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    Skiing

    by robvirtour Updated Jan 13, 2008

    The Marmolada Glacier is part of the Ski Dolomiti area, so if you are staying anywhere in that area and you have a "superski" pass that will cover the gondolas to get you up to the top of the mountain, and it is the most fantastic run down! 12 km of skiing with a vertical drop of over 1,800m. The top is quite steep, so you have to be a confident skier to enjoy it, while the bottom is a "cruise" to get you back to the base station. My family and I did it twice in succession and felt exhausted and elated by the experience. It is definitely a classic piste that anyone who enjoys skiing should do if they get the opportunity. We were staying in Canazei and skied there and back as a fairly leisurly day trip, and in fact you could ski to it from just about anywhere on the Sella Ronda, so it is not that difficult to get to. As someone else has said, that is probably a better option than driving there!

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    View east from Marmolada

    by Martin_S. Written Oct 12, 2003

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    Looking east from the peak of Marmolada you can see the green valleys and also the access road that leads you to the cable car. The lake is quite large, several kilometers long in fact. The roads are amazing here, the distance between where we were staying to Marmolada was about 20 kilometers by air, but it took us over 2 HOURS to get there by road....

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    View west from Marmolada

    by Martin_S. Written Oct 12, 2003

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    Looking out toward the west from Marmolada you can see once again the green valleys below. The contrasts between this peak you are on and what you see below sort of takes your breath away. It sort of gives you a small inkling of what those brave men who climb the worlds tallest mountains must have seen and felt when they made it to the top.

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    Third stage cable car finish

    by Martin_S. Written Oct 12, 2003

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    This is the enormous building that sits on top of the mountain to anchor the cable car. It aslo has a restaurant and changing rooms for skiers.
    Inside the building there is also a religious shrine that can be accessed from inside. I belive it was dedicated to all the people who have lost their lives on the mountain.
    In the forground below the building you can see a large vehicle, it is a special snow plow that is used to "level" out ski slopes. There is also a cable attached to it which you cannot see in the picture which is used to keep it stable on the steep slopes as goes between stages 2-3.

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    Going up, looking down from middle of 3rd stage

    by Martin_S. Written Oct 12, 2003

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    Marmolada Mountain, Italy

    As you go up from the second to third stages you start to pass over some snow fields and the die hard summer skiers, yes you still have skiing, even in July... But just look at the contrast between the green valleys below and the stark brown and white mountain top.

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    Going up, looking toward top of 3rd stage

    by Martin_S. Written Oct 12, 2003

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    This is the view between the second stage stop and the top. You notice your first snow and NO MORE GREEN. The only green you will see here is the people who get motion sickness with the swaying of the cable car in the wind.....

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    Going up, looking down from top of stage 2

    by Martin_S. Written Oct 12, 2003

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    You are now getting above almost all the surrounding mountains, the view is starting to really get fantastic. We are looking in a southernly direction and on a clear day you can see Venice and the ocean.

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    Going up, start stage 2

    by Martin_S. Written Oct 12, 2003

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    This is the beginning of the second stage on your way to the top and it is also the shortest, you can see the top of the second stage. At this point the mountain still has shades of green on it, aside from the whitish/greyish granite outcroppings.

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    Going up, top stage 1

    by Martin_S. Written Oct 12, 2003

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    Here you can see the ground station from the first station. Remember all those cars you could see in the previous picture, well you can't see them now because they are too small. The structure from where the cable car starts is a four story building and it is tiny also. Try and follow the cable down to the building and you will see what I mean. You can see that yellow rail in the bottom of the picture, that is all that is holding me back from that fantastic drop.

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    View of glacier lake from Marmolada

    by Martin_S. Written Oct 12, 2003

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    This is a pretty decent view of a glacial lake on the western slopes of Marmolada, even from this distance it looks cold and uninviting.

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    Going up.....NO -------ON TOP

    by Martin_S. Written Oct 12, 2003

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    Tal and Zohara on top of Marmolada, Italy

    Well it took us about 20 minutes to get from the bottom to the top. Two transfers, three cable cars, but finally here we are on top of Marmolada.

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    Going up, middle stage 1

    by Martin_S. Written Oct 12, 2003

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    This is your view as you start up the cable from the ground station to the first station on the mountain, if you look closely you can see at what an angle the cable is at.

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