Unlike the more famous Haute Route, the Ortler Circuit is a loop ski tour in the southern corner of the Tyrol region of Italy. In the north part of the region, German is spoken, and in the southern portion Italian is spoken. During World War I, this was a hotly contested area between Austria and Italy. To this day, there is evidence of this time with barbed wire and cannons still placed up in the mountains.
The peaks in the area are just under 4000 meters. This fact alone causes the area to be less traveled than the well known areas around Chamonix and Zermatt. The tour takes place within the Stilfsejoch National Park.
Due to the fact that the tour is a loop, the logistics are greatly simplified. No shuttles and no interface with public transportation. Just skiing in an incredible range of mountains.
During our Ortler tour, we’ll go from hut to hut, exploring the best skiing options and climbing a few peaks along the way. There are quite a few options, and we may even stay at a hut for more than one night searching out the best snow and the best ski mountaineering objectives. The Italian huts are known for great coffee, friendly people, and good food. This is paradise!
Our Ortler Ski Tour is run by the Northwest Mountain School utilizing IFMGA Mountain Guides from Timberline Mountain Guides and the Northwest Mountain School. We have limited space on our guided Ortler trips, so contact us now if you are considering joining this program. We are available to help you train for your Ortler Route ski trip and are always happy to spend time discussing the program with you to see if this is a program that makes sense at your current ski ability.