Sulden at the Nationalpark Stilfser Joch
"The village closest to the Ortler"
Sulden (the Italian name is since 1919 Solda according to the list of topographic names of South Tirol elaborated by Benito Mussolini's friend Ettore Tolomei) is one of the entry ports into the National Park Stilfser Joch/Stelvio. This park consists mainly of the Ortler group of mountains and other mountain areas between the town Glurns (Glorenza) in the North, Bormio in the Southwest and the Tonale pass in the South. The Ortler (3900 m) is the highest peak in the Eastern Alps and it was until to the end of WW1 the highest point of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It was also the highest area ever in which armed military conflicts took place in Europe. You may even today find 90 years old military relics there in the "eternal" ice high above 3000 meters above Sea level.
Today Sulden is an interesting small mountain resort in a spectacular setting. It is reached on a good mountain road which starts in Gomagoi at the famous road climbing the Stilfser Joch/Passo Stelvio.
Sulden and the Ortler Glacier
"Sulden and the Ortler Glacier"
Sulden is not a highlife famous spot and the place had remained pretty unspoiled.
Ski area 1900 - 3250m at Madritschjoch
Number of lift facilities - 12
45 km of runs ( 18 km of black slopes,10,7 red runs and 16,3 km blue runs ), 20 km equipped with snowmaking facilities
daily pass 25,00 - 26, 50 euro
weekly 6 days pass - 119,50-134,50 euro
depending on the season
Yaks from the Himalaya mountains !!!
Lit tobbogan - during winter you can take a night walk on the flood lit tobbogan road
7 km cross country skiing slope ,situated at 1900m
12 km walking trails
Impresssive Ice tower in the center of the village, built and supported by the Alpine School offering classes for beginners and advanced.
Museum of Reinhold Messner "alpine curiosities"
National Park Stilfsersjoch
Phone: 0039 0473 737 060
Official Ortler Page
"Ortler valley viewed from Schlanders"
I never made it any closer to the Glacier than this pic that I took from the Fortress of Chur.
"STELVIO NATIONAL PARK"
The Stelvio National Park is the largest among the oldest Italian parks and still is the most extended on the Alpine ridge. It stretches on the heart of the Central Alps and comprehends characteristics valleys shaped by ices and melt waters flowing downhill from the imposing massif of the Ortles-Cevedale group. Majestic ridges, luxuriant forests, green prairies at high altitudes crossed by foaming streams springing from perennial glaciers form the landscape of the park.
Many rare animal and plant species live in wide ecosystems present in territory varying thanks to remarkable differences in height. The landscape is dotted by villages, farmsteads, scattered on the bottom of the valleys, charming works of rural and sacred architecture, balanced with the environment and worth their discovery.
The Stelvio National Park
The Stelvio National Park, set up in 1935 and regulated in 1951 is currently managed by a Board including State, Regione Lombardia, Provincia Autonoma di Trento and Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano. The Chairmen of the Managing Committees, one for each Park section, bring to the attention of the Board of Directors the opinions of the local populations.
After its extension in 1977, that allowed to establish a link with The Swiss Park of Engadina, the Stelvio National Park covers an area of 134,620 hectares, spread among 24 municipalities and 4 provinces : Bolzano (41%), Brescia and Sondrio (44%) and Trento (15%). The Park boarders run along Val Monastero and Val Venosta to the North, Val d’Ultimo to the East, running parallel to Val di Sole, Val Camonica to the South, Valtellina and Val Livigno to the West¸ The centre of the whole area is the Ortles - Cevedale mountain range.
From a geological standpoint, the Stelvio National Park territory is quite varied, including sedimentary and eruptive rocks, with a predominance of metamorphic rocks, like gneiss and granite, forming a great number of peaks and typical Alpine valleys, with an abundance of watercourses: torrents, streams and little Alpine lakes.
LThe Park’s altitude is ranging between 650 m and the 3,899 m of Monte Ortles. Its vegetation features several, subsequent ranges, changing in aspect and composition depending on the height as well as on other environmental parameters. At lower heights, various combinations of broadleaf are present, but conifers are mostly widespread, featuring spruces and, at greater heights, larches and Cembran pines. The shrub range mostly features mountain pines, rhododendrons, junipers, blueberries and alders. Higher up, you will find grazing land with several herbaceous species.
The Park’s wild animal population includes about thirty mammal species, 131 bird species, several reptiles and amphibians, some fish and numerous invertebrates.
Deer and roe deer are the most numerous species, as well as chamois at greater heights - widespread throughout he Park area ; rock goats can be found in Val Zebrù. Other mammals in the Park are marmots, squirrels, Alpine hares, stoats, martens, beech-martens, badgers and foxes. Fowls include capercaillies, black grouses and hazel hens, whereas rock ptarmigans and rock partridges can be found at greater heights. Last, but not least, comes the royal eagle, chosen as Park symbol, along with the recently re-introduced Alpine vulture.
If you wish to get a full immersion into this wild setting, there is a wide choice of clearly waymarked routes, starting from simple itineraries for kids and elderly people, to the more demanding ones for experienced mountaineers.
Park Guides are available for guided walks in the Park’s Lombard and Trentine sections. Guided walks are organised all year round - with typical snowshoes in winter. School groups can take advantage of special programs, with the possibility to spend nights at the Park’s facilities. Apart from walking routes in the wilderness, the Park offers a variety of opportunities to get in touch with its historical, cultural and environmental richness, including facilities that bear witness to old time crafts, castles, typical rural houses (masi), museums and churches, as well as orchards, botanical pathways and animal wildlife areas
Consorzio del Parco Nazionale dello Stelvio
Ufficio Centrale di Amministrazione
Via Roma, 26
23032 BORMIO SO
Tel. 0342 910100 Fax 0342 919063
Comitato di gestione per la Regione Lombardia
Via Don Peccedi, 9
23032 BORMIO SO
Tel. 0342 911448 Fax 0342 919245
Comitato di gestione per la Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano
Piazza Municipio, 1
39020 GLORENZA BZ
Tel. 0473 830430 Fax 0473 830510
Comitato di gestione per la Provincia Autonoma di Trento
Via Ugo Sivestri, 16
38027 MALE' TN
Tel. 0463 903046 Fax 0463 903047
Tel. 0473 613015
Fax 0473 613182