issued to the young lady.

It was a while back and maybe the rules have changed but AFAIK there are still rules in force.
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Hunh - I have never heard anything about that on Marmolada, never had anything said and there are lots of people skitouring on it from November through till early May. It's well possible though so I will check that out but it's the first I've heard of it. There is certainly a rule at the moment that you are not allowed to walk or skin up (skis before someone suggest I'm talking about a fat doobie) on the pistes, but that's the only one I know of. I will ask local Mountain rescue...
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interesting. no mention of the skidoo ride back to the piste from the Fedaia?
as an aside, we'd heard of skiers who were only just offpiste being stopped by carabinieri and threatened with fines, in cortina in particular.
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So I've just checked with a friend who is a local IFMGA guide. Apparently you are required by law to carry an ARVA/Pieps but that is the only requirement. I will add this as a seperate section. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I guess it didn't occur to me because it wouldn't occur to me to ski there without in the first place!
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